Turmeric - Curcuma Longa
This Turmeric (Curcuma longa) monograph is an excerpt from the first edition of Dr. Sharol's book "Herbal Medicine From The Heart of The Earth." You can purchase the 2020, third edition of this book with an expanded materia medica/monograph section, herbal formulas and directions on making herbal products in Dr. Sharol's Book Store. You receive free shipping in the USA. The expanded 3rd edition materia medica, and additional herbal tidbits are also available as a kindle ebook at Amazon and details on this e-book are here.
Turmeric - Curcuma longa in the Zingiberaceae or Ginger family
Part used: Rhizome.
Taste/smell: Bitter, pungent and aromatic.
Tendencies: Cooling, stimulating.
Dosage: Infusion: 1 teaspoon per cup of water; or 1:0.85 fresh strength liquid extract: 10-40 drops 1-4 times per day.
Mental picture and specific indications: Tumeric is indicated for mental dullness or confusion, mania, congestion in the pelvis, liver or gastrointestinal tract.
Use: (a) Anti-inflammatory, (b) Antiarthritic, (c) Antioxidant, (d) Topical antibacterial and antifungal, (e) Antifertility action, (f) Hypotensive, (g) Anti-atherosclerotic, (h) Tumor-preventing activity, (i) Cholagogue, (j) Choleretic, (k) Emmenagogue, (l) Lowers cholesterol, (m) Stimulates digestive enzymes, (n) Carminative, (o) Hepatoprotective, (p) Vulnerary, (q) Anticoagulant.
Turmeric inhibits platelet aggregation and prevents cataracts. It is used for gastric ulcers, flatulence, jaundice, menstrual difficulties, gallstones, hemorrhage, toothache, bruises, colic, irritable bowel, rheumatoid arthritis, sprains, wounds, liver support and as an anticancer agent.
Turmeric decreases inflammation through promotion of the biotransformation of toxins in the cells, by enhancing some of the conjugational detox processes, as well as increasing the supply of glutathione. Other anti-inflammatory support comes from its anti-oxidant activity as well as its ability to decrease a variety of pro-inflammatory molecules.
The use of the constituent curcumin for inflammation contains a long list of conditions including osteoarthritis, chronic anterior uveitis, rheumatoid arthritis, gingivitis, inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis, psoriasis, irritable bowel,and stomach ulcers.
Contraindications: Turmeric is contraindicated during pregnancy due to the uterine stimulant effect or if a woman is trying to become pregnant. It is also contraindicated for bile duct obstruction due to cholagogue activity.
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