Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is traditionally used in Indian and Chinese medicine. For centuries, turmeric has been used to treat a long list of complaints such as; gastrointestinal and liver disorders, poor digestion, anorexia, cough, diabetic complications, inflammatory conditions, traumatic injury with swelling and pain, rheumatism, sinusitis, menstrual problems, wounds, and skin diseases.
Most of the recognised benefits of turmeric have been attributed to its powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Turmeric is anti-inflammatory to the mucous membranes, which coat the throat, lungs, stomach and intestines. It decreases congestion and inflammation from stagnant mucous membranes.
It can be incorporated into foods, to improve digestion and reduce gas and bloating. Tumeric is a cholagogue, stimulating bile production in the liver and encouraging excretion of bile via the gallbladder. This in turn improves the body’s ability to digest fats.
Turmeric can also be of benefit to people with skin conditions including: eczema, psoriasis and acne, as it is a potent detoxifier.
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