The golden miracle in Ayurveda
The health benefits of turmeric are incredible. Turmeric or curcumin is known as “Indian Saffron” because of its marvellous golden colour. The scientific name of turmeric is Curcuma longa, which comes under Zingiberacea family.
The uses of turmeric are widely known in many aspects of human life from being used as a cooking spice to medically and cosmetic value. Turmeric is an all rounder! According to Ayurveda turmeric is known as Haridra. The name haridra itself denotes the ability of turmeric to improve skin complexion with its cleansing nature. Like this, another name “Kanchani” denotes the golden yellow colour of turmeric.
There are two varieties of turmeric explained in Ayurveda. Haridra (rhizome) and Daruharidra (tree turmeric/ berberis aristata). Both of them are usually used together in medicinal combination explained in Ayurvedic texts.
Turmeric is a perennial plant (which lives more than two years), found throughout Southeast Asia and has been in uses since centuries. The first and foremost usage of turmeric as a spice can be dated back centuries as well. There are no Indian dishes without a touch of this magic spice! People must have recognised the health benefits of turmeric in the old ages and henceforth became common in all Indian households.
Another miraculous effect turmeric has on our body is enhancing natural beauty. Turmeric has been used as a facial powder for cleansing skin along with enhancing more skin complexion. Turmeric supports in fixing acne, blemishes, tan, uneven skin tones, black heads and improves immunity as well. From the immunity building nature of turmeric, consuming turmeric is known to preventive imbalances within the body.
A common wedding tradition in India is to apply turmeric paste on brides before their wedding to make them shine. This is also to prevent any infections or ‘break outs’.
The health benefits of turmeric have been exploited positively in Ayurvedic science. Curcumin is the active ingredient in turmeric, which provides most of the therapeutic actions. Turmeric is rich in anti-oxidants.
The 12 main health benefits include:
- Promotes digestion
- Detoxify liver
- Regulates blood sugar level and stimulates insulin production
- Boosts immunity
- Regulates cholesterol production in circulatory system
- Relieves haemorrhoids
- Fight allergies
- Reduces inflammation
- Supports long term cognitive functions
- Helps in prevention of tumours
- Eases joint pain
- Prevents neurodegenerative disorders to an extent
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