The golden spice turmeric is recommended in skin diseases, PCOS, diabetes and to reduce obesity. It is known to increase fairness and glow of skin.
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Turmeric or haldi in Ayurveda
Turmeric is a well-known spice all over the world. This herb has occupied the shelves of every Indian kitchen since 6000 years and is considered as king of kitchen. It is used daily in cooking. Apart from cooking it is also used as beauty aid and as a dye. This spice is liberally used in Indian cuisine. In India this spice is also used in grandma’s home remedies which are passed to next generation as a routine. Over the last several years, there has been increasing interest in turmeric and its medicinal properties. But Ayurveda has immensely praised the medicinal qualities of turmeric which finds its place in almost all ayurvedic preparations related to Female infertility, PCOS ( Ayurveda Diet Plan For PCOS ), liver ( Ayurvedic Liver Detox at Home ) and skin disorders.
Turmeric (Curcuma Longa) belongs to Zingiberacae Family and is a perennial plant that grows 3 to 5 feet high in the tropical regions .In India it is grown all over but specially in Bengal, Bombay and in Tamilnadu . In Hindi turmeric is known as haldi .The rhizomes or roots of this plant are used as medicine and for other purposes. The rhizomes are boiled, dried and then powdered. This powder is used for all purposes.
Ayurveda Medicinal Properties of Turmeric
Ayurveda appreciates the medicinal qualities and colour of turmeric. This is evident through the various names of turmeric specified in ancient texts of ayurveda. They are explained as follows.
• Haridra – enhancer of body complexion.
• Kanchani – looks like gold
• Nisha – imparts beauty by enhancing complexion which is as beautiful as full moon night
• Gowri – yellow in color
• Krimighni – works as a Antibacterial and antihelmenthic
• Yoshit priya – used in Gynecological disorders, hence loved by ladies
Ayurveda Health Benefits of Turmeric:
The pharmacological properties and health benefits of turmeric are explained as follows in texts of Ayurveda:
Action on doshas
Turmeric is bitter (tikta rasa ) ( Tikta Rasa or Bitter Taste – an Ayurveda View ) and pungent (katu rasa) ( Ayurveda tastes Katu Rasa or Pungent taste ) to taste. It has tissue drying properties that means turmeric absorbs more water ( Water – the Elixir of Life- An Ayurveda View ) while getting metabolised and leaves the tissues dry. This spice is hot in potency (ushna veerya) and also balances vitiated kapha dosha ( Kapha Dosha Types, Qualities, Functions and Sites in Ayurveda ) and pitta dosha ( Ayurveda Pitta Dosha , Its Types, Pitta Diet )
The active chemical component of turmeric is curcumin. Curcumin is a strong antioxidant and reduces inflammation by reducing histamine levels. Curcumin protects liver, reduces cholesterol, and prevents internal blood clotting thus preventing heart attacks and liver tissue damages
Increases Fairness of skin: –
Turmeric when used internally and externally increases glow and complexion of skin ( Easy Ayurvedic Skin Care Routine for Glow and Fairness ) and also boosts the skin health. It improves the immunity of skin and prevents repeated infections of acne and pimple. Hence this herb is added as a main ingredient in
Turmeric or Haldi Psoriasis and Eczema:
When this spice is used in form of external application and internal medicine, it helps to reduce flaring up of psoriasis and eczema. Its anti-inflammatory properties help to reduce psoriatic arthritis. It limits the spread of these skin diseases. Hence this herb is used in Ayurvedic Herbal Remedy for Psoriasis.
Controls Diabetes and Reduces blood sugar level.
How to Use Turmeric for Diabetes
Turmeric in Diabetes
Turmeric when used regularly acts as anti-diabetic and reduces blood sugar level. This can be used by diabetic patients to keep the blood sugar under control. This can be used by men who suffer from erectile dysfunction due to diabetes ( Natural Ayurvedic Remedies for Erectile Dysfunction in Diabetes ). In this condition it not only controls diabetes but also purifies semen
Haldi is an excellent blood purifier and acts as a powerful detoxifying agent. It helps to expel toxins accumulated in liver and blood. This herb is usually administered to alcoholics who have fatty liver. It acts as an excellent liver detox
Eradicates Intestinal parasites:
This kitchen herb when consumed regularly helps to eradicate intestinal parasites and also boosts body immunity
Use of turmeric in our daily diet helps to prevent indigestion and increases the rate of metabolism
Helps in Weight loss:
This spice is a best aid to lose weight. It promotes weight loss, when consumed in empty stomach. Men who suffer from erectile dysfunction due to obesity ( Relationship Between Obesity and Erectile Dysfunction (Impotence) ) can incorporate this herb in their daily weight loss regimen
Boosts immunity of respiratory system:
Turmeric is very effective in bronchitis, productive cough and asthma. One spoon of turmeric boiled in milk should be consumed with a spoon of pure ghee in conditions like bronchitis, asthma and productive cough. Turmeric milk ( Ayurveda Health Benefits of Turmeric Milk ) is an excellent remedy for insomnia ( Ayurvedic Remedies, Medicines and Tips for Good Sleep ) and PCOS ( Ayurvedic Kitchen Herbs for PCOS and Weight Loss ). This gives very good relief and expectorates excessively produced mucous in lungs
Increases Fertility in women:
Haldi helps to boost female fertility by improving conditions like PCOS or PCOD. Its anti-diabetic and weight loss properties help to keep this condition under control. It also regularises menstrual cycle and prevents irregular bleeding.
An excellent Herb for Yogis:
Turmeric purifies and cleans the body. It is a tailor made herb for yogis. It increases the flexibility of muscles, reduces inflammation in muscles and joints and helps to perform yoga with confidence and delight
Turmeric is very safe. But special precautions should be taken in persons who have gall stones, hyperacidity, stomach ulcers and obstructive jaundice