History of turmeric use in herbal medicine: Turmeric, and more specifically its rhizome (the underground part), has been used not only as a food spice, but also as a medicinal plant since time immemorial in China and India. Traces of it can be found in Sanskrit writings dating back to 4000 BC! Turmeric is also an essential element of Ayurvedic medicine. Traditional medicines in China, Thailand and Indonesia have also used it for centuries to stimulate digestion and treat related disorders. The arrival of turmeric in Europe corresponds with the arrival of curries brought back by the British from their Indian Empire. The recognition of its medicinal properties is therefore recent in the West. Its effectiveness in the treatment of digestive disorders is nevertheless recognised by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and Commission E, the German scientific commission responsible for validating the medicinal properties of plants. The history of turmeric is also being written in the future, since a great deal of scientific research is underway, particularly on the effects of one of its main components, curcumin, in the prevention and treatment of certain cancers.
Powerful stimulant: turmeric combats gastric acidity by stimulating mucus secretion; it protects the stomach (particularly from peptic ulcers) and the liver, and reduces nausea.
Anti-inflammatory: thanks to curcumin, the rhizome treats intestinal inflammation and limits painful attacks in the case of ulcerative colitis. Curcumin is also effective against gastritis, pancreatitis and rheumatoid arthritis, and is useful in the case of post-operative oedema. Blood thinner: Turmeric helps treat circulatory problems and, as a result, reduces the risk of stroke and heart attack. Antioxidant: Turmeric is used in the prevention of cell ageing. External use. Antibacterial and anti-inflammatory, turmeric can be applied as a poultice to treat conditions such as eczema, psoriasis or fungal infections. Usual therapeutic indications.
Digestive disorders: dyspepsia, stomach ache, nausea, loss of appetite, heaviness and bloating. Protection of the stomach and liver. Pain related to inflammation of the intestine, ulcerative colitis, rheumatoid arthritis or pancreatitis. Dermatological problems: eczema, mycosis, psoriasis. Other proven therapeutic indications. Prevention of cell ageing, circulatory problems, menstrual pain. In powder form, the daily consumption of turmeric can vary between 1.5 and 3 g, which is about the equivalent of one teaspoon. An infusion is prepared in ten to fifteen minutes with 1.5 or 2 g of turmeric infused in 150 ml of boiling water. The dosage is two cups per day.