Traditional Herbal Medicine Health Benefits of Turmeric

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While turmeric is useful in the kitchen as a spice and as a yellow dye, it is also a potent herbal medicine. Historically people from many regions around the world used the herb for healing purposes. The plant's antioxidant, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties have been cited in ancient Sanskrit medical treatises. Turmeric is still widely used in Ayurveda, Hindu, Unani, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), and other folk healing to prevent and treat numerous health conditions, including: (i.1318-19)

 
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Table I.1: How is Turmeric Used in Traditional Herbal Medicine?
TRADITIONAL HERBAL MEDICINE USES
Acne (i.1) Inflammatory skin rashes (i.20)
Allergies (i.13) Liver disease, including jaundice (i.5)
Anorexia (i.13) Menstrual complaints (i.5)
Arthritis (i.13) Skin and colon cancer (i.5)
Chicken pox (i.5) Small pox (i.5)
Common cold (i.5) Sore throats (i.1)
Eye infections (e.g., conjunctivitis and
chronic uveitis)
 (i.5)
Stomach aches (i.5)
Gallbladder problems (i.5) Urinary tract infections (i.5)
Inflammatory bowel disease (i.5) Wounds (i.13)
Table I.2: Other Names for Turmeric in Traditional Herbal Medicine (i.513)
TRADITIONAL FOLK AND HERBAL MEDICINE NAME
Chinese Chiang huang
Unani (Arabic) Kurkum
Ayurveda Haridra
Hindu Haldi
Kampo (Japanese) Ukon
Traditional medicine originally practiced in India. (i.18-19)
Traditional Arabic medicine. (i.18-19)
Commonly called pink eye. (i.20)

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