Inflammation in the joints, and digestive system seems to be plaguing a lot of people, including myself. So I got on the trail of exploring turmeric. I think it is fairly well known that turmeric is an excellent anti-inflammatory. I found that it has many other medicinal qualities as well. Below is quite a list of benefits from having turmeric in our diet on a regular basis. Seems like a good all around ingredient to have in our food to support the prevention of the following list of ailments. I cook a lot with turmeric in the cooler months because the food I like it in is more compatible with colder weather. But now I am exploring other ways to include it in my diet during the warmer months so I receive the benefits year round. I am lucky that it grows prolifically here on Maui so I have access to the fresh root.
For acute situations such as inflammation when my joints are inflamed, and I am suffering from a case of bloating because I just couldn’t stay away from that one slice of pizza the night before, loosing all willpower and throwing caution to the wind, just gotta do it sometimes, you know what I mean? I load my food, and sometimes I even buy turmeric powder in bulk and a bunch of empty capsules and spend an hour or so filling the capsules so I can take a couple two or three times a day.
Common Medicinal Uses
Removes blood stagnation
Moves chi and stops pain
Sinus and ear problems
Stomach, spleen, liver
Issues it addresses
Indigestion or heartburn
Abdominal (stomach) pain or bloating
Loss of appetite
Jaundice, hepatitis, or other liver problems
Gallstones or other gallbladder problems
Absent menstrual periods (amenorrhea)
Cancer (for both prevention and treatment)
Bronchitis, the common cold, or other respiratory infections
Applying turmeric topically (to the skin) is said to be beneficial for the following problems:
I have made a salve with turmeric, ginger, and cayenne and rub it on my wrists that some times get inflamed when I have to do a lot of cooking, weeding, etc. It really helps with the inflammation and increases circulation.