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13 health benefits of turmeric (Haldi)



Turmeric is used extensively in the Indian systems of medicine (Ayurveda, Unani, and Siddha). Curcumin is the active ingredient in turmeric which has been shown to have a wide range of therapeutic effects. Its modern approved applications in European medicine, stem from its traditional uses in Asia. The healing properties of turmeric have made it a most sought after ingredient in cosmetics and drugs.  You can find the turmeric powder, juice in your kitchen. (Turmeric/Haldi) Beauty of kitchen has following health uses

  • Turmeric is best carminative. for the chronic patients with digestion problem it is a single extract in form of digestive bitters.
  • Turmeric is for liver beter. consumption of turmeric improve liver function and strengthen liver.
  • Turmeric is used for the treatment of skin cancer or pre cancerous skin conditions. Both topical and internal uses are beneficial.
  • Turmeric is helpful in preventing the blockage of arteries that can gradually cause a heart attack or stroke in one of two ways. Turmeric makes cholesterol levels low and inhibited the oxidation of LDL (bad cholesterol). Oxidized LDL deposits in the walls of blood vessels and contributes to the formation of atherosclerotic plaque.
  • Turmeric may help relieve the symptoms of osteoarthritis because of its ability to reduce pain and disability.
  • For women who experience monthly menstrual cramps, try using turmeric extract or bitters twice daily for two weeks prior to expected menstruation. Turmeric is an antispasmodic to smooth muscles so it reduces digestive and menstrual cramping. Turmeric is useful as an external antibiotic in preventing bacterial infection in wounds.
  • Curcumin may prove to be as effective as corticosteroids in the uveitis (inflammation of the uvea, the middle layer of the eye between the sclera – white outer coat of the eye and the retina – the back of the eye) the type of eye disorder.
  • Turmeric is anti-inflammatory to the mucous membranes, which coat the throat, lungs, stomach and intestines. Regular use of turmeric can benefit from Colitis, Crohn’s disease, diarrhea, and post-giardia or post salmonella conditions.
  • The itching and inflammation that accompanies hemorrhoids and anal fissures can reduce by use of turmeric. Turmeric can also benefit skin conditions including: eczema, psoriasis and acne, for those it is potent detoxifier.
  • “Turmeric gives the energy of the Divine Mother and grants prosperity of health. Turmeric is effectual for purification the chakras, as well as purifying the path of the subtle body.”
  • The roots are pounded and pressed to extract a juice that, when mixed with water, is helpful in earaches and to clear the sinuses through nasal application. The astringent qualities of turmeric are also useful in cases of consumption, tuberculosis, bronchitis, colds and asthma, the root being lightly cooked and eaten.
  • The turmeric paste is used in Indian medicine for snakebites.
  • The leaves of turmeric are said to act as mosquito repellents.

Contraindications: Turmeric should not be used by people with gallstones or bile obstruction. Though turmeric is often used by pregnant women, it is important to consult with a doctor before doing so as turmeric can be a uterine stimulant.

About the author

Dr. Ram Mani Bhandari

Experienced holistic doctor, healer, teacher, and writer
Specialized in Ayurvedic detox (Panchakarma)
Trained in India and Nepal, the original lands of Ayurveda
Graduate in Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (B.A.M.S.) from the Institute of Medicine at Tribhuwan University in Kathmandu.
Professional member of Australasian Association of Ayurveda (AAA)
Owner of Sunshine Ayurveda


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  • I am using turmeric called haldi in our country by a different recipe .Milk is boiled and turmeric ,on tea spoon is added to a cup Is is allowed to cool .When it is luke warm it is used as a drink Is it ok to use it that way?
    Secondly how many times can we apply the recipe in a day this way or the suggested way which is first boiling turmeric and milk and then cooling it.

    I do feel very hot after taking the turmeric drink is it normal?

    Anwaar Rasul Khan

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