Turmeric Powder (Curcuma longa)
Daily adult dose unless otherwise prescribed: take 4g powder two to 3 times a day or as one larger single daily dose. Mix the turmeric powder with either animal milk, nut milk, ghee or coconut oil or a teaspoon of lecithin to aid absorption (fat is needed for turmeric to be ansorbed unless it is in tincture form where it is already extracted). Try searching for a Golden Milk recipe which is a traditional method of taking turmeric. Use freely in cooking.
Seek professional advice before taking with biliary tract obstruction to check if gallstones are present. Avoid when taking antiplatelet ot anticoagulant medication such as Warfarin.
Part used: Rhizomes and tubers
Habitat and Description: A tropical upright perennial herb which grows to 1m tall. The flowers are white-yellow on a spike like stalk and the rhizomes are scaled with the remains of old leaf bases and when cut are bright yellow.
Constituents: Essential oil containing sesquiterpene ketones, zingiberene, phellandrene, sabinene, cineole, borneol. Phenylpropanoid derivatives (Yellow pigments): diarylheptanoids or curcuminoids most notably curcumin.
Actions: Anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, alterative, antimicrobial, radioprotective, neuroprotective, hepatoprotective, nephroprotective, cardioprotective, vasoprotective, hypolipidaemic (reduces blood lipids), choleretic, cholagogue, carminative
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