Common name: Turmeric
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
Traditional and current uses:
- Indigestion, IBS, Cohn's disease
- Lichen planus, rheumatoid arthritis, SLE
- Uraemic pruritus (patients with end-stage renal disease)
- Precancerous lesions, colorectal cancer
- Mouthwash for gingivitis
- Long term use as a preventative for: cardiovascular disease, cancer and other conditions of chronic inflammation
- Long term use as a tonic for digestive tract
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