Turmeric Materia Medica

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Turmeric Materia Medica

An In Depth Look At Turmeric

Common Name: Turmeric
Latin Name: Curcuma longa
Family: Zingiberacea
 
Part Used: Root
 
Form(s) used: Decoction, Essential Oil, Mixed with Honey, Paste, Poultice, Powder, Tincture
 
Vitalist actions and energetics: Astringent, Bitter, Diffusive, Hot and Dry, Spicy, Tonic, Vital stimulant, warming tonic
 
Constituents: Alkaloids, Bitter principle, Curcumin, Curcuminoid, Pigments, Resin, Valepotriates, Volatile oil
 
Clinical actions: Anti-­tumoral, Anti-­spasmodic, Anti-­inflammatory, Anti-­oxidant, Alterative, Analgesic, Antiseptic, Antibacterial, Astringent, Bitter tonic, Carminative, Cholagogue, Emmenagogue, Immunomodulent, Secretes bile, Warming tonic
 
Primary uses: A powerful anti-­inflammatory and anti-oxidant. It's anti-­inflammatory action has been used for arthritis, asthma, and eczema. The herb historically has been shown to lower cholesterol, and be preventive remedy for the development of cancer. It is a blood thinner and increases bile production. A liver and stomach protectant. Turmeric is known to be remedy for jaundice, digestive issues and helps alleviate nausea. Turmeric has been used as an anti-­fungal for skin conditions. Shown to assists the liver, dissolve gallstones, and relieves menstrual pain. Turmeric is also known to promotes healing in cases of trauma and injury.
 
Cautions, contraindication and possible adverse effects: Should not be taken in cases of obstructive gallstones. Due to its' blood thinning properties it is also contraindicated with anticoagulants, anti platelets and pending surgery.
 
References
Chevalier, Andrew. “Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine”, Tierra, Michael. “Planetary Herbology”, Skendari, Gazmend. “Herbal Vade Mecum”, Tilgner, Dr. Sharol Marie. “Herbal Medicine from the Heart of the Earth”, Alakananda Ma. Alandi Aurverda Herbology Manual. First edition, 2012

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