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Turmeric

Turmeric
Turmeric is an ancient spice which has been used mainly in cooking.
It is used to manage the pain and inflammation in rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. This is due to the presence of curcumin which has anti-inflammatory property.
Turmeric also helps manage diabetes by lowering blood glucose level. Its antioxidant property helps reduce diabetes-related complications like ulcers, wounds and kidney damage.
External application of Turmeric powder helps control skin problems like acne due to its antibacterial property[1][2].
It is advisable to avoid Tumeric during summers as it can cause dysentery and diarrhea. This is due to its hot potency. Although Turmeric is safe in food amount, keep a gap of 1-2 months if you are taking Turmeric as a medicine.

What are the synonyms of Turmeric?

Curcuma longa , Varvnini , Rajni, Ranjani, Krimighni, Yoshitipraya, Hattvilasini, Gauri, Aneshta, Harti, Haladi, Haladhi, Halad, Arsina, Arisin, Halada, Manjal, Pasupu, Pampi, Halud, Pitras, Mannal, Pacchamannal, Common Turmeric, Indian Saffron, Urukessuf, Kurkum, Zard chob, Haldi, Haridra, Jal, Haldar, Halade, Kanchni[51].

What is the source of Turmeric?

Plant Based

Benefits of Turmeric

What are the benefits of Turmeric for Rheumatoid arthritis?

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Curcumin present in Turmeric inhibits the activity of inflammatory protein such as COX-2 as well as reduces the production of prostaglandin E2. This helps in reducing joint pain and swelling associated with rheumatoid arthritis[47][48].

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Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is known as Aamavata in Ayurveda. Amavata is a disease in which vitiation of Vata dosha and accumulation of Ama takes place in the joints. Amavata starts with a weak digestive fire which leads to accumulation of Ama (toxic remains in the body due to improper digestion). This Ama is carried to different locations through Vata but instead of being absorbed, it gets accumulated in the joints. Turmeric helps to reduce Ama due to its Ushna (hot) potency. Turmeric has also Vata balancing property and thus gives relief from the symptoms of Rheumatoid arthritis like pain and swelling in the joints.
Tip:
1. Take 1/4 teaspoon of Turmeric powder.
2. Add 1/2 teaspoon of Amla and Nagarmotha to it.
3. Boil it in 20-40 ml water for 5-6 minutes.
4. Cool it to room temperature.
5. Add 2 teaspoons of honey to it.
6. Drink 2 teaspoons of this mixture twice a day after any meal.
7. Continue this for 1-2 months for better results.

What are the benefits of Turmeric for Osteoarthritis?

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Curcumin present in Turmeric inhibits the activity of an inflammatory protein such as interleukin. This reduces the joint pain and swelling associated with osteoarthritis. Curcumin also inhibits the activation of NF-κB (an inflammatory protein) and helps in improving mobility in case of osteoarthritis[39].

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Turmeric is one of the famous herbs for reducing any type of pain in the body. According to Ayurveda, osteoarthritis occurs due to an aggravation of Vata dosha and is known as Sandhivata. It causes pain, swelling, and joint immobility. Turmeric gives relief from the symptoms of osteoarthritis due to its Vata balancing property.
Tip:
1. Take 1/4 teaspoon Turmeric powder.
2. Add 1/2 teaspoon of Amla and Nagarmotha powder to it.
3. Boil it in 20-40 ml water for 5-6 minutes.
4. Cool it to room temperature.
5. Add 2 teaspoons of honey to it.
6. Drink 2 teaspoons of this mixture twice a day after any meal.
7. Continue this for 1-2 months for better results.

What are the benefits of Turmeric for Diabetes?

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Curcumin present in Turmeric might help manage diabetes by lowering blood glucose and by improving insulin levels. Turmeric might also prevent cell damage such as ulcers, wounds, kidney damage associated with diabetes due to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties[27-31].

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Diabetes, also known as Madhumeha is due to an aggravation of Vata and impaired digestion. Impaired digestion leads to an accumulation of Ama (toxic remains in the body due to improper digestion) in the pancreatic cells and impairs the function of insulin. Turmeric helps remove Ama and controls aggravated Vata due to its Deepan (appetizer) and Pachan (digestive) properties. This thus helps control high blood sugar level.
Tip:
1. Take 1/4 teaspoon of Turmeric powder.
2. Mix it in 100 ml of amla juice.
3. Drink it once a day 2 hours after taking food.
4. Continue this for 1-2 months for better results.

What are the benefits of Turmeric for Irritable bowel syndrome?

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Although not enough evidence is there; some study state that curcumin might reduce stomach pain and discomfort in IBS due to its strong anti-inflammatory property[45][46].

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Turmeric helps to control the symptoms of Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). According to Ayurveda, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is also known as Grahani. Grahani is caused by an imbalance of Pachak Agni (digestive fire). Turmeric helps to improve Pachak Agni (digestive fire) due to its Deepan (appetizer) and Pachan (digestive) properties. This helps to control the symptoms of IBS.
Tip:
1. Take 1/4 teaspoon of Turmeric powder.
2. Add 1/4 teaspoon of amla powder.
3. Mix both in 100-150 ml lukewarm water.
4. Drink it twice a day after meals.
5. Continue this for 1-2 months for better results.

What are the benefits of Turmeric for Stomach ulcers?

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Turmeric can reduce the symptoms of stomach ulcers due to its antioxidant property. Curcumin present in Turmeric inhibits the activity of inflammatory enzymes like COX-2, lipoxygenase and iNOS. This helps lower the pain and swelling associated with stomach ulcers[40].

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Turmeric helps to manage stomach ulcer as a result of hyperacidity. According to Ayurveda, this is due to an aggravated Pitta. Drinking Turmeric milk balances Pitta and helps to reduce the acid level in the stomach. It also promotes quick healing of the ulcer. This is because of its Ropan (healing) properties.
Tip:
1. Take 1/4 teaspoon of Turmeric powder.
2. Add 1/4 teaspoon of Licorice (Mulethi) powder.
3. Mix them in 1 glass of milk.
4. Take it on an empty stomach once or twice a day.
5. Continue this for at least 15-30 days for better results.

What are the benefits of Turmeric for Depression?

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Studies state that people with depression are at a higher risk of inflammation which can decrease the level of ‘happy chemicals’ like serotonin in the brain. Curcumin, the active component of Turmeric has a strong anti-inflammatory property which lowers inflammation-induced depression[17][43][44].

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Turmeric helps to reduce the symptoms of mental illness like anxiety and depression. According to Ayurveda, the nervous system is controlled by Vata dosha and an imbalance of Vata causes mental illness. Turmeric helps in balancing Vata and controlling the symptoms of mental illness.
Tip:
1. Take 1/4 teaspoon of Turmeric powder.
2. Add it to 1 glass of warm milk and mix well.
3. Drink this Turmeric milk before going to bed.
4. Continue this for 1-2 months for better results.

What are the benefits of Turmeric for High cholesterol?

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Studies state that curcumin present in Turmeric can lower total blood cholesterol, bad cholesterol (LDL) and triglycerides because of its strong antioxidant property. Another study says that curcumin can prevent the liver from producing cholesterol as well as lower the absorption rate of cholesterol in the body[25][26][38].

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High cholesterol is due to an imbalance of Pachak Agni (digestive fire). Impaired digestion at the tissue level produces excess waste products or Ama (toxic remains in the body due to improper digestion). This causes an accumulation of bad cholesterol. Turmeric helps in controlling high cholesterol by reducing Ama because of its Deepan (appetizer) and Pachan (digestive) properties. It also helps to remove blockage from the blood vessels by eliminating toxins. Together, it helps reduce high cholesterol.
Tip:
1. Take 1/4 teaspoon of Turmeric powder.
2. Boil it in 20-40 ml water for 5-6 minutes.
3. Cool it to room temperature.
4. Add 2 teaspoon honey to it and mix well.
5. Drink 2 teaspoons of this mixture twice a day after any meal.
6. Continue this for 1-2 months for better results.

What are the benefits of Turmeric for Alzheimer's disease?

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A study states that curcumin present in Turmeric can reduce the formation of amyloid plaques in the brain of Alzheimer’s patients. Curcumin also has anti-inflammatory property and can reduce the inflammation of the nerve cells. Together, this might help in improving memory functions in Alzheimer’s patients[41].

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Alzheimer's disease is a neurodegenerative disorder with symptoms like memory loss, disorientation, tremors, cracked and quaking voice, and stooped spine. These symptoms indicate Vata imbalance in the body. Turmeric gives good results in Alzheimer's disease due to its Vata balancing property.
Tip:
1. Take 1/4 teaspoon of Turmeric powder.
2. Add it to 1 glass of warm milk and mix well.
3. Drink this Turmeric milk before going to bed.
4. Continue this for 1-2 months for better results.

What are the benefits of Turmeric for Cancer of colon and rectum?

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Curcumin has anti-cancer and anti-proliferative property which causes cancer cell death and prevents the spread of cancer cells respectively. Curcumin also has anti-inflammatory property and prevents tumor development in colorectal cancer[42].

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Tip:
1. Take 1/4 teaspoon of Turmeric powder.
2. Boil it in 20-40 ml water for 5-6 minutes
3. Cool it to room temperature.
4. Add 2 teaspoon of honey to it and mix well.
5. Drink 2 teaspoons of this mixture twice a day after any meal.
6. Continue this for 1-2 months for better results.

How effective is Turmeric?

Likely effective
High cholesterol, Osteoarthritis
Likely ineffective
Stomach ulcers
Insufficient evidence
Alzheimer's disease, Cancer of colon and rectum, Depression, Diabetes, Irritable bowel syndrome, Rheumatoid arthritis

Precautions when using Turmeric

Advice from Experts
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1. Avoid Turmeric supplements or Turmeric powder in a high dose if you have GERD, heartburn and stomach ulcers[7].
2. Although Turmeric is safe if taken in food amount, Turmeric supplements might cause contraction of gall-bladder. So it advisable to take Turmeric supplements only after consulting a doctor if you have gallstones or bile duct obstruction[7][49].
3. Although Turmeric is safe if taken in food amount, taking a high dose of Turmeric supplements might interfere with the absorption of iron in the body. So it is advisable to consult a doctor before taking Turmeric supplements if you have iron deficiency[7].
Moderate Medicine Interaction
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Turmeric may lower the levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL-bad cholesterol) and increase the blood levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL-good cholesterol). So, it is generally advisable to monitor your cholesterol levels if you are taking Turmeric (although Turmeric is safe if taken in food amount) with anti-cholesterol medications[50].

Patients with diabetes
Important
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Turmeric may lower blood glucose level. So it is generally advisable to monitor the blood glucose level regularly while taking Turmeric supplements (although Turmeric is safe if taken in food amount) along with anti-diabetic drugs[7][50].
Patients with heart disease
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Turmeric may lower blood pressure. So it is generally advisable to monitor the blood pressure regularly if you are taking Turmeric supplements (although Turmeric is safe if taken in food amount) along with anti-hypertensive drugs[50].
Side Effects
Important
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1. Stomach upset
2. Nausea
3. Dizziness
4. Diarrhea[7][50].

Recommended Dosage of Turmeric

  • Turmeric Churna - 1/4 teaspoon twice a day or as prescribed by the doctor.
  • Turmeric Juice - 2-3 teaspoon a day or as prescribed by the doctor.
  • Turmeric Capsule - 1 capsule twice a day or as prescribed by the doctor.

How to use Turmeric

1. Turmeric Churna (Powder)
Take 1/4 teaspoon of Turmeric churna (powder) with milk or lukewarm water twice a day.

2. Turmeric Juice
a. Take 3-4 teaspoons of Turmeric juice in a glass.
b. Make-up the volume to 1 glass with lukewarm water or milk.
c. Drink it twice a day.

3. Turmeric Tea
a. Take 4 cups of water in a pan.
b. Add 1 teaspoon of grated Turmeric or 1/4 teaspoon of Turmeric powder to it.
c. Boil it on a low flame for 10 minutes.
d. Strain it and squeeze ½ lemon and add 1 teaspoon of honey to it.

4. Turmeric Milk
a. Take 1/4 teaspoon of Turmeric powder.
b. Add it to 1 glass of warm milk and mix well.
c. Drink it before going to bed.
d. Continue this for 1-2 months for better results.

Benefits of Turmeric

What are the benefits of Turmeric for Acne?

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Studies say that curcumin present in Turmeric has good anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It inhibits the growth of acne-causing bacteria (S. aureus) and reduces the redness and pain around acne[9][10].

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A Kapha-Pitta dosha skin type can be prone to acne and pimples. According to Ayurveda, an aggravation of Kapha increases sebum production which clogs the pores. This results in the formation of both white and blackheads. An aggravation of Pitta also causes red papules (bumps) and inflammation with pus. Turmeric helps in balancing Kapha and Pitta in spite of Ushna (hot) which helps to remove clogs and inflammation as well.
Tip:
1. Take 1 teaspoon of Turmeric powder.
2. Mix it with 1 teaspoon of lemon juice or honey.
3. Add a few drops of rose water to make a smooth paste.
4. Apply evenly to the face.
5. Keep it for 15 minutes.
6. Wash with plain, cool water and pat dry.

What are the benefits of Turmeric for Inflammation of gums?

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Gingivitis is a gum disease that occurs when bacteria starts building-up in the form of plaque on the teeth causing swelling in the gums. Curcumin has antibacterial property that controls the buildup of bacterial plaque on the teeth. Curcumin also has anti-inflammatory property which reduces inflammation of the gums and lowers the risk of gingivitis[52][53].
Tip:
1. Take 2 teaspoons of mustard oil.
2. Add 1/2 teaspoon of Turmeric powder and 1/2 teaspoons of rock salt to it.
3. Mix well and use this paste to massage the gums every morning and evening.

How effective is Turmeric?

Insufficient evidence
Acne, Inflammation of gums

Precautions when using Turmeric

Allergy
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Apply Turmeric to a small area first to test for possible allergic reactions[49][50].
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If your skin is hypersensitive, then use Turmeric powder mixed with milk or sandalwood powder.

Recommended Dosage of Turmeric

  • Turmeric Paste - 1/2 -1 teaspoon or as per your requirement
  • Turmeric Oil - 2-5 drops or as per your requirement.
  • Turmeric Powder - 1/2-1 teaspoon or as per your requirement.

How to use Turmeric

1. Turmeric Essential oil
a. Take 2-5 drops of Turmeric essential oil and mix with coconut oil.
b. Apply it evenly all over the affected area.
c. Use it during the night before going to bed.

2. Turmeric Juice in Coconut oil
1. Take 1-2 teaspoon of Turmeric juice in coconut oil.
2. Apply on the scalp at bedtime.
3. Keep it overnight.
4. Wash with a mild shampoo in the morning.
5. Use this remedy 2-3 times in a week.

3. Turmeric Powder
A. With wheat flour
i. Take 2 teaspoons of coarse wheat flour.
ii. Add 1 teaspoon of Turmeric powder.
iii. If your skin is dry then add 3 tablespoons of milk or yogurt.
iv. Also, add 1 teaspoon of honey and make a smooth paste.
v. Apply it evenly on the face, neck and hands and leave for 10-15 minutes.
vi. Wash with plain cool water and pat dry[54].
vii. Repeat this 2-3 times a week.

B. With rose water
i. Take 1-2 teaspoon Turmeric powder.
ii. Add 2 teaspoon of rose water and make a smooth paste.
iii. Apply it on the face and keep it for 10-15 minutes.
iv. Wash with plain cool water and pat dry[54].
v. Repeat 2-3 times a week.

C. With sandalwood
i. Take 1 teaspoon of Turmeric powder
ii. Add 1 teaspoon of sandalwood powder.
iv. Squeeze ½ lemon to it and make a smooth paste.
v. Apply evenly all over the face and leave it for 10-15 minutes
vi. Wash with plain cold water and pat dry.
vii. Repeat this for 2-3 times a week[54].

Frequently asked questions

Q. How to make Turmeric tea?

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1. Take a fresh piece of Turmeric (3-4 inch).
2. Boil it in a pot of water.
3. Strain the liquid and have it after meals.
4. Repeat this twice a day for better digestion.

Q. Should I take Turmeric as a spice or as supplements?

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You can take Turmeric in the form of supplements. However, you need to have a limited dose or as prescribed by the doctor. Also, Turmeric has a low absorption rate and black pepper is known to increase its absorption in the body. So Turmeric supplements should be taken just after having food containing black pepper to enhance its absorption[8].
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Yes, you can use Turmeric as supplements or you can also add Turmeric as a spice in while cooking. It helps to improve digestion as well as appetite due to its Deepan (appetizer) and Pachan (digestive) properties.

Q. Should I use Turmeric powder or fresh Turmeric juice to make Turmeric milk?

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You can use Turmeric powder or juice for making Turmeric milk but it is advisable to use organic Turmeric powder.

Q. Is it safe to apply Turmeric milk on face daily?

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Yes, applying Turmeric milk on face daily will help improve your complexion as well as skin texture. But if you have oily and acne prone skin, it is advisable to replace milk with aloe vera gel or Multani mitti.

Q. Is too much Turmeric bad for you?

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Excess of anything can cause harm to your body. Turmeric is safe when taken in food amounts, but it is advisable to take Turmeric supplements only in the recommended dosage and duration under a doctor’s supervision.
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Turmeric has strong Katu (pungent) taste and is Ushna (hot) in nature which can cause stomach upset if you take in excess.

Q. Can Turmeric improve thyroid health?

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An animal study states that curcumin, an active compound present in Turmeric has anti-oxidant property which lowers the risk of oxidative stress. This helps manage good thyroid health[19].

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Tip:
1. Take 1/4 teaspoon of Turmeric powder.
2. Add 1 teaspoon of honey and mix well.
3. Take it twice a day after taking food.
4. Continue this for 1-2 months for better results.

Q. Is Turmeric good for high blood pressure?

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Curcumin present in Turmeric helps in blood pressure management by regulating the activity of angiotensin receptors. Another study states that curcumin might relax blood vessels which makes blood to flow smoothly, thereby lowering blood pressure to some extent[20][21].

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Turmeric helps in maintaining high blood pressure because of its Tikta and Katu Rasa taste and Ushna virya property. These properties maintain smooth blood flow by relaxing the blood vessels.
Tip:
1. Take 1/4 teaspoon of Turmeric powder.
2. Mix it with 1 teaspoon honey.
3. Take it twice a day after lunch and dinner.
4. Continue this for 1-2 months for better results.

Q. Is Turmeric good for your heart?

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Yes, Turmeric is good for the heart. This is due to the presence of Curcumin which has anti-coagulative property. It lowers the risk of blood clotting and narrowing of arteries by inhibiting the synthesis of thromboxane. Curcumin also has antioxidant property which prevents damage of blood vessels and lowers the level of bad cholesterol. Turmeric also helps in blood pressure management by regulating the activity of angiotensin receptors. This ensures a smooth blood flow to the heart to function[20-23][25][26][38].



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Turmeric is good to maintain a healthy heart when it is taken daily as a part of the diet. This is because it helps lower high cholesterol and prevents blockage in blood vessels. High cholesterol is due to an imbalance of Pachak Agni (digestive fire). Impaired digestion at the tissue level produces excess waste products or Ama (toxic remains in the body due to improper digestion). This causes an accumulation of bad cholesterol.
Turmeric helps in controlling high cholesterol by reducing Ama because of its Deepan (appetizer) and Pachan (digestive) properties.
Tip:
1. Take 1/4 teaspoon of Turmeric powder.
2. Take it with 1 glass of lukewarm water or 1 teaspoon honey.
3. Have it before breakfast or with breakfast once daily.

Q. Can you take Turmeric on an empty stomach?

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Due to its hot potency, Turmeric can cause a burning sensation when taken in large doses on an empty stomach.
Tip:
Use Turmeric with amla juice as the cold potency of Amla will balance the hot potency of Turmeric.

Q. Can I take Turmeric if I have gallbladder problems?

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Although Turmeric is safe to consume in food amount, it is advisable to consult a doctor before taking Turmeric supplements if you have gallstones. This is because Curcumin present in Turmeric supplements might cause intense pain in the abdominal region in case of gallbladder stones[33].
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Although Turmeric is safe to be taken in food amount, high dosage of Turmeric supplements should be avoided in case of gallbladder stones due to its Ushna (hot) nature.

Q. Can Turmeric help in hepatitis?

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Turmeric might help in lowering the risk of hepatitis. Studies suggest that curcumin present in Turmeric has anti-viral activity and inhibits the activity and replication of hepatitis B and C virus[14][15].

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Tip:
1. Take 1/4 teaspoon of Turmeric powder.
2. Mix it in 200-250 ml buttermilk.
3. Drink it twice a day after taking meals.
4. Continue this for 1-2 months for better results.

Q. Is Turmeric milk good for diabetes?

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Yes, Turmeric milk is good for diabetes. It helps to improve blood glucose as well as insulin levels. This is due to the presence of curcumin which has antioxidant and antiinflammatory properties[27-31].
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Yes, Turmeric milk is good for diabetes. It helps to control the high sugar level. This is because it helps improve metabolism due to its Deepan (appetizer) and Pachan (digestive) properties. Apart from this, it also reduces the risk of diabetes complications.

Q. Can Turmeric help you lose weight?

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Turmeric might help in weight management due to the presence of a polyphenol called Curcumin in it. Studies state that curcumin helps promote weight loss and reduce the risk of obesity-related diseases. This is due to the anti-inflammatory property of curcumin. Curcumin inhibits the activity of inflammatory agents secreted by white adipose tissue as well as promote antioxidant activities. Through these two mechanisms, curcumin reduces obesity as well as the adverse effects of obesity[56].
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An increase in weight is due to unhealthy food habits and lifestyle which leads to a weak digestive fire. This increases accumulation of Ama causing an imbalance in Meda dhatu, thus resulting in obesity. Turmeric is useful to control obesity as it helps to improve metabolism and reduce Ama. This is due to its Deepan (appetizer) and Pachan (digestive) properties. It balances Meda Dhatu and thus reduces obesity.

Q. Does Turmeric help with PMS?

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Premenstrual syndrome is a psychophysiological stress-induced disorder resulting in an imbalanced nervous system. Curcumin present in Turmeric has anti-inflammatory property. It works on the nervous system and helps reduce stress. This helps ease the symptoms of PMS[57].
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Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) refers to a cycle of physical, emotional and behavioral symptoms. According to Ayurveda, an impaired Vata and Pitta circulate in different channels of the body, causing various physical symptoms of PMS. Turmeric helps to reduce the symptoms of PMS because of its Vata balancing property.

Q. Is Turmeric a blood thinner?

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Animal studies suggest that Curcumin a polyphenol present in Turmeric has anticoagulant property. It prevents the formation of blood clots[7][37].

Q. Can you eat raw Turmeric?

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Yes, you can eat raw Turmeric powder or its juice mixed with warm milk or water to boost immunity. But if you are suffering from GERD, heartburn and stomach ulcers, it is advisable to avoid having raw Turmeric[7].
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Yes, you can eat raw Turmeric but it is advisable to take after boiling with milk or by frying with Ghee for reducing its strong pungent taste. This will also help balance its Ushna (hot) nature.

Q. Does Turmeric cause nose bleed?

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Animal studies suggest that Turmeric may increase the risk of bleeding. So it is advisable to use Turmeric or its supplements with doctor’s consultation if you have any bleeding disorders[7].
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Turmeric might cause a nose bleed if it is taken in a high dose or if you have excess Pitta in the body. This is because of its Ushna (hot) nature and Katu (pungent) taste.

Q. Is Turmeric beneficial in case of cough?

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Yes, studies state that Turmeric is beneficial in giving relief from cough especially in case of asthma. The volatile oil is useful in removing sputum, relieving cough, and preventing asthma[2].

Q. Can Turmeric remove dark spots?

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Curcumin, the active constituent present in Turmeric lightens dark spots if used regularly. Curcumin also has a good antioxidant property which prevents cell damage and helps in skin repair[4][11].
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Turmeric has a property of Ropan and Rasayana. Because of these properties, Turmeric helps to reduce dark spots and gives a clear skin.
Tip:
1. Make a paste of Turmeric powder and honey.
2. Apply on the face and keep for 15-20 minutes.
3. Wash it off with cool, plain water and pat dry.
4. Repeat this 2-3 times a week.
5. Continue for 1-2 months for better results.

Q. Can Turmeric cure psoriasis?

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Curcumin present in Turmeric has good anti-inflammatory property. It inhibits the activity of inflammatory enzymes and reduces inflammation and itchiness associated with psoriasis[13].
Tip:
1. Take Turmeric powder as per your requirement.
2. Mix it with coconut oil to make a smooth paste.
3. Apply to the affected area once or twice a day.
4. Continue this for 2-3 months for better results.

Q. Can Turmeric heal wounds?

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Curcumin present in Turmeric has anti-bacterial property. It kills bacteria at the wound site and prevents it from entering the body via the wound opening. Curcumin also has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It reduces pain and swelling and speeds up the healing process[3][4][12].
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Turmeric helps in quick healing of the wound, decreases swelling and brings back the normal texture of the skin. A paste of Turmeric powder with water helps in quick healing and reduces inflammation. This is due to its Ropan (healing) property.
Tip:
1. Take 1-2 teaspoon of organic Turmeric powder.
2. Add water to make a smooth paste.
3. Wash your hands properly before applying the paste to the wound.
4. Apply gently on the wound and do not rub.
5. However, it is advisable to consult a doctor if you have a major wound with infections.

Q. Can Turmeric help in skin whitening?

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Yes, Turmeric helps to improve the overall texture of the skin when applied externally. This is due to its Tridosha balancing property. According to Ayurveda, Pitta dosha is responsible for skin color. Turmeric helps to balance Pitta dosha and brings back the normal color and texture of the skin.
Tip:
1. Take 1 teaspoon Turmeric powder.
2. Add to 2-3 teaspoon Gram flour (besan).
3. Add 1-2 teaspoon Lemon juice to it and few drops of rose water.
4. Mix well and apply all over your face and neck leaving the under eye area.
5. Keep for 10-15 minutes and wash with cool water.
6. Pat dry and repeat this 2-3 times a week.

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