Thursday, September 11, 2008

Tumeric – The Healing Plant of South Asia

Tumeric , which is classified by its scientific name Cucuma longa, is a part of the ginger family. It is native to the tropics of South Asia. Its grounded powder is most commonly used as spice in curries and dyeing. Tumeric Benefits in one’s health includes stronger teeth for it has fluoride, an antiseptic for wounds, and being an antibacterial agent. Health benefits of tumeric extend to being a dietary supplement because of its supposed help when it comes to digestive problems. Currently, it is being tested to treat the following diseases: Alzheimer’s, cancer, liver disorders. Curcumin, an ingredient of turmeric, has been used for years as a safe anti-inflammatory in different kind of ailments. Studies show that it can also be used as pain reliever, although it hasn’t been clinically proven. Tumeric, like just any other medicine or spice, can cause allergic reactions. Some that have experienced allergies triggered by turmeric suggests that they should use it topically or cut it down to small pieces if taken orally. Allergic symptoms include swelling of the feet and moderate pain. Make necessary precautions before taking any alternative medicines and it is best to seek the advice of your physician as to avoid complications if you are on medication and to avoid allergic reactions.