- rasa: pungent, bitter, and astringent (almost all equally)
- virya: heating
- vipaka: pungent
- uses: blood purifier, clears the skin, liver supporter, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-septic, anti-spasmodic, anti-diabetic, preventative for Alzheimer’s and cancers
Turmeric is such a special herb in Ayurveda that is lives in a class all its own. Probably the most diverse and useful herb in asian plant medicine, turmeric can virtually be used in almost any imbalance. Widely known for its yellowish appearance, curcumin, the active constituent, is both responsible for turmeric’s color and majority of its healing properties. Though, the best results come from using the entire turmeric root, curcimin provides an enormous array of healing potential by cleansing blood and restoring tissue to strength. In ayurveda, turmeric is used daily as a nutritional spice as well as effective preventative medicine which can be taken throughout life.
As a paste, turmeric works as a superb disinfectant for staph infections, oozing abysses, gangrene, and any inflammatory skin issue where acne is involved. Internally, turmeric detoxifies the blood which further improves skin clarity as well as, alleviating fever and flu-like symptoms. Also functioning within the blood, turmeric helps promote the healthy development of red blood cells, which is useful for managing anemia. This is particularly helpful for improving the quality of prana, which relies for adequate blood cells for molecules of oxygen to attach themselves to.
By being a great anti-oxidant turmeric naturally improves immunity and strengthens digestion, absorption and assimilation. As a liver supporter, turmeric is tremendous for regulating cholesterol, managing diabetes, and alleviating symptoms of jaundice. Acting on a nervous level, turmeric has been effective in managing pain by depleting pain receiving neurotransmitters. Being such a great anti-inflammatory turmeric helps curb symptoms within the gut such as, colitis, IBS, GERD, ulcers, and gastritis. Furthermore, turmeric increases bile output, which helps remove fatty build up within the live and accumulation of gal stones. Similar to ginger, turmeric is useful for reducing plaque buildup which should be taken in situations of hypertension, congestive heart failure, and arterial sclerosis. Ironically, turmeric as a gargle and mouth wash works as a great anti-bacterial which fights gingivitis, bleeding gums, and bad breath which are all preliminary signs for arterial and cardiac disorders involving plaque buildup.
As preventative medicine, turmeric helps decrease the risk of cancer and Alzheimer’s due to its abundance of curcumin which has been clinically observed in animal testing. As turmeric virtually has no negative side effects, other than staining everything yellow, it can safely be incorporated into routine use both in food or in regular administration.