Off-Topic – What is Turmeric?

turmericTurmeric root extract, or Curcuma longa, is one of the most well-known, extensively investigated, and generally used Ayurvedic spices on this planet. This golden wonder is utilized in food preparation, as a health supplement with numerous health benefits, and even as a relevant application for beautification. No delicious curry is complete without turmeric. There’s hardly a system in the body that isn’t backed up by the powerful antioxidant traits of turmeric. And each traditional Indian bride is layered in turmeric paste prior to her wedding to create that unique glow.

Advantages of Turmeric

Turmeric, the vibrant yellowish/orange powder which comes from the root of the perennial Curcuma longa plant, has been used for years and years throughout Asia. It has a specific affinity for the blood, and is therefore in a position to circulate its powerful health advantages all through the body. It is used to help many systems and functions within the entire body:

  • Promotes digestion of food
  • Powerful antioxidant activity keeps tissue working optimally
  • Supports the brain and nervous system
  • Maintains comfortable joint movement
  • Supports healthy blood glucose levels already normal range(particularly when combined with neem and amalaki)
  • Helps correct functioning of the liver
  • Feeds the heart and circulatory system
  • Improves the immune system

Turmeric root extract and Ayurveda: Conventional Uses

Turmeric root extract is utilized in Ayurveda to balance vata, pitta, and kapha, though in excess, it could irritate pitta and vata. It features a specific beneficial effect for rasa and rakta dhatu (circulatory system). It also kindles agni, helping decrease kapha and ama.

As mentioned above, it is traditionally utilized for the blood, liver, joints, body’s defence mechanism, and digestive system. Its bitter and pungent taste and heating nature enable it to possess a mobilizing and purifying power.

Turmeric extract, also known as Haridra, is said to give the energy of the Divine Mother, and to offer wealth. A likeness of Ganesha is often carved inside a entire turmeric root, and creates the strength to overcome hurdles, once more granting prosperity and good results. Turmeric is also well-liked in yogic traditions, because it is utilized to cleanse the subtle channels and chakras, and is traditionally used to help the ligaments in hatha yoga practices.


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