COMMON NAME (Chinese Name)
Turmeric (Jiang Huang)
Turmeric supplements are heralded for their treatment for indigestion and stomach pain, even going so far as to help heal peptic ulcers. This is because turmeric has both antibacterial properties (which are specifically effective against ulcer-causing H. Pylori) and anti-inflammatory properties. Moreover, when taken as an oral supplement or a regular dietary staple, turmeric may insulate users against alcohol toxicity, preventing liver damage and hangovers alike.
As an adaptogen, turmeric has significant antioxidant properties and is considered a panacea herb in India. It has properties being researched for prevention and possible treatment of dementia and Alzheimer’s, based on traditional use. It is antifungal, even working against Candida overgrowth. Although research is insufficient, it has folk use to stop infections of both bacterial and viral origin.
Turmeric extract and oil — the vital oil derived from decocting turmeric rhizomes — may have similar benefits for gastrointestinal health while also protecting against common strains of the flu virus. Some use turmeric oil supplementation in belief that it helps prevent the accumulation of abdominal fat, though it is not an approved weight-loss supplement.
Turmeric also has significant antioxidant and free-radical-fighting properties, making it a useful preventive supplement to protect against signs of aging, as well as skin cancer, when it is applied to the skin in a paste. Turmeric masks may also be useful for treating acne and rosacea.
In Chinese medicine, turmeric is categorized as a blood regulator and blood mover. It is warm and pungent and particularly affects the Liver, Spleen and Stomach meridians, thus it affects the digestive balance.
PREPARATION & ADMINISTRATION
The finger-shaped underground roots and rhizomes of turmeric plants are used in its TCM applications after first being dried and sliced for medicinal use or powdered for use as a cooking spice or into capsules for easy ingestion.
There are no proven contraindications for the use of turmeric supplements, though people taking anticoagulant/antiplatelet medications should avoid turmeric since it may amplify their effects. However, as a blood mover, pregnant women are advised to avoid more than a culinary dose. Overuse in cooking applications can cause heartburn and indigestion, and people who are allergic to it may develop contact dermatitis from using topical preparations of turmeric oil, extract, or paste.
You should consult with a certified herbalist, physician or other qualified healthcare professional before taking turmeric.
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