Turmeric’s most important phytochemical, curcumin, is often added to food products as a colouring and to prevent their spoilage by oxidation. Herbalists prescribe it to prevent heart disease and cancer, and to treat HIV infection and arthritis. An increasing body of scientific research is showing turmeric to be one of the most valuable medicinal spices with potent preventive and, in some cases, therapeutic effects against a variety of serious chronic diseases.
Turmeric’s main constituent phytochemical, curcumin, is one of the most remarkable and most studied of all the spice compounds. In addition to its others medicinal properties, curcumin is an extremely valuable chemoprotective agent.
Turmeric, within the various disciplines, used as an alternative, analgesic, anti-allergic antibacterial, anticarcinogenic, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antitumour, an appetizer, astringent, cardiovascular, carminative, cholagogue, digestive, stimulant and vulnerary.
Sources: Medicinal Seasonings – The Healing Power of Spices (Dr Keith Scott); The Healing Plants Bible (Helen Farmer-Knowles)