Turmeric has many healing actions, from relieving pain to improving circulation - which is why healers in Asia have been using it for more than 5,000 years. Some of the uses of turmeric include: soothing digestive problems, topical wound healing, stimulant to improve blood flow, topical paste for skin problems and decongestant to clear nasal passages. (Aggarwal 2011)
Today, turmeric is considered as the Super Star of spices for its anti-oxydant and anti-inflammatory properties and has been extensively studied in a wide range of therapies. Indeed, chronic inflammation has been shown to trigger or advance many of the diseases of modern life. That includes cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, asthma and auto-immune disease such as rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis (Gupta 2013).
Based on early research conducted in-vitro and with animal models, human clinical trials indicate that curcumin, the most active ingredient in turmeric powder, may have potential therapeutic activities for diseases such as polyarthritis, osteoarthritis and inflammatory bowel disease.
Numerous clinical trials are still in progress to discover new therapeutic areas such as Alzheimer’s disease. Worldwide 48 clinical trials using curcumin are underway.
References: Aggarwal, B.B. “Healing Spices” Ed. Sterling 2011. Gupta SC, Patchva S, Aggarwal BB. Therapeutic roles of curcumin: lessons learned from clinical trials. AAPS J. 2013 Jan;15(1):195-218