Turmeric has been a staple in Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years. It is a potent herb with noteworthy and vast application.
Although, you should be thorough in your research before taking Turmeric as a supplement. While it may be just the solution to that which ails you, it has as many potential side effects as it has benefits.
Benefits & Uses
- Liver problems, jaundice, hepatitis
- Cancer, Skin cancer – prevention and treatment
- Greatly reduce skin sensitivity and sores caused by Radiation Therapy
- Depression, Low energy, Fibromyalgia
- Blood clots, amenorrhea (absence of menstruation)
- Psoriasis, Scabies, Eczema, Ringworm, Bruises
- Viral infections, Cold and Flu, Bronchitis, Fever
- Loss of appetite, stomach cramps, gas, indigestion, bloating,
- Kidney and bladder problems
Turmeric is readily available in most areas at any local supermarket or drug store.
Opt for Organic
Buying USDA certified product will ensure that it’s free from toxic pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, sewage, radiation, and preservatives. It will not contain any fillers or preservatives. If using turmeric for its heath benefits, take the care in selecting a product that is pure and unadulterated.
Forms available include:
- Turmeric Powder – available in the spice isle at the market
- Essential Oil
Application & Use
Ingesting through culinary use
Supplement / consume pill as labeled
- Glass of hot water
- 1/2 tsp. Turmeric Powder
- 1/2 tsp. Salt
- Do not use during pregnancy or while breastfeeding, or give to children as a supplement.
- While used for treatment of gallstones and gallbladder issues, use caution and ask your doctor. Gallbladder contractions produced by Turmeric can be a painful side effect.
- Do not take before a surgery as it may effect your body’s ability to clot blood. Possible brain hemorrage / stroke have been reported.
- Potential interaction with prescription and over-the-counter medications, as it may affect how the liver processes some drugs.
- Diabetes and hypoglycemia patients: Use cation. Interference with medications have been reported. Check with your doctor first.
- Cholesterol patients: Turmeric raises HDL (good) cholesterol, and may increase the effects of certain cholesterol medication. Levels should be monitored closely.
- Stomach problems such as indigestion are common with excessive use. Ulcers have been reported when Turmeric is combined with certain medications.
Here’s a great resource listing drug interactions by Kristi Monson, PharmD & Arthur Schoenstadt, MD:
Ease Arthritis with this natural concoction:
From How to Use Herbs Such As Lemongrass to Treat Arthritis | eHow.com
Place two cups of organic coconut oil, one ounce of organic dry lemongrass, five tablespoons each of turmeric powder and cayenne pepper powder in an 8-inch square glass oven pan and mix well. If coconut oil is solid, melt in a double boiler before blending with the herbs.
Put pan in preheated oven at 150 degrees for three to four hours.
Strain herbs with a cheese cloth or coffee filter into a glass jar and close lid tightly.
Keep at room temperature, which will make the ointment solid in colder climates and more liquid in hotter regions.
Apply on skin to relieve joint pain as often as needed.
Side Effects of Turmeric on the Liver
from Side Effects of Turmeric Supplements | eHow.com
People using medications need to be aware that turmeric could interfere with how the body processes some drugs. Certain drug levels may increase in the blood, which can cause serious adverse reactions in the liver. Therefore, a doctor, pharmacist or healthcare professional should be consulted as to the possibility of adverse drug interactions when turmeric is used along with medicine.