Turmeric is a common spice that is found throughout different Asian cuisines, and it is also a powerful medicinal herb used in Eastern medicine. In this blog post, we will be covering how this spice is used in Eastern medicine, as well as its benefits from the perspective of Western medicine.
Turmeric in Eastern Medicine
In Eastern medicine, Turmeric, otherwise known as Jiang Huang, is a herb classified as part of the set of herbs that invigorate blood, meaning that turmeric can be used to stimulate blood flow. Therefore turmeric can be prescribed to anyone experiencing symptoms and conditions related to blood flow and circulation, irregular menstrual cycles, and anything else that could be caused by blood stagnation. Moreover, in Eastern medicine, a herb’s flavour can indicate how it can benefit your health. As turmeric has a pungent and bitter flavour, it is believed to have cleansing properties. This includes the ability to clear heat and dampness, and encourage bowel movements. Furthermore, turmeric’s flavour is also an indication of the organs that turmeric supports the function of. Therefore if you have been facing issues with your spleen and liver, turmeric is often prescribed.
Turmeric in Western Medicine
In Western medicine, turmeric is primarily used for its anti-inflammatory properties. As inflammation can cause a very wide range of symptoms if left unchecked, turmeric can help treat a wide range of conditions related to chronic pain. In addition, turmeric has also been found to contain antioxidants that can help prevent heart disease and certain cancers.
How to Take Turmeric
The specific compound found in turmeric that contains most of the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant healing properties are known as curcuminoids. However, to properly absorb curcuminoids you need to ingest turmeric with a source of fat or black pepper. This is because your liver greatly hinders your ability to absorb curcuminoids as it filters them out. Luckily, if you ingest turmeric with a source of fat such as olive or coconut oil, or black pepper, your body is able to effectively absorb curcuminoids and their anti-inflammatory and antioxidant healing properties.
As it is a common ingredient found in many Asian dishes, the powerful health benefits of turmeric can be surprising. However, this also means that turmeric is an easily accessible herbal medicine that you can take advantage of today by incorporating it into your vitamin and supplement routine. If you’re interested in learning more about the healing benefits of turmeric, or any other herbal medicines, contact us to book an appointment.