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Latin name: Curcuma longa Linn. (Zingiberaceae)

Sanskrit/Indian name: Haridra, Rajani, Nisha Haldi, Halada

General information:

Turmeric is a vital herb in Ayurvedic medicine, whose spice form can be recognized by its dazzling, yellow color. The root of the herb, used either fresh or dried, has a host of medicinal benefits. It acts as a carminative and also enhances the complexion and skin-tone. In addition, Turmeric can be used to combat liver damage, respiratory disorders and ulcers.

Therapeutic constituents:

Turmeric’s principal constituent is curcumin, which is a potent antioxidant.

Key therapeutic benefits:

  • Turmeric has gastroprotective properties, which prevent stomach ulcers.
  • As an anti-inflammatory, the herb alleviates joints aches and pains.
  • It is beneficial in treating respiratory disorders.
  • Turmeric is also known to lower blood cholesterol levels.

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