CURCUMA - Halsi, Haridra - Curcuma Longa - Zingiberaceae
La racine de Curcuma a différentes utilisations dans la médecine Ayurvédique.
Cet antibiotique naturel et purificateur du sang est citée dans la littérature classique dans le traitement de plus de vingt affections.
D’usage journalier, le CURCUMA a son utilité dans les cas des maladies qui sont souvent chroniques, comme les problèmes digestifs, l’arthrite, la fluctuation du glucose sanguin et l'asthme.
En plus, le CURCUMA est utile en cas de toux et d'inflammation de la gorge, anémie, règles trop légères (trop peu) et maladies de la peau.
Il améliore la digestion et prend soin de la décomposition des résidus du métabolisme.
En faisant bouillir rapidement du lait avec du CURCUMA et de la CARDAMOME, le lait est donc plus digeste pour les enfants et les adultes qui normalement ne le supportent pas.
Le CURCUMA est anti-inflammatoire, cicatrisant des plaies et de la peau et s'utilise en usage interne et externe. Des tests ont démontrés que le CURCUMA accélère la guérison des plaies de 23 a 24%.
Le CURCUMA a une action protectrice sur le foie, purifie le sang et a un effet stabilisant sur les membranes lysosomales. Les parties utilisés de Curcuma Longa sont les bulbes des racines.
A dosage normal, aucune contre-indication n'est connue.
Guérit la peau, anti-allergique, anti-inflammatoire, calme le prurit, guérit les plaies, purifie le sang, antiseptique, d2toxicant, cholérétique et carminatif.
TURMERIC - Haldi, Haridra - Curcuma Longa - Zingiberaceae
Turmeric is a perennial grown throughout the tropical parts of Asia.
It favours a warm and humid climate. Haridra literally means ‘yellow’ and its strong yellow colour signifies its use as a liver herb that is good at drying damp and moving stagnation in the blood.
- Rasa (taste) : bitter, astringent, pungent/
- Virya (energy) : heating
- Vipaka (post-digestive effect) : pungent
- Guna (quality) : Dry, light
VPK-, PV+ in excess
Tissues (dhatus) :
All the tissues
Systems (srotas) :
Female reproductive, digestive, respiratory, circulatory
Emmenagogue, blood tonic, carminative, anti-bacterial, cholagogue, alterative, vulnerary, anti-inflammatory, anti-platelet, hypolipidaemic, antioxidant, anti-carcinogenic.
Lekhan ‘Scraping’ property
Deepana Enkindles the digestive fire
Prameham Useful in diabetes
Pandu Used in anaemia
Raktadoshodham Blood purifier
Artava janana Promotes menses
Jwaraghna Alleviates fever
Vishaghna Destroys poisons
Krimaghna Worm destroying
Varnya Complexion enhancer
Kushthagna Removes skin diseases
Kandughna Stops itching
Vedana sthapana Analgesic
Sandhaniya Heals broken bones
Shirovirechan Useful in clearing stagnation from the head
Stanyashodaka Purifies breasts and breast milk
DIGESTION : For all intestinal infections and mucus conditions Turmeric helps to promote ‘sweet’ intestines by reducing pathogenic bacteria and destroying ama. It has recently been proven to have an affinity for the large intestine and to play a preventative role in bowel cancer. Other clinical trials have proven its efficacy at treating dyspepsia and stomach ulcers. Its bitter and pungent flavours act on the agni of rasa dhatu and enhance its ability to nourish the plasma and blood. Traditionally used in diabetes to clear ama, kapha and excess fat tissue.
LIVER : A stimulant effect to the liver and ranjaka pitta increases the flow of blood through the hepatic system and increases bile output. This helps to dissolve and prevent gallstones. It is traditionally considered a blood purifier and is often used for beautifying the skin and clearing systemic toxaemia, eczema, urticaria, psoriasis and acne. As with many liver herbs it is also good for the eyes. A wash is used in conjunctivitis and styes.
GYNAECOLOGY : Turmeric is used to clear kapha accumulations from the lower abdomen, uterus and apanakshetra. Fibroids, cysts, endometriosis, dysmenorrhoea, amenorrhoea and leucorrhoea are all treated by reducing congestion. As a specific herb for rasa dhatu it also works on its secondary tissue stanyasrotas and is used to purify breast milk as well as to promote the flow of the menses. A poultice can be very effective in mastitis.
INFLAMMATION : Curcumin reduces inflammation caused by arachidonic acid (cf usage for dysmenorrhoea). It is used in dermatitis, eczema, urticaria, psoriasis, colitis, asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis. Hence it is used in pitta-kapha conditions at low doses and mixed with other bitter herbs. It is also a renowned anti-bacterial.
JOINTS : It treats inflammation of the joints, alleviates pain and strengthens the joints and tendons. Useful for treating gout, arthritis, broken bones and wounds.
HEART : Turmeric nourishes the heart by virtue of its raktavardhak and blood building quality. By increasing blood flow and reducing total cholesterol Turmeric helps the functions of the heart. It has an anti-platelet activity and scrapes accumulations from the channels (lekhaniya) that helps to prevent coagulation and reduce kapha in the blood.
INFECTION : Turmeric is an excellent anti-biotic useful in fevers, sore throat and scepticaemia.
External Excellent for reducing pain as a topical application in bruises, infections, sprains and pain. Use it carefully as it is very staining to the skin and anything it comes into contact with.
- Kutki, Bhumiamalaki, Pippali in liver congestion with high kapha and pitta; hepatitis, jaundice.
- Amalaki and Daruharidra in diabetes and for ‘cooling’ the liver.
- Small amounts ( 1:10 ) of Black or Long pepper as the piperine content enhances the anti-inflammatory activity of Turmeric.
- Guggul, Mustaka, Punarnava for congestion in the lower abdomen and menstrual imbalance with pain, tumours and clots.
- Neem and Guduchi as anti-inflammatory treatment with a kapha-pitta pathology.
- Guggul, Arjuna, Amalaki for heart conditions such as angina and atherosclerosis.
- Neem, Kutki, Long Pepper for liver disease.
- Ginger, Licorice and Cloves in sore throats and fevers
- Neem leaf externally for infections and inflammations.
- Myrrh for pain and bruises.
- Frankincense, Guggul, Black Pepper, Musta and Triphala for arthritis.
- Caution in high vata and pitta. Be vigilant if gallstones are present.
- As Turmeric stimulates the movement of blood it is used with caution at medicinal doses during pregnancy and in those trying to conceive.
- Not in acute jaundice and hepatitis
1–10g / day dried root
Curcuma Longa roots in powder
* Although at high doses it can aggravate pitta, used judiciously it is an excellent remedy for all diseases of rasa and rakta. It has a particular affinity for blood related disorders.
* Traditionally popular with yogis to help stretch ligaments and repair injuries. Also said to clean the nadi network of channels.
* It has another yogic use as part of ganesh kriya : a freshly peeled root is inserted into the anus to cleanse the rectum and physically help to open mooladhara chakara.
* Turmeric alleviates vata and kapha by virtue of its hot energy and pitta via its bitter flavour.
* Its pungency combined with its bitter taste, dries and clears ama from the system.
* Many Curcuma species have medicinal uses. Karchur (Curcuma zedoaria) is used to reduce kapha and increase circulation