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turmeric (Turmeric, turmeric or turmeric) is not only a popular spice, but also a medicinal plant. It helps with digestive problems - especially if these are caused by insufficient bile production. Read more about the effects and uses of turmeric!

What are the healing powers of turmeric?

The rootstock of turmeric plants (Curcuma longa, C. zanthorrhiza) is used as a traditional herbal medicine for digestive complaints, especially for functional disorders of the biliary system. Turmeric also has an effect on dyspeptic complaints (upper abdominal pain, nausea, flatulence, bloating, etc.).

In the rhizomes of turmeric (both types) there are two main groups of ingredients - essential oil and so-called curcuminoids (including curcumin). The latter are responsible for the yellow color of the rhizome and play an important role in the curcuma healing effect: First and foremost, the medicinal plant promotes the flow of bile (choleretic effect).

In addition, studies have shown other effects such as anti-inflammatory effects, lowering of the cholesterol level and antioxidation (interception of cell-damaging aggressive oxygen compounds). The latter effect raised high hopes that turmeric can protect against cancer. Studies on cell cultures were promising, but studies on humans have so far not clearly confirmed the cancer-protecting effect of the medicinal plant.

How is turmeric used?

In the case of dyspeptic complaints (upper abdominal complaints) and disorders in the area of ​​the gallbladder or ducts Turmeric tea recommended. To do this, pour 150 milliliters of boiling water over 0.5 to one gram of the coarsely powdered rhizome. After five to ten minutes, you can strain off the plant parts. Drink a cup of turmeric tea several times a day before or with meals. But keep to the recommended daily dose of 1.5 to 3 grams.

The turmeric effect in tea can be usefully supplemented with artichoke leaves in order to alleviate the symptoms mentioned.

Are more effective than the tea standardized finished preparations like turmeric capsules. You can find out how these are used and dosed from the respective package insert and from your doctor or pharmacist.

Also as a spice Turmeric is healthy: At least its use in cooking can prevent gastrointestinal complaints and disorders of the biliary function.

What side effects can turmeric trigger?

Turmeric sometimes causes stomach upset. Dry mouth and flatulence are also possible.

What to look for when using turmeric

Do not use turmeric if you have biliary obstruction, biliary inflammation, gallstones, other gallbladder problems, or liver diseases.

If the gastrointestinal complaints to be treated or disorders in the gallbladder / duct area persist for more than two weeks or even worsen, please consult a doctor.

How to get turmeric and its products

For seasoning, you can purchase pure turmeric powder or seasoning mixes with turmeric (such as curry) in your grocery store.

For medicinal use, please use the dried, crushed root stock or - even better - ready-made preparations from pharmacies and well-stocked drugstores. Everything you need to know about the correct use of turmeric can be found in the package insert or from your doctor or pharmacist.

Interesting facts about turmeric

As an Asian spice and main component of curry powder, turmeric (turmeric) is well known to many people. But what exactly is turmeric (turmeric)?

It is a perennial plant that belongs to the ginger family (Zingiberaceae). As with the related ginger, the rhizome of the plant is used for culinary and medicinal purposes. Two types of the plant are used - the one native to India Curcuma longa (turmeric root) and those native to Southeast Asia Turmeric zanthorrhiza (Javanese turmeric). Both are now cultivated in many tropical regions.

Curcuma longa becomes about one meter high, C. xanthorrhiza about 1.75 meters. In both species, the rhizome forms finger-shaped secondary rhizomes on the one hand and long roots on the other, on which tuberous thickenings develop. The more than one meter long, monotonous, lanceolate leaves arise directly from the rhizome. The funnel-shaped flowers are arranged in large, cone-like inflorescences. In turmeric, the color of the flowers varies from yellowish-white to yellow to orange. The flowers of the Javanese turmeric, on the other hand, are purple to crimson.

By both turmericSpecies, however, the rhizome is colored saffron yellow, which is reflected in the Latin generic name: The term turmeric comes from the ancient Indian language and means saffron (= kunkuman).

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