Turmeric - Very Useful Herb for Asthma


Curcuma longa Zingiberaceae

Cultivatedáin Asia, Africa and the westáIndies, turmericáis a tropical Perennial . Its pointed, lance-shaped leaves can be lip to 70cm long. Low clusters of .flowers spring up from theáMiddle if the plant in summer. Theárhizome is cylindrical, often with .finger-like protuberances, and is a rich yellowáorange on the inside. It has a warm, slightly acrid taste. Whenápowdered, it is widely usedáto colorsáand flavour food.

Parts used

  • Rhizome
  • The rhizome is dug up in winter, when it is dormant. It is cut into pieces, boiled and then dried.
  • In herbal medicine, turmeric rhizome is mainly used to prepare powders and tinctures, and occasionally for making infusions.


Turmeric rhizome contains a number of curcuminoids, which are mainly responsible for its colour and are known to be anti-inflammatory. It is also rich in essential oil.

Medicinal uses

Turmeric rhizome is prescribed as a treatment for lack of appetite, indigestion and stomach acidity, as well as liver and gall-bladder problems. It has been found to have a protective effect on the liver and the essential oil is known to stimulate the secretion of bile. Scientists have also demonstrated that the curcuminoids can have a powerful anti-inflammatory effect, which underlies the traditional use of turmeric in treating rheumatism, arthritis, eczema, asthma, psoriasis, and other inflammatory conditions.

Turmeric has also displayed antioxidant and antibacterial properties, and is believed to help to lower blood cholesterol and inhibit blood clotting. This suggests that it could be beneficial in preventing hardening of the arteries and heart attacks. There is also evidence that it may be useful in the treatment of circulatory and menstrual disorders.


Turmeric can be grown from seeds, planted in autumn. or rhizome cuttings, planted in early summer. It thrives in moist, well-drained soil. Because it needs plenty of sunshine. temperatures in excess of 1 SOC and high humidity, it is best cultivated in a greenhouse in temperate regions.


For internal use

TO TREAT digestion problems INFUSION Put 19 of powdered rhizome into a cup of boiling water. Cover and leave to infuse for S-10 minutes, then strain. Drink 2-4 cups a day. TINCTURE (1:S in 70% alcohol) Put 20 drops into a glass of water. Take after every meal.



  • High doses of turmeric can irritate the stomach, causing nausea.
  • The plant should not be taken at the same time as anticoagulants.
  • Do not use for gall-bladder problems due to blocked bile duct.


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