Anti-Cancer Potential of Turmeric

THE RHIZOME (UNDERGROUND STEM) OR ROOT OF turmeric has been used in Asian cookery, medicine, cosmetics, and fabric dying for more than 2,000 years. Marco Polo wrote about turmeric in his memoirs, fostering its popularity in Europe during medieval times as a colorant and medicine.

Traditional Medicinal Use

Turmeric powder has long been used for medicinal purposes in Asia to treat gastrointestinal upsets, arthritis pain, and “low energy.” In traditional Indian Ayurvedic medicine, turmeric has been used as a tonic for the digestive system and the liver; to dispel worms, strengthen the body, and dissolve gallstones; and for menstrual irregularity and arthritis. In old Hindu texts it is described as an aromatic, stimulant, and carminative (an agent that helps expel gas from the intestines and treats colic). Mixed with slaked (hydrated) lime, turmeric was a wellknown household remedy for sprains and swellings caused by injury. (1)

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