Turmeric is an extremely versatile plant that is most often used as a sort of medicine. Turmeric is derived from the rhizomes (underground stems) of the plant Curcuma longa, a member of the ginger family. Early findings from laboratory and animal studies suggest that curcumin has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Some of the common illnesses that it can help with include: Jaundice, Hepatitis, diarrhea, Fibromyalgia, headache, ringworm, bruising, eye infections, skin problems, Alzheimer’s disease, and some studies have shown that it helps even with skin cancer. Curcumin is being studied as a possible treatment for conditions ranging from arthritis to obesity. According to the US Arthritis Foundation, early research indicates curcumin can block some of the inflammatory enzymes that cause the pain, swelling, and stiffness of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
Don’t use turmeric if you have gallstones or bile duct dysfunction. Pregnant women shouldn’t use it without their doctors’ approval. In rare cases, extended use can cause stomach upset or heartburn.