The Miracle of Turmeric
By Yogi Baba Prem, Yogacharya, Veda Visharada, CYI, C.ay, C. va
Please note this article is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to diagnose or suggest treatment. Please consult with your doctor before beginning anything from this article.
This is a reprint of an article that Yogi Baba Prem wrote over a decade ago with a few additions.
For many years, I have spoken about the benefits of Turmeric. Recently, in the last few years, it appears that a great deal of research has been performed on Turmeric. In the latest research, turmeric appears to have powerful cancer fighting properties. From my understanding, some research has suggested that it helps to remove plaque from the brain. While not proven, this plaque is thought to be associated with Alzheimer’s disease in some way, shape, or form.
From a yogic standpoint turmeric is highly valued for a variety of reasons:
From an Ayurvedic standpoint Turmeric can additionally be used:
From a spiritual standpoint, Turmeric can aid in:
Ayurveda suggests caution for those suffering from hepatitis, cirrhosis, and jaundice. In fact, care should be taken with all liver disorders. Expectant mothers should use caution, as well.
Studies have indicated that turmeric may be beneficial for those suffering from osteoarthritis. And there has been a tremendous amount of research on turmeric’s anti-cancer properties and actions. While much of this research has been a laboratory level, the evidence is quite impressive.
As recently as 2014, a report was published demonstraiting the beneficial analgesic effects of turmeric on arthritic knee pain (osteoarthritis). Turmeric was compared with ibuprofen. While improvments were noted over six weeks, the study period. Patients in the Turmeric study reported a 91% satisfaction rating. The effects may be a cumulitive effect as turmeric was consumed 4 times a day. It should be noted that the study group was rather small for this study.
While turmeric can be consumed as a cooking spice, it can also be purchased as capsules, or encapsulated by the user. It can be purchased in bulk at health food stores for significant savings and taken with meals in 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon amounts.
We purchase turmeric root and grind it ouselves to make our own turmeric powder. It is the freshest turmeric one can get. We do recommend using gloves for this, as turmeric does stain the hands and it can be hard to remove these stains.
One of our favorite drinks is 'turmeric tea'. It is quite simple to make.
1. Take hot water but not boiling. If you boil to heat allow a few minutes for the water to cool.
2. Take one teaspoon (4.928 milliliters) of turmeric powder.
3. Add turmeric powder to water, stir. Sweeten with honey or favorite sweetner, if desired. We drink ours without any sweetner. Generally, we only drink one per day.
Note: Some consider this an acquired taste.We recommend sweeting with honey. Additionally, honey will function as an 'anupana'. In Ayurvedic teachings, this will carry the turmeric to the deeper tissues.
Note: if one has teeth that are more porious, it is possible that this could cause staining, so caution is advised.
References, Sources, and Recommended Reading:
Lad, Vasant, Frawley, David “The Yoga of Herbs” Lotus Press:Twin Lakes, 1986
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Vilai Kuptniratsaikul, Piyapat Dajpratham, Wirat Taechaarpornkul, Montana Buntragulpoontawee, Pranee Lukkanapichonchut, Chirawan Chootip, Jittima Saengsuwan, Kesthamrong Tantayakom, Supphalak Laongpech. Efficacy and safety of Curcuma domestica extracts compared with ibuprofen in patients with knee osteoarthritis: a multicenter study. Clin Interv Aging. 2014 ;9:451-8. Epub 2014 Mar 20. PMID: 24672232
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