Turmeric Root

Curcuma longa

Energetics:  Warming, Drying, Toning

Actions:  Anti-inflammatory, Circulatory Stimulant (Increases blood flow), Carminative (Relieves bloating & flatulence)

Found in:  Moon + Mood

Native to India and Southeast Asia, Turmeric is a medicinal herb whose use has been recorded as early as 600 B.C 1.  This root has recently gained popularity in Western culture as well, especially for its pronounced anti-inflammatory effects.  Turmeric contains the antioxidant curcumin, which has been shown to be helpful to relieve pain in the body, especially in the joints and muscles2.  In addition to its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, Turmeric also stimulates blood flow throughout the body with its warming, aromatic compounds3.  This relieves numbness and cramping while also helping to drive nutrients and the medicinal compounds of other herbs throughout the body.  With its pungent flavor, Turmeric is also renowned as a cooking herb common in curries and other Asian dishes.  Not only does it bring delicious flavor, but it also helps to promote digestion and relieve flatulence with its carminative action.

  1. Govindarajan, V. S., and William H. Stahl. “Turmeric—chemistry, technology, and quality.” Critical Reviews in Food Science & Nutrition 12.3 (1980): 199-301.
  2. Daily, J. W., Yang, M., & Park, S. (2016). Efficacy of turmeric extracts and curcumin for alleviating the symptoms of joint arthritis: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized clinical trials. Journal of medicinal food, 19(8), 717-729.
  3. Budhwaar, V. (2013). The secret benefits of ginger and turmeric. Sterling Publishers Pvt. Ltd.

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