Curcumin has long been used in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine. These systems of holistic and natural medicine have used turmeric for thousands of years.
In Chinese medicine, turmeric is one of their most valued herbs. Turmeric is called “jiang huang” in Chinese. It is used for decongesting blood and moving chi.
Turmeric in Chinese Medicine is used to alleviate pain, blood disorders, liver ailments, heart conditions, funguses, respiratory issues, injuries, weight loss, wounds, depression and anxiety, neurodegenerative disease, auto-immune deficiencies, for colds and the flu, for bacterial elements, and to promote menses.
Ayurvedic medicine has roots in India from 1900 BC. Turmeric has commonly been used in India as a spice but they also use it for a wide variety of diseases and afflictions including those of the skin, pulmonary, respiratory, and gastrointestinal systems. It was used to treat aches, pain and inflammation, parasites, tumors, chronic illness and reproductive system ailments. Additionally, it serves as a purifying ingredient to remove toxins from the body and breast milk, promote menses and cramps in women, and improve semen regulation and prostate health in men.
Benefits in Modern Times
Still, in modern times, we enjoy turmeric in curry dishes. Other uses for it are as a dye that enhances our food, as a sunscreen, an insect repellent, in soaps and cosmetics, and as a home remedy.
When we examine the modern medicinal benefits of Curcumin, it seems like Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda were not far off in their conclusions about turmeric with its active property, Curcumin.
Recent research has uncovered a wide range of benefits to Curcumin therapy. Studies have shown that Curcumin is effective in treating edema, inflammation, viral infection, bacterial infection, cancer , cirrhosis, hepatitis, herpes simplex virus, myothelioma, melanoma, influenza, pain, uveitis, salmonella, candida, roundworm, scabies, neurodegenerative disease, autoimmune disease, and heart disease. Moreover , it has been shown to be useful in the prevention of illness and promotes weight loss.
The following examples of research describes how Curcumin was used in studies. I will present the scientific information taken from the studies, followed by a generalized interpretation of how Curcumin has interacted with the topic researched. Science is just now getting into what Curcumin is all about; there has to be much more research done to fully understand what scientist are finding and what they are beginning to uncover. Thus far, what they have discovered in Curcumin is very positive, leading to innovative groundbreaking medicinal treatments and results that are-one-of-a-kind.
Curcumin is unusual enough to have been recently mentioned on the Dr. Oz show, and with Dr. Richard Becker from Your Health. These studies come from PubMed, which is a data base of research supported by the US National Library, the same files of where the doctors mentioned above get much of their information.
In writing this, it was imperative to show the work because the proof is in the pudding. This has been done to demonstrate where the discoveries and advancements are coming from and the vast amount of recent research done. Furthermore, this was done to provide the readers an analyzed, common interpretative version of what Curcumin does in matters of sustaining and improving health.
Next is Cancer studies!!!! This is all from a book by Clayton Geoffreys