(FAQ) Herbs (T)
Common herbs and spices
Scientific: Curcuma longa, Curcuma domestica [WikiPedia]
Appearance: A yellow coloured powder ground from the root of the turmeric plant. The turmeric plant grows in India and Indonesia and is related to the ginger family (it is a common ingredient in curries). Curcumin is a key chemical in turmeric.
Parts Used: Roots.
Common Uses: Turmeric is a plant that has a very long history of medicinal use, dating back nearly 4000 years. In Southeast Asia, turmeric is used not only as a principal spice but also as a component in religious ceremonies. Because of its brilliant yellow colour, turmeric is also known as “Indian saffron”. Modern medicine has begun to recognize its importance, as indicated by the over 3000 publications dealing with turmeric that came out within the last 25 years.
- Prevents and shrinks cancerous tumours
- Shields against carcinogenic effects of environmental toxins
- Prevents or reduces pain associated with arthritis, bursitis, and tendonitis
- Renders inactive platelet-activating factors (PAF), preventing or curing atherosclerosis (plaque build-up within the arteries)
- Aids in the digestion of fats and sugars
- Stops cholesterol from forming into gallstones
- Counteracts a variety of food allergies
- Reduces gingivitis and bad breath
Alternatives and Adjuncts:
Topic Specific References:
- Doggobone Active Raw Meals
- Honeyvale Herbs Rebound Herbal Solutions
PLEASE NOTE that herbal and other natural products can harm your animals – not all plants are safe and gentle! Do not attempt using any of the ingredients listed, or any other plant matter, without the guidance of a qualified herbalist.