Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- POPULAR REMEDIES
- Giving Turmeric to Children
- Sandy's Turmeric Compilation
- Turmeric Research and Info
- Turmeric Tea for Joint Pain
- Arthritis and Joint Pain
- Best Types of Turmeric
- Bleeding Gums
- Buying Turmeric Capsules - Warning!
- Cold and Flu
- Curcumin Tablets
- Cuts and Wounds
- Cystic Acne
- Digestive and Intestinal Problems
- Digestive Issues
- Fresh Turmeric Vs. Powdered
- GANGRENE, GOUT, MRSA
- General Feedback
- Gum Disease
- How to Take Turmeric
- Joint Pain
- Kidney Cleanses
- Menstrual Cramps
- Multiple Cures
- Skin and Teeth
- Tumeric for Dogs
- Turmeric and DMSO
- Turmeric During Pregnancy
- Turmeric Feedback
- Turmeric Pill Ingredients
- Turmeric Research
- Turmeric Side Effects
[WARNING!] 09/03/2012: Celeste from Pacifica, California: "Hello All ~ I am so happy to hear that tumeric has helped nearly all of you... It is a very beneficial herb. However, I must tell you that if you are using tumeric, never, ever get the powder into your eyes. I did that..."
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Turmeric During Pregnancy
10/06/2009: Marie from Manistique, Michigan: "I just found out I'm pregnant and want to make sure that Turmeric will not adversely affect the baby or pregnancy in any way. Is there such a thing as taking too much? Or are there any known problems it could cause? My husband takes turmeric & ginger for arthritis pain and it has done WONDERS for him! We buy it from the spice section in bulk and pre-mix it 50/50. He takes a few spoonfuls a day with a glass of water. I have read so many great benefits of turmeric that I am hopeful it will work for allergies and sinus problems. My main concern is it being safe for the baby..."Replies
10/07/2009: Sara from The Beach, Canada replies: "check with your doctor first, but i would find it difficult to believe that tumeric would be harmful for the baby, since it is a mainstay in the diet of india. and other places. it is added to almost all their cooking. but it is always a safe rule of thumb to consult your doctor before starting anything new when you are pregnant good luck and congratulations!!
[YEA] 10/07/2009: Paritp from Los Angeles, Ca replies: "Yes, it is absolutely safe to have turmeric....coming from india...i use turmeric everyday in my cooking...even during my pregnancy......Actually i had bad cold during my 2nd trimester and i would put 1/4 tsp of turmeric powder in warm milk and drink it..it is very good for colds n coughs and also good for the baby....."
10/07/2009: Pareetp from Los Angeles, Ca replies: "best remedy for your husband's arthritis would be 1 tbsp fenugreek seeds soaked in 1 cup of water....boil it all together in morning .....drink the water and eat the fenugreek seeds.......gr8 for arthritis...tried n tested by my grandmoms"
[SIDE EFFECTS] 08/01/2011: Kcya from Atlanta, Ga: "I must say.... I have been taking tumeric during my period and I have never had so much thick clotting and blood. I would not suggest it. The only reason I was taking it was to reduce inflammation from the adjustment. It happened to be the same time as my period.... Stay clear during your period. You don't need any extra detoxification during your period anyway. Our bodies natural cleansing process will be all we need during the menstral cycle."Replies
10/23/2011: Hiddenjewel from Wasilla, Ak replies: "Turmeric is a blood clotting inhibitor so perhaps this is why the trouble during your period."
07/28/2010: Isabelle from Garden Grove, Ca, Usa: "Hello! Here is a question for the scientists. I wanted to print an info on turmeric for a friend and I saw "turmeric should be kept away in salmonella diseases" here is the link: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/life-style/health-fitness/health/Keep-turmeric-at-bay-during-Salmonella-infections/articleshow/6227289.cms ! That is something that I have difficulty to understand and believe . I use turmeric for many things- bacterias as well as viruses beside the soothing of inflammations, blood circulation, memory improvement etc. Always with black pepper, cayenne, coconut oil on hot liquid sea salt for taste. It always give me the result expected very fast. Please, can somebody look into the matter and give me feedback about what they think. Can it be a bias study like a few years back on vitamin E , just to force people to buy some allopathic med or does it look legit? I hope it's just bogus. Peace"Replies
[WARNING!] 09/03/2012: Celeste from Pacifica, California replies: "Hello All ~ I am so happy to hear that tumeric has helped nearly all of you... It is a very beneficial herb. However, I must tell you that if you are using tumeric, never, ever get the powder into your eyes. I did that accidentally while putting tumeric into capsules for a friend of mine, and apparently I did not wash my hands thoroughly enough, and I started rubbing my eyes and it took a week for me to finally find some relief. It resulted in swelling, burning and itching! You may ingest it fine with no problem, but never let it get into your eyes especially via rubbing with unwashed hands! Overall though it is a very important beneficial herb. Hope this helps you... God bless and good health to all!!!"
[YEA] 07/26/2009: Grayson from Orlando, Fl: "SORE THROAT RELIEF: Having recently stopped a respiratory infection in it's tracks by spraying a solution of 3% Hydrogen Peroxide directly into the throat using a saline nasal spray bottle that I emptied of nasal spray and filled with H202, I found that the virus has left my throat raw, sore and irritated and I was coughing up copious amounts of greenish phlegm. To alleviate the soreness, I put approximately 1/4 teaspoon of turmeric in my mouth and held it there until it was thoroughly mixed with saliva then slowly swallowed the mixture aided with a little liquid of choice such as water or coffee,etc..A very similar technique to oil pulling except there was only turmeric and saliva-no oil was used.WHAT A RELIEF!!!The turmeric will slightly numb the tongue but this passes quickly. I do not spray the H202 into the nose as it tends to decrease my sense of taste."
[QUESTION] 07/06/2009: Karen from Gloucester, England: "Hello all. I have a question about turmeric. I have been taking one teaspoon of turmeric twice a day in water, morning and evening. However, I am finding that it is staining my teeth. I have also taken it in milk, but with the same result. I want to continue taking this because of the spice's benefits. Has anyone found a way of taking turmeric that prevents it from staining the teeth apart from buying expensive capsules (of which I would need to take quite a few)? Or has anyone found anything that removes the yellow staining from the teeth and restores them to normal? Many thanks for any thoughts about this."Replies
07/07/2009: Sara from The Beach, Canada replies: "Karen, i have found that since tumeric works better and is better absorbed in a oil base, that i mix 1 tsp of tumeric and 1tsp of coconut oil, which is a solid. Make a paste of it and then I just place it at the back of my mouth with a butter knife so that i can swallow it directly without having it touch the rest of my mouth. If I dont have coconut oil I mix it with a nut butter. peanut or almond. It works! hope this helps. Sara"
07/07/2009: Tim from Princeton, NJ replies: "I brush with 3% H2O2 + Baking Soda & also use 3% H2O2 as mouthwash just after taking turmeric. My teeth are whiter than before. Good Luck!"
07/07/2009: T from Maryland, USA replies: "You could try rinsing with regular 3% hydrogen peroxide after brushing (I dilute mine; some don't). Just swish it around your mouth for a few minutes and spit out. As far as capsule expense, I buy turmeric and caps in bulk from an organic place online and just make my own. It's cheaper than buying filled caps at a health shop and I like knowing mine are organic and have no fillers. If this really isn't a viable option for you, try the HP rinse. It should brighten your teeth nicely if used regularly."
07/07/2009: R from Sarasota, FL replies: "Dear Karen,
The first thing that comes to mind is oil pulling. To the left of the home page there is a link for oil pulling. There are many benefits, which both my husband and I have experienced including whiter teeth, healthy gums, no sentivity issues etc. I also use turmeric and do not have any stains on my teeth from it."
07/08/2009: Sheena from Glasgow, Scotland replies: "HP may well remove the staining, as another poster recommended, but if you have metal fillings I'd think twice before using HP in your mouth. It may well work, but I stopped using HP in my mouth after reading many articles about metal fillings. If you do have metal fillings, I'd suggest trying something like bicarbonate soda to remove the staining."
07/09/2009: Rob from Manhattan, New York replies: "Drink with a straw, so less contact with teeth..I do this with ACV as well. oil pulling has worked great for whitening teeth, though turmeric
may be stubborn."
07/14/2009: Alicia from Madrid, Spain replies: "there are some gellatin capsules in which you can put the tumeric and swallow them as any other capsules of any prescription. i think you can buy them in Health Food Stores. I wish you the best."
07/15/2009: Suzi from Missoula, Montana replies: "Just use a straw! I do, and it works great,,,I also sip my ACV thru a straw also, must protect that enamel. Cheers!!"
[QUESTION] 06/08/2009: Robert from Pacific Harbor, Fiji: "Is it okay to take turmeric in its root form or does it have to be the powder?"Replies
06/25/2009: Directorabcri from B.g. Nagara, Karrnataka India replies: "You can take turmeric powder Quarter spoon in water on an empty stomach for good absorbtion. it will definitely prevent cancer, cataract, artheritis. malaria any inflanmmation & even snake bite lethality I as a scientist working on turmeric for last25 years can vouch for its excellent biological properties good luck
06/25/2009: Sangeetha from Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands replies: "Hi Leela, I take my thyroid medication "Eltroxin' first thing in the morning on empty stomach and it is suggested we take any other medicine after a gap of 4 hours. Will taking turmeric within a few minutes of Eltroxin hinder the absorption of my thyroid medication?"
[YEA] 06/02/2009: Lisa from Richmond, VA: "Having said that, turmeric is easily assimilated by the body if mixed with warm milk, you can also add pepper to it as it's known to be good in combination with turmeric. I use it for my face - mix it with yoghurt and half teaspoon- apply,leave for half an hour and wash(several washing might be needed).
Turmeric root (raw) is easily available (inexpensive) from indian grocery stores. You can make your own powder if you have a dehydrator. Dry and grind to a fine powder."
06/04/2009: Anthony from Philadelphia, PA replies: "OK, i've ask questions about this before.... The raw root is too much for me. So, I read that it's great to put a tea spoon of turmeric powder in warm milk and drink... Now, is turmeric powder the same as turmeric spice? I went to whole foods and bought there turmeric spice and used that in the milk... Is this fine or no?
It was hard to drink, i can't lie... I guess we will see.. I may just start putting them in capsules or something... It's really strong!
Any advise or info is welcome!
EC: We have a section on one of the Boils pages for Turmeric Recipes: http://www.earthclinic.com/CURES/boils.html#TURMERICRECIPES
[YEA] 03/25/2011: Tina from Sylvania, Ohio, Usa replies: "I have recently been putting powdered turmeric on the front part of my tongue w/ black pepper then washing it down. I couldn't stand it as a drink. Almost no taste doing it this way!"
[QUESTION] 04/16/2009: Bruce from Atlanta, GA: "Best Use of Turmeric?
I've read with interest the posts describing the various uses of turmeric, and would like to try it in its natural, spice form. Does anyone have information about the exact amount of the spice as taken with water, or whatever liquid is best used with this? Or, what is the best way to consume the turmeric for optimum benefit. Thank you."Replies
04/17/2009: Paritp from Los Angeles, Ca replies: "I am not sure about the tablet form of turmeric but as we are of indian origin we put turmeric in all our recipes (main course, appetizers not sweets ofcourse) just like any other herb or spice. May be you can go to indian store and find turmeric powder and start incorporating it into your everyday food. Hope this helps."
04/17/2009: Rick from Montreal, Quebec, Canada replies: "Tumeric. The best way to take it is to make sure you have a very small amount of piperine ( black pepper ) with it. The piperine facilitates its absorption into the bloodstream in considerably higher amounts. A world class authority on cancer has shown this by way of a diagram in his book....
You can make a tea, allowing the tumeric ( and a pinch of black pepper) to steep for at least five minutes. After it cools a bit, adding honey is fine if that suits you better. ( 2g of Tumeric for at least 1 cup of boiling water).
As an interesting option, I sometimes mix my organic tumeric, which I purchase in bulk at a health food store, with some black pepper. Then I add this mix to unpasteurised buckwheat honey ( which is high in minerals and enzymes ). So about 3 grammes of the powdered mix with a tbsp. of the honey.. I eat this at intervalles during the day.
I personally believe in consuming tumeric daily as, at the very least, a cancer preventative.
04/17/2009: Lynn G from Columbia, Maryland, USA replies: "To Bruce in Atlanta, GA. I take organic turmeric in capsule form. I also use it in my cooking. I recently purchased the capsules and bulk turmeric powder from an environmentally and socially conscientious company, but the owner of earthclinic prohibits posting of web sites that sell products, so I cannot give you the name or web site in this forum. One caveat, I've read that some vendors/processors of turmeric are not careful about contamination of ground-up (powered) turmeric, so getting this spice from a reliable, organic source is very important. Some people stir turmeric powder and other spices (such as cayenne) into a glass of water (lukewarm temperature would be best) and just drink it down. If you make your own broth (such as from chicken), I think that turmeric (and other spices) in warm broth would be a very tasty way to take turmeric.
I suppose that one could take too much of this wonderful spice (on a daily basis), but that would be hard to do. If you're interested in the company from whom I buy organic turmeric, please contact me at rightwriter46lg
04/17/2009: Joyce from Joelton, Tn replies: "Hello Bruce, the general dosage seems to be 1/8 to l/4 tsp. turmeric per cupful. Since it is oil soluble (not water soluble), one suggestion is putting it in coconut milk and another one is Half & Half (50/50 sweet milk & cream). One site suggested slightly warming part of the solution to hasten the turmeric dissolving and then add more cold solution to it. This site also suggested that anyone buying the capsules open them and take as above instructions."
[YEA] 02/11/2009: Brooke from Eugene, Or: "Tumeric for Sinus Infection: I am a big fan of turmeric and take it daily for my Crohn's Disease. I've recently had a cold that turned into a sinus infection. I try really hard to stay away from antibiotics because it kills the good bacteria in the gut. I put 1-2 tsp of turmeric in a bowl and poured almost boiling water over in. I then set the bowl in my lap and put a towel over my head. Breath (over the bowl with the towel over my head) in through my nose and out through my mouth for 10-15 minutes 6 times during through out the day. The next morning I woke up blowing the infection out of my nose. It was super gross. I continued the same thing the following day. I also drank lots of fluids and got plenty of rest."
[YEA] 02/11/2009: Rick from Montreal, Quebec: "A friend of mine who was a cancer patient told me his favorite cancer preventative is green tea with tumeric and a pinch of black pepper. He takes one cup a day..I also take this not too tasty concoction. Over time I have gotten used to the taste and somehow, I kind of like the flavor of it now. My body seems to cherish it: when I am travelling I get the urge to make some. Apparently, the combination of the 3 ingredients creates a very powerful synergy.
hope this helps"
01/05/2009: Gean from Salina, KS: "Since I understand turmeric is fat soluble but not water soluble, some people say it must be mixed with milk or other fat. Will the body utilize stored fat if turmeric is taken with just water? Do you think it will be just as effective? Thank you very much."Replies
04/20/2009: Leela from B.G.Nagara, Karnataka, India replies: "As a long standing researcher on turmeric i say the following. Turmeric has curcumin the fat solble part & also has a much more potent water soluble part TURMERIN which is discoverd by me. you can take turmeric powder- quarter teaspoon 3 times in a week in water & no need for extra for prvention of cancer, cataract, arthrities 7 also follwing chemo & radio therapy for cancer patients for inflamatory diseases, prevention of snake bite lethalty etc. I will be happy to send a write up if you are interestd
with regards leele srinivas"
04/21/2009: Gean from Salina, KS replies: "I would love more information on this, thank you very much. So do I understand correctly that taking turmeric every day is not as good as three times a week? Thanks."
06/25/2009: Directorabcri from B.G. Nagara, Karnataka India replies: "yes you are right .If are taking pure turmeric powder, three time a week is sufficientt. But pl do take in an empty stomach for good absorbtion good luck. leela"
01/10/2012: Pk from Bangalore, Karnataka replies: "I would like the write up regarding the usage of Turmeric. I would appriciate if you could help in guiding us using it for colorectal cancer patients."
12/23/2008: Kira from Saratoga, NY: "Excerpts from "TURMERIC: "The Golden Goddess'" (see link at end)
The most well known medicinal action of turmeric is its use as a powerful anti-inflammatory, the effectiveness of which is comparable to pharmaceutical medicines. However, it also acts as an alterative, analgesic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor, anti-allergic, anti-oxidant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, astringent, carminative, cholagogue, digestive, diuretic, stimulant, and vulnerary 6,8,10 . Modern science is beginning to recognize and understand the amazing healing qualities of turmeric and much research is currently being conducted.
Turmeric has been proven effective in treating some of the most intense ailments afflicting the world today including: Arthritis, Cancer, Alzheimer's Disease, Diabetes, Multiple Sclerosis, Atherosclerosis, HIV/AIDS, Sexually Transmitted Diseases (Hepatitis-C, Genital Herpes) , Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Indigestion, Inflammation, Acne, Urinary Tract Infections, Kidney Infections, Gallstones, Anemia, Hemorrhoids, Liver Disease, Leprosy, Amenorrhea, Edema, Bronchitis, Common Cold, Headaches, Conjunctivitis, Bursitis, food poisoning, parasites, fever, diarrhea, poor circulation, lower back and abdominal pain. It can also be used as a mosquito repellent, wound healer, and immediate cure for scorpion stings. Turmeric helps balance the female reproductive and lactation systems, and in men it purifies and improves the health of semen. It is used to treat external ulcers that would not respond to other treatment 6,8,10 . Due to its vast array of medicinal purposes and versatility, turmeric is one of the most important herbs in any natural medicine cabinet.
Turmeric has been used for centuries in Ayurveda, the 5,000 year old natural healing system of India
Milk boiled with turmeric and sugar was a popular cold remedy and turmeric juice was used to help heal wounds, bruises, and leech bites. A paste made from turmeric, lime, and salt was commonly applied to sprains and inflamed joints 8 . Smoke made by sprinkling turmeric over burnt charcoal was used to relieve scorpion stings within a few minutes that the affected area is exposed to smoke. Inhaling the fumes of burning turmeric was also used commonly to release copious amounts of mucous and provide instant relief from congestion. The fumes also were believed to help in hysteric fits 8 . A pinch of turmeric was also used as an insect repellent in the kitchen 9 . A paste made of turmeric alone or with neem leaves was used for ringworm, itching, eczema, and any other parasitic skin condition 8 . The Charakra Samhita section on Therapeutics states that turmeric, black pepper, long pepper, and ox bile was a common remedy for consumed poison or snake bites, up until the last stage 15 . The Charakra Samhita also provides a traditional remedy for jaundice: turmeric, triphala, neem bark, bala, licorice cooked in milk and ghee of buffalo. If this did not work and there is "found residue of morbidity still lodged in the body", inhalation therapy was indicated. Cigars were made from turmeric paste, cinnamon, castor plant root, lac, red arsenic, deodar, yellow orpiment, and nardus, smeared with ghee and smoked. Inhalation of the fumes of barley paste with ghee was also a treatment for jaundice 15 . Hemorrhoids (piles) were treated with an ointment of turmeric, hemp leaves, onions, and warm mustard oil or linseed oil, applied externally when the hemorrhoids are painful and protruding 8 . Pastes of turmeric were used for smallpox, chickenpox, shingles, ulcers, conjunctivitis, skin blemishes, malaria, and applied to the cut placenta after the birth of a child 8 .
"We have not found a single cancer on which curcumin does not work", states Dr. Bharat Aggarwal, who conducts cancer research at the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research in Bangalore , India 4 . Ayurveda especially recommends turmeric for cancers of the female reproductive system, specifically breast and uterine cancer, and to treat benign tumors as well 11 .
Turmeric is also a powerful anti-inflammatory herb. It has been shown to be helpful in the treatment of Arthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteoarthritis, injuries, trauma, and stiffness from both under activity and over activity 10 . It is also helpful after surgery to decrease pain, inflammation and accelerate healing. One study conducted in 1986 showed that a dosage of 1200 mg of curcumin a day was more effective in reducing post-surgical inflammation than either the placebo group or anti-inflammatory medication normally prescribed 5 .
Turmeric also has a special action to purify and nourish the blood and skin. External application stops pain and swelling, heals wounds rapidly, and treats many skin diseases ranging from acne to leprosy. The classic way to apply turmeric topically is as an "Ubtan": a blend of turmeric, chick-pea flour, sesame or almond oil, a little fresh cream and honey. This will clear up skin blemishes, and increase the natural glow and radiance of the skin 16 . Turmeric essential oil works wonderfully as an external antibiotic to prevent infections in wounds. A nice formula for a wound healing salve is a mixture of olive oil, beeswax, tea tree oil, aloe, turmeric, arnica, slippery elm, red clover, thyme oil, and vitamin E 9 . Since turmeric is bitter and anti-inflammatory, it is excellent for hot skin diseases, red rashes, and especially wet eczema 16 . Turmeric essential oil, mixed with citronella, tulsi, and vanillin, works as a powerful insect repellent, and is a natural alternative to D.E.E.T, the most common chemical insect repellent commercially available.
Much more research is underway to prove scientifically what the ancient people of India have known for centuries: that turmeric is one of the most powerful plants on the planet. Whether suffering from an acute or chronic disease, aches and pains, bumps and bruises, or as preventative maintenance, turmeric can and should be utilized by everyone on a regular basis. In the words of David Frawley:
--If I had only a single herb to depend upon for all possible health and dietary needs, I would without much hesitation choose the Indian spice turmeric 16 .
--Without a doubt, this writer feels exactly the same.
To read much more from the same article:
4 Sundaram, Viji. Article: "Don't Go Easy on Turmeric: It Prevents and Cures Cancer": India-West , 2005
6 Frawley, David & Vasant Lad, The Yoga of Herbs . Lotus Light Publications, 1993.
8 Nadkarni, K.M., The Indian Materia Medica. Bombay Popular Prakashan, 1976.
9 Kaushik, Purshotam, Haridra (Turmeric): Antibacterial Potential . Chowkhamba Sanskrit Series Office, Varanasi , 2003.
10 Williamson, Elizabeth , ed., Major Herbs of Ayurveda. Churchill Livingstone, 2002.
11 Pook, Sally, "Curries May Help to Combat Cancer. Article: news.telegraph.co.uk
16 Prashanti de Jager, Article: "Turmeric: The Ayurvedic Spice of Life", 2003."
[YEA] 12/23/2008: Gean from Salina, KS replies: "I must say I agree with you on the positive effects of turmeric. I have had weak adrenals all my life, chronic fatigue for the last 16 years since my first child was born. Tried many things which helped, but when I started taking turmeric about 3 weeks ago, two days later my energy level increased by about 80%, and my mental fog suddenly lifted. I became much more motivated and organized. I experimented with dosage:
First day I took a whole Tablespoon of the powder mixed with honey, but it was overdose (my heart was pounding and I had to lie down for a few hours).
Next day, I took 1 teaspoon mixed with water or milk 3 times a day. No side effects, a little more energy. By the 3rd day much more energy, and by the fourth day, cleaned my whole house without having to rest at all. Brain fog gone suddenly.
The next day, I got Turmeric and tried taking 1 three times a day. Became irritable and disoriented with so much. Now I take 1 capsule (500mg) every morning, and I feel great, can be active all day without getting tired.
I take it 6 days, 7th day off. Plan to take 7th week off, 7th month off.
Turmeric should not be taken by anyone who is on blood thinners, since it further thins your blood."
12/25/2008: June from KC, KS replies: "The information in both these posts regarding turmeric is very helpful, thank you!"
[YEA] 12/08/2008: Shawn from Toronto, ON: "Turmeric and inflammation, fibroids and cysts
I'm writing about turmeric. About 8 years ago my immune system crashed. I had fibromyalgia, arthritis and lupus-like symptoms. Swelling in all my joints--my hands were twice the normal size. I researched natural treatments as I didn't want prednisone. I also changed my diet drastically, cutting out all processed food, red meat, coffee, cigarettes, booze, etc.--eating only whole food. That helped a lot. But the inflammation was still a problem. So I started taking curcumin/turmeric capsules 2 x 3 times a day. This really helped. Then I added flax oil mixed with yogurt (apparently works best in a sulfur-based protein). And it went away. I'm still free of inflammation.
Also, a few years ago I had cysts and fybroids causing lots of pain/issues. I decided to go back on the turmeric as I had read that it works on inflammation, but also it's a hormone-estrogen blocker, and I read that cysts/fibroids are often caused by too much estrogen. I also stopped using all store bought creams/perfumes and I stopped eating out of plastic containers as they all include estrogen mimickers. Long story short: all the cysts and fibroids went away.
Even if you don't change your lifestyle, turmeric will help with inflammation and cysts/fibroids, but it works even better with lifestyle changes toward using more natural products. All the best of luck to you!"
12/02/2008: Dr. Leela from B.G.Nagara, Karnataka, India: "Dear sir, I have done extensive research on turmeric & dtiscovered a new water soluble protein named by us as Turmerin. this protein is a powerful antioxidant, anti mutgen, antipromoter anti inflammant, anti snake venom, &anti crcinogen but absolutey non toxic & woks at very small quantities . if you are intrested we will be happy to provide more info. thanking you with regards
EC: More info about Dr. Srinivas' study of turmerin:
[YEA] 10/21/2008: Debbie from East Moriches, NY: "Turmeric for Canker Sores/Cold Sores
Recently read in Rebecca Wood's "The New Whole Food Encyclopedia" about using turmeric for canker sores. I have low iron which occassionally gives me canker sores so I was searching for a home remedy. Take an 1/8 tsp. of turmeric and just enough drops of water to make a thick paste. Put directly on canker sore before bed and it will be gone by morning. Works well on cold sores too. Beware that turmeric will stain the skin a little (no big deal). I've been referring to this website for years and am glad that I have something to offer back."Replies
02/03/2013: Sam from London, Uk replies: "I take 1/2 teaspoon with TURMERIC powder in hot milk and add 1/2 a teaspoon of Manuka honey (Honey removes the bitterness) its very soothing and calming. Sometimes I let it stand for 5 minutes let it cool and drink it with a straw to avoid staining."