Turmeric Cures and Miracle Health Benefits

| Modified on Jul 26, 2023
Turmeric Health Benefits

Turmeric is the powerhouse of natural remedies. Regular use of turmeric has been found to reduce the occurrence of Alzheimer's disease and may play a role in its treatment. It is also being studied as a natural remedy for arthritis, ulcerative colitis, and similar conditions, as it has anti-inflammatory characteristics. Turmeric is also an effective remedy for skin conditions like cystic acne, boils, hidradenitis suppurativa and MRSA.

Your grandmother probably had a tiny tin of the spice turmeric in her cupboard to use when canning pickles to add some color. Yes, turmeric does make an excellent dye, but that is among the least of its amazing uses!

Turmeric is in the ginger family. The root is the part of the plant typically used. It is a bright orange color with a somewhat earthy and bitter taste. It can be easily found in the spice section of your grocery store. But you will likely get a better price and quality if you buy it in bulk at a local Indian market or health food store.

The simplest way to take turmeric of course is by capsule and you can find some excellent brands of turmeric curcumin online.

Turmeric contains nutrients like potassium, vitamin B-6, magnesium and vitamin C. But what really makes turmeric shine is its anti-inflammatory effect, which comes from the curcumin in turmeric.

Ten Reasons to Take Turmeric

1. Acne

Acne often has a bacterial root. Taking turmeric internally works as a natural antibiotic and will often bring healing to a chronic acne problem. It also helps reduce the inflammatory cause of acne. Turmeric can also be mixed with clay to make a paste to apply directly to acne on the skin. Rinse the paste off after ten minutes. This treatment is best done at night as the skin may take on an orange hue for a few hours.


MRSA is an antibiotic resistant staph infection. This stubborn infection often responds well to turmeric, which is a natural antibiotic. For extensive information about using turmeric for MRSA, please see this page.

3. Alzheimer’s

Turmeric’s anti-inflammatory and healing effects has been shown to be helpful for Alzheimer’s patients, as reported by this study.

4. Infections

Turmeric is effective against a variety of infections. Not only does if fight the infection itself, it reduces inflammation associated with infection, bringing relief on two different levels. When taking turmeric for infections, it should be taken several times a day.

5. Arthritis

The pain and inflammation from arthritis responds well to turmeric. Many people can take turmeric long term without experiencing side effects, unlike conventional pain and anti-inflammatory medications. Additionally, over the counter medicines can sometimes cause liver damage over time, whereas turmeric can actually improve the health of the liver.

6. Pain

Pain from sources other than arthritis also respond well to turmeric. These pain sources include back pain, muscle pain, neck pain, stomach pain, frozen shoulder pain and bursitis pain. As with arthritis, for most people, turmeric is a safer option than over the counter or prescription pain medications.

7. Inflammation

Acute and chronic inflammation accompany many diseases, including lupus, chronic fatigue, IBS, Lyme disease etc. Including turmeric in your natural arsenal can help with inflammation.

8. Cancer

Turmeric may be a helpful component in cancer prevention and in part of a protocol to fight cancer. See this page for more detail about turmeric for cancer.

9. Diarrhea

Turmeric not only relieves diarrhea, it can relieve the pain and inflammation that commonly comes along with diarrhea. Turmeric capsules are not ideal for diarrhea. With severe diarrhea, there is risk of the capsule of turmeric passing through the entire system before it dissolves and allows the turmeric to do its work. Taking turmeric powder in applesauce or water is an alternative to capsules. If you only have capsules available, you can open the capsule and mix the contents into your food or drink.

10. Wound Healing

Turmeric can be used to help with wound healing. Turmeric can be sprinkled into a wound to reduce the risk of infection. Do be careful when using turmeric on the skin because it can cause a temporary stain on the skin and a permanent stain on some kinds of fabrics. Turmeric can be made into a paste for the skin by mixing it with honey, coconut oil, or olive oil. Each of these ingredients have healing properties as well.

How Should I Take Turmeric?

In some cultures, turmeric is used daily as a cooking spice. This allows the body to benefit regularly from this wonderful herb. But if your palate isn’t accustomed to the turmeric flavor, your may prefer capsules or mixing your turmeric into food. Your daily dose of turmeric can be added to applesauce, yogurt, or cottage cheese. A popular way to take turmeric is in “Golden Milk.”

Golden Milk Recipe

Mix together:

  • 1 cup of warm milk (cow, goat, almond, rice, soy)
  • Add 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • Add 1 teaspoon raw honey
  • Pinch of black pepper.

Enjoy this milk once or twice a day as desired. You will need to stir your drink frequently as the turmeric will settle to the bottom.

If your milk is a nonfat milk, you should add a teaspoon of coconut oil or olive oil to your golden milk.

The black pepper and coconut oil help with the absorption of turmeric.

You can also make "Golden Paste" to take internally or use topically. See this page for a recipe and more information about the use of Golden Paste.

Should I Use Raw or Powdered Turmeric?

For medicinal purposes, most people use powdered turmeric because it is easy to find and take. However, if you raw turmeric available to you, by all means, try it. Raw preparations tend to be more potent, so you may need less raw turmeric than powdered turmeric. Raw turmeric may also be more likely to cause staining.

How Much Turmeric Should I Take?

Typically, adults take between one and four capsules (between 1/4 – 1 teaspoon) of turmeric once or twice a day, depending on their own systems or the condition they are treating. It is generally best to start with a smaller amount and increase slowly if it seems to be necessary. More is not always better. Additionally, more is more likely to cause side effects.

What are the Side Effects of Turmeric?

For some people, turmeric can cause side effects, especially in large quantities. Side effects include nausea, gall bladder pain, stomach pain, heartburn, dizziness and constipation. Turmeric may also lower blood pressure and increase bleeding.

Are There Any Contraindications for Turmeric?

Turmeric is reported to have blood thinning capabilities. Because of this, if you are prone to bleeding and bruising, or if you take blood thinners, you should check with your health care provider to make sure that turmeric is a good option for you.

Turmeric has also caused constipation in some. If you are prone to constipation, be sure to take your turmeric with plenty of water and start with a small dose first to make sure turmeric suits your system.

Additional Pages of Interest:

Turmeric for Dogs and Cats

Sandy's Turmeric Compilation

Posted by Sandy (Sandhya) (Bangalore, India) on 06/13/2009

Dear Earthclinic, Based on all feedback received for turmeric so far (as seen on your turmeric pages), I have created the following list of cures by turmeric:
(Note that I have included only those cures that readers have EXPERIENCED, and not included the cures that readers have just heard of, or read about.)

Turmeric Cures:
1. cured allergies,
2. cured hayfever,
3. breathing became free, sneezing eliminated,
4. arthritis cured in 7 days by taking 3 capsules a day, (people have combined turmeric with ginger or with flax oil for relief from arthritis), joint pains cured, body pains relieved, sciatic pain subsided,
5. healed boils,
6. healed MRSA boils,
7. eczema healed,
8. menopause symptoms calmed down,
9. provided relief in thrombocythemia,
10. cured asthma,
11. cured Heal Spurs (Plantar Fasciitis),
12. when applied on skin cured skin infections, cleared up acne with taken orally,
13. dry turmeric rubbed on bunion healed the pain,
14. turmeric with ginger, pepper, honey etc cured cold, cured cough,
15. cleared cystic acne,
16. cyst cured,
17. diabetic's experience: taking 2 caps of turmeric with each meal dropped blood sugar levels to normal after 2 hours of eating-so was able to stop medication gradually,
18. cured loose stools (1 tsp of turmeric in a glass of warm water), cured diarrhea, cured intestinal bleeding, cured gas, cured inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), relieved IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome),
19. turmeric and honey mixture stopped stomach ache,
20. overcome fatigue, energizes, elevates mood, mental fog lifted,
21. using turmeric powder with toothpaste while brushing turned dark gums into pink colored gums, teeth including front veneers brightened, strengthened gums and teeth,
22. kept inflammation/swelling way down,
23. became goiter-free,
24. cured puffy eyes,
25. melanoma disappeared,
26. eliminated PMS, menstrual cramps relieved within 10 minutes of drinking turmeric +milk,
27. swelling/inflammation of injury decreased,
28. sinus cleared,
29. prevented/stopped migraine, prevented headaches,
30. lost weight,
31. overcame pain and itch due to spider bite,
32. shrank bone bruise,
33. Used turmeric instead of ibuprofen during dental procedure-swirled turmeric in mouth after brushing teeth, letting it reach all gums, then swallowed it-gum pain eliminated and gum became totally healthy.

Side effects of excessive turmeric consumption: too much turmeric may lead to constipation or sweating (counter this by drinking plenty of water), accelerated heart beats, thinning of blood (not good for people on blood thinners)

EC: Sandy - THANK YOU! We feel very fortunate and blessed to have your help.

Replied by Donb
(Yorba Linda, Ca)

Hi Carmel - try Divine Bounty Turmeric Curcumin C3.


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Posted by Brooklyn Baby (Brooklyn Ny) on 03/23/2018 10 posts

I started taking turmeric mixed with coconut oil and black pepper diligently two months ago to help me with the inflammation in my body. I figured it couldn't hurt to try it.

All of my life I have been extremely allergic to cats whereas I was unable to stay in anyone's house who had a cat longer then 5 minutes before I started to sneeze, eyes started to water and ultimately ending in an asthma attack.

Something very interesting happened last week when I went into my neighbor's house. She has two cats. I am never able to step over the threshold but on this day I did to help her move a piece of furniture.

I was in there for a while before I noticed that I was not suffering. So when I got back home I went over the major changes that I had made in my life and the turmeric concoction was the only one that surfaced. So, Yes, it does work and for that I am GRATEFUL! I have suffered for 35 years with horrific allergies and now I am at peace.....

Posted by Tina (Princeton, N J) on 05/08/2015

I use turmeric powder straight from the pantry to make a tea for my allergy symptoms. I boil a cup of water to which I add 1/4 tsp of turmeric powder and a pinkie-size bit of ginger which I crush, skin and all, into a soft, mushy state before putting it in. Once it come to a boil, I take it off the stove, strain it and add one tbs of organic apple cider vinegar and one tsp of locally sourced raw honey. Blend and sip. I just made it this morning and itchy eyes, sneezing and runny nose just went away half an hour later. I also use the neti cup morning and night and sleep at night with a humidifier with five drops of 3 per cent hydrogen peroxicide. These do help but I truly feel that it is the turmeric-ginger-vinegar-honey combo that lets me get through the day.

Posted by Mary Jane (Los Angeles) on 05/08/2014

I have been taking turmeric in water (not the capsules you buy at the health food store, just the simple spice) since February to see if it would help me with allergies. I'd say it took 2 months of taking turmeric in water with some olive oil and twist of black pepper to see results. But my allergies, which always turn into sinus infections this time of the year, are minimal. My skin is clear of blemishes too. Nice side effect!

Posted by Rebekah (Athens, Ga) on 09/01/2009

WOW. For about 3 weeks now I have been taking 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric every day. My allergies are GONE. It worked in a matter of days. It works so well that I can hardly remember how bad my allergies used to be. I know that I was miserable and I was trying all kinds of over-the-counter crap from the pharmacy that wasn't working or made me feel worse. But turmeric... ahhhhh what relief!!! I used to have to sleep with a roll of toilet paper next to my head because I would wake up and blow my nose 6 or 7 times in the night. None of that now!!! No symptoms at ALL now unless I forget to drink my turmeric tea for 2 days.

This is how I take it: dissolve 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder in hot water (I get the powder from the spice section in my natural food store). I add a tiny amount of coconut oil because I read that turmeric works better if you take it with a little fat. Then I add a spoonful of blackstrap molasses because I like the taste. Keep stirring as you drink it so that the spice doesn;t settle at the bottom. I drink this any time during the day, just once a day. I had allergy problems my whole life- allergic to everything. Now I never even sneeze!!!!! I am so thankful. Hope this helps someone else.

Posted by Carolyn (Northwest, Ohio) on 09/08/2008

I vote "yea" for Turmeric as a cure for allergies:

I suffered from hayfever type allergies seemingly constantly since we moved to our new house in Jan of '07. During that summer, my symptoms were so severe I couldn't be outside for 5 minutes without having a severe hayfever attack. I took OTC meds daily but they were getting harder to buy as they all got moved behind the pharmacy counter, plus they took hours to start working.

I sought out earth clinic and wrote down my top 5 cures for allergies, thinking I would start trying them in the spring of '08. But in the Winter of '07 I rescued a rabbit that needed to eat hay twice a day. Of course I was allergic! I decided to try Turmeric as it was the cheapest remedy. I started taking 2 capsules a day (720 mg caps) in February '08. Within 5 days I noticed a great improvement. After a few months with this regime, I started noticing my allergies getting less severe and less frequent. After 4 months, my husband told me, "You don't have allergies anymore!"

Now, 7 full months later (and past pollen season), I am down to 1 capsule per day as maintenance, and take an extra one if I have congestion. I am so thankful for this simple cure! The world is open to me again: I can go outside without bringing a snot rag. I can brush my cats daily with no symptoms. I can clean the cat litter without having a reaction to the dust. I can feed my rabbit and not suffer. I was able to bring my feather bed back out of storage and use it with confidence cause I'm not allergic to it anymore! I do still have problems with mold when it rains, but just clogged sinuses not the severe reaction I used to get. An extra turmeric capsule and I'm fine. Gotta love it!

Posted by Aster (Vancouver Island, Canada) on 07/08/2008

The infection is nearly gone!

I wanted to share, as well, that I have very bad seasonal allergies requiring daily anti-histamine treatment, plus eye drops and nasal spray. As a side effect of taking the turmeric capsules (I must assume as nothing else has changed), I do not have allergies today. It is very hot and dry and I was in the garden for hours today... it is the height of allergy season. I realized I had not taken anti-histamines for two days but have no allergies. I really didn't expect that!!!!

Posted by Shane (Chicago, IL) on 01/19/2008

I am a severe allergy sufferer but I am taking turmeric and its helping alot I hope this continues to help me, I am currently taking it for my allergies it completly stoped them, Thanks so much. Sincerly, Shane

Posted by Lorelei (Utah) on 01/11/2007

I'm so glad I read about turmeric for allergies. It seems too simple, but after trying and failing with ACV and honey, the turmeric worked miracles! Every time I stop taking it, the allergies come back. I'm allergic to our 2 dogs and cat, dust, and practically every plant out there. I was popping pills and snorting drugs daily, so the fact that this works is amazing. Two months pill free -- we'll see when spring hits! At first I was putting it in my drinks and whatever food I could, but now I fill gel capsules with turmeric, and take 2 to 5 a day (up to a tsp worth), depending on how sneezy I am. If I do it regularly, I can get away with only 1 or 2 capsules a day. You can also buy capsules, but they seemed pretty expensive (as long as you don't mind staining your fingers yellow to make your own). Sometimes I take a little extra Vit C too, depending on how I am feeling, but it doesn't seem to matter too much for me. As a side note, if your eyes get itchy, put a wet chamomile tea bag on them. That seems to help too.

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Posted by Martin (Limerick, Ireland) on 11/06/2015

I am taking one teaspoon of turmeric with one spoon of ginger, quarter spoon of black pepper with one spoon of olive oil 2 times a day for Osteoarthritis. Is this too much to take, doing this for 2 months and it helps.

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Posted by Bridget (Dallas) on 05/24/2013

As I get older I notice more joint pain, creaky joints, and I also have arthritis (which I discovered one day stepping on teh cold tile, my foot seized up! Just like used to happen to my moms hands). I found earthclinic that day, and it saved me! I LOVE this site, and the natural, holistic remedies. Thank YOU so much! This is now my favorite go to place!

I discovered turmeric, which is wonderful for aching joints, aches, pains, and arthritis too. I was making my own paste, but did not always have time for that, then I learned that Piperine (active ingredient in black pepper) increases the absorption of the turmeric...

This stuff really works! If I miss a few days, I feel the pain come back.. When I take it, the pain goes away!

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Posted by Louise (Southampton, Ny) on 06/05/2011

Turmeric has changed my life in just 2 weeks! I have had extremely painful arthritis of the hands for about 2 years, that prevented me from sewing, gardening, housework, many things I previously enjoyed. I could barely hold a book or a glass. I started taking 1 tsp of turmeric root powder a day which I put into empty capsules I bought at the health food store and it is an absolute miracle! The pain is 80 -90% gone. I have strength back in my hands and can do normal activities again.

Another plus is a scalp condition I have had for about 20 years seems to have cleared up completely! All this after only two weeks of taking turmeric root powder!

Replied by Melanie

Hi! Great news to hear you've cleared so much pain, is there a difference between Tumeric powder organic from health store and turmeric root?! Thanks

(Usk, WA, USA)

Hi, Melanie! There's widespread advice to source the best turmeric powder you can; organic, reputable company/distributor, etc. That being said, I've read a lot of positive feedback from people using the turmeric available at their local grocery. I took a chance and bought a one pound bag of organic powdered turmeric from Amazon and have been happy with the results. I make a Golden paste with turmeric, water, fresh ginger (or powdered - both work! ) maple syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg (only freshly grated as the flavor is superior), coconut oil, and a pinch of salt. Sometimes I add cayenne or cumin. It really depends on what I have on hand. This gets made into a hot drink. Since I've given up coffee and black tea, I've developed a deeper appreciation for more beneficial drinks and this is at the top of my list. Keep on the quest for better health!


Yes, very good advice. Like everything around us now, turmeric powder has been known to contain chemicals, heavy metals etc. V. important to source the purest you can find.

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Posted by Martinick (Alexandria, Va, United States) on 05/15/2011

I do not take turmeric inside - but use cream: it contains turmeric and other herbs and is very helpful in joint pain relieving.

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I had recently found that wheat germ oil is very readily absorbed by the skin and does wonder for your complexion. I decided to mix some tumuric or cucurma (french) into the oil and spread it on an achey thumb and also all over my face and back of hands. Tumeric is supposed to take away colour/age spots so that's why I did that. The pain in my thumb went away quite rapidly so I think the wheatgerm oil is a good carrier. I must start eating the stuff too.

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Posted by Windisea (Rancho Cucamonga, Ca, Usa) on 01/30/2010

Hello, To everyone wondering about Tumeric.

I have been using it for about a year now in a mixture with ginger,1/2 & 1/2. I add a little cinnamon, red pepper and cardamon. I just sprinkle it into my coffee, tea and food, to taste, everyday. It doesn't taste bad this way and you do get used to it. By adding it this way it just becomes a part of your diet not something extra you have to do.

I use it for it's anti-inflammatory properties after having a major attack of arthritis. The old damage hasn't gone away but doesn't hurt as much as it did and I would say that I have experienced major improvement in the duration, frequency and intensity of the flare-ups.

HTH, Windisea

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Posted by P.R. (Pineville, Nc) on 10/17/2009

Turmeric for Crohn's disease & Arthritis

I started taking turmeric for arthritis and got my mother who is 69 taking turmeric pills as well, 600 mg per day in one pill. If I run out of pills for longer than 4-5 days my knuckles start hurting and it's hard to bend my index finger. I make sure I don't run out any longer.

My mom has been faithful about taking the turmeric pills and just recently mentioned how she thinks it is helping with her Crohn's disease. She had emergency surgery in 1992 for an obstruction and they removed a large portion of small intestines and colon. It was due to Crohn's disease but they didn't diagnose it until after the surgery.

Since the surgery in 1992, my mom has narrowed down what foods bother her to eat. She cannot digest any kind of fat. Red meats, fried foods, nothing with fat digests and if she eats anything with fat she gets bad diarrhea sometimes all night long.

Since she has been taking the turmeric she has noticed that when she cheats and eats pizza or french fries (knowing full well what she will endure later after eating those fatty foods) she has found that she isn't bothered by the fat now and doesn't get the bad diarrhea.

She does take 2 different over the counter digestive enzyme pills with fattening meals to help digest the fat but she has always taken those pills. But now with taking the turmeric pills she can eat more of what she wants to eat without any of the consequences which is a blessing since she is so thin.

Hope this helps someone else. Reading this site has helped me and my family out tremendously. I encourage everyone to give feedback. You never know when it might help someone.