Hi, A big aspect of Turmeric's use is medicinal.
the Wikipedia page has lots of good info on that subject.
http://web.archive.org/web/20080321032140/http://www.herbco.com:80/bulk_herbs/Turmeric.php this website also has this to offer on medicinal uses:
Scientific Name: Curcuma longa Zingiberaceae
AKA:Jiang Huang, Haldi Parts Used:rhizome Active Compounds:curcumin, resin, volatile oil, bitter principles
Background: Turmeric is a spicy herb that is commonly used in Indian cuisine. However, recent research has shown how much more important turmeric is than just a delicious flavoring. Eastern research has shown that it has many uses including calming inflammation and killing bacteria. In addition it may be an herb that can be used to prevent cancer. Once you know all that turmeric can do for the body, you'll be sure to treasure it in your collection of herbal medicines.
Turmeric is primarily used to improve the function of the digestive system.
Digestive: Turmeric can be used to improve digestion. It helps to reduce problems with excess stomach acid and it protects the stomach lining by stimulating mucus production.
Rheumatism: Turmeric can reduce the inflammation in joints to treat arthritis and rheumatism.
Skin: Turmeric can be used to treat fungal infections, eczema and psoriasis of the skin.
Heart health: Turmeric can be used to thin the blood and lower cholesterol."
also this may be helpful: http://www.turmeric.co.in/turmeric_ayurvedic_use.htm
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