In Chinese medicine, the healing medical system is based on the concept that disease results from the disruption in the flow of qi and imbalance in the forces of yin and yang. Practices such as herbs, meditation, massage and acupuncture seek to aid the body in restoring the yin-yang balance. It is aimed intergrate the body, mind and spirit to prevent and treat disease. Turmeric has been used to aid digestion, heartburn, stomach ulcers, liver function, relieve arthritis pain and reduce inflammation and regulate menstruation. Turmeric has also been applied directly to the skin for eczema and wound healing.
Tumeric can be taken by mouth as a capsules, powder(sprinkled on food), or made as a tea. The spice can be made as a paste to be used on the skin. Adding the spice to your favorite food is the best way to get your daily dose of this supplement
As with any herbal supplement, please contact your medical provider before adding high doses of this spice to your foods.
Remember to always use fresh spices and herbs as aging will affect the health and anti-oxidant benefits. Most natural food stores and farmers markets have fresh spices available for purchase.
1. Measure 4 cups of water into a small pot and bring to a boil on the stove. Make sure that the water has come to a full boil. 2. Add 1 tsp. of turmeric and 1 tsp. of ginger powder to the boiling water and reduce to simmer for 8 to 10 minutes. This will extract the beneficial compounds from the turmeric and ginger. Ginger has many benefits for health also. 3 Remove the pot from the stove and strain the tea into a cup. The particles of turmeric and ginger will be filtered out.
Optional: Add honey to taste and a slice of lemon to make the tea more palatable. Almond milk may also be added for taste.