Haridra (Curcuma Longa)
Turmeric powder is household spice for diverse cuisines in all parts of India for many centuries. . It is a highly effective ayurvedic medicine that improves immunity and acts as an anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antifungal agent. Studies have shown this herb to have the following actions:
Studies have shown this herb to have the following actions:-
Anti-inflammatory, Analgesic and Anti-arthritic activity: Curcumin inhibits pain and inflammation by selectively inhibiting the arachidonic acid cascade through both the lipoxygenase and cyclooxygenase (COX) pathways.
Chondroprotective: Curcumin prevents cartilage degradation by inhibiting cytokine interleukin-1β (IL-1β) and NF-kappaB (NF-kB) that stimulates articular chondrocytes to produce matrix-degrading enzymes.
Anti-osteoporotic: Curcumin ameliorates oxidative stress‒induced apoptosis in osteoblasts by preserving mitochondrial function.
Cough Relief: Turmeric contains curcumin, a compound which helps to relief cough with its anti-inflammatory, antihistaminic, bronchodilator and mucolytic action.
Anti-acne: Curcumin inhibits acne causing bacteria (propionbacterium acne & staphylococcus epidermis) and reduces inflammation by lowering histamine levels and producing natural cortisone by adrenal glands.
Anti-tyrosinase: Haridra fades dark spots and promote even skin tone by inhibiting tyrosinase enzyme and regulating melanin production.