A FASINATING STUDY DONE BY THE NIH; RELEASES SUPPRESSED INFORMATION ON THE MEDICINAL BENEFITS OF TURMERIC,
WHICH YOU CAN READ IN FULL HERE.
13.6. FROM TRADITIONAL MEDICINE TO MODERN MEDICINE
Although modern medicine has been routinely used in treatment of various diseases, it is less than 100 years old. Traditional medicine, in comparison, has served mankind for thousands of years, is quite safe and effective. The mechanism or the scientific basis of traditional medicine, however, is less well understood.
Herbal Medicine, 2nd edition
Biomolecular and Clinical Aspects
Editors: Iris F. F. Benzie and Sissi Wachtel-Galor.
Turmeric is a plant that has a very long history of medicinal use, dating back nearly 4000 years. In Southeast Asia, turmeric is used not only as a principal spice but also as a component in religious ceremonies. Because of its brilliant yellow color, turmeric is also known as “Indian saffron.” Modern medicine has begun to recognize its importance, as indicated by the over 3000 publications dealing with turmeric that came out within the last 25 years. This review first discusses in vitro studies with turmeric, followed by animal studies, and finally studies carried out on humans; the safety and efficacy of turmeric are further addressed.
The use of turmeric dates back nearly 4000 years to the Vedic culture in India, where it was used as a culinary spice and had some religious significance. It probably reached China by 700 ad, East Africa by 800 ad, West Africa by 1200 ad, and Jamaica in the eighteenth century. In 1280, Marco Polo described this spice, marveling at a vegetable that exhibited qualities so similar to that of saffron. According to Sanskrit medical treatises and Ayurvedic and Unani systems, turmeric has a long history of medicinal use in South Asia. Susruta’s Ayurvedic Compendium, dating back to 250 bc, recommends an ointment containing turmeric to relieve the effects of poisoned food.
SCIENTIFIC STUDY PROVES WHAT WE HAVE KNOWN ALL ALONG.
I hope everyone takes the time to read this section, and the claims that the NIH have made. While herbalists and keepers of the green have known this many lifetimes, it is justifying seeing the science community finally release suppressed information to humanity.
13.6.1. In Vitro Studies with Turmeric
Throughout the Orient, turmeric is traditionally used for both prevention and therapy of diseases. Modern in vitro studies reveal that turmeric is a potent antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antimutagenic, antimicrobial, and anticancer agent (Table 13.3). Turmeric, used in cooking and in home remedies, has significant antioxidant abilities at different levels of action. Studies indicate that sufficient levels of turmeric may be consumed from curries in vivo to ensure adequate antioxidant protection. (Tilak et al. 2004). As an antioxidant, turmeric extracts can scavenge free radicals, increase antioxidant enzymes, and inhibit lipid peroxidation. Turmeric (100 μg/mL) inhibits lipid peroxidation in renal cells against hydrogen peroxide-induced injury when incubated with cells for 3 hours (Cohly et al. 1998). Using Salmonella typhimurium strains TA 100 and TA 1535, a mutagenicity study showed that turmeric inhibits the mutagenicity produced by direct-acting mutagens such as N-methyl N’-nitro-N-nitrosoguanidine and sodium azide. Turmeric extracts were found to inhibit microsomal activation-dependent mutagenicity of 2-acetamidofluorene (Soudamini et al. 1995).
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