Ella Tan | On 31, Jan 2015
In 1995, two non-resident Indians associated with the University of Mississipi Medical Centre, Jackson, USA tried to file a patent for turmeric. Indians were irate. The high court in Delhi challenged the patent and it was overturned on the grounds that turmeric has been used for thousands of years for curing rashes and wounds. To allow the patent would be to allow what was termed bio-piracy.
When my Indian friend hit her head under her stairs and developed a huge bump, her mother-in-law immediately pounded fresh turmeric root and made a compress. After several hours, the compress was removed and by the next day, the bump had subsided leaving the yellow turmeric stain but very little bruising.
It’s the curcumin in turmeric that contains antioxidants and anti-inflammatory ingredients, and the source of its orange-yellow colour. People drink water with grated turmeric to boost immunity, detox the liver etc. You can find the full range of benefits on the net, but most of us are reluctant to apply turmeric on skin unless it’s on parts hidden under clothes. As we know, it’s very difficult to remove turmeric stains and while it’s supposed to clear acne, who wants to walk around looking like a banana?
So, drink your turmeric as a tea as suggested by Dr Oz – ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder, ¼ teaspoon ginger powder stirred into hot water. Add ice and lemon juice if you like.
Dr Oz also advises, “consume fresh or dried turmeric root in large quantities, or try taking 500 mg of curcumin supplements once or twice per day as needed for pain management. Curcumin is difficult for your body to absorb, so choose supplements with added phospholipids or that include ‘mireva’ or ‘BCM-95′ in the ingredients to ensure you’re getting the highest quality extract.” – Tan Shee Lah