Curcuma Aromatica- Turmeric

Curcuma Aromatica- Turmeric

Over the past few months, we’ve had a number of questions from our patients about supplementing with turmeric.  They want to know: What is it good for?  What dosages should be used?  Who should or shouldn’t use this herb?  Which drugs or herbs interact with it?  And, many, many other questions.

Because this is a very large topic, the answers about turmeric will actually be covered in three blog posts.  The main reason is that there are actually 3 kinds of turmeric in Chinese Herbalism!

The Three Types of Turmeric

There are varieties of this herb: Curcuma longa, Curcuma aromatic, and Curcuma zedoaria.  Each type of turmeric has a different use and function and interaction with other herbs or drugs.

Curcuma Aromatica

Curcuma Aromatica is one of the types of turmeric that are sold over the counter.  In Chinese the herb is referred to as Yù Jīn (Yoo Jeen).  The Chinese characters are: 鬱金.  The term translates as “constrained gold.”  Most likely because of the color of the herb and that it relieves mental and emotional constraint.

Curcuma aromatica is native to India.

Chinese Therapeutic Actions of Curcuma Aromatica

This herb activates Qi and Blood circulation and relieves pain.  This means that certain types of pain are treated with this type of turmeric: menstrual pain, and pain and discomfort in the ribcage area.

Also, it clears heat and cools blood.  This means that various bleeding disorders are treated like nosebleeds and blood in the urine.

Curcurma aromatica clears the heart, opens orifices, and promotes consciousness.  So, anxiety, mania, depression and other psychological disorders are treated with this herb.  Also, this herb treats jaundice.

This herb is considered “cool” so it treats many different inflammatory disorders.

Pharmacology and Clinical Research

Curcuma aromatica has hepatoprotective (helps the liver), antihiperlipidemic (controls high cholesterol), and gastrointestinal (helps the stomach and intestines) effects.  This herb interacts with anticoagulant and antiplatelet drugs.  It also interacts with cloves.  This herb also should not be used during pregnancy.

Contact Us

If you are wondering if turmeric is good for you or if you have any other questions about Chinese Herbs, give us a call at (314) 569-0057 or e-mail us at eric_waltemate@stlouisacupuncture.net We would love to help you learn more about herbal medicine and how it can help you get well.

Talkin’ ‘Bout Turmeric- Part One

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