In the first installment of our series of blog posts about turmeric we learned that Curcuma aromatic helps treat the liver and cholesterol.  It should also not be used with cloves or with anti-coagulant drugs.

Curcuma Longa- Turmeric

Curcuma Longa- Turmeric

Curcuma Longa- Turmeric

Yet another of the over the counter turmeric varieties, Curcuma longa is most likely the one likely to be referred to as turmeric. In Chinese the medicinal herb is known as Jiāng Huáng ( Jyong Hwong ). The Chinese characters are : 薑黄.  The phrase translates as “ginger yellow.” Probably due to the fact the herb looks like ginger which has a deeper yellow hue compared with normal ginger.

Curcuma longa is indigenous to India, Sri Lanka, as well as Southern China.

 

Chinese Therapeutic Actions of Curcuma Longa

This herb activates blood circulation and eliminates blood stasis.  This means that helps treat pain under the ribs, abdominal pain during the period, upper abdominal pain, PMS, and PMDD.

It also opens the acupuncture channels and collaterals to relieve pain.  This helps with arthritic aches and pains in the joints.

Also, the herb reduces swelling.  The swelling is usually caused by long term stagnation of qi or blood.  So this herb treats chronic problems related to the other functions.

Pharmacology and Clinical Research

Curcuma longa has cholagogic (clears bile), antiplatelet (thins the blood), antihyperlipidemic (lowers high cholesterol) and uterine stimulant properties.  A potent anti-inflammatory herb.  Turmeric is as effective  as ibuprofen in as an anti-inflammatory medicine but doesn’t have the gastro-intestinal side effects that ibuprofen has.

Like Curcuma aromatica, Curcuma longa interacts with anti-platelet and anti-coagulant drugs.  So, it should not be taken by patients who are on them.  Also, this herb is contraindicated during pregnancy.  Patients who are weak should use this herb with caution.

Contact Us

Now that we have listed two of the types of turmeric (the 3rd installment in our series will be out next week) you may be wondering if turmeric is right for you or if you should take it.  Maybe you have questions about other Chinese herbs.  Give us a call at (314) 569-0057 or email us at eric_waltemate@stlouisacupuncture.net .  We would love to help you learn more about Chinese herbal medicine and how it can help you get well.

 

 

 

Talkin’ ‘Bout Turmeric- Part Two

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