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Does turmeric and ginger really work for inflammation?

Turmeric/Ginger: Turmeric has antiseptic, anti-inflammatory & anti-oxidant properties. Ginger has more gastro-intestinal benefits than anti-inflammatory. ...Read more

Tumeric (Definition)

Turmeric (curcuma longa) is a rhizomatous herbaceous perennial plant of ...Read more


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Does Turmeric Curcumin work for arthritis?

Does Turmeric Curcumin work for arthritis?

Maybe: Curcumin is an antioxidant, however it has not been scientifically tested for arthritis. It is certainly delicious and there's no reason not to use it in seasoning your food. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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What is it about turmeric that it works so good? I have a bad knee and decided to try it and it takes away a lot of the pain so how does it do that?

What is it about turmeric that it works so good? I have a bad knee and decided to try it and it takes away a lot of the pain so how does it do that?

Turmeric: Hi, Thank you for your question.

Curcumin is most known for its potent anti-inflammatory properties. The compound has been shown to influence more than 700 genes, and it can inhibit both the activity and the synthesis of cyclooxygenase-2 (COX2) and 5-lipooxygenase (5-LOX), as well as other enzymes that have been implicated in inflammation.

Hope that helps, Dr. M. ...Read more

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Ok turmeric and ala don't work - what are alternative OTC vitamin/herbs good for lupus to go with my medications :) ?

Ok turmeric and ala don't work - what are alternative OTC vitamin/herbs good for lupus to go with my medications :) ?

None, but...: There aren't any otc herbs, vitamins, or supplements that treat lupus, but that may be a good thing. Once a person has lupus, she has an autoimmune disease. Her immune system is no longer working right. However, it would be quite frightening if companies were selling over-the-counter herbs, vitamins, or supplements that were strong enough to alter the function of people's immune systems. ...Read more

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Neem & turmeric face wash for acne.... Will they work ?

Neem & turmeric face wash for acne.... Will they work ?

A few options: For over the counter methods try using products that have benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, alcohol, and acetone. For prescription treatments you may be prescribed antibiotics, retinoids or vitamin a derivatives, azelaic acid, oral contraceptives, or spironolactone. Always ask a dermatologist about the possible affects and the risks vs benefits of each treatment. Make sure it's best for you. ...Read more

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Does turmeric powder work for breast cancer?

Does turmeric powder work for breast cancer?

Nope. : But works great in indian and mediterranean dishes. If you have cancer, please see a physician, not a chef. ...Read more

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I'm a 24yr girl, I have pimple marks on my face and darkness around my mouth, can I use vicco turmeric, will this work?

I'm a 24yr girl, I have pimple marks on my face and darkness around my mouth, can I use vicco turmeric, will this work?

Worth a shot: Your best advice for properly treating acne scars and facial discoloration would come from a dermatologist. Dermatologists are doctors that specialize in skin disorders and have access to the most up-to-date research and treatments. ...Read more

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Can turmeric cause excess potassium buildup in the blood? all other blood work is okay. I was a bit dehydrated at the time of the blood test though

Can turmeric cause excess potassium buildup in the blood? 
all other blood work is okay. I was  a bit dehydrated at the time of the blood test though

How high?: Reference ranges are set so that several percent of healthy folks fall outside. And simply handling a tube of blood roughly in transport can raise potassium. If you feel well, stop worrying. We'll check you next year. ...Read more

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Tumeric powder work for boils?

Tumeric powder work for boils?

Tumeric: There are several ways to use turmeric. It's most effective by ingesting it, but that takes a while to start healing. You can make a paste out of it with just a little water and spot treat or i've heard adding a few drops of fresh lemon juice or rose water is good with turmeric. For severe conditions you can leave the paste on overnight. If you use turmeric topically, be warned that it does dye yo. ...Read more

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A dash of tumeric added to slightly hot milk helps stop cough, will it work?

I thought you said: It did! it might! who knows! there are no scientific studies proving it does so as scientist who base their recommendations on solid scientific studies, we don't know if it really works. ...Read more

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Does taking tumeric for myositis as an anti-inflammatory actually work?

Does taking tumeric for myositis as an anti-inflammatory actually work?

Unproven: Tumeric is thought to have antioxidant properties which may decrease inflammation. It might be helpful as an adjunct treatment but not as a primary treatment. Always discuss with your physician before starting any supplements or over the counter medications. ...Read more

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What is turmeric good for?

Broccoli: I like to saute broccoli with garlic and turmeric in olive oil. The active ingredients in turmeric such as curcurmin are being studied for their medicinal value, but at this time i know of no evidence that food-grade turmeric has an specific medicinal properties. ...Read more

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What are the benefits of turmeric use?

What are the benefits of turmeric use?

Many many benefits: Turmeric is among the healthiest of herbs. It & its constituent curcumin is an anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, thins blood, supports liver detox, protects against cancer & kills cancer cells, protects against alzheimer's, lowers cholesterol, protects against heart failure etc. I recommend meriva, an extract that is very well absorbed. See http://www.Whfoods.Com/genpage.Php?Tname=foodspice&dbid=78. ...Read more

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Is turmeric healthy? What are benefits?

Recipe: Turmeric has been shown in research to be anti-bacterial and anti-cancer. ...Read more

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Is it ok take raw turmeric powder daily?

Is it ok take raw turmeric powder daily?

The benefits: of small amounts of this Indian spice appear to be accepted by a large number of people but scientifically based medical studies are lacking! I would NOT recommend consuming large amounts of ANY so called "natural" food/spice . Side effects as well as interaction with normally prescribed medications is ALWAYS a possibility with these substances!
Hope this is helpful!
Dr Z ...Read more

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Can passionflower be taken with turmeric?

Most likely yes.: Passion flower, used by aztecs as analgesic ; for its harma alkaloids, of which harmine induces a contemplative state and mild euphoria. Germans used it as "truth serum".
Its flavonoids have anxiolytic effect.
Curcumin, used for cancer prevention, inflammation etc. Can decrease platelet aggregation. Some theoretic concerns have been raised that it might increase anticoagulant
drugs' bleeding risk. ...Read more

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Why do indians cook with so much turmeric?

Recipe: It's just part of the recipe. Turns out it's a good thing for health. Turmeric has been shown in research to be anti-bacterial and anti-cancer. ...Read more

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What should I look for when buying turmeric?

What should I look for when buying turmeric?

Absorbable extracts: Turmeric is wonderful but it takes large amounts of the whole herb to attain benefits. The most important constituents are the curcumins. Meriva is a patented curcumin extract with phospholipids that is over 20 times better absorbed than regular extracts- see http://www.Phytosomes.Info/public/meriva.Asp
another extract i like is turmeric force by new chapter- it has the full range of constituents. ...Read more

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How can I remove turmeric marks from my cell?

How can I remove turmeric marks from my cell?

Tumeric: Frankly - I would allow the skin to exfoliate naturally. My understanding is that the staining that occurs with tumeric is often due to artificial dyes that have been added. ...Read more