How to grow, harvest and use turmeric, a versatile superfood

  Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is a tropical plant in the same family as ginger. It is commonly used as a spice but also hailed for its medicinal properties. You can find turmeric, fresh or powdered, in most health food stores and even mainstream groceries. However, it doesn’t come cheap. Luckily, turmeric is relatively easy to … Continue reading How to grow, harvest and use turmeric, a versatile superfood

Study presents evidence supporting the use of curcumin as alternative treatment for kidney fibrosis

Renal or kidney fibrosis is a progressive condition that results from the excessive accumulation of extracellular matrix proteins, which can cause structural damage to the kidneys. It signifies a failed wound-healing process and ultimately leads to end-stage kidney disease wherein the kidneys are no longer able to function as they should. In a recent study, Chinese … Continue reading Study presents evidence supporting the use of curcumin as alternative treatment for kidney fibrosis

Research explores the many health benefits of curcumin

Turmeric, known scientifically as Curcuma longa, is a multipurpose plant that’s known by many names. It earned the monikers “the golden spice” and “Indian saffron” not only because of its brilliant yellow color, but also its culinary use. Today, however, turmeric has gained popularity more for its medicinal uses than its usefulness in the kitchen. A … Continue reading Research explores the many health benefits of curcumin

These Ayurvedic herbs are effective disinfectants and fumigants

A nosocomial infection also called a healthcare-associated infection (HCAI), is an infection acquired by a patient while he or she is receiving treatment in a hospital or long-term care facility. HCAI is the most common adverse health event in healthcare settings that affects patient safety. According to reports, HCAI affects about 3.2 percent of all hospitalized patients in the … Continue reading These Ayurvedic herbs are effective disinfectants and fumigants

Researchers evaluate the efficiency of natural plant products for disinfecting surfaces

In this study, researchers from India evaluated the efficiency of traditional fumigation practice using natural plant products to disinfect the air and surfaces. They reported their findings in an article published in the Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine. Environmental disinfection is an excellent method for reducing nosocomial or healthcare associated infections (HCAIs). HCAIs are major … Continue reading Researchers evaluate the efficiency of natural plant products for disinfecting surfaces

Turmeric may be the key to preventing diseases caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria

British and German researchers may have found the key to defeating antibiotic-resistant bacteria and preventing the diseases they cause. In their study, which appeared in the journal ACS Applied Bio Materials, the researchers said that their newly developed tiny capsules loaded with curcumin — the active compound in turmeric — can treat infections caused by antibiotic-resistant strains of Helicobacter pylori. … Continue reading Turmeric may be the key to preventing diseases caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria

Exploring the many therapeutic properties of curcumin

In this article, a researcher from India discussed the beneficial effects of curcumin from Curcuma longa (turmeric) that have been reported by several studies. This review was published in the International Journal of Herbal Medicine. Curcumin is a phenolic compound found in the roots of C. longa, a medicinal plant that belongs to the Zingiberaceae, or ginger, family.Curcumin, along with … Continue reading Exploring the many therapeutic properties of curcumin

CBD, turmeric and willow: 3 Natural and effective painkillers

Painkillers are succor to people experiencing acute pain. Unfortunately, pharmaceutical painkillers cause a lot of adverse side effects that can make you feel even worse. These medications can give you constipation and nausea, and some even lead to long-term side effects, like drug addiction and kidney damage. Fortunately, natural painkillers exist that can help soothe different kinds of pain. … Continue reading CBD, turmeric and willow: 3 Natural and effective painkillers

6 Natural and effective alternatives to ibuprofen

Over-the-counter medicines (OTCs) are a double-edged sword: They are readily available and can relieve your symptoms quickly, but once you have become reliant on them, they can make you sicker with adverse side effects. Ibuprofen is one such OTC medicine: While it’s used at a rate of billions of doses every year to treat pain, … Continue reading 6 Natural and effective alternatives to ibuprofen

Turmeric, despite its MANY health benefits, still isn’t considered medicine by the FDA … thanks, Big Pharma

Research on the specific health benefits of turmeric, the golden spice from India, is far from limited. Findings from animal studies, test-tube studies and human clinical trials indicate that turmeric can confer a long list of health benefits. But despite the tremendous amount of data in support of turmeric’s health-promoting effects, turmeric is just “generally recognized as safe” (GRAS) … Continue reading Turmeric, despite its MANY health benefits, still isn’t considered medicine by the FDA … thanks, Big Pharma