How Turmeric Aids a Healthy Stomach

Most of us know only a few benefits of turmeric – anti-inflammatory, good for cough/cold and wounds. There are so many other health benefits this amazing herb provides to our body, one of them is for the stomach.

Turmeric has been known to treat our body’s gastrointestinal system. Turmeric helps our stomach to withstand digestive acids, which can otherwise harm it.

How Turmeric Usage Helps Stomach

Here are some benefits of turmeric to stomach:

1. Helps in case of indigestion

Research studies have shown that turmeric helps in releasing of bile which is believed to help in digestion of food.

Turmeric is known to do this by stimulation gallbladder which releases bile. Bile plays an important role in digestion and absorption of fats and fat-soluble vitamins in our small intestine.

The use of turmeric herb digestion related problems has also been approved by The German Commission E. Other studies have also shown the same.

2. Gas buildup

Turmeric calms upper digestive system by getting rid of gas. Turmeric is also known to help increase absorption in the intestine and promote intestinal flora.

3. Ulcerative colitis

This is a chronic digestive tract disease, it is not curable and thus symptoms come and go. Ulcerative colitis can cause stomach pain and blood in feces.

Studies were conducted on patients with ulcerative colitis and it was found that patients which were given turmeric had lower relapse rate. Thus turmeric provided benefit to patients.

4. Gastric ulcers

The food we eat today can potentially cause harm to our digestive system. On a daily basis we eat food which have corrosive properties and harm wall of stomach and intestine.

Turmeric helps by increasing gastric wall mucus which acts as a protective layer.

5. Hemorrhoids

Turmeric is also helpful for patients having hemorrhoids. Turmeric with flaxseed oil can be taken orally of applied externally to get the benefit.

How to use Turmeric for stomach problems

  • Hemorrhoids:
    • In case of bleeding, take 2-3 tbs of turmeric after every 30 min till it stops
    • For external application mix mustard oil, onion juice, and turmeric and apply directly.
  • Stomach disorders:
    • Take a spoonful of turmeric and put that in a yogurt and mix nicely It should be taken after lunch (not empty stomach).
    • Turmeric capsules also help in taking care of indigestion.


Turmeric is safe to use as a food but make sure you do not take an overdose. Secondly, pregnant and breastfeeding women should avoid taking turmeric supplements and consult a doctor is they all have to take them.

As you can see turmeric helps in a lot of ways and takes care of various digestive disorders. If you have used turmeric for digestive problems, please share your views here!

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  1. Hello,

    I have recently started adding organic turmeric to my smoothies… about a teaspoon for a full 750ml smoothie. And I had a really bad upset stomach. I’m digging into the reasons why because I have never had any issues with my GI track other than the odd reflux… I love your website but I am still puzzled 🙁

    1. Hi. Large doses of turmeric , in some cases, can give gastric discomfort. Start with small doses say 1/4 tsp and gradually increase by 1/2 tsp over a few weeks. That should help minimize gastric discomfort.

  2. Thanks for this. I have Crohns Disease and have a slight flare due to an op. I’ve been taking 1/3 teaspoon of tumeric in water on an empty stomach over the past 4 mornings. And there seems to be some relief. I took it for the anti inflammatory properties.

      1. I was recently diagnosed with RA and I’m being prescribed MTX injections which I’m very worried about putting into my body. I started taking turmeric capsules, I’m on day two and I do feel better already. I’ve had digestive issues for years and that has been a huge difference in a very short time. Good article and thank you!