Ayurveda assumes that a healthy stomach is the most important part of a healthy body. If your stomach is not healthy, the body will not be healthy. How true!
Turmeric can play an important part in curing common stomach disorders. Here I present a few Ayurvedic methods to get relief in stomach problems using turmeric.
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Using Turmeric for Stomach Issues
Here are some easy to use ways:
Turmeric and Jaggery
Jaggery (traditional unrefined, uncentrifuged whole cane sugar) is an important part of Ayurveda. In fact, in most cases you will find ayurvedic medicines involving jaggery and not sugar.
For stomach pain, you need to boil 10 gms of the bark of turmeric root in about quarter liter of water. After boiling mix jaggery – due to heat it will completely dissolve in water.
This solution is then given to the patient. I have tried this once and found it super effective.
Turmeric and Ginger for Diarrhea
For this take an equal amount of bark of turmeric root and ginger root. This is then ground to make powder. 2-5 gms of this powder is then given to the patient 2-3 times a day based on condition.
Due to lack of proper sanitation facilities, Diarrhea was rampant in India. Thousands of children used to die every year because of that. With no doctors available, it was remedied like these which helped people.
Turmeric and yogurt for Diarrhea
Taking 10 gms of turmeric with a cup of yogurt helps in treating Diarrhea and dysentery. This is because both are caused due to microbial attack and turmeric is a powerful anti-microbial agent.
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 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 the 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 who were given turmeric had a 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 has corrosive properties and harm wall of stomach and intestine.
Turmeric helps by increasing gastric wall mucus which acts as a protective layer.
Turmeric is also helpful for patients having hemorrhoids. Turmeric with flaxseed oil can be taken orally of applied externally to get the benefit.
I will keep updating this list as I get more ways to treat stomach disorders using turmeric. If you have used turmeric to do so please share your experience for the benefit of others.