A wound is an injury to the skin. A wound can be an open wound or it can be a closed wound.
Open wounds might be minor, or chronic. Minor wounds are the small cuts/abrasions which happen on a day to day basis. Chronic wounds include diabetic foot, ulcers, scars/ wounds due to surgery, etc.
The epidermal layer is lost due to a wound. Angiogenesis (development of new blood vessels) is one of the main events in wound healing. The smaller the wound is, the faster it heals.
The bigger/deeper the wound is, the longer it takes to heal. A cut/scrape/abrasion will bleed, whereas a sore/burn/pressure sores do not bleed.
The stages in wound healing are
• Clotting of the blood near the wound to stop the bleeding.
• Scab formation, which protects the tissues underneath from the germs.
• The body’s immune system starts working to prevent infection of the wound.
• A clear fluid oozes out, which cleans the area.
• Blood vessels open out into the area, which helps the circulation of nutrients and oxygen, which is essential for wound healing.
• WBCs help fight the infection and help repair the wound.
• Over the next week, the body repairs the blood vessels in and around the wounded area.
• The scab falls off, and new skin stretches over.
• Depending on the depth of the wound, there may/may not be a scar.
Caring for a wound is pretty simple. The first concern is always to stop the bleeding. Then, the wound must be washed to remove dirt from the affected area. An antiseptic may be applied. Tetanus vaccination may/ may not be required depending on the cause of the wound.
How Turmeric Benefits In Wound Healing
Turmeric is a natural wound healing agent:
- Topical application of turmeric on the wound helps in formation of new skin cells around it and closes the wound.
- Use of turmeric also reduces the formation of scar.
- Turmeric has an analgesic attribute. It is very effective in relieving pain due to the wound.
- The anti inflammatory action relieves inflammation caused by the wound.
- The antibiotic property of turmeric kills certain strains of bacteria preventing infection.
Best Ways To Take Turmeric For Wound Healing
Disclaimer – There is no particular prescribed dose of turmeric defined for Wound Healing. Based on the studies and reader’s reports we have summarized various ways of taking turmeric which could benefit in this disorder.
The dosage depends on the formulation of the turmeric supplement and severity of the health condition. Here is the recommended dose:
Fresh Turmeric roots
Turmeric roots are a great addition to diet and in combination with topical application of turmeric , they may benefit in wound healing.
Recommended intake: 1-3g or ½ inch long piece of root sliced or chopped. You can also juice it and take it with a pinch of black pepper. This can be a part of your fresh juices or taken individually. You can also make Golden Paste from fresh roots.
Further Read – Is fresh turmeric better then powder?
If you are including turmeric powder in cooking then 1 tsp daily is sufficient. Always opt for good quality organic turmeric powder (How to identify organic turmeric, Recommended Organic Turmeric brands)
However if you take turmeric powder straight with black pepper then it would be 1-2 g of turmeric powder with a pinch of black pepper.
In terms of teaspoon that would be 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder with ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper powder twice a day
Start with small dose and increase gradually. Avoid taking it on an empty stomach. You can also make Turmeric capsules at home.
Maximum dose: 1 tsp of turmeric powder with ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper thrice a day
Golden Paste combines heat, black pepper and healthy fats to increase the absorption of turmeric. It is highly recommended to take this paste after meals and to avoid taking it close to other medications.(Read Does Turmeric cause acid reflux? Black pepper in GP: Does it cause drug interaction?) Here is the recipe for Golden Paste.
You can also make Golden Paste from fresh roots.
Start with small doses such as 1/4-1/2 tsp and if you see no side effects then increase the dose by ¼ teaspoon every week. Continue till reach a dose of 1-2 tsp 2-3 times a day (precisely 1 tsp 3 times a day).
This is the ideal dose of Golden Paste where you should experience relief. However the ideal dose differs with every individual; some may need less some may need more.
Thinking of other ways to take Golden Paste read 10 ways to take Golden Paste
Maximum dosage: 1 table spoon 2-3 times a day only advised if you are comfortable taking it and not experiencing gastric side effects.
Turmeric tinctures help in pain and inflammation relief, but not much is known about their efficacy in treating wounds. You may consult an herbalist about this.
Take 10-30 drops 2-3 times a day depending on the condition. It can be added to teas, juices or smoothies.
Maximum dosage: 20-30 drops 3 times a day
This is a good option for tea lovers and who want to skip the taste of turmeric paste. Here is the recipe.
Recommended intake: 1-2 cups a day
This is just perfect when it comes to combating pain naturally. You can find the recipe of Turmeric Milk here.
Recommended intake: 1-2 cups a day
The recommended dosage for supplements is 300-400mg 2-3 times a day for standardized 95% curcumin extract.
However the dose would differ based on the formulation, hence it is best to consult a doctor before taking turmeric supplements.
Avoid taking supplements on an empty stomach and close to the time of taking medicines. Consult a doctor before taking turmeric supplements.
How to apply turmeric topically for wound healing?
You can apply turmeric powder for wound healing topically. Conduct a patch test prior. Take sufficient amount of turmeric powder and mix it with lukewarm oil, preferably coconut or olive oil, and apply it to affected area.
Leave it on for 30 minutes at least and longer if possible. Cover the area with gauze if needed. Repeat 2-3 times a day.
For more details read Topical Turmeric for Inflammation.
Turmeric in diet is absolutely safe. Turmeric supplements should be taken with care. (Read Side effects of Turmeric)
If you are taking blood thinners, turmeric supplements should be avoided. Turmeric can be included in diet in small doses. If suffering from a bleeding disorder consult a doctor and herbalist or naturopath before taking turmeric. (Read Is turmeric a blood thinner?)
Turmeric supplements should be avoided in case of pregnancy and lactation. Discontinue use of turmeric supplements 2 weeks prior to surgery.
Turmeric supplements should be avoided in case of gall bladder obstructions.
Turmeric may interact with certain medications like stomach acid reducing drugs, diabetes medications, blood thinners. Avoid taking turmeric supplements at the same time as medicines.
Consult a health practitioner before taking turmeric supplements.
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Turmeric is well known in the field of wound healing. It has been used as an antiseptic from a long time. It helps prevent infection on the wound, and also speeds up the healing process. This is just yet another field where turmeric has cast its magic.