Asst. Prof. Dr Abhijeet Shirkande M.D. (Ayu),DYA, M.A. (Sanskrita) and Asst. Prof. Dr Ankita Shirkande M.D. (Ayu), PhD (Scholar)

Botanical name- Curcuma longa
Family- Zinzeberceae
In Vedic literature Haridra is extensively described. Acharya Vagbhata quoted is as the best for Prameha. Presently it is considered as an important antidiabetic and antioxidant drug.
Rasa- Tikta, Katu
Vipaka- Katu
Virya- Ushna
Guna- Ruksha, Laghu
Karma- Kapha-Vatahara, Lekhana, Vishaghna, Varnya.

Curcumin (the main active ingredient) in turmeric enhances this activity along with black pepper (piperine- improves the absorption of curcumin by 2,000%). Curcumin is also fat soluble, so it may be a good idea to take it with a fatty meal.

Anti-Inflammatory -

Helps your body fight foreign invaders and also has a role in repairing damage.It blocks NF-kB, a molecule that travels into the nuclei of your cells and turns on genes related to inflammation.

Antioxidant -

Delivers a one-two punch against free radicals. It blocks them directly, then stimulates your body's own antioxidant defense enzymes.

Brain Diseases -

Curcumin Boosts Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF), which is a type of growth hormone, Linked to Improved Brain Function and a Lower Risk of Brain Diseases, effective in delaying or even reversing many brain diseases and age-related decreases in brain function

Many common brain disorders have been linked to decreased levels of this hormone, including depression and Alzheimer's disease (21, 22).

Heart Disease -

Improves the function of the endothelium (lining of your blood vessels).so helps to regulate blood pressure, blood clotting and various other factors. Reduces inflammation and oxidation (as discussed above), which play a role in heart disease as well.

Cancer -

Prevent colorectal cancer from occurring also Reduce the number of lesions by 40%. Leads to several changes on the molecular level that may help prevent and perhaps even treat cancer.

Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia -

Alzheimer's disease is a buildup of protein tangles called amyloid plaques. Studies show that curcumin can help clear these plaques. Inflammation and oxidative damage play a role in Alzheimer's disease, and curcumin has beneficial effects on both Curcumin has been shown to cross the blood-brain barrier- so prevents & manage the conditions

Arthritis -

Curcumin - potent anti-inflammatory compound, it makes sense that it may help with arthritis.


Depression is linked to reduced levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) and a shrinking hippocampus, a brain area with a role in learning and memory. Curcumin boosts BDNF levels, potentially reversing some of these changes Also boost the brain neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine

Delay Aging -

Curcumin prevents Oxidation and inflammation

Diabetes -

Curcumin helps to treat aspects of Type 1 & 2 diabetes. Reduces insulin resistance by helping insulin get into cells, perhaps on AMPK pathway that exercise also opens up. Protects beta cells, which produce insulin . Helps in Diabetes induced Erectile Dysfunction.


Reduces cholesterol levels. Prevent liver fat accumulation

Kidney Health

Promotes clearance of creatinine and urea from blood


Improve stomach emptying, improve digestion

Turmeric Pickle Recipe
  • Fresh Turmeric slices
  • Heated up & cooled (Room temp) Oil
  • Paper corns powder, Muster seeds powder, Fennel seeds powder, Redchilli powder, Salt, Lemon Juice
  • Mix everything & Tasty pickle ready.
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