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CURCUMA LONGA (kur-kyoo-muh lohng-ga)/ (n.)/ 1./ Commonly known as turmeric and originating in southeast India, the plant’s Sanskrit name is haridra, meaning “yellow wood.” / 2./ The herbaceous perennial plant is part of the ginger family Zingiberaceae, and its sunshine-colored powder is utilized frequently in South Asian cuisine. / 3./ Relied on by Ayurvedic and Chinese doctors for thousands of years, it is used to address issues of the liver, stomach, and digestive organs, aiding metabolism and nutrient absorption. / 4./ Traditional healers utilize it to reduce menstrual cramps, combine it with neem leaves to address ringworm, or cook the root with milk to treat asthma. / 5./ Considered by some to have magical properties, turmeric is thought to help boost fertility and can also be worn as a protection charm. / 6./ The most active component in turmeric is curcumin, a potent antioxidant that is being studied as a potential cancer preventive and gives the plant strong anti-inflammatory properties both when ingested orally and applied topically; e.g., “Reduce cholesterol levels, treat digestive ailments, and brighten and protect the skin from free radicals with Curcuma longa.”
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