Turmeric - Does it actually heal, or just mask symptoms?
It seems like everywhere you go these days, you hear about the benefits of the ancient spice, turmeric. So what is all the fuss about, and how will it help my health?
Does Turmeric actually heal, or just mask symptoms?
This is a common question. The short answer is that it can do BOTH, especially where inflammation is involved.
Inflammation is a normal response to infectious organisms. For example, people used to reach out for aspirin if a fever broke out, now we understand that fever is the immune system's way of making the body inhospitable to bacteria and viruses.
The problem comes about when inflammation becomes chronic. The redness, edema or pain just wont go away. The underlying problem has been taken care of but the inflammation provoked by it is still present. This is where turmeric really shines, because the symptoms now are the problem.
Treat the symptoms and the problem has been finally taken care of.
Turmeric is both antibiotic and antiviral. It can help cure an infections, or at least assist in the cure.
Turmeric can directly help gastric ulcers because it can heal the mucous membranes of the stomach lining.
Believe it or not, turmeric is also anti-cancer, with several different mechanisms that directly address cancer itself, it doesn't just treat the symptoms of cancer.
Turmeric and arthritis: Turmeric cannot cure arthritis, but it can certainly reduce the inflammation that contributes to joint damage.
Turmeric's antioxidant properties help with oxidative stress from free radicals within the bloodstream.
By reducing the pain associated with movement turmeric allows us to be more active.