Turmeric is one of the commonly used traditional Chinese medicines. It was first recorded in the first official Chinese herbal medicine in China-“Xinxiu Materia Medica” (also known as “Tang Materia Medica” or “Yinggong Materia Medica”) compiled by 26 people such as Su Jing in the Tang Dynasty. Traditional Chinese medicine believes that turmeric has the effects of dispelling qi, promoting blood circulation, clearing menstruation and relieving pain. It can be used to treat various pains caused by blood stasis and qi stagnation, chest and abdominal pain, women’s dysmenorrhea, amenorrhea, postpartum stasis, abdominal pain, rheumatic arthralgia, bruises, carbuncle, etc.
Turmeric is a commonly used anti-cancer drug. It is often used in combination with zedoary turmeric and Sanlang. The effect is better when used together. This situation is called “drug” or “drug pair” in Chinese medicine. In the decoction, 3-10g can be used according to the specific conditions of the patient. Turmeric can also be ground into a very fine powder and used in pills and creams. Turmeric can also be used externally to treat sore carbuncle pain and pain caused by bruises. Turmeric is the main ingredient of Chinese patent medicine Ruyi Jinhuangsan.
Not only did ancient Chinese medicine use turmeric as medicine, ancient Indians also used turmeric as medicine. The ancient Indian Ayurveda (Ayurveda, ancient Indian herbal medicine) also used turmeric for medicinal purposes. Indians believe that turmeric can be used internally to treat many diseases, and external use can also treat many skin diseases. Indians even use turmeric as a condiment for food and take it daily. The low rate of Indians suffering from cancer has a certain relationship with Indians’ eating habits.
In addition, Siddha Medicine (Tamil ancient medicine), Unani Medicine (Mughal Empire Medicine) and ancient medicine books in other Asian countries also have records of using turmeric as medicine.
The various effects of turmeric have also attracted the attention of modern medical circles. Modern pharmacology has confirmed that turmeric has anti-inflammatory effects, choleretic effects, hepatoprotective effects, anti-peptic ulcer effects, anti-blood coagulation and inhibition of platelet aggregation, and hypolipidemic effects. , Anti-oxidation, anti-fertility, anti-tumor, anti-mutation, anti-pathogenic microorganisms and protozoa, promote wound healing, promote uterine excitement, and protect the cardiovascular system.
Turmeric can inhibit the formation of fine blood vessels in tumor tissues, and can also improve the inflammation of tumor patients, so it has a better anti-cancer effect. Animal experiments have confirmed that curcumin alcohol extract can inhibit the growth of Chinese hamster ovary cells and has a cytotoxic effect on lymphocytes and Dalaton’s lymphoma cells.
Turmeric has no obvious toxic and side effects, and feeding experiments on rats at 1.25-125 times the human dosage, no obvious side effects were seen. The rat’s red blood cells, white blood cells, red blood cells, total serum protein, albumin, globulin, serum transaminase and alkaline phosphatase, etc. did not have any adverse reactions. As an aromatic stomachic medicine, turmeric has beneficial effects on the biliary tract and disinfects the liver. Regular consumption of turmeric can promote digestion.
However, pregnant women and patients with blood deficiency should pay attention when consuming turmeric. Traditional Chinese medicine believes that turmeric has the effect of breaking blood and promoting qi. Therefore, patients with blood deficiency without qi stagnation and blood stasis and pregnant women should be cautious. Patients with low platelets and poor coagulation should also Use with caution.
Turmeric is used as a food additive, and the daily dosage is about 1-3 grams. As a commonly used health food, this dosage is sufficient. But if it is used to treat tumors, it needs to increase the dosage. However, these drugs should not be overdose. Overdose can easily lead to bleeding.
The anti-tumor effect of turmeric alone is not as effective as the combination of turmeric with other drugs and ginger. The main reason is that turmeric is not easily absorbed by the body. However, with the assistance of other pungent and warm aromatic condiments such as ginger and cinnamon, the body’s effect on turmeric is The absorption efficiency will be greatly improved.
Traditional Chinese medicine turmeric is used to treat flank and abdominal pain caused by liver stagnation and qi stagnation. It is often used in combination with Citrus aurantium, cinnamon heart, etc.; to treat abdominal pain, it is often used in combination with woody, black medicine, angelica, etc.; to treat women with amenorrhea and For dysmenorrhea, it is often used together with activating blood and removing blood stasis medicines such as angelica, red peony root and chuanxiong; to treat women with postpartum blood stasis and abdominal pain, it can be compatible with myrrh, Tongbian to dissipate blood stasis and relieve pain; for treatment of bruises, it is also compatible with blood stasis removal products. It is equivalent to angelica, peach kernel, and achyranthes; to treat shoulder and arm pain, equivalent to Qianghuo, angelica, and peony. Turmeric is often used in combination with rhubarb, angelica dahurica, trichosanthes, araceae, and cork in the treatment of ulcers and ulcers.