Turmeric/ Haridra : Best of Facts You Need To Know

Turmeric or Haridra is an essential ingredient available in every house. It is an essential spice used in the kitchen and is one of the best blood purifiers and immunity boosters provided by nature to us. Turmeric is a rhizome that grows underneath the soil and is identified with the scientific name Curcuma Longa from the Zingiberaceae family.

Ayurveda Pharmacology of Turmeric/ Haridra

Turmeric is  Kapha and Vata Dosha Nashaka by its Ushana Veerya property however it possesses Ruksha Guna also so if taken for a longer time will create dryness in the body, and aggravate Vata Dosha, intake is advisable after processing turmeric with Ghee or milk. It is also Pittashamaka by its Tikta Rasa and Tridoshaja by its Prabhava.

  1. Rasa – Katu – Tikta
  2. Guna- Ruksha
  3. Virya- Ushana
  4. Vipaka – Katu

Benefits of Turmeric

  • Immunity Boost Up
  • Complexion Enhancing
  • Healing property
  • Hemostatic Property
  • Anti-bacterial property
  • Anti-cancerous property
  • Anti-diabetic
  • Hepatic health
  • Anemia correction
  • Lipids Correction
  • Act as an expectorant in reducing cough in smokers
  • The best drug of choice in Diabetes as per Ayurveda

Effect on Doshas: 

Turmeric is Kapha- Vata Shamak and Pittasarak by Ushna Dravya and Pitta Shamak by Tikta Rasa. It is also widely used Tridoshaja Vikara.

Accepted Properties and forms of Turmeric

  • Used normally in the kitchen to enhance the flavor of vegetables and other food articles.
  • Used as Ubtana or Lepa over skin to enhance the skin tone or complexion.
  • Used as face pack/ cosmetic products to combat face problems.
  • Used along with coconut oil or Aloe vera on discoloration like leukoderma or white patches of skin.
  • Used for dusting over wounds to promote healthy healing.
  • In Rajasthan and Gujarat, people take it in unripe form as Salad or as curry in the winter season.
  • In case of injury, a mixture of turmeric and jaggery administered orally reduces pain and promotes circulation.
  • Used along with Ghee in the Post-delivery phase to improve lactation functioning.
  • Used in several other diseases such as ascites, worms, pruritus, urticaria, Jaundice, Chicken pox, abscesses anywhere in the body, dropsy, bronchitis, etc.

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  • Improves the quality of blood in circulation. PURIFIES BLOOD AND EXPELS TOXINS and impurities from the body.

Management Of Diabetes mellitus Type II in Ayurveda


Diabetes is correlated with the Sanskirt term Madhumeha  is composed of Madhu and Meha. The Madhumeha means sweet Or sweetness and Meha means excessive urination (Atipravrutti).

In shabdakalpadrumameha Or prameha is defined as follows,

Prakrshena Mehati kshrati viryyadirane neti prameha:

The Sanskrit term meha means to micturate. The verbal noun mehanam signifies urination as well as an act of passing any morbid urethral secretion. Hence the disease in which excessive sweet urination takes place is called Madhumeha.

In Madukosh the Nirukti of prameha is like that,

The state in which quantity, as well as the frequency of micturition, has increased is known as Prameha.

In Ayurvedic texts, the given characteristic features of Madhumeha show marked similarity with the syndrome of Type 2 diabetes. It is Tridoshaj in origin with the predominance of Kapha. According to Charaka major causative factors of Madhumeha are Madhura, Amla, and Lavana Rasa dominant diet mentioned as ‘ Gramya Udaka Anupa Rasa Payansi Dadhini, and lifestyles such as ‘Aasya Sukham Swana Sukham ‘ are similar to the causes quoted as, overeating, eating rich substances, dairy products, practicing sedentary lifestyle, overweight in modern medicine.

Acharya Sushruta has mentioned the Sahaj and Apathya Nimittaja varieties of Madumeha.

In Modern, Type 2 diabetes is a multifaceted disease, that is manifested by hyperglycemia that results from several dysregulated biological mechanisms. The excessive heavy diet, excessive use of sugar and jaggery and their products, and Lack of physical exercise are considered to be predisposing factors to the disease.

Causative factors

D Diet and Dietary habits/Dadhi
I Insulin insufficiency or resistance/Inheritance/Ikshu Vikar
A Antibiotics and other medicines like statins/Advanced Glycation End-products/Asyasukham/Anupa rasa payamsi
B BMI high/blood pressure high
E Endocrine Disorders mainly PCOS
T Thyroid problem (Hypo and Hyper)
E Environmental factors
S Sedentary life/stress/smoking/Swapna sukham

Preclinical symptoms-

Acharya Sushruta explained typical symptomatology to evaluate prediabetes status. They are

  • Gamanath Sthanam(tends to stay while walking)
  • Sthanath Aasanam (tends to sit while walking)
  • Asanath Sayanam(tends to lie down while sitting) and
  • Sayanath Swapnam (tends to sleep while lying down)

Classical symptoms  of diabetes mellitus are

3 “polys”-Polyuria, Polydipsia, Polyphagia

-Unexplained weight loss


The complications resulting from the disease are a significant cause of morbidity and mortality and are associated with the damage or failure of various organs such as the eyes, kidneys, and nerves. Individuals with type 2 diabetes are also at a significantly higher risk for coronary heart disease, peripheral vascular disease, and stroke, and they have a greater likelihood of having hypertension, dyslipidemia, and obesity.

For Preventing Diabetes

1) Daily exercise at least 30 min a day.

2) Take a healthy control sugar diet

3) Oral medications

4) In severe cases – Insulin medications

In the Ayurvedic way, certain home remedies by consumption of

1) Bitter Gourd

2) Amla

3) Tulsi and Neem leaves

4) fenugreek seeds with milk


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Dr. Rajnandini Ingale

M.D. Physician ( Ayu)

ITRA, Jamnagar