Turmeric: Nature Medicine

Words: Dr Rajgopal NIDAMBOOR

Our ancients were wise folks. They had a ken for detail. They also knew the value of nature’s bounty much better, perhaps, than us — the so-called advanced species with no potent remedial answer, at one point, to the COVID-19 storm that rattled and is rattling our civilisation.

We owe it to our ancient knowledge and modern scientific advance that curcumin — the substance that gives turmeric its yellow hue — boosts our immune defence.

Curcumin has a variety of healing functions. The important point is — because of the low percentage levels of curcumin in standardised turmeric powder, or preparations, one cannot derive their full healing benefits by merely taking turmeric in small doses as most households do.

A quality supplement, with the right proportion of curcumin is, therefore, imperative.

The value of turmeric in cough and cold is immense. It helps the body to detox and purge the respiratory tract of offending factors, including germs. It helps to fight infection — thanks to its antiviral, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory qualities.

Individuals who present with bronchial problems, as also sinusitis, often report that turmeric helps build their immunity and, in the process, eases their frequent episodes of cough and sinus problems while giving them long-term relief.

Turmeric is a useful, efficacious adjuvant in treating the classical symptoms in bronchial asthma, congestion of nose and airways due to cough, cold, or inflammation, and shortness of breath, or difficulty in breathing — all classical signs of COVID-19 infection.

Any inflammatory process in the airways chokes our normal ability to breathe. This is often a result of the inflated, normal reaction of the immune system trying to beat the offending virus, or bacteria. This, in turn, triggers chronic inflammation and damage to lung tissue. Curcumin blocks such inflammation; it relieves congestion and spasm, or pain, just as well, while improving respiratory function and also breathing.

Curcumin is a natural immune booster. It helps to fight against viral copying, or replication — the most dangerous consequence of COVID-19 infection.

The best part is curcumin also has the ability to overpower countless inflammatory particles that may be the cause of tissue damage, triggered by a host of viruses. It not only reduces overt and covert symptoms, it also provides tangible, clinical relief, without the side-effects of pharmaceutical preparations. 

The most important point also is curcumin has a wide range of antiviral properties — it not only reduces viral replication, it also reduces viral load.

Studies suggest curcumin’s anti-viral activity in HIV and that its analogues possess anti-AIDS effects. While studies have also shown that curcumin inhibits the duplication of HIV-1 integrase protein, evidence-based analyses report that curcumin may block HIV-1 and HIV-2 activity too.

The summary is evident. The use of curcumin in respiratory diseases provides tangible relief in cough, breathlessness, and respiratory distress — the headline ‘sign’ and cause of most deaths, for example, in advanced cases of COVID-19.

The best part also is — curcumin helps to keep inflammation in our system low. This is one natural trump card that nature has given us to fighting the coronavirus storm and infection, among other illnesses — including heart disease and other disorders.

Dr RAJGOPAL NIDAMBOOR, PhD, is a wellness physician-writer-editor, independent researcher, critic, columnist, author and publisher. His published work includes hundreds of newspaper, magazine, web articles, essays, meditations, columns, and critiques on a host of subjects, eight books on natural health, two coffee table tomes and an encyclopaedic treatise on Indian philosophy. He is Chief Wellness Officer, Docco360 — a mobile health application/platform connecting patients with Ayurveda, homeopathic and Unani physicians, and nutrition therapists, among others, from the comfort of their home — and, Editor-in-Chief, ThinkWellness360.

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