“Haldi” for Health

A number of basic foods available in the Indian kitchen have superb benefits. One such product is the turmeric


Bablu disliked ‘Haldi Dhoodh’ (Turmeric Milk) to no extent. He could endure anything but turmeric powder in his milk. But alas, his mother insisted and as a child he could not do much about it. Bablu’s mother believed that turmeric is a wonder ‘drug’ for numerous ailments. As he got a bit older he also got aware and realised during winters he never succumbed to common ailments like cough and cold. His immune system was stronger than many of his friends. He enjoyed his health! But, always wondered how!

Turmeric is derived from the rhizomes of the plant Curcuma longa, which is a member of the ginger family. It has the compounds with medicinal properties which is Curcumin. Even though Curcumin is 3% of turmeric, the use of turmeric is not lessened. Curcumin is the most active component of turmeric and has powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. This is precisely the reason that Haldi’(turmeric) finds a special place in India (Ayurveda) for many ailments.

Turmeric is Anti- inflammatory

  • Turmeric contains more than two dozen anti-inflammatory compounds including six different COX-2-inhibitors (the COX-2 enzyme promotes pain, swelling and inflammation).
  • External application of turmeric is beneficial for sprains and swellings because of the Curcumin compound.
  • Due to its anti-inflammatory properties and pain relieving properties, Curcumin and turmeric is used for arthritic pain.
  • Because inflammation is closely linked to tumor promotion, Curcumin with its potent anti-inflammatory property is anticipated to exert chemopreventive effects on carcinogenesis. Hence, the past few decades have witnessed intense research devoted to the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of Curcumin.

Turmeric Prevents

The antibacterial and anti-viral action of curcumin makes it the best remedy to treat cough and cold naturally. The anti-inflammatory action of curcumin aids in relieving the chest congestion that develops in people suffering from chronic cough. It is advised to include turmeric in a daily diet during winters to prevent viral and bacterial infection. The dosage could be –one tsp turmeric with a glass of warm milk.One can also have a 1-2 tsp of turmeric powder without mixing it for the same effect.

Turmeric Prevents

Turmeric Heals

  • Curcuma has natural antiseptic and antibacterial properties and can be used as an effective disinfectant in-case of cuts and minor burns. Turmeric also helps repair damaged skin and may be used to treat psoriasis and other inflammatory skin conditions.
  • Turmeric with other constituents has a great effect- Having haldi (Turmeric) mixed with mustard oil and onion juice every hour stops rectal bleeding in piles in most of the cases.
  • As a rich source of iron, turmeric is valuable for anaemia.
  • Curcuma has a protective action on intestinal flora. Curcuma is beneficial in Crohn’s disease (an ailment that affects the digestive tract) and ulcerative colitis.

Turmeric Boosts General Health

  • Curcumin Detoxifies the liver- It helps in stimulating bile production in the liver and encouraging excretion of bile via the gallbladder, which improves the body’s ability to digest fats.
  • It balances cholesterol levels, fights allergies, stimulates digestion, boosts immunity and enhances the complexion.
  • Studies suggest that curcumin has several properties that could make it effective at preventing Alzheimer’s disease.

Turmeric is Anti- cancer

  • Curcumin powder mixed with pure cow’s ghee(Clarified Butter) might wade away cancer cells in most cases and also regenerates new cells in the body.
  • Curcuma has been demonstrated to inhibit tumour growth and stimulate apoptosis, an intracellular mechanism for cells of all types to “kill” themselves. It neutralises those substances and conditions which can cause cancer.
  • It directly helps a cell retain its integrity if threatened by carcinogens.

Turmeric is an Effective Cosmetic

  • Turmeric paste mixed with aloe vera, water and milk will clear your skin as well. Turmeric mixed with liitle gram flour (besan) is an effective & a cheap scrub, and is known to clear tan. 

So if you say yes to your health, haldi  (Turmeric) has to find some space in your scheme of affairs! 

Author: Dr. Viral Thakkar

I am a general physician (M.B.B.S) and M.D. (A.M.) with extensive experience in community and preventive medicine. I am currently placed in a hospital dealing with emergencies and common diseases on a daily basis. My years of experience in the health sector has made be search for answers beyond allopathy. I am firm believer that the body can cure itself with the right management. The human body is the best software designed by creation which guides every moment to keep one healthy. The body produces the disease and also has innate ability to heal. Modern medicine is a quick fix to the disease (body) but ignores the mind and soul which are an important aspect of human existence. The holistic approach of healing of mind, body and soul is an important element to heal the human body. Modern medicine should be judiciously used. Our body is a temple which requires a holistic approach towards mind, body and soul for a perfect happiness quotient. I conduct individual sessions, group sessions with corporates and civil society groups on ideal lifestyle. To maintain this ideal lifestyle one has to work on body (diet and physical activities), mind (meditation, thoughts) and soul (self- less service). Get in touch with me on drviralthakkar09@gmail.com

13 thoughts on ““Haldi” for Health”

  1. Good analysis!Keep it up!
    One small suggestion-The haldi we get from market or which we use in our food is different may be adulterated also.Therefore if you can find go in for fresh haldi or there is Amba haldi which can be used(I don’t know if it’s available in South).Amba haldi can be used in herbal tea also which is quite effective in pains.

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    1. you can even use the raw haldi which we get in the market which has similar properties. In fact the chances of adulteration in raw haldi is much less than the powder which we get from the market ! 🙂


  2. Haldi jaldi kare Heal……..a Divine gift to human Being……bhai tune to deewana bana diya dono ka–Haldi aur blogger…….would Love to read more blog from u…….keep it up……👍👍

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