Turmeric and Wound Healing

Turmeric root and powderTurmeric is a versatile spice. It’s tasty so it’s not surprising that it figures prominently in many Asian cuisines.

Perhaps as importantly, turmeric has a long history of medicinal usages.
It has great anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. This makes it very helpful for problems like arthritis.

Cultures that regularly include turmeric in their diet have a lower incidence of Alzheimer’s disease.

There’s also some suggestion that turmeric reduces the risk of cancer.

With possible benefits like that, I try to add at least a little turmeric to my diet most days.

When I have eggs, which is often, I sprinkle turmeric on them.

I also make a “latte” by blending hot almond milk with turmeric, ginger, cinnamon and a bit of coconut oil. Very tasty – I suggest you give it a try.

Feel free to add a little sweetener if you care to.

Beyond that, I enjoy curries. When I make one I’m always sure to add turmeric.

If you don’t want to use turmeric in your cooking, you can take supplements. Curcumin is the main active ingredient in turmeric and that’s the supplement that you’ll usually see in the health store.

Still, as always my preference is for whole foods and supplements only as a secondary backup.

You’re probably not too surprised about using as a spice or a supplement. You may be a little less aware of the linkage between turmeric and wound healing.

Turmeric has significant antiseptic effects. Additionally, some studies suggest that it improves collagen formation and wound remodeling – very important aspects of wound healing.

Because of these effects, turmeric is a reasonable natural remedy for minor cuts and scrapes.

Using it for this purpose is pretty straightforward.

Mix turmeric with enough coconut oil to make a paste. If there’s no coconut oil handy you can use water. After cleaning the wound, coat it with this paste, then put a bandage on.

Change this dressing once a day or so.

If you want to know about another natural treatment for minor cuts and scrapes, click on that link.

And here are some references if you’re interested:

Life Sci. 2014 Oct 22;116(1):1-7. doi: 10.1016/j.lfs.2014.08.016. Epub 2014 Sep 6.
Curcumin as a wound healing agent.
Akbik D1, Ghadiri M1, Chrzanowski W2, Rohanizadeh R3.

Curr Pharm Biotechnol. 2016;17(11):1002-7.
Wound Healing Effects of Curcumin: A Short Review.
Tejada S, Manayi A, Daglia M, Nabavi SF, Sureda A, Hajheydari Z, Gortzi O, Pazoki-Toroudi H, Nabavi SM1

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