The root of Curcuma longa, similar in appearance to orange ginger or Jerusalem artichoke, is cleaned, dried in the sun and ground into a powder.
The root contains the yellow pigment curcumin, essential oil, alkaloid, lactone, calcium, iron, phosphorus, iodine, vitamin C, B1, B2, B3. Turmeric has several flavors: pungent, bitter, sour, as well as a sharp aftertaste. Its effect on the body is warming, light and dry. Turmeric reduces kapha by burning phlegm and balances vata and pitta. It is suitable for people of all body types, as it removes waste and toxins from the body, helps in case of poisoning with chemicals and insecticides. Turmeric suppresses putrefaction of microflora in the gastrointestinal tract, cleans it of excess mucus, normalizes the functioning of this tract and the pancreas, improves metabolism, acts as an antibacterial and wound healing agent. It is used to treat the digestive system and circulatory system. Turmeric is a natural antibiotic that promotes better digestion, helps maintain normal intestinal microflora, reduces the amount of gas, and has tonic properties. Among diseases of the digestive system, indigestion, stomach and duodenal ulcers are treated.