Sanskrit: Haridrá, Gauri
Latin: Curcuma longa Linn.
Part Used: Rhi- zome, tubers Habitat: Through- out India Energetics: Bitter, astringent, pun- gent-hot-pungent K– (VP+ in ex – cess)
Tissues: All Systems: Circula- tory, digestive , respiratory, uri- nary
Action: Alterative, anthelmintic, anti- bacterial/antibi-
otic, aromatic, carminative, stimulant tonic, vul- nerary
Uses: Amenorrhea, anemia, arthritis, blood puri- fier, blood tissue formation, circulation, cooking spice, cough, diabetes, worms, jaundice, eye prob- lems, fevers, gas, hemorrhoids, edema, indigestion, ligament stretching, metabolism regulator; mucus relief, and hysteria (from inhaling fumes); phar– yngitis, protein digesting, skin disorders, abscess, urinary diseases, wound and bruise healer; a natu- ral antibiotic which also improves intestinal flora; inflammatory bowel syndrome (e.g., ulcerative colitis), Crohn’s Disease, chronic hepatitis, chronic bronchial asthma, psoriasis, all inflammatory con- ditions. External acne, insect bites, sore eyes, with honey or aloe gel for bruises or sprains.
Spiritual Uses: Gives one the Divine Goddess’s energy and prosperity; chakra and subtle body cleanser; limbers for yoga ásana practice Precautions: Do not use if pregnant, with excess Pitta, with acute jaundice or hepatitis. Preparation: Infusion, decoction, milk decoction, powder, external paste (with sandalwood).