Turmeric is a tropical perennial shrub in the same family as ginger. It is native to India and other parts of Asia. The spice is now cultivated all over the tropical parts of the world. In addition to being used in cooking, turmeric has been used for thousands of years by traditional Chinese and Indian medicine to aid digestion and liver function, relieve arthritis pain, and regulate menstruation. Modern day folk uses for turmeric include heartburn, stomach ulcers, gallstone and inflammation.
Science has attributed much of Turmeric’s benefits to a compound called curcumin which certain studies have shown to have powerful anti-inflammatory properties.