Can Turmeric be considered as a Cancer treatment?

Turmeric sticks and powder

The traditional Indian system of holistic medicine, Ayurveda uses mainly plant-based remedies and formulations which our age old maharishis have gifted us for almost all ailments including a terminal disease like cancer. One of such gifted remedy is turmeric. Keep on reading to know more.

Surprisingly, we always have a remedy for very illness if we look deeply, still, we want fast-track solutions- so we keep on chasing for allopathic medicines.

turmeric with milk

Turmeric(Curcuma longa) is a plant that has a very long history of medicinal use that dates back to 4000 years. And, it is a rhizomatous herbaceous perennial plant belonging to family Zingiberaceae which is native to tropical South Asia. It is also used as a spice for cooking in Indian cuisine.

There are more than 100 components that can be isolated from the raw turmeric itself. The main part of the root is a volatile oil, containing turmerone, which gives it its pungent smell. Also, there are other coloring agents called curcuminoids, famous for its anti-oxidant properties.

According to cancerresearchuk.org, “A number of laboratory studies on cancer cells have shown that curcumin does have anticancer effects. It seems to be able to kill cancer cells and prevent more from growing. It has the best effects on breast cancer, bowel cancer, stomach cancer and skin cancer cells.”

Turmeric sticks and powder
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The anticancer activities of turmeric include-

  • Inhibiting cell proliferation  

Turmeric allows to hinder or restrain the abnormal growth of cancer cells. So, by doing that, it increases the chances of success in cancer treatment.

  • Inducing apoptosis of cancer cells

In simple words, turmeric helps in killing a large number of cancer cells within the body.

Ar-turmerone, which is isolated from turmeric, helped to recover in human leukemia. In various models, it has also been reported to exhibit activity against the development of-

  • Skin cancer
  • Breast cancer
  • Oral cancer
  • Stomach cancer
  • Colorectal cancer

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Source: authoritynutrition.com

Turmeric can definitely replace these below 10 drugs-

  • Anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Antidepressants(Prozac)
  • Chemotherapy
  • Anti-coagulants(Aspirin)
  • Painkillers
  • Diabetes drugs(Metformin)
  • Arthritis medications
  • Inflammatory bowel disease drugs
  • Cholesterol drugs(Lipitor)
  • Steroids

With so many benefits in hand, there is apparently no excuse to neglect turmeric as a effective medicine.

It is a normal query among everyone whether to use raw turmeric or is it essential to use the powder for intake. I favor using it raw and that too because of a valid reason. Curcumin, the key active ingredient gets lost(to an extent) when processing from the raw turmeric to powder form.
Moreover, it is better to take precaution before it is too late, so start taking turmeric from now on to reap the benefits lifelong.

How to consume:

  • Take an inch of raw turmeric and cut it into pieces(1-3 gram).
  • Take a 1/4th teaspoon of jaggery (sugarcane) or honey. Mix the two and have it.
  • If you can intake it just like that then it’s very good especially for people suffering from diabetes.
  • You should intake it in empty stomach, early morning and then after 15 mins, go for tea/coffee/breakfast.
  • You can also drink it up by mixing the powder/pulp with milk at night

It will surely help you in curing a vast array of diseases, cancer being one of them.


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