What is Inflammation?
Inflammation (Latin, inflammatio) is part of the complex biological response of body tissues to harmful stimuli, such as pathogens, damaged cells, or irritants, and is a protective response involving immune cells, blood vessels, and molecular mediators.
Chronic inflammation – this means long-term inflammation, which can last for several months and even years. It can result from: Failure to eliminate whatever was causing an acute inflammation. An autoimmune response to a self antigen – the immune system attacks healthy tissue, mistaking it (them) for harmful pathogens.
What Ayurveda says about Turmeric?
Turmeric is used in Ayurveda to balance vata, pitta, and kapha, though in excess, it can aggravate pitta and vata. It has a particular beneficial effect for rasa and rakta dhatu circulatory system). It also kindles agni, helping reduce kapha and ama. As mentioned above, it is traditionally used for supporting the blood, liver, joints, immune system, and digestive tract. Its bitter and pungent taste and heating nature enable it to have a mobilizing and cleansing energy. Turmeric, also known as Haridra, is said to give the energy of the Divine Mother, and to grant prosperity. A likeness of Ganesha is often carved in a whole turmeric root, and invokes the strength to overcome obstacles, again granting prosperity and success.
Now let’s get back to current science, we will find all our answers through that.
Anti-inflammatory Properties of turmeric-
Anything that can help fight chronic inflammation is of potential importance in preventing and even treating these diseases.It turns out that curcumin is strongly anti-inflammatory, it is so powerful that it matches the effectiveness of some anti-inflammatory drugs. Curcumin actually targets multiple steps in the inflammatory pathway, at the molecular level.
Curcumin blocks NF-kB, a molecule that travels into the nuclei of cells and turns on genes related to inflammation. NF-kB is believed to play a major role in many chronic diseases .Without getting into the gory details (inflammation is extremely complicated), the key takeaway here is that curcumin is a bioactive substance that fights inflammation at the molecular level.
There’s hardly a system in the body that isn’t supported by the powerful antioxidant qualities of turmeric. And every traditional Indian bride is layered in turmeric paste before her wedding to create that special glow.