Turmeric has been used in India for over 2500 years and is a major part of the Ayurvedic system of medicine. Turmeric, known as 'Haridra' in Sanskrit and 'Haldi' in Hindi, has been recognized as a medicine with multiple properties in Ayurveda since ancient times. There is hardly any dish in which Indians don't put a little bit of turmeric. The Indians for millennium knew its multiple benefits. The turmeric rhizome is very aromatic, with a musky odor and yellow colour. Turmeric plant (Curcuma longa) is a robust perennial with a short stem and tufted leaves. The pale-yellow flowers are found in dense spikes, topped by a tuft of pinkish bracts. The rhizomes, which yield the colorful condiment, are short and thick with blunt tubers. Benefits of Turmeric in Ayurveda: » Turmeric powder significantly increases the mucus content in gastric juices, no wonder that Indian cuisine lays emphasis on turmeric's therapeutic effect against gastric disorders. Curcuma oil, curcumin and its alkali salts prevent histamine induced gastric ulceration. » Prevention or Slowing down Alzheimer's disease. A study has been done and it explains why Alzhimer's disease is so rare in India. Turmeric is frequently consumed in India and some other Asian countries as a dietary supplement, which allegedly cures stomach problems and other ailments.Earlier research has shown that curcumin, an antioxidant found in turmeric, can help prevent the formation of tumours. » Turmeric (Curcumin) blocks Brain tumour activity » Curcumin is helpful against pancreatic ailments by inhibiting the actual disease process leading to pancreatitis rather than merely masking its effects. » Curcumin is anti-inflammatory, and thus is helpful in diseases like rheumatoid arthiritis and other autoimmuno diseases: » Turmeric helps in digestion by inducing bile juice, and is thus good for the liver too. That's why it's subscribed whenever someone in India has jaundice: » A summary of the anti cancer properties of Curcumin, the chemical in Turmeric (Haldi) is given below. It is observed that Curcumin aids the cell-cycle arrest, which, if allowed to continue, would help in the mutation of cells and development of cancer: » Apart from this, Turmeric (Haldi) has been used since time immemorial in India as a Grandma's cure for skin infections, cuts, wounds and lesions. Recent studies prove that Curcumin inserts itself into cell membranes, making them more stable and thus healing them. » Turmeric (Haldi) has also been used in India as a cosmetic. People, especially the women-folk are advised to use it to get a glowing and radiant skin. It is also a common ritual to apply turmeric paste on the to-be bride and groom before marriage in the traditional Hindu ceremony. Studies show that Turmeric helps fight Melanoma, a deadly form of skin-cancer. » In a traditional Hindu practice a glass full of "Haldi ka doodh", or Turmeric dissolved in milk was given whenever someone had a cold/cough/fever, or was feeling weak or was having body-pain. Turmeric is a natural pain-killer and is seen to be helpful against all these symptoms.