What is the role of Haldi/Curcumin in Ayurveda

Turmeric (Botanical Name: Curcuma Longa) or Haldi, a very common Indian spice and culinary dye is also used in many other Asian countries apart from India. The Turmeric root is considered to be a very potent healing herb too. It has been in use for centuries in Ayurvedic as well as Chinesemedicines. In fact the Aurvedic origins of Turmeric as a healing herb date back to nearly 2500 years.

According to the doctrines of Ayurveda, our physiological systems have three energy planes or doshas namely Kapha, Pitta and Vata. Each of these energy planes correspond with the various physiological systems of the human body. For instance, Kapha is corresponds with the human lymphatic system; Pitta is corresponds with the human digestive system and Vatacorresponds with the human nervous system. A person can have good health only when all the three energy planes coexist harmoniously.

Turmeric or haridra(Ayurvedic name) occupies a dominant and reoccurring position in the human physiological system. In Ayurveda it is used to balance the Kapha, Pitta and Vatadoshas in case there’s an imbalance. Ayurveda also considers Turmeric to be the giver of the Divine Mother’s energy and of prosperity to mankind. The herb as described in the Ayurvedic texts is astringent, bitter and pungent in taste. The heating attribute of the herb, as believed in Ayurveda, can help in balancing the Vata and Kaphadoshas while the herb’s bitter taste can help in balancing the Pittadosha…and that makes the herb a tri-doshic healing herb in the genre of Ayurvedicmedicines.

In Ayurveda, Turmericis used as a remedy for various types of ailments such as flatulence, chest pain, indigestion, cough, poor circulation, anemia, amenorrhea, tooth ache, pharyngitis, arthritis, skin issues, diabetes, bruises, wounds hemorrhage etc. Also, Turmeric is used widely in the various Ayurvedic beauty and skincare routines and its topical application in the form of uptan is in practice till date.