Latin Name

Curcuma longa

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Effect on Dosha

Balances all three doshas; especially Kapha and Pitta

Properties and Uses

It has blood cleansing properties and used in skin diseases like urticaria. It is popularly used medicine for skin allergies. It is known to improve skin complexion. Due to astringent nature it has blood clotting properties therefore applied externally to fresh cuts and wounds. It is has anti-microbial properties. It is found to be effective in liver ailments and promotes secretion of digestive enzymes. It is well known remedy for upper respiratory tract ailments like cough, common cold due to its mucolytic action. Its external application is used in localized swellings and piles. It is given in post-partum phase due to its cleansing action on uterus (Garbhashay shodhan). It is found to be effective in diabetes.

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