Fighting Inflammation with Herbal Medicine and Turmeric
By Tanya Lee
Naturopath – Herbal Medicine, Clinical Nutritionist, Clinical Pilates, Personal Trainer, Kinesiologist, Allied Health Practitioner Assistant to Physiotherapy, HL Coach, Reiki Practitioner, Initiated Balian
If you want an in depth look into inflammation and recognising and treating it in your own body, don't miss our upcoming event with Tanya, 'Inflammation and Your Body', on Wednesday 13 July. Details here.
When it comes to health, it’s so important to do your research. Healing is about being empowered with knowledge from skilled and qualified professionals. Fads and superfoods will always come and go; to discover the heal’r within we need to sort through the hype and go to the people we trust.
For instance, let’s think about herbal medicine. Herbs and spices have been used in Eastern medicine for centuries. Generations of herbalists, naturopaths and Eastern doctors have been using correct mixes of organic herbs for the prevention, symptomatic relief and, in many cases, treatment of disease. These trusted formulations from clinically trained professionals, who have years of experience, can assist with organ health, mental cognition, hormone imbalances and autoimmune conditions.
There have been recent clinical and scientific studies done on the health benefits of herbs such as turmeric, echinacea, chaste tree, dandelion root, and many more. Turmeric on its own is a vegetable and a herb. To make curcumin, the active ingredient of turmeric, more easily absorbed, it needs to be blended and taken with other ingredients, just as iron is better absorbed when taken with vitamin C. In my clinic I’ve seen organic turmeric tincture, in combination with dandelion root for liver support, reduce fluid retention, bloating, PMS and chronic to acute symptoms of hormone conditions.
Scientific evidence shows that turmeric, when bioavailable:
> is an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and tumour inhibitor and is protective against the effects of chemotherapy
> is anti-atherosclerotic and can lower LDL while increasing HDL in four weeks
> reduces chronic inflammation in lung disease, pancreatitis, lung damage, neurological diseases, muscle injuries and cystic fibrosis
> reduces cataract formation
> reduces the growth of breast cancer cells.
Further benefits of herbal medicine include being effective in the treatment of:
> ulcerative colitis
> IBS symptoms
> pre- and post-surgery inflammation
> Alzheimer’s disease
Would you want to put anything in your body that could cause you more harm and add to the health symptoms you’re trying to reduce? Inner healing starts with feeding your mind and body with quality products and learning from trusted practitioners.
“Present findings indicate that curcumin significantly inhibited growth of human breast cancer cells MDA-MB-231 and MCF-7 by inducing apoptosis in a dose- and time-dependent manner, accompanied by an increase in Bax/Bcl-2 ratios. Moreover, we demonstrated the tumor growth inhibition effect of curcumin in a nude mouse model. Given the potential and safety of curcumin, it is a promising candidate for therapy of breast cancer, although additional studies are needed.”
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Want to know more about fighting inflammation in your body? Don't miss our 'Inflammation and Your Body' event coming up on Wednesday 13 July. Details here.