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Haridra: Curcuma longa

Scrapes out the unnecessary fat and other toxins out of the body

Useful in emaciation, under nutrition and other similar conditions

Enhances complexion

A good healer for wounds

Purifies all the systems of the body

Alleviate toxic conditions

Useful in all types of skin diseases

Common Name:
Turmeric (Eng.)

Sanskrit Names:

  • Haridra- That improves the complexion of the body
  • Kanchni- That is having color like that of Kancnan (Gold)
  • Nisha- That is as beautiful as full moon night
  • Varavarnini: Having bright complexion
  • Gauri- Because of its yellowish complexion
  • Krimighna- That kills all types of Krimies (Infectious agents)
  • Yoshitapriya- The plant that is favorite to ladies because of its use as complexion enhancer and in all female ailments
  • Hattavilasini- That increases the attraction of the bazaar

Lt. Name:
Curcuma longa- Zingiberaceae

Bio energetics:

  • Rasa(Taste)- Tikta(Bitter); Katu(Pungent)
  • Guna(Characteristics)- Ruksha(Rough); Laghu(Light)
  • Veerya(Potency)- Ushna (Warm)
  • Vipaka(Post digestion effect)- Katu(Bitter)

Chemical composition of Haridra:
The active constituents of Haridra are the yellow flavonoid constituents called the curcuminoids or diarylheptanoids, of which curcumin is the best studied, but also includes methoxylated curcumins. Haridraalso contains a volatile oil comprised of sesquiterpene ketones such as ?-tumerone, as well as other volatile compounds including atlantone, zingiberone, ?-phellandrene, sabinene, cineole and borneol. Other constituents include sugars, proteins, and resins (Mills and Bone 2000, 570; Yoganarasimhan 2000, 171; Kapoor 1990, 149; Evans 1989, 468).  

Effect of  Haridra on Tridoshas:
Haridra balances all the three Doshas. Because of its hot potency; it pacifies Kapha and Vata Doshas; and because of mild laxative action and bitter taste it pacifies the Pitta Dosha. 

Therapeutic Uses of Haridra in Ayurveda:

  • Kushthaghna- Useful in all types of skin diseases
  • LekhaniyaHaridra scrapes out the unnecessary fat and other toxins out of the body
  • KandughnaHaridra alleviates itching
  • Vishghna- Alleviate toxic conditions
  • Shirovirechana- Useful in purification procedure for the body parts above clavicle level
  • Varnya/ Deha varna vidhayini- Enhances complexion
  • Meha hara- Haridra is useful in urinary disorders including diabetes
  • KrimighnaHaridra kills all types of Krimies (Infectious agents)
  • ShoshaharaHaridra is useful in emaciation, under nutrition and other similar conditions
  • Pandu paha- Useful in anemic conditions
  • VranapahaHaridra is a good healer for wounds
  • Vishodhani- Purifies all the systems of the body
  • Peenasa nashini- Useful in cold, coryza and rhinitis
  • Aruchi nashini- Alleviates anorexia

Buy Haridra

Haridra Powder 2 oz

Haridra Powder 4 oz

Haridra Powder 1/2 Lb

Haridra Powder 1 Lb

Haridra Capsules 60capsules

Medicinal value of Haridra:

  • Haridra has fluoride which is thought to be essential for teeth.
  • National Institutes of Health has four clinical trials underway to study curcumin treatment for pancreatic cancer, multiple myeloma, Alzheimer's, and colorectal cancer.
  • A 2004 UCLA-Veterans Affairs study involving genetically altered mice suggests that curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, might inhibit the accumulation of destructive beta amyloids in the brains of Alzheimer's disease patients and also breaks up existing plaques.
  • A recent study involving mice has shown that Haridra slows the spread of breast cancer into lungs and other body parts. Turmeric also enhances the effect of taxol in reducing metastasis of breast cancer.
  • A decoction of the rhizome of Haridra relieves the pain of purulent ophthalmia.
  • Oil of turmeric, distilled from the dried rhizomes, has mild antiseptic properties.
  • Haridra is an antacid and, in small doses, acts as a carminative, appetizer and tonic. In large doses.

Useful part of Haridra:

Doses of Haridra:
Powder- 2-4 gms

Some combinations with Haridra:
Haridra khanda 

Some important notes about Haridra: 

  • According to Astanga Samgraha (One of the best books on Ayurveda) Haridra is the best medication for Prameha(Urinary disorders including Diabetes).
  • Understanding all these facts very important it is a common practice in India to use Haridra to prepare vegetables. It indicates towards the life of a common Indian enriched with the treasure of knowledge.

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