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Turmeric, rather a lot more than curcumin

Written by ivermectin (ivermectin) where to buy Sebastian Pole

Turmeric root

Curcumin is undoubtedly a key active medicinal constituent found in turmeric; but there is so much more to this vibrant root. In this article, Sebastian Pole will be looking at some of the other amazing and powerful constituents present in this plant’s essential oils.

Having been trained in traditional herbal medicine and the use of whole plants I am intrigued and concerned by the accelerated pharmaceuticalisation of natural health products. As the insights of traditional herbal medicine reaches greater awareness so our tendency to cherry pick certain herbs and isolate their ‘active’ compounds increases. In this process we miss an essential part of traditional healing that is wrapped up in the synergistic effect of the multi-component and multi-herb formulas used by natural doctors for centuries.

The rapid growth in curcumin’s reputation is a case in point and I want to use this as an example of how using isolated compounds misses the best of natural medicine. With over 6000 citations on curcumin it dominates the research field into this valuable spice, but is it just better to use higher amounts of isolated curcumin (the so-called 95% curcumin) or is there something better available from all the compounds that make up the wonder that is turmeric?

Sebastian Pole
I am a registered member of the Ayurvedic Professionals Association, Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine and a Fellow of the Unified Register of Herbal Practitioners. I qualified as a herbalist with the aim of using the principles of Ayurveda (the ancient art of living wisely) and the Herbal tradition to help transform health. I have been in clinical practice since 1998.

Having co-founded Pukka Herbs in 2001 I have become experienced in organic herb growing, practitioner grade quality and sustainable value chains. I am a Trustee of the FairWild Foundation, a Director of The Betonica School of Herbal Medicine and an Advisor to The American Herbal Pharmacopoeia and The Sustainable Herbs Project. Fluent in Hindi, a qualified Yoga therapist and passionate about projects with a higher purpose, I am on a mission to bring the incredible power of plants into people’s life. And that is why I started Herbal Reality and what it is all about.

I live in a forest garden farm in Somerset growing over 100 species of medicinal plants and trees. And a lot of weeds!

Author of Ayurvedic Medicine, The Principles of Traditional Practice (Elsevier 2006), A Pukka Life (Quadrille 2011), Celebrating 10 Pukka years (2012) and Cleanse, Nurture, Restore with Herbal Tea (Frances Lincoln 2016).

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