Can Turmeric Alleviate 500+ Causes of Human Illness?

By Sayer Ji

Contributing Writer for Wake Up World

There is a medicinal spice so timelessly interwoven with the origins of human culture and metabolism, so thoroughly supported by modern scientific inquiry, as to be unparalleled in its proven value to human health and well-being.

Indeed, turmeric turns the entire drug-based medical model on its head. Instead of causing more side effects than therapeutic ones – which you can read any drug insert to see is a universally true phenomenon and which ensures the infinite expansion of the pharmaceutical market and all the associated medical services – it has several hundred potential side benefits.

While no food or herb is right for everyone, and everything has the potential for unintended, adverse side effects, turmeric is truly unique in its exceptionally high margin of safety vis-à -vis the drugs it has been compared with, e.g. hydrocortisone, ibuprofen, chemotherapy agents. Furthermore, nothing within the modern-day pharmaceutical armamentarium comes even remotely close to turmeric’s 6,000 year track record of safe use in Ayurvedic medicine. [1]

Despite its vast potential for alleviating human suffering, turmeric will never receive the FDA stamp of approval, due to its lack of exclusivity, patentability and therefore profitability. Truth be told, the FDA’s “gold standard” for proving the value of a prospective medicinal substance betrays the age old aphorism: “he who owns the gold makes the rules,” and unless an investor is willing to risk losing the 800+ million dollars that must be spent upfront, the FDA-required multi-phased double-blind, randomized clinical trials will not occur. For additional details on this rather seedy arrangement read our article on the topic: Why The Law Forbids The Medicinal Use of Natural Substances.

At, we have reviewed over 4,000 study abstracts from the National Library of Medicine’s bibliographic database known as MEDLINE and have discovered over 580 potential health benefits of turmeric, and/or its primary polyphenol known as curcumin. These can be viewed on our turmeric research page which is dedicated to disseminating the research on the topic to a larger audience.

Some of the most amazing demonstrated properties include:

Again, what is so amazing is not that turmeric may have value in six conditions simultaneously, or that it may improve conditions that are completely resistant to conventional treatment, but that there are over five-hundred and eighty additional health conditions it may also be valuable in preventing and/or treating. Consider also the fact that turmeric grows freely on the Earth, and you will understand why its very existence threatens a trillion-dollar plus conventional medical establishment.

Article Source

[1] The Genus Curcuma (Medicinal and Aromatic Plants – Industrial Profiles); CRC; March 2007

About the Author

Sayer Ji is the founder and chair of His writings and research has been published in the Wellbeing Journal, the Journal of Gluten Sensitivity, and have been featured on Reuters,,,,, His critically acclaimed essay series The Dark Side of Wheat opens up a new perspective on the universal, human-species specific toxicity of wheat, and is now available for PDF download.


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  • robin

    I love the posts wake up world! Keep them Coming! And vicaden you first.d anything on the benefits of hot peppers please post it, I would love to read it! Thanks 🙂

  • robin

    I apologize for my horrible spelling in my previous post.

  • Erin

    Let’s have some links to yummy turmeric recipes!

  • Leanne

    I’m getting so tired of hearing (from multiple sources) how wonderful turmeric is without any clue as to how one should incorporate it into their lives. I put a teaspoon of ground turmeric in my morning shake – is this doing me any good? How much should I consume and in what format? Good article though, thanks.

    • gabriel

      HI! in the Philippines we already have available capsules from turmeric and other preparations like cookies with turmeric which are good diet for diabetic and cancer patients.. You may contact me for details of the products you want.

    • use the curcumin powder and make a microemulsion of it by combining a tablespoon of the powder and mixing it into 1-2 egg yolks and a teaspoon or two of melted coconut oil. Then using a high speed hand blender to emulsify the powder.

      Another strategy you can use to increase absorption is to put one tablespoon of the curcumin powder into a quart of boiling water. It must be boiling when you add the powder as it will not work as well if you put it in room temperature water and heat the water and curcumin. After boiling it for ten minutes you will have created a 12% solution and you can drink this once it has cooled down. The curcumin will gradually fall out of solution over time and in about six hours it will be a 6% solution so it is best to drink the water within four hours. It does have a woody taste. Source:

      • star

        cucumin an tummeric are the same spice?

        • Mike Hallett

          Curcumin is the active ingredient in Turmeric. Culinary Turmeric may not contain enough to be viable, unless you are eating curries every day of your life. Also there is a risk of contamination from pesticides, fungi,bacteria, heavy metals and even dyes. In UK we can buy 10,000mg Turmeric tablets containing 95% curcumin and guaranteed pure. One a day is the equivalent of ten times what you’d get in a curry. I assume similar grade Turmeric is available elsewhere in the world, but know and trust your supplier.

    • Smudge

      I add a large nodule of Turmeric to my fresh vege juice every morning and I have never looked better. My skin is glowing with a natural tan and I haven’t even been out in the sun.
      I would think fresh would have lots more benefit than ground/powdered. Not much taste either with the fresh but I also always use fresh ginger as well.

  • Yvonne

    What is the suggested usage?

  • shauna

    The recipe for Golden Milk, as described by Yogi Bhajan calls for the turmeric paste to be boiled for 8 minutes.

    Does cooking the turmeric activate any beneficial substances, or de-activate any detrimental ones, so that cooked turmeric is always preferable to raw?

  • Tomas

    This sounds very enticing and I really want to try it, but none of the authors of these convincing articles is game enough to advise dosages.

    Am I wasting my time with a light sprinkle daily? Should I be spooning it on, or perhaps shovelling it on my food?

    Dosages guys, dosages! Make it meaningful, please.

  • Angel

    I take tumeric everyday. Problem is how much should you take? Anyone have the answer on that one for me? I would greatly appreciate it..

    • Smudge

      I take (in fresh vege juice) about a large thumb size of fresh turmeric.

  • Donna

    I hope this helps a bit I take 1000mg of the capsule for my shoulder and I also use it in my cooking and a friend of mine uses 2 to 3 heeping teaspoons in her morning shake and uses it in her cooking also….

  • Al Reil

    One can buy capsules of 1,000 unites per of tmeric so, at least 1,000 can be taken daily. But for your body to absorb it, see below.

    Turmeric must be stabilized in oil before it can be absorbed into the body, according to Beliveau and Gingras. So add it to onions, garlic, or ginger, while sautéing in oil, before you add any other ingredients. They also suggest that you should always add black pepper to a recipe containing turmeric because it “dramatically” increases the absorption. If you use it in salad dressings, add it to the oil first. If you add it to vegetable juices, mix it with oil to make a paste before adding it to the juice.

  • Dawn P

    How much turmeric is required for moderate healing of things like fatty tumors etc?

  • jason

    Jayne Chow For those who are interested: this is my recipe that I use to make turmeric milk in a way that makes it more pleasant to the palate (sometimes I can even go as far as calling it yummy — if you can believe that), but this method also increases the effectiveness and bioavailability of turmeric:
    1) Mix between 1/2 – 1 teaspoon of turmeric in a small saucepan with a small amount of water for its water soluble components. I use a whisk to blend it well.
    2) Add milk, coconut milk, or some other milk alternative (I use almond milk) for its oil soluble components. Mix again (preferably using the whisk).
    3) I add cinnamon (for taste, which is also very healthy), black pepper, cayenne, and ginger. I add roughly a pinch of each, as I like it spicy, and I find adding a pinch of each masks much of the bitter, earthy-dirt taste of turmeric.
    4) If using almond milk I also add a good shot of olive oil since I’m not quite sure if the fat content of almond milk is enough for the oil soluble components.
    5) Heat for 5 minutes without boiling. Boiling may destroy some of its components, but heating cooks it enough to activate it and take away the bitterness.
    6) Serve with raw honey or stevia to sweeten.
    7) Even a dash of vanilla extract can be added for flavour.

  • CaiNaReal

    Hello everybody! Do you happen to know if turmeric is effective against scarring of the lungs or pulmonary fibrosis? Or any other approaches? I’m desperate here. Thanks in advance!