Long before golden lattes and turmeric face creams became popular in the West, ancient South Asian civilizations were using the native golden root as a panacea to treat everything from arthritis to indigestion to various skin conditions. Its active ingredient, curcumin, has been shown to have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and wound-healing properties and also influences multiple downstream signaling pathways.1 In addition to medicinal uses, turmeric has played an important role in South Asian cuisine and cultural practices.
Rajanala S, Vashi NA. Haldi Ceremony—Historical Use of Turmeric. JAMA Dermatol. 2018;154(5):543. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2018.0363
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