Medicines should heal not hurt, promote life not take it away.

  It is sad when drugs that are commonly used are shown to pose great dangers to health. This is directly opposed to the reason for which they were created.

The science of plant-based medicines is significantly advanced, and we now have products available to us that will reduce or eliminate pain without being hazardous to our health.

Hippocrates said, “first of all do no harm.” This should be the guiding credo of all the health arts, from pharmacy to surgery. Medicines should heal not hurt, and promote life not take it away. In part due to disappointment with drugs, and in part due to a belief that natural remedies are safer than most pharmaceuticals, many people seek natural remedies to alleviate pain.

Hippocrates also said, “let your food be your medicine.” One of the very most effective and potent natural anti-inflammatory agents is curcumin, derived from turmeric root. Turmeric is a yellow spice native to Asia, widely enjoyed as both a food and a dye. Turmeric is the yellow in curry powder, and curcumin is a resinous compound found in turmeric root. Extensively well studied for its anti-inflammatory powers, curcumin is scientifically proven to be highly effective at relieving pain, and very safe. Curcumin inhibits COX2, but it does not do so selectively. Instead, curcumin also affects the activity of other key factors in inflammation, including NF-kappaB, PPAR Gamma transcription factors, and 5-LOX. By inhibiting the activity of all these aspects of inflammation, curcumin delivers far superior anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving activity than most drugs.

It is said that Turmeric’s curcumin: improves liver health by tonifying liver tissue and encouraging bile excretion; boosts the immune system; eases cold and flu symptoms; detoxifies the body; prevents internal blood clotting.

To get turmeric’s curcumin through the digestive system, it needs to be heated in a saturated fat with black pepper. The more potent curcumin capsules should be enteric coated to avoid getting the curcumin from being degraded by stomach acid.

The active ingredient from black pepper, piperine, is often added to enhance cellular absorption. Add the pinch of black pepper to maximize bioavailability.  CAUTION: The side effects of piperine are inextricably linked to the benefits. The same mechanism that aids in the absorption of curcumin can cause elevated levels of other drugs that interact with the same enzymes. The liver’s inability to regulate certain compounds is helpful in some cases while not helpful in others.  While most of the side effects of piperine are related to the other variables (i.e.: drugs) in your system, it is still helpful to use caution when supplementing with this specific compound.

Natives of India and Southeast Asia heat turmeric in fats, usually whole milk or coconut oil with black pepper. This is easily duplicated in the kitchen with food ingredients. And other ingredients are added for better taste and even more health benefits.

To make this turmeric tea by the cup, here’s what you need.

  • 4 teaspoons of turmeric
  • 2 teaspoons of ginger powder
  • 1 or 2 teaspoons cinnamon powder
  • A pinch of black pepper, freshly ground if possible
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons of raw honey
  • A half cup of warm coconut or animal milk of your choice
  • Boiling water

If you wish to make more than a mug’s worth of this beverage, simply extrapolate the amounts proportionately. Either way, here’s the mixing method.

  1. Fill the mug or larger contain halfway with boiling water
    Add the turmeric and ginger
    3. Cover and steep for 10 to 15 minutes
    4. Stir in the cinnamon, vanilla extract, and raw honey
    5. Add the warm milk of your choice


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