Thea Lapham recounts her experiences in using the spice turmeric to treat lower abdomen radiation burns.

Summary: In the Kalamazoo Gazette’s “Be Healthy” blog, Thea Lapham recounts her experiences in 2006 using the spice turmeric to treat lower abdomen radiation burns. Despite her physicians’ skepticism, Lapham took a therapeutic dosage of 1,500 milligrams of turmeric per day and found that 25 days later, the radiated skin had completely healed. The article cites several research reports, including one from Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology, which found that curcumin – the active ingredient in turmeric – “neutralizes free radicals that cause the body to “rust” from the inside out.” Side effects can include ulcers and gastric upset if used long term in high doses, so Lapham recommends consulting a physician before taking high levels of turmeric. Read full article >>

Helpful links: NCAAM Herbs at a Glance – Turmeric

Source: Kalamazoo Gazette
Author: Thea Lapham
Published: March 18, 2008

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