Is turmeric ginger?

Oct 21, 2021

Turmeric is a traditional Chinese medicine. Maybe only friends who often deal with medicinal materials know it.

People who do not know turmeric may generally associate it with ginger or think that turmeric is another name of ginger. In fact, turmeric is not ginger. There are still differences between them.

Turmeric, also known as tulip, Baoding incense, turmeric, etc. It is a perennial herb of Musa, Zingiberaceae and turmeric. It has warm nature, hard taste and enters the spleen and liver channels. It is native to East and Southeast Asia, and the quality of turmeric produced in the country of origin is the best in the world.


Turmeric is golden in color and spicy. It is generally made into dry and fresh states. The dry turmeric is ground into turmeric powder. It is most commonly used to make curry stew, fried rice or as a deodorizer for pickled meat. It can also be added to tea and coffee to add flavor; Fresh Turmeric can be cut into blocks to cook soup. It has a special flavor and is very charming

In addition, medical research shows that curcumin is the main effective component of turmeric. It is a water-insoluble polyphenol compound with antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-virus, antifungal and anti-tumor pharmacological activities.

From the outside, the skin color of turmeric is yellow, more obvious than that of ginger, in a long strip shape; The skin color of ginger is light yellow or brownish yellow, and the shape is irregular.

In terms of efficacy, traditional Chinese medicine believes that turmeric has sweet, bitter and cool taste, has the pharmacological effects of clearing lung and relieving cough, reducing cholesterol, anti-inflammatory and anti-tumor. It can cure lung heat cough, damp heat drenching pain, rheumatic low back pain, carbuncle, swelling and sore, sprain, bee sting and insect bite. At the same time, it has the effects of treating acute suppurative skin infection, soft tissue injury, reducing blood lipid and so on.

Ginger has the effects of warming the middle, stopping vomiting, relieving exterior and dispersing cold. Secondly, ginger contains phytobactericide, and its bactericidal ability is no less than that of onion and garlic. Gingerol in ginger can stimulate gastric juice secretion and promote digestion. It contains more volatile oil, which can inhibit the absorption of cholesterol by the human body and prevent the accumulation of cholesterol in the liver and serum.


Turmeric taboo

1. Turmeric is pungent and warm in nature, promoting blood circulation and Qi, but for those with Yin Fire deficiency and prosperous constitution, eating a large amount of turmeric is not conducive to health, but is more likely to get angry, causing problems such as broken mouth and bad breath.

2. Besides promoting blood circulation and removing blood stasis, turmeric also has the effect of anticoagulation. Therefore, women in the physiological period should avoid taking turmeric products at this time to avoid causing massive bleeding during menstruation.

3. Women who are pregnant or intend to become pregnant in the near future are not recommended to take foods containing turmeric.

For women who need to prepare for pregnancy: Turmeric has the effect of promoting blood circulation and removing blood stasis and channeling meridians, but it also has the effect of anti implantation (i.e. resisting the implantation of fertilized eggs). Therefore, it is not recommended for women with pregnancy preparation needs.

For pregnant expectant mothers: Turmeric has the effect of causing teratogenesis. In addition, turmeric has the effect of promoting blood circulation. Improper use is easy to cause excessive blood flow of pregnant women and accelerate uterine contraction, which will seriously cause fetal hypoxia and increase the risk of fetal malformation. Therefore, in order to avoid affecting the health of fetus and mother, pregnant women should try to avoid eating turmeric during pregnancy.

Turmeric extract

Conclusion: after the science popularization of this article, I believe you have a certain understanding of turmeric. Turmeric is always a medicinal material and should not be taken arbitrarily to avoid serious side consequences. You must take it correctly under the guidance of professional doctors.

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