Turmeric is a super-spice that is used as a spice in curry powders and mustard. It is a member of the ginger family and it is what gives many Indian Foods their yellow color. It has a long tradition in Asian medicine to treat problems ranging from flatulence to hemorrhage. Used to treat ringworm, as a poultice, for pain, and in the management of jaundice and hepatitis has been documented. Turmeric has a high antioxidant value and boosts the immune system. It is a powerful anti-inflamatory and is popular among those with arthritis and joint problems for this reason. Turmeric is antiseptic and kills yeast and parasites when used internally. There is some evidence that it supports brain health and can help avoid Alzheimer’s Disease. Turmeric is used for arthritis, heartburn, stomach pain, diarrhea, intestinal gas, stomach bloating, loss of appetite, jaundice, liver problems and gallbladder disorders. It is also used for headaches, bronchitis, colds, lung infections, fibromyalgia, leprosy, fever, menstrual problems, and cancer. Other uses include depression, water retention, and kidney problems. Some people apply turmeric to the skin for pain, ringworm, bruising, leech bites, eye infections, inflammatory skin conditions, soreness inside of the mouth, and infected wounds.