It is popular as a tea in Okinawa, Japan. Customers have
also use it as an anti-inflammatory agent, and remedy for
gastrointestinal discomfort associated with irritable
bowel syndrome, and other digestive disorders.
In Ayurvedic practices, turmeric has many medicinal
properties and many in South Asia use it as a readily
available antiseptic for cuts, burns and bruises. It is
also used as an antibacterial agent.
It is taken in some Asian countries as a dietary supplement,
which allegedly helps with stomach problems and other
In Afghanistan and northwest Pakistan, turmeric is
applied to a piece of burnt cloth, and placed over a
wound to cleanse and stimulate recovery. Indians,
in addition to its Ayurvedic properties, use turmeric
in a wide variety of skin creams that are also exported
to neighboring countries.