Irregular menstruation is a common problem that affect many women in the reproductive age. It is medically known as oligomenorrhea. Irregular menstruation occurs due to many reasons such as hormonal imbalance, eating disorders, weight loss or gain, irritable bowel movement, liver disease, diabetes, uterine abnormalities, miscarriage, anemia, thyroid disorders (1), menopause, recent birth or other health conditions. Other factors such as increased exercise, travel, stress, caffeine, alcohol abuse, smoking habits and birth control pills can also affect the menstrual cycle. Here is a simple home remedy to regulate menstruation.
The remedy – Take 25 grams of white turmeric (Poolankilangu) and grind into a fine powder. Add one teaspoon of white turmeric powder to boiled milk. Consume this milk once a day to regulate menstruation.
Names in other languages
White turmeric is scientifically called as Curcuma Zedoaria , Zitwer in German, Cedoaria in Spanish, Zedoaire in French, Poolankilangu in Tamil, Kachura or Kachur in Hindi, Kachoram in Telugu, and Kachora in Kannada.
White turmeric is a perennial herb, belongs to Zingiberaceae family. It grows in moderate climate, smells like turmeric and also the underground stem is similar to turmeric or ginger. White turmeric grows across Karnataka and Eastern Himalayan region and this herb also grows in many other countries as well.
Health benefits of white turmeric
White turmeric contains anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, anti-microbial, anti-ulcer, anti-cancer, analgesic, anti-nociceptive, anti-venom, larvicidal and cytotoxic properties in it. This herb contains phytochemicals, which has curcuminoids and various kinds of sesquiterpenoids including curzeone, germacrone, curcumenol(2), curzerone, zederone, and zedoaronediol. All these properties have some of the positive effects on health. Let us see the various health benefits.
White turmeric to regulate menstruation
This wonderful herb contains many phytonutrients which are good in regulating menstruation in women. It helps relieve abdominal cramps and tones up the reproductive system in women.
Helpful in stomach disorders
White turmeric stimulates enzyme secretion in digestive system. This reduces flatulence, relieves stomach spasm and improves digestion. White turmeric is also good to treat loss of appetite, indigestion and stomach ulcers. To improve digestion, make decoction with white turmeric and drink before eating.
White turmeric as anti-inflammatory
White turmeric has anti-inflammatory and anti-spasmodic properties in it. It has been used traditionally to relieve strain and spasms. Make fine powder with white turmeric root and apply on the inflamed area and cover. Leave it overnight to relieve swelling and pain. The diuretic properties of white turmeric helps to eliminate the toxic substances and excess fluids from the body, particularly in the joints.
Treat respiratory disorders
The combination of anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties help reduce inflammation in respiratory tract and protects from infection. White turmeric is proved to be effective in treating respiratory disorders like cough, cold, asthma and others.
Zedoary as an anti-cancer agent
White turmeric contains curcuminoids which are believed to have anti-cancer properties(3). It plays an important role in the prevention of cancer cells and also stops spreading cancer cells from one organ to the other. The oil made with white turmeric root is safe to treat cancerous tumors that affect the lungs, breast, ovaries, colon and other tissues.
White turmeric as antioxidant
White turmeric contains phytonutrients which are powerful antioxidant in nature. It helps remove harmful free radicals from the body and also protects various organs of body including skin, liver, heart, kidney and brain.
White turmeric as anti-fungal and antimicrobial
It’s anti-fungal activity is very effective in terminating growth of fungal species. It prevents growth of histolytica, amoeba and Entamoeba. White turmeric paste is antiseptic in nature. Apply the paste on wounds and cuts topically. It protects the skin from infections including bacteria and virus. Zedoary protects the skin from oxidative stress of pollutant and other substances. It has been widely used to treat various skin diseases.
Curcuminoids present in extract of white turmeric has anti-allergic activity. Curcumin (4) shows the highest anti-allergic activity and this prevents inflammatory proteins and release of chemicals that initiate allergic reactions.
White turmeric helps detox
Body is continuously working to disperse toxins and unwanted matter from its various parts. Unhealthy food choices, alcohol. Drugs, caffeine, stress and environmental toxins are part of a modern-day life. If there is no proper detoxification, it may lead to inflammation, pain in cases of arthritis and rheumatism. White turmeric decoction is helpful in detoxifying and works as a body stimulant.
Other benefits of white turmeric
· It helps treat fever and regulate body temperature.
· White turmeric can be used to keep mosquitoes away.
· White turmeric leaves juice is used in treating leprosy and dropsy.
· The root is used in the treatment of dyspepsia, cold, cough, fever and flatulence.
· It helps treat itching of the female and narrow female organ.
White turmeric in recipes
You can thinly slice White turmeric and use it with other herbs and vegetables.
Make white turmeric paste and use it in various curries, sea food marinates, soups, salads and pickles.
In Indian cuisine, fresh white turmeric is an ingredient in variety of dishes.
Follow the below simple DIY and know how to regulate menstruation with white turmeric.