Curcumin is a naturally occurring chemical in turmeric and several other plants in the ginger family. While turmeric has a several-thousand-year history in Indian cuisine and Ayurvedic Medicine, it wasn’t until 1815 that curcumin was isolated and extracted, and it took another century before curcumin’s chemical structure was fully mapped and studied.

Traditionally, turmeric has been used in a variety of forms. Milk boiled with sugar and turmeric root was used as cold medicine; the smoke from burning turmeric powder was used to relieve stings from insects and scorpions; turmeric juice was used as a topical healing solution for bruises and cuts.[1]

Perhaps even more interesting than the medicinal history of turmeric is its spiritual history. The golden yellow color of turmeric was believed to connect the plant to the sun, which Indian natives worshiped as a deity. Creams, pastes, and powders were also worn in religious ceremonies and marital ceremonies for both cosmetic and spiritual purposes. Dried turmeric roots were sometimes worn to ward off evil and provide protection, spiritual and physical.[1]

The ability to isolate curcumin from turmeric has allowed scientists to study its medicinal properties. Clinical trials with ailments such as cancer, arthritis, Crohn’s disease, irritable bowel disease, diabetes, and many more have found that curcumin works effectively to reduce inflammation (thus reducing the painful symptoms of many ailments) and even shows great promise in fighting cancer. Further research is still needed to fully understand curcumin and its powerful effects, however researchers believe that it works by blocking the effects of multiple enzymes responsible for inflammation.

While we can’t guarantee that the curcumin content of KhaliliTM Natural Pain Relief Cream will protect you from evil spirits or connect you with a solar deity, we can guarantee that it will help relieve muscle and joint pains!

[1] California College of Ayurveda