Q: Is it safe to consume turmeric-based golden milk on a daily basis? Can you explain the benefits of turmeric?

Turmeric (botanical name Curcuma longa) root is traditionally called Indian saffron because of its deep yellow-orange colour. Turmeric is a natural wonder; it is one of the most powerful natural anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant and antiseptic herbs available. Curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, has a wide range of therapeutic effects. Turmeric is also rich in manganese, iron, vitamin B6, calcium, phosphorus, potassium and fibres.

[Is turmeric safe if consumed every day?]

I prescribe turmeric, either individually or mixed with other herbs, in conditions such as arthritis, flatulence, jaundice, menstrual difficulties, toothache, bruises, chest pain, colic, inflammatory bowel disease, dyspepsia, jaundice, bronchitis, allergic rhinitis, diabetes etc.

To make the golden milk, mix ½ cup of milk, ½ tsp turmeric, ¼ tsp ginger powder, ¼ tsp cinnamon powder and a pinch of black pepper powder in a pot and bring to the boil. Once cool, add a teaspoon of honey.

Please seek the advice of an Ayurvedic doctor before consuming it on a daily basis.

Turmeric exhibits a protective effect on the liver, anti-tumour action, and has the ability to reduce inflammation and fight certain infections. Curcumin inhibits growth and spread of some forms of cancer, including prostate, breast, skin and colon.

Turmeric can be included in food for daily intake; sprinkling turmeric on vegetables or mixing it into dressings is safe and effective; recommended dose is 1-3g dry powder per day. However, excessive use of curcumin may produce stomach upset in certain cases.

Take special precautions during pregnancy, gall bladder problems, gastroesophageal reflux disease, before and after a surgical procedure and while taking anti-coagulant medicines. Turmeric can be beneficial for preventing gall stones while use is contra-indicated in patients with active gallstones causing obstruction.

Some kitchen remedies as below but please follow them only after consulting your doctor.

Anaemia: Take a teaspoon of turmeric juice with a teaspoon of amla juice or honey

Hyper pigmentation or tan: Mix turmeric and Besan powder with water and use as body scrub

Dr VL Shyam is a Dubai-based Ayurveda practitioner. Got a problem? Our fantastic panel of renowned experts is available to answer all your questions related to fashion, well-being, nutrition, finance and hypnotherapy. Email your queries to friday@gulfnews.com.