Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is a spice and medicinal herb that has been extensively researched. Over the centuries, turmeric has been used both as a spice in foods, e.g. in Indian cooking, and as an herbal medicine. The plant has stirred the interest of scientists for its diverse health-improving effects on the body, and scientific research has confirmed its range of healing powers. Turmeric contains the active compound curcumin, which has strong anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. Turmeric increases the secretion of digestive juices and is considered effective against hepatitis, jaundice, gallstones, abdominal distension, flatulence and to decrease both lipid levels and blood sugar levels. It is anti-inflammatory and is considered extremely effective against rheumatic and skin disorders as well as for improving blood flow and having a positive impact on wounds.