Turmeric -Curcuma longa
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Internally it can be used for boosting milk production, reducing inflammation and pain, encourages bowel movements, boosts immune function.
Externally a paste can be applied to wounds to help with infection and speed healing (it will stain the skin).


Pregnant women should avoid because it increases milk production and encourages menstruation.
Possible drug interactions;
Blood thinning medications including but limited to warfarin (Coumadin), clopidogrel (Plavix), aspirin.
Acid reducers including Cimetidine (Tagamet), Famotidine (Pepcid), Ranitidine (Zantac), Esomeprazole (Nexium), Omeprazole (Prilosec), Lansoprazole (Prevacid).
Diabetes medications can also have interactions with turmeric.

First Aid

If a pregnant woman has taken a medicinal dose of turmeric monitor closely for signs of possible miscarriage.
If a possible drug interaction is suspected go to the hospital immediately for monitoring.
No known cautions for children. Excessive pooping may occur over a 24hr period if a child ingests a medicinal quantity.

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