In ancient Indian texts, Turmeric was recommended to practitioners of Yoga as an aid to the better flow of energy through the joints, opening them so that greater flexibility can be achieved.
Modern research strongly supports the use of Turmeric for the joints, pointing to a number of anti-inflammatory compounds as reasons for its great benefits to arthritis and other ailments of the joints, as well as many other conditions of inflammation.
Turmeric is also strongly antioxidant, antiseptic, antibiotic, and preservative, hence its inclusion in curry. Unlike many antibiotic herbs which can kill beneficial bacteria, Turmeric is reputed to improve digestion and assimilation, and encourage the growth of the good digestive bacteria, while inhibiting the bad bacteria that can cause various digestive problems.
It is also used to help the body properly digest proteins, and to correct the metabolism regardless of the direction of imbalance.