Each rhizome is sprouted and ready to plant. Once planted it will grow into a broad leaved turmeric plant. They will multiply underground and form more rhizhomes. When the leaves dry and die the rhizomes can be harvested, dried and powdered into turmeric powder or used like ginger root peeled, and cut into match sticks, cubes or coins and added to food or smoothies.
Turmeric has many medicinal uses and is being sold as an herbal supplement. The following are some of the known benefits:
Turmeric is a natural painkiller and Cox-2 inhibitor. May aid in fat metabolism and help in weight management. Has long been used in Chinese medicine as a treatment for depression. Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, turmeric is a natural treatment for arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.