Turmeric is a bright yellow plant in the ginger family (used in curry and mustard) that has been an important remedy in Eastern cultures. The root of the Turmeric plant has long been used for medicinal purposes in Asia to treat gastrointestinal upsets, arthritis pain, and fatigue. In traditional Indian Ayurvedic medicine, turmeric has been used as a tonic for the digestive system and the liver. It is used to dispel worms, strengthen the body, dissolve gallstones, assist in regulating menstruation and ease arthritis symptoms. Hindu texts describe turmeric as an aromatic, stimulant, and carminative (helps expel gas from the intestines and treats colic). Valued for its medicinal properties, Turmeric is becoming well known in the West as well.