Turmeric is a perennial plant of the ginger family native to tropical South Asia. Turmeric powder is commonly used for cooking as a spice in curries and other South Asian and Middle Eastern cuisines. Western science uses turmeric as a top notch analgesic herb. It can be used to help with inflammation in rheumatoid arthritis. Turmeric is also used to reduce the occurrence of cancers, cataracts and Alzheimers. Turmeric also helps disrupt the cycle of skin plaque formation, which makes it a great herb for psoriasis. Turmeric is also used to help with liver and kidney problems, gallbladder disorders, jaundice, bloating and gas. This is a wonderful herb that should be kept in every household!