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Healing Herbs: Luyang Dilaw

My dad usually brews luyang dilaw and I am guilty of totally ignoring it….until I went to Paris. It is true that Parisians are wine drinkers, but not all of them, and not all the time. Since I usually kill time before fetching my husband from work, I usually just sit in a cafe and indulge in people watching…mainly because I don’t have too much euros to burn. Hihihi!

I have observed that Parisians are fond of ordering ginger tea after meals. Restaurants even have ginger apple tea in their menu and it is considered a specialty. Of course, I didn’t order the special tea. It’s something like 8.50 euros, roughly 510 pesos…quite expensive for a cup of tea. Curious as a cat, I ordered the plain ginger tea instead and hoped that it will be well worth my 5.00 euros. My order came in an elegant tea cup and I was also given honey to go with it. And my, it was delicious! At that moment, I remembered my dad and his ginger tea that I usually hide from. I vowed to join him in his tea sessions when I get back…since his are free and comes with honey too.

I have always suspected that there’s more to his tea sessions than meets the eye. And well, I was right! I interviewed him about his ginger tea and this is what he said:

The best ginger to drink is luyang dilaw, or what they call turmeric in English. The other kinds of gingers are just good for salabat and nothing more than that. But luyang dilaw is a gem on its own. It can cure the following:

1. Intestinal Worms – As you know, we all have worms inside our intestines. The story of how the worms got inside us is another topic altogether, let’s stick to luyang dilaw for now. Drinking turmeric on a regular basis kills these intestinal worms which usually constipates us, bloats our stomach, or even cause nervous disorders.

2. Gallstones – While laparoscopy is the usual solution for the discomfort brought about by gallstones, I think that it is quite risky in a sense that we are losing an organ in the process. I believe that it was put there for a reason and we should do everything to go on with life with all our organs intact. These stones, which are bile deposits that had solidified due to too much cholesterol or bile salts, can actually be melted by luyang dilaw.

3. Diseases Associated with High Cholesterol – Luyang dilaw can aid in bringing down your high cholesterol levels by helping you produce more of your HDL, otherwise known as the good cholesterol. HDL’s job is to pick up the bad cholesterols in your blood and deposit it back to your liver for proper disposal. If your cholesterol levels are good, you avoid the risk of heart diseases. This is also a good alternative for the maintenance medicines prescribed to lower your cholesterol levels. These medicines usually affect your liver in a bad way when taken for long periods of time….to the extent of liver damage.

4. Other common illnesses such as sore throat, cuts, diarrhea, bruises, dandruff, and fever.

How do you prepare your luyang dilaw magic? Just go to your local market and buy them for only 10 to 20 pesos, depending on their size. Clean them well and cut them to pieces, without removing the skin. You’d be surprised to know that while it is called luyang dilaw, its insides are actually orange. Boil them in a stainless or clay pot, never aluminum, for 15 to 20 minutes. Also, it is necessary keep your pot open whenever boiling herbs. Allow to cool until you can already drink it up. Add honey to taste. Monette says the beautiful people of Paris adds apple to this tea. Feel free to try this as well. For bruises, dandruff, and cuts, just apply the ginger juice to the affected areas. – Nick Bagtas


Comment from Raquel
Time: March 28, 2008, 9:48 am

bakit po di pwedeng pakuluan sa aluminum pot? hehe..curious lang po..=D

interested lang po..hih..

Comment from michael
Time: March 28, 2008, 10:06 am

A lot of people nowadays say that using aluminum cookware to cook your food is bad for you health. Although there is no definitive research on this topic yet, I think it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Since we’re trying to be healthy… stainless pots na lang! yun nga lang ang laki ng difference nung price nun compared sa aluminum pots. :sob:

Comment from monette
Time: March 28, 2008, 10:27 am

hi raquel! it’s worth the investment. promise. if you have time, please read this:

thanks for visiting my blog!

Comment from Raquel
Time: April 2, 2008, 9:18 am

nabasa ko na po ung link..thanks po sa info!!! grabe katakot pala..hehe..

Comment from jun t
Time: July 10, 2009, 11:37 pm

i was researching on turmeric and i came across your blog; if i may comment on why aluminum kitchenware cannot be used: it is believed that some elements reacts with aluminum; for example, you should not use aluminum port for cooking “paksiw” since the acid will react (“leach” was the word they used) with aluminum, and one may end up eating aluminum-laced “paksiw.” certain herbal preparations have chemicals that may react to aluminum. i usually used glasswares (pyrex, vision, corningware, or earthen pots for my herbal teas.

Comment from jhane
Time: July 20, 2009, 6:43 am

I agreed with jun t and michael but on my own explanation….. luyang dilaw have a strong colorant (pigments) it may stain to your aluminum cookwares.

Comment from jonathan sadueste ng
Time: September 19, 2009, 5:25 pm

thanks for the information. Mixing it with apple cider vinegar a teaspoon or two makes a different twist in tea. :-)

Comment from guinevere carreon fajardo
Time: December 5, 2009, 12:31 am


thanks for the information, this is my first time to try luyang dilaw although i have read and heard about it, so for playing safe before i take it, i search in your blog. i hope this will be benefit to my health since i was in my golden years.

more power to you.

Comment from jonne
Time: December 10, 2009, 4:13 am

tnx 4 d info.. i can use dis in dong my investigatory project..

Comment from joanne
Time: December 10, 2009, 4:16 am

ahmm. tnx poh..

Comment from OHNED TALABIS
Time: February 1, 2010, 4:54 am

Thanks for the information about luyang dilaw or the tumeric. I was diagnosed to have gallstones 3-5mm in size last 1/30/2010. My doctor said it was not a medical emergency. But it doesn’t mean I have to take it sitting down. I have been researching for natural ways to flush the stones. Thank God I found your site. Now, I remember my late mother. She used to give us the luyang dilaw tea whenever a stomach problem. Now I know the very essence of her actions. Thanks!!!

Comment from arnold
Time: March 10, 2010, 9:19 am

i use luyang dilaw on my aroscaldo, masarap n, natural pa ang kulay at medicinal p

Comment from bernadette m. angco
Time: August 23, 2010, 11:13 am

tnx so much for the very important information. i always listen to Dr. Jaime Galvez Tan, he keeps telling listeners to really try luyang dilaw for herbal remedy n for so many health concerns n true enough its really a healing natural herb.

Comment from faith lim
Time: September 9, 2010, 11:56 am

hi! im from scort pharmaceuticals, inc. based in Makati City, Phils. i have read your blog and the comments here. its nice to know that many are aware of the benefits of Luyang Dilaw. by the way, our company also has Luyang Dilaw. you can visit our website for more information. thank you and i do hope you can give us feedbacks too! God Bless!

Comment from dodie dela cruz
Time: September 29, 2010, 8:51 am

i tried it a lot of time and super galing ng luyang dilaw,kaya mababa ang cholasterol ko,at feeling ko d ako nagkaksakit,nagwowork ako sa passengger ship at nagbya2he kmi ng carribbean,bumibili ko sa tobago,isang island sa carribbean at nilalaga namin ng mga ksama ko at nakahiligan narin nila kc nga maraming good benifits sa health,now d2 ulit ko pinas,halos araw2 umiinom ako kaya mga friends i try nyo at im sured magbebenifits kyo…godblesss..

Comment from alexis elmido
Time: October 17, 2010, 3:03 pm

nice talaga ang dulaw (luyang dilaw), ginagawa ko siyang salabat na ready to mix na.. i extracted juice of dulaw, 1 cup of dulaw juice and 1 cup of brown sugar (1:1) ratio. tapos boil them together, stir occasionally until ma powder sya.. try nyo

Comment from kenneth rumbaua
Time: January 22, 2011, 3:04 am

hi,, thanks sa info… share ko lng expierience ko sa luyang dilaw… 2004 i got allergy sa hands ko.. dko alam kung san ko nakuha un… akala ko i lost my fingers na haha,,, kc sobrang malala na ung condition… till one day nakita ako ng napadaan old lady and shes concern sa kalagayan ko nun.. she gave me a luyang dilaw and oil combo.. its a miracle kc one week lang tuyo na ung sugat… . compared to cream na nilalagay ko… luyang dilaw is magic!!!!

Comment from leonor pamintuan
Time: March 2, 2011, 1:07 am

hi! nanginginig ang kamay ko sabi nila pasma daw ito. puede ba ang luyang dilaw na inumin ko.

Comment from Lanie
Time: May 4, 2011, 5:33 pm

As we speak there are clinical studies being conducted on breast cancer patients treated with Curcumin (substance in luyang dilaw). MD ANderson cured several pancreatic cancer patients with Curcumin only. Right now, my mother who is battling breast cancer is on Gerson therapy and also on a luyang dilaw protocol.

Comment from junr lagman
Time: May 19, 2011, 12:04 pm

It’s good to know that his luyang dilaw which is abundant here in our province of La Union has some healing properties. Just brwsed sa internet and found some of its properties in inhibiting cancer tumors. I have not tried making tea from it…but starting tomorrow..i will buy some luyang dilaw and start a tea regimen..Thank you all for your blogs/comments as this could be an inexpensive treatment of some of our ailments…it’s indeed a God’s gift for us….jrl

Comment from raquel
Time: June 13, 2011, 4:57 am

Try nyo ang luyang dilaw, the best talaga! nakatulong sya para makapagpagaling ng GERD!
Thank you, Nick.

Comment from joyce cena
Time: July 30, 2011, 5:25 am

love it!

Comment from joemar
Time: August 4, 2011, 2:03 pm

thanks for the great info i read all comments about luyang dilaw its the best herbs medecine pala thanks guys its me joemar lacquio her in cebu

Comment from watanabee
Time: August 14, 2011, 4:53 am

we are also searching for it…………….. so thankzzzzzzzzzzzz wahahahahahahahaha

Comment from boyzky04
Time: September 21, 2011, 12:59 am

I’m starting using luyang dilaw and thanks to good information, thank you very much

Comment from James
Time: November 3, 2011, 8:19 pm

Thank you very much for sharing this! : )

Comment from ricky davao
Time: December 9, 2011, 8:48 am

Thanx to luyang dilaw im maintaining a good health!

Comment from darwinn2121
Time: January 26, 2012, 2:01 am

share ko lang xp ko sa luyang dilaw lagi ko kc poblema ang UTI ko o urinary track infection ko…maraming beses nakong pabalik balik sa doctor matakaw kc ako sa spicy foods…alam mo naman pagdoctor ang lagi ibibigay sayo anti biotic…hanggang isang mangagamot sa cavite sinabi samin na luyang dilaw lang pala ang solusyon…so sinunod ko payo nya… pakuluan sa tea pot ang fresh na luyang dilaw depende sa laki ng tea pot mo…pagkulo uminom ka ng 2 hanggang 3 cups sa umaga at bago matulog after 3 days napansin ko dumadaloy ang crystal na salt sa daanan ng ihi ko… ang sakit!!! pero ok nako kaya everyday kona itong ginagawa…depende rin po talaga sa life style mo kung katulad ko na walang control sa pagkain ng masarap mag ginger tea ka morning atsaka before bedtime…

Comment from ryan suetos
Time: February 25, 2012, 5:11 am

ako ngaun ko lang try ung luyang dilaw sana mag kabisa ilang beses ko b dapt itake ito dapat b every day or thrice a day. pwede nb maag pakulo nang marami khit ilagay n s ref

Comment from Violeta Morla
Time: February 29, 2012, 4:59 pm

I started drinking luyang dilaw tea coz of it’s good health benefits. Thanks for sharing info about luyang dilaw. God bless & more power. (^_^)

Comment from darwinn
Time: March 10, 2012, 7:20 am

Twice a day every morning and before bed time… : )

Comment from beline
Time: April 2, 2012, 10:58 am

I suffered from arthritis sa arms and finger ko. uminum ako ng 3 glasses a day for 2 days . . . naalis na yung pain at parang may fever sa kamay ko.salamat sa boiled luyang dilaw.

Comment from Carol
Time: May 8, 2012, 10:53 am

Is it ok to drink the tea cold…same medicinal benefits?
My daughter likes the tastes but she likes to try it cold.

Comment from Belendro J.Flores
Time: July 4, 2012, 12:21 pm

I have a high blood pressure 160/100..but know it is more heart i made dulaw in powdered. i drink dulaw every day before breakfast,, at this time many people going in my house, to buy my home made dulaw powder.thanks,

Comment from leonardo
Time: July 31, 2012, 9:32 am

last may 2012, my knee swelled due to gout, … i downed allupurinol with flanax hoping to bring it down to a more manageable level until the next bout… but to no avail it stayed swollen and painful until an officemate commented that i should take luyang dilaw as tea as have been stated above, i boiled the roots of turmeric and downed a mug in the morning, and evening and voila, after 3 days the swelling subsided… till now i am drinking the turmeric concotion and praying that the pain in my knee will go away.. awfully powerful root… :)

Comment from gloria eborda
Time: August 24, 2012, 12:58 am

i love luyang dilaw its miracle to my uti and uric acid gone its a miracle talaga

Comment from tine19
Time: October 11, 2012, 3:33 pm

is luyang dilaw good for goiter??? tnz

Comment from bernie villa
Time: October 31, 2012, 3:28 am

thank you sa luyang dilaw , bawat luto ko ng adobo ,baboy man o manok lging present ang luyang dilaw ginagawa ko ring tea ito sa umaga at gabi,wala na akong naramdaman na pananakit ng aking katawan at cured na rin ang aking uti thanks talaga dahil marami tayong ganyan sa pinas

Comment from Rowena E. Sison
Time: December 4, 2012, 10:56 am

Hi! Thanks for the info about luyang dilaw.
Im just wondering …other info sites about turmeric are saying that its not good for people with gallstones to use “luyang dilaw”. I was diagnosed last April with gallstones sa liver ko> I should watch out nga daw na pag sumakit ang chan ko baka ma emergency ako, i need to undergo operation daw to remove the gallstones or gallbladder, but due to financial problems, up to know d pa rin ako naoperahan, thats why im looking for other alternatives and i came across “luyang dilaw”.
Actually i started only today boiling the roots and mixing it with muscovado sugar, or honey. Before were using the usual ginger, boiling it but i prefer the luiyang dilaw. I hope luyang dilaw IS REALLY GOOD FOR DISSOLVING GALLSTONES.

Comment from sweet
Time: June 25, 2013, 10:23 am

hi.. thanks for the info.. really appreciate it.. ang galing ng turmeric pala!

Comment from Maricar
Time: August 5, 2013, 2:47 am

I have been wanting to try to use/ drink luyang dilaw but its strong yellow color that stains my skin frightened me kaya itinapon ko lang ang juice that i got nung dikdikin ko. Bumili pa nman ako ng coconut virgin oil para i-mix at gagawin ko ngang oil para sa lamig ko sa katawan. Pero na turn off ako at baka ako magparang may sakit na hepatitis. This morning, I tried again, dinikdik ko ulit, inilagay sa stainless pot pero matapang talaga ang color yellow, kumakapit kahit sa stainless pot. di ko na itinuloy pakuluan, tinapon ko ulit ;-( try ko na lang magpabili ng clay pot. Oh elusive luyang dilaw, how do I avoid your yellow stain?

Comment from jan
Time: December 15, 2013, 8:25 am

@raquel – hello po, i jsut found out i have gerd, is this true nakakatulong din ang luyang dilaw? do you have experience about this po? thanks

Comment from jan
Time: December 15, 2013, 8:31 am

@kenneth rumbaua – papano nyo po ginamit yung luyang dilaw as cream? yung powdered po ba tapos anong oil po kasama? thanks po.

Comment from doris priego
Time: June 11, 2014, 7:40 am

Ang luyang dilaw po ba ay nakakagamot ng may bukol sa atay,spleen at pancreas?pls reply.

Comment from shey
Time: September 2, 2014, 8:54 am

nagagamot din po ba ang goiter sa luyang dilaw?

Comment from loriemae diaz
Time: September 5, 2014, 12:54 am

yes its.!luyang dilaw is amazing..i used luyang dilaw 4 1wek at npansin q tlga ang pgbabago s ktwan q..nwala ung pnanakit ng dibdib q..ska ung heartburn ang biyenan q ndi n nsakit ang 2hod at regular n din ang bp nya.tanx God s luyang dilaw 2 cure many diseases..

Comment from belle
Time: September 10, 2014, 4:51 am

hello.. im glad i found this page abut luyang dilaw..taong ko lng is luyang dilaw tea would help lessen the acid in one’s body..i have GERD kc and im planning drinking luyang dilaw tea..would it help???tnx po sa inyong kasagutan and how often will i drink this tea..Godbless po

Comment from prima lyn
Time: March 22, 2015, 6:10 pm

Thanks sa mga nag comments marami akong natutunan tungkol sa luyang dilaw kasi ma UTI din ako. Mula ngayun magpakulo na ako ng luyang dilaw. Sana gumaling ang UTI ko.

Comment from lyndi
Time: February 23, 2016, 2:54 am

pwd po b s low blood ang luyang dilaw. thanks po

Comment from Jen
Time: April 16, 2016, 2:05 am

may tyroid goiter ako, makakatulong ba sakin Pag inum ng turmeric? Kindly help me please. Thank you

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