Turmeric has been used for over two thousand years in India as a food and medicine – called Holy Powder. Ayurvedic medicine has used turmeric to treat many conditions, including wound healing and infections. Chinese medicine uses turmeric as an anti-depressant. The active ingredient in turmeric is called curcumin. Modern research has shown curcumin to have antibiotic, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant benefits.