A key spice in Indian cooking and rich in medicinal properties. Its ability as an anti-inflammatory and its ability to increase circulation to the periphery make it a valuable herb for skin disorders, arthritis, chronic pain, and more. It is a warming, bitter, stimulating herb with an affinity for the liver, gallbladder, and digestive tract. It stimulates bile production for digestion and is liver cleanser, blood purifier, and is hepatoprotective. It is also antimicrobial and can be used in combination with probiotics to balance intestinal flora. In Ayurveda it is considered an excellent cleansing herb that clears toxins, warms the blood and balances metabolism. It is also stimulating to the uterus, helping to move stagnation and clear congealed blood.