Almost the entire body of Vedic, Yogic and Ayurvedic knowledge was carried down through time via the oral tradition, and hence much had to be memorized. Often single words redolent with deep meanings were chosen to increase the amount of knowledge that could be carried through the generations while decreasing the amount of memorization required.
In the ancient Vedic Traditions the more names an herb has, the more potent it is. Turmeric has dozens of names, which is an implicit testimony to how highly it is held in these comprehensive wellness systems.
One my favorite names given to Turmeric is ‘Uma,’ who is also the great Goddess and the Shakti, or energy, of Shiva (the all encompassing).
In addition to the energy that turmeric manifests, when a botanical is named after a Goddess we know that it will be very beneficial to women! And indeed, Turmeric has easily a dozen major mechanisms by which it supports Woman’s Wellness, including optimizing tissue in the womb and reproductive system, supporting a positive inflammation response, and supporting the healthy metabolism of hormones in the liver. And so we can say:
With a synonym like Uma,
we know that Turmeric
is a most excellent herb for Women
In the old legends, it is said that Parvati (the Hindu goddess of love, fertility and devotion) received the name Uma from her Mother when she made the firm decision to go into an exceedingly strong and fierce tapasya yoga practice to deeply purify and empower herself to attain the peaks of her potential. So there is another pretty blatant hint that Turmeric helps us to attain our highest potential by purifying, regenerating, and optimizing all levels of our inner and outer terrains. This also points to one of my most common quotes about Turmeric:
Turmeric allows us
to go deeper into our practice
with less risk of injury
So what’s in a name? Via its dozens of pithy Sanskrit synonyms, we understand that Turmeric continues through history to be an astonishing support for our enduring wellness and positive inflammation response.