Turmeric is used for issues involving pain and inflammation but also has be used for things like hay fever, itching, high cholesterol and depression.
There is a chemical that is found in turmeric called curcumin. Curcumin is known to help decrease swelling or inflammation and may be used for treating conditions involving inflammation.
One thing to be cautious about is turmeric may slow blood clotting. So if you are taking a medication that helps with slow clotting, it's best you speak to your doctor before consuming turmeric. The combination of turmeric and a medication for slowing clotting may increase the chances of thinning blood.