If you have ever tasted some turmeric powder, then you can easily remember the potent and bold flavour. People have been using the herb as a medicine and food for many centuries. To benefit from the herb, people have been drying and grinding turmeric rhizomes (stems) to a yellow powder. The history of this beneficial herb, also known as the Indian Saffron or the Golden Spice, dates back to around 4,000 years. People in China and India have been using it in their food due to the flavour and the yellow-orange pigment. Here are the key benefits the herb offers.