Already in ancient Egypt, cumin was used in the mummification process of the bodies and in Roman times, Pliny stressed the virtues of good appetizer for this spice. At present it is argued that aids digestion.
Since ancient cinnamon has been used to treat colds, arthritis and poor circulation. Chinese medicine has been used also to relieve menopausal symptoms and asthma, while Western homeopaths recommend it for cases of indigestion and diarrhea.
Indian medicine also uses spices to treat certain conditions: the turmeric is administered to improve blood diseases and to induce the flow of bile, which helps break down fats. Also, is applied to wounds infected by known antiseptic qualities.
Ginger is used to treat respiratory conditions in Chinese medicine, and nutmeg is a digestive remedy that improves the overall weakness. In the West it is used to combat diarrhea. The effects clove to relieve toothache and intestinal cramping. But the spice most investigated by western science is turmeric as their active component (curcumin) has shown anti-inflammatory effects.
This helps explain the use of turmeric to treat sprains in Ayurveda, the Indian medicine known. Also, recent studies claim that curcumin from turmeric reduces the risk of cancer, and there are scientists who claim it can boost its regression. An Israeli study has noted that people who use cumin fewer bladder cancers than those who do not.