An article over at the BBC underscores a potential new use for curcumin, the substance derived from turmeric, in helping stroke patients. One thing would be nice is if they recognized the way it is used in Ayurvedic medicine. I.e., many formulas in traditions like Ayurveda (or Siddha) include honey, ghee or black pepper. These all can enhance the bioavailability of curcumin. Some may even help it to cross the blood-brain barrier. By contrast, it may merely need to reduce systemic inflammatory responses among cell types that do cross the BBB, thus reducing neuronal damage.