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Gaining Health from Garlic
|by Dr.Krishna R.S|
Garlic (Allium Sativum) belongs to the family Liliaceae. The plant has leaves which are long, narrow and flat like grass. The bulb is of a compound nature, consisting of numerous bulblets, known technically as 'cloves,' grouped together between the membraneous scales and enclosed within a whitish skin, which holds them as in a sac.
It is referred to by different names in Ayurveda. The names describe its qualities. It is known as Rasona (Rasena Vunaha = as it is devoid of amla rasa or sour taste) Ugraghandhi (Ugra Gandhi = as it has strong pungent smell )
It has Snigdha (sticky), teekshna (penetrating), pichhila (slimy), guru (heavy), sara (quickly spreading) qualities. It has all rasas (tastes) except amla (sour).
It reduces kapha and vata but it should be used with lot of precautions in persons who have pitta prakruti and in patients who are suffering from rakta, pitta disorders.
Ancient greeks used to place garlic on stones at cross roads as a supper for Hecate(Greek goddess of the three paths, guardian of the household, protector of everything newly born, and the goddess of witchcraft). According to Pliny garlic and onion were invoked as deities by the Egyptians while taking oaths.
According to a Mohammedan legend 'when Satan stepped out from the Garden of Eden after the fall of man, Garlic sprang up from the spot where he placed his left foot, and Onion from that where his right foot touched.'
Garlic contains pungent, volatile, essential oil. This oil is a sulphide of radical Allyl. The intensely smelling allyl compound has such a diffusive property that even when the crushed bulb is rubbed to the soles of the feet, its odor is exhaled by the lungs after some time.
Medicinal Action and Uses
Acharya Charaka has said that garlic is an effective remedy in conditions like intestinal worm infestations, skin disorders, low libido and erectile dysfunction.
Acharya Sushruta has appreciated the uses of this herb in skin disorders, low libido and erectile dysfunction. It also improves memory, modulates voice, enhances complexion, improves eye sight, strengthens bones and joints, improves digestion and regularizes bowel movement. It is very useful in cardiac diseases too.
As an Antibiotic
As a Remedy in Digestive Disorders
As an Anti Inflammatory
Garlic in skin Disorders
Garlic and Cancer
Garlic as an Aphrodisiac
Garlic has always been known as an aphrodisiac. It can improve blood circulation significantly. According to recent studies an enzyme called nitric oxide synthase (NOS) appears to be responsible for the mechanism of erection. Researches on garlic have shown that garlic can stimulate production of this enzyme.
Garlic in Pregnancy
Action of Garlic in Herpes
Home Remedies with Garlic
Used in cookery it is a great aid to digestion, and keeps the mucosal coats of the stomach healthy. A clove or two of Garlic, pounded with honey and taken two or three nights successively, is effective in rheumatism.
Grind few cloves of garlic and pour ¼ cup of boiled water on it. Add this infusion to sugar syrup. This is an excellent cough expectorant to children and elderly adults.
When sniffed, it greatly helps in relieving hysteria.
Garlic juice taken with hot water twice a daily relieves asthma attacks.
Three cloves of garlic boiled with milk taken every day at night cures productive cough and bronchitis..
10 drops of garlic juice with 2 teaspoon of honey reduces the acuteness of asthmatic symptoms. It can also be administered at the time of attack.
Taking garlic juice with fresh water regularly reduces high blood pressure
Half a clove of raw garlic consumes each day can increase body activity to dissolve blood clots, thereby preventing heart attacks and strokes.
Precautions and Adverse Effects
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