Garlic
Botanical Name: Allium Sativum
Indian Name: Lahsoon



Garlic is an erect biennial herb of the onion family, normally grown as an annual. It has irregular
roots, condensed, flattened stem and narrow, flat leaves. The bulb consists of 6 to 35
bulblets called cloves, enclosed in a thick whitish, glistening and transparent covering.

ln herbal medicine, garlic has been traditionally used for asthma, deafness, leprosy, bronchial congestion, arteriosclerosis that is hardening of arteries fevers, worms and liver and gall bladder trouble. Garlic is good
for the heart, a food for the hair, a stimulant to appetite, a strength giving food, useful in leucoderma,
leprosy, piles, worms, catarrhal disorders, asthma and cough.

 

The unpleasant odour in garlic is due to ifs sulphur content. Garlic juice has a most beneficial effect on the entire system. The ethers in garlic juice are so potent and penetrating, that they help dissolve accumulation
of mucus in the sinus cavities, bronchial tubes and the lungs. They help in the expulsion of
poisons from body through pores of the skin.


Heart Attack Garlic helps to break up cholesterol in the blood vessels, thereby preventing any hardening of arteries which leads to high blood pressure and heart attack.

Cancer
Garlic preparations, including extracts and juices, have been used successfully against cancer. Garlic preparations have been found to retard tumour growth not only in animals, but also in human beings.


Digestive Disorders
Garlic is good for the lymph, and aids elimination of noxious waste matter in the body. It movement of the intestines and the secretion of the digestive juices. Crushed cloves of garlic may be infused in water or milk and taken for all disorders of digestion. It has an antiseptic effect and is an excellent remedy for infectious diseases and inflammations of the stomach and intestine.

The herb is an excellent worm expeller. It is also good in treating various forms of diarrhoea. Problems such as colitis, dysentry and many other intestinal disorders can be successfully treated with fresh garlic or garlic capsules. One garlic capsule taken thrice a day is usually sufficient to correct mild cases of diarrhoea or dysentery. For more persistent cases, upto 6 capsules a day can be taken. Garlic has the ability to destroy harmful bacteria in the intestines without affecting the beneficial organisms which aid digestion.

High Blood Pressure Garlic is one of the most effective remedies for lowering blood pressure. Pressure and tension are reduced because it has the power to ease the spasm of the small arteries. It also slows the pulse and modifies the heart rhythm The average dosage should be 2 to 3 capsules a day to reduce the blood pressure.

Rheumatism Garlic is used extensively in the treatment of rheumatism and associated diseases. . Its anti inflammatory property accounts for its effectiveness in the treatment of arthritis and rheumatism.

Whooping Cough Syrup of garlic should be taken in doses of five drops to a teaspoon, two or three times a day in treating this condition. it should be given more often if the coughing spells are frequent and violent.

Blood Disorders The herb is regarded as a rejuvenator. It help remove toxins, revitalise the blood, stimulate circulation and promote intestinal flora, or colony of bacteria that prevent infection by harmful bacteria.

Skin Disorders
Pimples disappear without a scar when rubbed with raw garlic several times a day. Even very persistent forms of acne, have been healed with garlic. The external use of garlic helps to clear the skin of spots pimples and boils.


Diphtheria Chewing a clove of garlic cures the infected mucous membranes, reduces temperature and provides relief. About 30 to 60 grams of garlic can be used in this way in three or four hours for the membranes to disappear in a week.

Chest Diseases Garlic reduces foetidity or stinking of the breath in pulmonary gangrene and in the treatment of tuberculosis. Garlic boiled in milk is a wonderful drug for tuberculosis. One gram of garlic, 250 ml of milk and a litre of water are boiled together till its reduces to one fourth of the decoction. It should be taken thrice a day. Taken in sufficient quantities, it is a marvelous remedy for pneumonia.

Asthma Three cloves of garlic boiled in milk, can be used every night with excellent results in asthma. A pod of garlic is peeled, crushed and boiled in 120 ml pure malt vinegar. It is strained after cooling and an equal quantity of honey is mixed and preserved in a clean bottle. One or two teaspoons of this syrup can be taken with fenugreek decoction in the evening and before retiring. This has been found effective in reducing the severity of asthmatic attacks.

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