Benefits of Garlic, Medicinal Uses, and Dosage
Garlic or Lahsun, is an underground bulbous herb. The bulbs of garlic are composed of cloves. Garlic thrives in places that are semiarid or moist and well-drained. It cannot be cultivated in shady areas. Lahsun has a very special place in Indian cuisine. Garlic or lahsun is filled with many medicinal properties which makes it a daily ingredient in Indian kitchens.
Even Ayurveda holds garlic as one of the most important edible medicinal herbs that can be consumed every day without any side effects. Garlic is a natural aphrodisiac that boosts libido. Its anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties make it an excellent healing herb for cold, cough, and other respiratory problems.
Garlic is supposed to strengthen immunity and help us fight various viral and bacterial infections. It tastes very good and has an irresistibly fresh aroma. It keeps the heart healthy by bringing down cholesterol and strengthening the heart muscles. It enhances the digestive tract and increases metabolism. Garlic is extremely beneficial for good hair, good eyes, and a good heart.
Garlic contains a lot of healthy medicinal components like volatile oils, arabinose, and galactose. It contains the vitamins folic acid, Riboflavin, thiamine, etc. It is rich in amino acids like arinic, methionine, etc. It contains the enzyme allinase and a few other volatile compounds. The fumes of garlic are strong and effective as a decongesting herb. It cleanses the system by helping us to get rid of the toxins.
Garlic can be found most in semi-arid and moist places where the soil is well-drained and with a lot of Sun. It does not flourish very well in dark places. It is this lack of limitation, because of which garlic is grown everywhere in India. – From Ludhiana, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu to Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.
Garlic is commonly known as Lehsun in Hindi. Its detailed classification is given as:
- Kingdom: Plantae
- Class: Lilopsida
- Order: Liliales
- Family: Liliaceae
- Genus: Allium
- Species: Sativum
Ayurvedic Properties of Garlic:
To begin with, garlic has multiple blended tastes! So its rasa or taste is madhura, tikhta, Lavana, Katu, and kashaya, that is, it is sweet, bitter, salty, pungent, and astringent. Garlic is a heavy, oily, and sharp herb. The guna of garlic is Snigdha, Tikshna, and Guru. Garlic possesses hot potency. It has ushna viraya. Post digestion it is pungent, so it has a katu vipaka.
Effects on Dosha:
It enhances the pitta dosh and balances the vata and kapha doshas.
- Is an excellent remedy to lower the bad cholesterol and increase the good cholesterol to keep the heart-healthy.
- Balances the bone deficiency in females and facilitates the level of estrogen.
- Maintains good heart health by strengthening the muscles of the heart.
- The high amount of antioxidants helps to boost immunity and fights the damages due to free radicals.
- Garlic helps to maintain harmony amongst all the systems in the body.
- It heals, repairs, and cures the digestive tract, the respiratory tract, and the excretory system.
- It provides relief from gastric problems, ulcers, and constipation.
- Provides relief from diarrhea and cholera.
- Controls the level of blood sugar in the body by enhancing the release of insulin in the pancreas.
- Its anti-inflammatory helps it to provide relief from different types of body pain.
- It prevents and cures many mental disorders like Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
- Its anti-cancer abilities help to prevent different types of cancers like –colon cancer, oesophageal cancer, or stomach cancer.
- Garlic oil provides instant relief from pain in the ear or foot as it helps to relieve the tension from the muscles and the joints.
Direction of Use
The recommended dosage per day for an average adult is:
Garlic paste: from 6 – 10 cloves in the food
The garlic juice – 10 – 20 ml once or twice per day, as per the requirement and recommendation of the physician
Garlic oil: – 1-2ml in single or multiple doses as per the recommendation of the physician.
Garlic oil is 100% for consumption at any point in time by anyone. However, a little caution is necessary with children and the garlic oil and juice, since these are extracts- the strength of which is way too strong. Also, pregnant and lactating mothers should take advice from the physician to know how much off garlic is recommended for consumption in a day.
Note: Our purpose is to serve useful information related to Garlic’s benefits, dosage, and other properties. It is advised to the patients not to consume Garlic on the basis of this information. Before taking Garlic as a medicine it is better to have an expert opinion because dosage and treatment vary from patient to patient depending on their symptoms and medical history.
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