Published On: Fri, Sep 13th, 2013

Role of Garlic in Controlling Cardiovascular Diseases and Other Uses

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Biological Source of Garlic:

Botanical Name : Allium sativum

Family : Liliaceae

Synonyms of Garlic:

  • Hindi – Lahsun
  • English – Garlic
  • Sanskrit – Rasana
  • Telugu – Velluli
  • Tamil – Vallaipunelu
  • Bengali – Rasuna
  • Gujarati – Lasana
English: A basket of garlic (allium sativum) o...

English: A basket of garlic (allium sativum) offered for sale at the farmers’ market in Rochester, Minnesota (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The trade name of garlic is Lahasuna Garlic is a well known bulbous, herbaceous plant and grows to a height of 2-3 ft. The bulb consists of 8-10 bulblets (). It has a hollow and erect stem. These plants are cultivated throughout the India. Bulbs are the useful parts of the plant.

Properties of Garlic:

  • Antibiotic
  • Hypotensive agent (lowers blood pressure)
  • Lowers cholesterol
  • Immuostimulant
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Hypoglycemic agent
  • Anthelmintic (eradicates worms from the intestine)
  • Analgesic
  • Anti-rheumatic
  • Removes corns
  • Carminative
  • Intestinal disinfectant (antiseptic)
  • Anti-malarial
  • Rubefacient (causes reddening of the skin)
  • Anti-oxidant

Phytochemicals of Garlic:

The phytochemicals which are present in garlic are alliin, allicin, inulin and essential oil. It also contains Vitamins – A, B and C Minerals – Selenium

Medicinal Uses of Garlic:

Garlic in Blood Pressure and Cardiovascular Problems:

  • For the and , take 10 cloves of fresh garlic or 500 mg garlic capsule, twice a day.
  • Eating garlic everyday along with salt and pepper keeps one healthy and controls the blood pressure.
  • A spoonful of garlic paste and two spoonfuls of honey if taken early in the morning on a roasted slice tones up the heart and maintains normal blood pressure.
  • Decreases the incidence of thrombus formation.
  • Activates the systemic circulation.

Other Uses of Garlic:

  • It is known as the “poor man’s” remedy.
  • Used for treating bronchitis and asthmatic problems.
  • It is a antiseptic for intestinal ailments.
  • Garlic juice reduces the obstinate cough and acts as a expectorant in tubercular infection of the lungs.
  • It can be applied to indolent tumours.
  • Garlic when taken along with common salt, improves the nervous system and relieves headache, flatulence and hysteria etc.
  • It is also found to be effective in curing sore throat, , paralysis, sciatica and many skin diseases.
  • When there is no availability of , garlic juice can be applied to open wounds to prevent bacterial infection and pus formation.
  • They are also used as the source of strength.
  • If a decaying tooth is packed with the pulp of garlic, pain will be decreased.
  • Used as aphrodisiac (stimulates sexual impulse).
  • It has anti-cancerous nature.
  • A little rub behind the will alleviate the pain of trigeminal neuralgia.
  • If a little pulp is kept into the ear, it will ease rheumatic otalgia (pain in the ear).
  • For any infections, add freshly chopped raw cloves to food thrice daily or garlic capsules can be taken.

Forms of use:

It can be used in the raw form or in the form of tincture, poultice and juice.

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