At the time when antibiotics and other pharmacy products did not exist, a bulb of garlic itself represented a whole pharmacy industry due to the broad spectrum of effects. Most different suppositions involving this herb are mentioned; some of them were so pointless that they disappeared in time, but some of them have remained until the present days. The garlic was given different names that are still in use such as ‘Russian penicillin’, ‘natural antibiotic’, ‘vegetable viagra’, ‘plant talisman’, ‘rustic's theriac’, ‘snake grass’ etc. Presentation of the development of ideas associated with garlic and the evolution of the notions increased the ability of the pharmacists and physicians to respond to the challenges of their professional services in facilitating human life. Garlic (Allium sativum L. Fam. Liliaceae) is a widely distributed plant. Nowadays, it is cultivated all over the world.
In our region, it is the most important preventive remedy, a universal folk spice and food, a well-trusted remedy. In the past, garlic has been utilized as a remedy during the various epidemics such as typhoid, dysentery, cholera, influenza, and whenever an epidemic has emerged, garlic has been the first preventive and curative remedy. In the ancient and middle centuries and a long time during the modern period, garlic has been appreciated as a remedy by physicians from different nations. Recently there has been scientific research into garlic, and good results have been obtained in healing many diseases, from which for thousands years nations from various continents had been protecting themselves and healing by using garlic. Therefore, there is an increased necessity of research on the history of garlic for the sake of reinforcing the ability of pharmacists and physicians to respond to the challenges arising in the provision of professional services in order to facilitate human life.
Active Chemical Constituents of Garlic
Amino Acids : Amino Acids are the Structural units that form Proteins. Our body cannot absorb the Protein we eat in Whole. The body breaks down the whole Protein into Peptides & Amino Acids – then it becomes Absorbable and Actionable. Those Amino Acids & Polypeptides regenerate our tissues & Muscles.
Minerals : Mainly Manganese, Potassium, Calcium, Phosphorus & In Minor Quantities: Magnesium, Selenium. Sodium, Iron, Zinc and Copper. Minerals are extremely essential for human body for energy and normal functioning. For example, Manganese: Blood Clotting, Sex Hormone Production, Calcium Absorption, Sugar Balance, Brain & Nerve Function. Potassium: Along with Sodium it Maintains the Water Balance. Balances the Acid-Base property of the Blood. Generates the Electrical Potential that aids the conduction of Nerves. Calcium: 99% of the Calcium in our body used for Teeth & Skeleton. Rest 1% is Utilized for Cell Signaling, Blood Clotting, Muscle Contraction & Nerve Function. Phosphorus: Repairing Cells, Maintain the Bones & Teeth, helps to utilize the Carbohydrate, Fat & Protein.
Sulfur-Containing Oil Components are available in Garlic ( Which is called Organosulfur) Di-allyl Di-sulfide- It is a potent agent for Detoxification of the Cells, Particularly Liver & Nerve cells. Di-allyl Tri-sulfide- Reported to treat High BP, High Cholesterol & Disease of the Circulatory System. DADS is found to be effective in Preventing Intestinal Cancer. (Ref. -Nutritional Epigenetic Regulators in the field of cancer- by Michael Schnekenburger & Marc Diedrich-2015)
Allicin : A therapeutic compound, which relaxes Blood Vessels, thus curing Hypertension. It also act against Thrombosis, which is a Condition in which Blood Clots in the Blood Vessel, by Lowering the Aggregation of Platelets.
Quercetin : It is a Bio- Flavonoid, works as an Anti-Oxidant. Antioxidants present in Garlic fights the Free Radicals and protect the body from the Oxidative Damage. It may also Lower the risk of age-related Disease like Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
Allium sativum is cultivated all over the world in a warm, moderate climate and is used largely as a herb and a vegetable.
Anti Kapha, Anti Vata, Aggravates Pitta (However, if used by rasayanavidhi, it strengthens pachakapitta and causes fire stimulation.)
One capsules twice a Day.
|Rasa||Kashaya||Taste||Five, except sour. Pungent is the main|
Stop using garlic and call your doctor at once if you have: