Garlic (Da Suan)
Botanical Name: Allium sativum A.
Not only has garlic been used to cure colds and earaches, protect against vampires, and ward off evil, but it is also a delicious addition to many meals and sauces.
Below is an overview of garlic, combining and interpreting the best of Western science, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), shamanism, folklore and more. Gain a balanced and thorough understanding of the healing properties of garlic.
Western Name: Garlic
Also Known As: Wild Garlic, Field Garlic, The Stinking Rose.
Organs/Systems: Heart, Lungs
Key Western Actions & Medicinal Uses: Antimicrobial, cancer prevention, support immunity, lowers cholesterol, prevent common colds, infections, supports digestion. Treats ear aches. A tonic and astringent. Good fever remedy. Aperient, Birthing Aid, Expectorant.
Pin Yin: Da Suan (bulbus Alli Saitvi)
Also Known As: N/A
Meridians: Large Intestines, Lung, Spleen, Stomach
Key TCM Actions & Medicinal Uses: Kills Parasites, Relieves Toxicity: diarrhea, consumption and coughing. Used to prevent influenza. Treat food poisoning from shellfish. Warms and Dispersing: helps circulate qi, move blood and expel cold, reduce clotting, cleans blood. Promotes lactation.
Parts Most Frequently Used: Bulb, Leaves, and Flowers (edible)
Flavors: Pungent, Acrid, Warm, Slightly Sweet
Caution: Some people are allergic to garlic.
History/Folklore: Known use dates back 6,000 years. Used by ancient Egyptians as a medicine and in cooking. This herb has been used by every culture to ward off evil. Islamic myth says that when Satin left the garden, garlic arose on his left footprint and onion on his right footprint. To this day, Muslims do not eat garlic before attending mosque. This herb was also used in WWI and WWII to prevent wounds turning septic. When planted in the garden, garlic repels rabbits and moles.
Allicin (sulphur compound and antibiotic), perhaps highest sulphur content of any other food. Phytoniced (antifungal compound), enzymes, minerals, proteins, saponins and flavonoids.
Sulfur warms, kills parasites, removes heavy metals and facilitates protein/amino metabolism. It also wards off mosquitoes.
Buddhists, Hindus, and Jains consider garlic as capable of stirring desires, stimulating sex and encouraging aggressive drives.
The ancient Romans ate it before battles.
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