In Ayurveda, garlic is seen far more as a medicine than a food. This little bulb is very potent and should be treated with caution and respect. While garlic heals the body system of certain imbalances, it should not be consumed regularly (for example, in cooking), due to its deeply aggravating characteristics if overused. Garlic pacifies both the Vata and the Kapha dosha, however increases the Pitta dosha in both the mind and body.
Garlic has an incredible ability to heal gastric disturbances such as flatulence, parasites, worms, infections, food poisoning and Candida Albicans (i.e. Thrush). The key point to note in understanding how garlic works, is that it removes pathogenic bacteria without disturbing the natural flora of the gut. It also clears excess mucous from the intestines and the stools.
Garlic is known in Ayurveda as a support for the immunity, both in its ability to increase immune function, as well as clearing pathogens. It supports the heart, particularly in the conditions of high cholesterol and clotting disorders. Circulation is promoted by garlic to warm and stimulate the system, whilst aiding with regulating blood pressure - high or low. Garlic also supports the lung function by removing congestion, allowing the airways to open and creating a free-flow of breath.
As an external application of a Lepa (paste) or oil, garlic can assist with fungal skin conditions and for the treatment of ringworm. It can also reduce symptoms of ear infections and pain.
It is highly recommended that you seek the guidance of your Ayurvedic physician before using garlic in your diet and lifestyle to prevent side effects created from contraindications. Please don't hesitate to contact us here with any questions or if you would like to arrange a consultation.
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Ayurvedic Medicine, 2013, Sebastian Pole