Garlic is a vegetable well-known worldwide for its health benefits, medical usages as well as its smell, which has put the “stinking rose” name on it. Its smell basically comes from its sulfur-containing compounds.
In traditional medicine, garlic has been used for its helpfulness in treating a wide range of heart and circulatory ailments such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and heart attack. It is known for its cleansing and decongesting properties, as well as a good nutrition to prevent cancer.
All these cleansing and decongesting properties of garlic are basically the result of having a high content of orange prana. Orange prana has cleansing, expelling, decongesting and eliminative effects on the body. It is also very helpful for treating cyst and allergies.
Garlic, besides having high amounts of orange prana, also contains high levels of manganese, calcium, phosphorous, copper, potassium, selenium and tryptophan as well as vitamin B1, B6 and C, therefore it is considered beneficial in boosting the immune system.
Garlic is also known as a natural antibiotic and helpful in detoxification and reducing inflammation.
In traditional societies, garlic was used to treat a wide range of ailments including rheumatism, earache, constipation, wounds, insect bites and asthma. Its regular intake was also believed to increase life span and improve general health. During World War I and II garlic was used as an antiseptic to prevent gangrene. It was also believed that garlic is Aphrodisiac. Therefore its intake was not allowed for monks and spiritual practitioners.
Overtaking garlic is not recommended, especially for people with loose bowel movement, vomiting, pregnant women and dying patients, as too much orange prana may aggravate their problem and affect the unborn child. It is also believed that too much regular garlic intake increases body odor. This happens because too much orange prana makes the body sweat, which might create a bad smell. It is recommended to take garlic in moderation for better health.
In general garlic helps in:
1. Cleansing the Body – Garlic is a fantastic food to clean the body and internal organs. This quality is basically the result of having orange prana in abundance. It is therefore helpful in cleansing and decongesting the body. Traditionally an ointment made from chopped garlic was used on the spine of people with pain or general weakness to improve their condition.
2. Purifying the Blood – Garlic purifies the blood and therefore improve ailments such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, respiratory ailments and infections. Some researchers also believe it can reduce blood sugar and improve diabetes, but this is not accepted by all.
3. Preventing Heart Disease – The heart and circulatory ailments can be improved by using garlic as it thins the blood to diminish and protect against clots. Its orange prana is helpful in removing blood clots. It also protects against free radicals and has anti-inflammatory effects on the heart.
4. Reducing Cholesterol and Blood Pressure – Studies show that garlic reduces accumulation of cholesterol on the vascular walls. In addition, it decreases LDL cholesterol; therefore it is helpful in treating people with high cholesterol. Garlic is also known as a good remedy to improve high blood pressure. Some researches show that garlic reduces blood pressure in people with hypertension by 7% to 8% as well as people with normal blood pressure.
5. Treating Respiratory Ailments – Cough, cold, flu, bronchitis and chest pain can be improved substantially by using garlic. The orange prana, which releases into body by taking garlic, has cleansing, detoxifying and disinfecting effects on the respiratory system that can help purify the blood, cleanse the lungs and decongests the respiratory organs.
It is recommended in traditional herbal medicine to rub an ointment made of chopped garlic and Vaseline on the chest and back of people with bronchitis, cough and chest pain.
6. Disinfecting – Garlic is proved to be helpful in treating a wide range of infections and fighting bacteria. Fungal and bacterial vaginal infections can be improved with garlic. Therefore garlic cloves are used as a remedy for infections, especially chest problems, digestive disorders and fungal infections. Based on a number of references, World War I soldiers were using crushed garlic to treat infected wounds suffered in battle. It is believed that garlic when crushed or bruised, releases Allicin that is a sulphuric compound and is a natural antibiotic.
Garlic also helps in purifying the lungs and the stomach.
7. Improving Inflammation and Rheumatism – Chemical compounds in garlic as well as its orange prana are believed to reduce inflammation associated with various forms of arthritis and therefore are helpful in improving arthritis and rheumatism.
8. Constipation and Liver Ailments – The orange prana in garlic cleanses the stomach, small and large intestines and has an expelling effect on them, which helps the patient to move his/her bowel.
Since orange has expelling effect, it is not recommended for people with loose bowel movement and/or vomiting as it may worsen the problem.
Garlic also triggers the liver to release toxins from the body and at the same time protects the liver from harm.
9. Improving Atherosclerosis – As people age, the arteries tend to lose their flexibility and ability to stretch. This results in hardening of the arteries, which can be reduced by using garlic.
10. Lowering the Risk of Cancer – Garlic can reduce the risk of multiple types of cancer including colon cancer, rectal cancer and stomach cancer. Orange prana with its cleansing and disintegrating effects as well as vitamin B6, known to have cancer-fighting abilities, can help reduce the risk of cancer.
Studies show that people who take more than 6 cloves of garlic every week, have a 30% lower rate of colorectal cancer and a 50% lower rate of stomach cancer.
11. Boosting the Immune System – Garlic has been used against a wide range of bacteria, fungus and viruses. Its orange prana detoxifies and cleanses the whole body effectively.
Because of its cleansing, antiseptic, anti-fungal and nutritive properties, garlic boosts the immune system.
Although most of the facts mentioned above have scientific reasons behind them, these qualities are either directly or indirectly related to the qualities of orange prana that is available in garlic. The quality of all color pranas and their effects on the human body have been completely explained in Advanced Pranic Healing by Master Choa Kok Sui.
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