Health Benefits Of Raw Garlic – Ayurveda Details

Raw garlic is one of the very ancient spices used in Ayurveda. Even Sushruta has appreciated the benefits of raw garlic. Sweet, salt, sour, pungent, bitter and astringent are the six tastes according to Ayurveda beliefs. Garlic is one of those rare herbs which has five tastes except sour.

While raw garlic comes with a bunch of health benefits, it is very important to know who and when should avoid garlic.  

Garlic is called as Lahsun in Hindi.

Health benefits of Raw Garlic according to Ayurveda – 

  • Garlic is hot in nature.
  • pungent, heavy.
  • Regular use of garlic acts as natural aphrodisiac.
  • Garlic improves intelligence.
  • Useful in heart diseases:It is one of the very interesting to know that Sushruta mentioned garlic’s quality as ‘useful in heart diseases’. It is now a proven fact that garlic reduces cholesterol.
  • cholesterol and good for heart.
  • Raw garlic is widely used in the treatment of intestinal complaints, indigestion and stomach pain, bloating and lack of taste in food and constipation.
  • Garlic arthritis: Garlic is used in treatment of fractures, and to strengthen bones. Garlic is known to assist in regeneration of bone mass. Hence raw garlic is useful in rheumatoid arthritis and osteo arthritis.
  • Garlic is good for eyes, improves quality of voice.
  • Useful in the treatment cough, cold, skin diseases, intestinal worms,
  • Garlic is useful in rejuvenation treatment.
  • Garlic is ideal to take along with non veg diet.
  • Effect on Tridosha – Garlic calms Vata and Kapha.
  • Hailed as natural antibiotic for its richness in sulphur.

Raw garlic side effects

If you are thinking of eating raw garlic pearls, better to start it slowly and watch for any adverse events, as raw garlic is very hot and pungent.

Garlic may cause or worsen bad breath problem.

It is advised not to take garlic soon after heavy exercise or when someone has just come from sunlight.

Since Garlic is hot and pungent, it should not be taken when someone has nasal bleeding and dizziness.

For women suffering from heavy menstrual bleeding, it is advisable to stop using garlic from 5 days before onset of periods till it stops.

Dr JV Hebbar is an Ayurveda Doctor, Assistant Professor, From Mangalore, India. Click here to consult Dr Hebbar
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  1. Hi Sir How to take Raw Garlic

  2. Hi Sir
    i have heard that garlic is used in sex remedy
    is it true?
    How can we use it?

    • Yes, garlic is known to improve sex power. The method of usage is – to boil 5 garlic pearls with a glass of milk for a five minutes, filter and drink it with a little honey or sugar.

      Daily usage of garlic in diet is also one of the natural methods to improve sexual health.

  3. hiya is raw garlic good for poor leg circulation and feeling cold all the time if so how to eat it

    • Yes. Raw garlic is one of the natural blood thinning agent and is also useful to get rid of feeling cold, as it is naturally hot in potency.
      1. If you are accustomed to eat raw garlic, you may go ahead with eating the de-husked garlic pearls as such – one pearl in the morning, after food, preferably with cow milk.
      2. If you want to reduce the hot potency by a bit, take half a cup of milk, boil two garlic pearls in it and drink it (along with garlic)
      3. If you do not like the taste and smell, you can go for garlic capsules that are readily available in the market. For a healthy person, one garlic pearl will be good.

  4. Sir,

    I would like to introduce as a regular eater of raw garlic. From net I got your id. I have some quarry, as garlic is having some property for thinning the blood, and in net I read that as Garlic can also thin the blood so caution is advised to people with blood disorders. So does intake of raw garlic cloves every day for a longer duration have any effect/create any chance for creating blood cancer among human population?

    Personally I experienced two such instances, where persons suffered and ultimately died from blood cancer, were regular consumer of raw garlic when they were normal.

    So, Sir, my question is that did you ever found any scientific finding regarding this. What is your personal comments/opinion/suggestion on this, regarding garlic consumption and blood cancer..

    Do you suggest me to continue consuming raw garlic cloves (2cloves) every morning in empty stomach? if so how many cloves in a day for a normal person.Pl also inform whether intake of raw garlic is better or garlic pearls?

    Hope to have your kind suggestion in this regards

    Thanking you,

    With personal regards,

    Dr. J. Roy
    Jabalpur 482003 (M.P.) India

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Dear sir,
      If two people get blood cancer and were drinking water everyday, that does not mean that they got cancer due to water.
      In contradiction, garlic has anti-cancer effect. reference:
      But still how those two got cancer? may be genetical predisposition with other factors overcame the good effects of garlic.

      Raw garlic is better than garlic pearls. Why drink apple juice extract, when you can get apple in the market :)

      Two garlic pearls are fine, if you are accustomed to it. However, for others it may be a little too hot. So, normally one garlic pearl or garlic milk home remedy is quite sufficient to enjoy full health benefits. – Here is how to make garlic milk remedy –

  5. Dear Sir, Is eating garlic beneficial for pregnant women and the fetus. What is the procedure to eat it.

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Yes it is beneficial. It can be used as an ingredient in food recipes. Eating it alone just for the sake of it, is not really necessary unless your doctor thinks so.

      • mani singh says:

        kya garlic ko bina khush khye le skte hai.koi side ifect to nhi hai.agr hai to kaise khana chahiye.

  6. is raw garlic effective in vertigo, BP and ortho arthritis

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      In some cases of vertigo, raw garlic is helpful, but in some, it may worsen it.
      Garlic is useful in controlling BP.
      Because it has got anti inflammatory effect, it is also useful in osteo-arthritis.

  7. hi sir , we use garlic to reduce uric acid in blood

  8. Sir, Is garlic can boost men’s sexual power,
    How can we use it to boost up sex power.

  9. hi sir…
    I’m 20 years old and i have acne… I was wondering if consuming two cloves of garlic a day would help my acne.. Also i have weak stomach acid which results in a lot of belching and discomfort.
    Can garlic reduce that too?
    Thank you.

  10. sir, i would like to know how to consume raw garlic in the morning…. simply chew it or gulp the crushed garlic paste with water?? i would also like to know how to use garlic as a remedy for hair thinning or hair loss,,should it be directly on scalp(cut into half and rubbed on scalp), as various sites suggest or should it be mixed / crushed with some kind of oil,, then apply on scalp and then rinse hair in the morning…… please reply soon.

  11. Shailendra says:

    Sir, I eat 3, 4 cloves of raw garlic everyday (anytime). I dip them in salt and swallow with water, so there is no breath in my mouth. But, there is a garlic smell in my sweat and on other parts of body. How do I avoid this smell?

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Hi, boiling the garlic in milk for a minute and then taking it reduces the body odor.

  12. Shailendra says:

    Sir, thanks for your reply. You mean that I shall put some 3,4 garlic cloves in 1 cup milk, boil it and then drink it? And can it be done anytime in a day?

  13. Puneeth says:

    Dr Hebbar,

    Is raw garlic useful for stomach ulcer ????


  14. Hello Sir,

    I have heard that garlic is used to improve sex power ?
    What is the best way to take this for such this problem ?
    And can you please tell me the positive side to take raw garlic ?

    Thank You.

  15. Dear Sir,

    I read articles on Internet and also your site and started eating 3-4 cloves of raw garlic everyday. But, now I have got severe problem of amlapitta (which I had previous also). For the time being I have discontinued eating garlic cloves. Shall I reduce the quantity (meaning 1 or 2 cloves) per day after I get cured from amlapitta? Your advice is very valuable…

  16. Dear Sir,

    Thanks very for your reply. I want to consume garlic for sexual health (and for general purpose as well). How much shall I have it everyday? And will it increase amlapitta?

  17. AMRIT JAIN says:

    Dear sir

    I am a paitent of a high cholestrol
    Everyday in the morning when i take 2-3 cloves of garlic with water then as its result i get
    irritation in chest and pain in my stomach for 5 minutes.
    SO should i continue taking it or how should I take it??

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      1. Try frying a little with ghee before taking it.
      2. Or boil it in a cup of milk and eat it along with the same milk. This reduces the burning sensation.

  18. Sir i have hyperacidity and hypertension can i take raw garlic +lemon juice in empty stomach at morning . Pse reply

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