Garlic Benefits, Research, Usage, Side Effects

Garlic is anti aging spice. It is hot, cleansing, cardiac tonic, digestive, good for eyes, improves hair strength and quality, useful in cough, asthma etc. But needs some precautions while administering it.

Botanical Name- Allium Sativum Linn.


Allium Sativum Linn


Different Varieties-
Kashyapa mentioned two varieties –
Girija – Garlic grown in mountains and
Kshetraja – cultivated in lands.

Nighantus mentioned two types
Lashuna  – Allium sativum and
Maha Kanda/ Grunjana – Allium ascalonium Linn.

Distribution– Cultivated Throughout India. Mainly in Ludhiana, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Andra Pradesh, U.P and Gujarat

Garlic bulbs

Allium sativum chemical Constituents
Volatile oil – 0.06-0.1%
Alliin; Carbohydrates(arabinose, Galactose etc) Vitamins (folic acid, Niacin, Riboflavin, thiamine, vit c); Amino acids (arinic , Asparagic acid, methionine etc); enzymes (allinase); volatile compounds (allylalcohol, allylthiol, allylpropyl disulphide etc. Thioglycosides(Scordine, Scordinine a1, A2, & B etc. prostaglandins A2, D2, E2 and F2; allylmethylselenide, Ajoene proteorubosiside B.
(Reference: Illustrated Dravyaguna VIjnana, Vol. II, by Dr JLN Shastry)

Garlic inflorescence

Garlic – medicinal properties
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.

Rasa (taste) – Madhura (sweet), Lavana (salt), Katu (pungent), Tikta (bitter), Kashaya (astringent)
Guna (qualities) –
Snigdha (oily),
Guru (heavy),
Teekshna (strong, piercing),
Sara – induces mobility, causes diarrhea, purgation, relieves constipation
Snigdha – unctuous, oily
Teekshna – strong, piercing
Vipaka- Katu – Undergoes pungent taste conversion after digestion.
Veerya – Ushna – Hot potency
Effect on Tridosha – Balances Vata and Kapha. Increases Pitta Dosha.

Part Used- Bulb, oil
Kalka – Paste 1-6 g in single or divided dose per day.
Swarassa – Juice extract – 5 – 10 ml, once or twice a day.
Garlic oil 1-2 ml in single or multiple dose per day

Garlic pearls

Garlic benefits:
क्रिमिकुष्ठकिलासघ्नो वातघ्नो गुल्मनाशनः|
स्निग्धश्चोष्णश्च वृष्यश्च लशुनः कटुको गुरुः||१७६||
krimikuṣṭhakilāsaghno vātaghno gulmanāśanaḥ|
snigdhaścoṣṇaśca vṛṣyaśca laśunaḥ kaṭuko guruḥ||176|| Charaka Sutrasthana 27

Jantujit, Krumighna – Relieves worm infestation, useful in infected wounds
Kushtaghna – useful in skin diseases
Kilasaghna – useful in spreading type of skin disease
Vataghna – useful in treating disorders of Vata Dosha imbalance  such as neuralgia, paralysis, constipation, bloating, etc
Gulmahara – useful in abdominal tumors
Vrushya – aphrodisiac, improves vigor

Garlic benefits

Medhakrut – Improves intelligence
Svarakrut – improves voice tone and quality
Varnakrut – Improves skin tone and complexion
Akshikrut, Netrya, 
Chakshushya – improves vision, good for eyes, useful in eye disorders
Bhagna Asthi Sandhanakara – causes quick healing of fractured bones
Bruhmana – Though lahsun being pungent, because of its nutritive values, it is also nourishing.
Pachana – Digestive, relieves Ama Dosha
Pittakrut – Increases Pitta Dosha
Asrakrut – Causes or worsens blood vitiated disorders
Keshakrut – improves hair quality and quantity
Hikkahara – relieves hiccups
Kasahara – useful in cough and cold
Jwarahara  – useful in fever
Shwasahara – useful in treatment of asthma and chronic respiratory disorders.
Kushtahara – useful in skin diseases
Mehahara – useful in urinary tract disorders and diabetes
Amahara – Relieves ama – a product of indigestion and altered metabolism.
Peenasahara – useful in running nose, sinusitis
Shwitrahara – useful in treating leucoderma – vitiligo
Arshahara – useful in piles, hemorrhoids
Shoolahara – relieves abdominal colic pain
Shophahara – relieves swelling, edema, anti inflammatory
Rasayana – anti aging, causes cell and tissue rejuvenation
Balya – improves strength and immunity
Jeernajvarahara – relieves chronic fever
Kukshi Shoolahara – relieves abdominal colic pain
Vibandhahara – Relieves constipation
Aruchihara – useful in relieving anorexia

Garlic uses

Lahsun for relieving Avarana – blocking:
Excluding Rakta (blood tissue) and Pitta Dosha, for all types of Avarana (blocking of channels, covering of channels), Garlic is very useful. Because of its pungent and piercing qualities, it helps to clear open the body channels. Because of its hotness, it is not useful in Pitta and Rakta conditions.

Garlic root is pungent, leaves are pungent, stalk is astringent.

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.

Maha Kanda/ Grunjana – Allium ascalonium Linn.
It has similar properties of Garlic.
Madhura – sweet in taste
Katu – pungent
Stalk is astringent, leaves are bitter

Garlic and dietetics:
It is good to have non veg food, sour foods, drinks and alcohol with garlic.
Garlic with milk –
To counter the spiciness and hotness of garlic, it is boiled with milk and the milk is consumed. This is especially beneficial for people with Pitta body types. This also has many other benefits. Read more – Garlic Milk remedy

External application: Applying garlic paste improves blood circulation, relieves pain and inflammation.
Hence, its paste is applied over joints to relieve pain and stiffness in rheumatoid arthritis, osteo arthritis and sciatica.
It is also useful against insect bites and itching skin disorders.

Effect of garlic on heart:
Hrudya – acts as cardiac tonic, congenial for heart.
It stimulates heart, improves blood circulation, reduces cholesterol deposition inside the blood vessels.

Effect against cancer:
American Institute For Cancer research enlists garlic as a potential spice useful in cancer prevention. Its key ingredients  quercetin, allixin and a group of organosulfur compounds – allicin, alliin and allyl sulfides have shown effect against growth of tumors in prostate, bladder, colon and stomach tissue.

Research on Garlic:
Anti-diabetic effect
anthelmentic activity
virucidal effects
Anti oxidant activity
Anti bacterial activity

Garlic side effects:
Limit the amount of garlic intake during summers.
Not suitable for people with Pitta body types.
It is better to avoid hot Sun exposure, exercise, anger, drinking water, milk with jaggery, soon after eating garlic.
It is safe for children, pregnant and lactating mothers.
Garlic may cause or worsen bad breath problem.
For women suffering from heavy menstrual bleeding, it is advisable to stop using garlic from 5 days before onset of periods till it stops.

Allium Sativum

Garlic a Tamasika food with health benefits:
Garlic has Rasayana properties – It means, if you take it for long period of time, it has anti aging effects on your health. But garlic is a Tamasik food. Tamas means darkness. It means that it is not suitable for those seeking celibacy and spiritual success.
However, if you have any disease, the concept of Tamasik food does not apply to you.
The benefits of garlic outweigh its Tamasik side effects. Unless you are a very serious spiritual seeker, you may continue enjoying immense health benefits of garlic.

How to consume garlic?
For those who can tolerate its offensive smell and taste, they can remove the skin of garlic pearls and consume it readily, after food in the morning.
People with Pitta imbalance can fry garlic in ghee or boil 1 – 2 garlic pearls in milk and then consume it.
For regular use, best method is to use it as part of ingredients to prepare food items.
Its extracts are also available in the market.

How to use garlic for cold?
Q: Kindly advise suitably about the use of garlic in case of cold. Is it proper to swallow two three cloves with water or it can also be baked in ghee.
Answer: Dear sir, during cold, it is best to swallow 2 garlic pearls or make a paste of garlic pearl, to it, add a pinch of each of turmeric powder and black pepper powder and have it with water. This will be more effective in cold, than frying it in ghee.

Traditional reference of Garlic:
References regarding garlic are available extensively in Gouthama Dharmasoothra, Manusmruti, Yajnavalkasmruti, Mahabharata, Sushruta Samhita and Charaka Samhita.

Sanskrit Synonyms
Mlechagandha, Ugra Gandha – Having strong pungent odor
Yavaneshta – Liked by western countrymen
Lashuna,  anda
Mahoushadha – Great medicine having immense health benefits
Rasona – Rasa + Una – having all the six tastes, minus one (sour taste) – Garlic has all the five tastes, except sour.
Arishta, Mlecchakanda, Mahakanda
Vatari – Balances Vata Dosha
Sheetamardhaka – relieves cold
Deerghapatraka – long leaves

Classical categorization:
Charaka Samhita – Harita Varga – group of vegetables
Kaiyadeva Nighantu – Oshadhi Varga – group of medicinal herbs
Vedanasthapana – PV Sharma

Ayurvedic medicines with Lahsun as ingredient:
Lashunadi Vati –
used in diarrhoea, dyspepsia and such other stomach and intestine related diseases.
Rasonadi Kashayam –
used in Ayurvedic treatment of bloating, vomitting, nausea, cough etc
Lashunadi Ghrita – Herbal ghee used in abdominal disorders, neurological conditions, etc
Vettumaran Gulika –  used in Ayurvedic treatment of fever, vomiting, abdominal colic pain


1.Vacha lashunadya tailaKarma roga, karma srava.Sahasrayoga, Taila prakarana.
2.Hingu triguna taila.Gulma, udara, antra vraddi.Astanga hrudaya,Chi.14;39
3.Vishatinduka tailaSupta vataroga, kusta, vata rakta.Bhaishajya ratnavali,Vata raktadikara;76-77.
4.Lashunadi vatiAjeerna, atisara.Vadyajeevanam, Ksaya rogadichikitsa.;13
5.Kottam chukkadi tailamVata roga, amavata.Sahasrayoga, taila prakarana;12.
6.Lashunadi ghritaGulma, vataroga.Astangahrudaya,Chi.14;22-25.
7.Vranaraksha tailaNadivrana, vicharchika, kusta, Mamsavruddi.Bhashajya ratnavali,

vranashothadikara;69-69 ½.

Names in different languages:
Hindi name- Lahasum
English Name- Garlic
Kannada name – Bellulli
Telugu Name- Vellulli, tellagadda
Bengali Name- Rasuna
Marathi Name- Lasuna
Tamil name – Puntu
Arabic name – Saum
Assamese name – Naharu
Chinese name  – Suan, Ta Suan
Dutch name – Look
French – Ail
Tamil name – Vellapundu
Urdu name – Lashun
Marathi name – Lasun
Malayalam name – Velluli
Hindi name – Lahsan
Bengali name – Rashuna
Gujrathi name – Lasna
Punjabi name – Tuma



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  1. sanjay says:

    Hi Sir How to take Raw Garlic

    • If you are accustomed to eat raw garlic pearls, then eating it raw is fine. But if you are not, then you can try this home remedy using milk and garlic

      • I have been eating garlic for a couple of years and have tried a variety of ways: peel in the evening for eating in the morning – bite for a minute and swallow with water, wrap in a inch of bread piece and chew before swallowing but the best is take garlic paste kept in a refrigerator in a spoon and down it with water preferably warm. After swallowing chew a pasty sort of biscuit or a small piece of rusk. No smell, no ill feeling or taste. q

  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. Dr. J.Roy says:


    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.

        • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

          Garlic ko bina kuch khaye agar le to kabhi kabhi gastritis problem aa sakta hai. Isiliye, khaane me garlic ko use kar lena 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.

      • Sunny harjani says:

        Dear Dr,
        I have used in a complex combination in a patient having skin black skin ,fungal nail,with corns, inflamed skin.
        With Yoga Therapy + aloe gel + garlic + turmeric .
        The miracle regenerated the skin and fungus was gone in 3 days …In 15 days it was miracle from God. I did not charge him , he was so poor…

        Sunny Harjani
        Yoga Therapy

  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. thomas says:

    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. Dreamy Boy says:

    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

  19. Doctor,
    Whether the garlic can be swallowed instead of eating/chewing? If yes, what quantity to be swallowed each day and whether it should be in the morning or night?

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Hi, direct swallowing of garlic pearl may not be comfortable. Better to at least make it a paste / small pill and swallow it. There are also many garlic oil capsules available in the market. Daily 1 – 2 garlic pearls can be consumed, better to do it in the morning.

  20. Taking Garlic with Milk is not suggested as it causes skin diseases.
    Is it true?

  21. Is garlic use useful in treatment of gout or are there any other treatments available?

  22. Kunwar Singh says:

    Dear Dr Hebbar,

    I have the honour to add the following:

    Wrap one pealed garlic clove in a piece of wet dates (Geela Khajoor) and eat them daily before breakfast for one month to treat high level of cholesterol and triglyceride to bring them under normal limits. Garlic being good source of Maganese, Vitamin B1, B6, Selenium, Calcium, Vitamin C, Phosphorus, Copper, Protein and Sulphur, it makes it a potent natural antibiotic against toxic bacteria, parasites, viruses and fungus. Garlic is anthelmintic and having anti-clotting properties, it is considered one of the most popular herbs to prevent blood cells (Platelets) from becoming too sticky and by checking stickiness in blood; the risk of formation of blood clots in blood vessel is prevented. Garlic is also effective in treating muscle and joint pain, cough and cold, Asthma, Tuberculosis (TB), Hepatitis B (HBV), HIV and critical skin diseases. Garlic is an effective herb to treat various parameters of sexual weakness.

    Best regards,
    Kunwar Singh

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Thank you very much sir.

      • Lindsay Douglas says:

        Dear Dr Hebbar.

        Some of the discussion on garlic suggests it has blood thinning properties. Does that mean garlic has the potential to replace blood thinners like warfarin as a natural alternative?

        Kind regards

        • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

          Hi, it is not as strong as warfarin in its blood thinning effect. It is milder and safer.

  23. rakesh says:

    how can i use in HIGH BP

  24. rakesh says:


  25. Mani S says:

    I like garlic to some extent. I am born a brahmin, but i know the importance of Garlic for health and sexual purposes. I am very much interested in garlic for sexual purposes. So please clarify my following doubts.

    1. You have said in one place on this page that raw Garlic or in capsule form is to be taken eaten before food but elsewhere you have said it is to be taken after food. Please clarify. Is it okay to take it either-wise, that is before or after food? Please clarify.

    2. Is the garlic with milk potion to be taken on a empty stomach or after food? How many times a day?

    3. How good is garlic in sexual matters? Does it really help? For effectiveness , how long and how consistentlly should we use garlic?

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Garlic can be taken either before or after food.
      Garlic, if boiled with milk, can be taken before food.
      Garlic improves sexual strength. Its usage can be continued for life.

  26. ramsubbu06 says:

    Hello Doctor,
    I have seborrheic dermatitis in my scalp for the past 6 months and am experiencing heavy hair loss..none of the treatments from the allopathy has worked out. I read in the internet that garlic has anti fungal property..i have pitta body ( not sure — i used to drink lot of coffee — when i stopped drinking it — all the cracks in my feet which i had life long disappeared). I am avoiding milk and milk check if they affect my SD. so i have started taking garlic 1 clove with water in the past 1 week. i can tolerate the pungent smell( i brush my teeth)…so how can i balance my pitta and cool my body..when taking garlic

    I am female age 31

  27. Hello Sir,

    Can I drink milk [Hot or Cold?] after chewed 1 to 2 cloves of garlic before going to sleep on daily basis?

    Awaiting for your reply.


  28. Snehal Ingle says:

    I have one query, lasun shirpak can be taken in gastritis, as milk with its cooling effects countered on pitta. But same lasunshirpak is advised for scitica pain or any fibroid which vaataj n kaphaj. Plz elaborate on this. For how many days to consume lasunshirpak, for scitica disorder.Thanks.

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Hi, Lashuna ksheerapak is administered in sciatica / fibroid, as it is an excellent remedy to balance Vata Dosha.
      It can be consumed in the above conditions for a period of 2 – 3 months.

  29. SIR , mujhe stomach problm he. doctr said to me,,liver me garmi he. i have always stool loose ..kya garlic better for me??

  30. Antony Varghese says:

    Dear Doctor Hebbar,
    My main dosha is Urdwaga raktha pitta and subdosha is vatha raktha. Is it ok for me to take steamed/well cooked garlic? Or will it aggravate pitta? Due to allergy,I can’t take dairy products and cook garlic in it. Many thanks in advance doctor.

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Hi, if you do not feel increased hotness with the garlic cooked milk, only then you can continue it.

      • Antony Varghese says:

        Sorry Dr Hebbar, I am allergic to milk, Can I still eat steamed or cooked garlic without milk if I don’t feel increased hotness? or does it have to be cooked in milk? Will it gradually increase my pitta dosha in the long term? Your help is very much appreciated.

  31. chinmaya says:

    There is something snow mountain garlic/ kashmiri lehsoon. Whats are informations in ayurvedic texts regarding this? What are the use?

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Have not come across any Ayurveda reference explaining this variety.

      • chinmaya says:

        1) Are these Girija variety – Garlic grown in mountains as described above by Kashyapa?
        2) When to choose Kshetraja variety (cultivated in lands) & when to choose Girija (grown on mountain) variety as medicine?
        3) Also among common lehsoons, there comes two variety- Single bulb & multiple bulbs. Which one has more medicinal properties as mentioned in ayurvedic texts?

        • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

          1. I am yet to study the two varieties in detail. I will try to cover it.
          2. Multiple bulb.

  32. Is garlic good in urinary infection & how to use it?

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Not commonly used. But it is a good antibacterial and anti inflammatory. Use it as part of your diet.

  33. chandan says:

    I have been suffering from breathing problems and allergies.I suffer from cough cold problems from childhood. I get asthma attack everyday. Need to take allopath medicines. I have IgE 1300 IU/ml. I read somewhere that garlic is very helpful in asthma. I am thinking of taking garlic capsules to treat my asthma and allergies. Will it work?

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Yes, it helps

      • chandan says:

        Thank you for your reply sir. I have seen in several places of taking garlic with milk for asthma. But I am taking as capsules. Whether taking with milk is more effective than taking as capsules. I don’t drink milk , so is there any alternative?

        • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

          Taking capsule with water is more effective in asthma, than taking it with milk.

  34. Thank you Mr. Hebbar for such nice article, I have one question, it is recommended to take garlic with empty stomach for its best effect, I take warm glass of water after I wake up, and eat the raw garlic after 5 to 10 minute. does it have same effect as desire or should I eat Garlic immediately after getting up, wait for 1 hour and drink water ?, which method will work best for Garlic maximum benefit ?

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Hi, there is no rule that you need to eat garlic as soon as getting up. You can wait for 5 – 10 minutes.
      You can drink water soon after consuming garlic.

      • Pratap Subrahmanyam says:

        Dr. Hebbar: Am I reading this correct … it is better to eat Garlic and then drink the water?

        At this point, I’m doing exactly what Hash says, I drink two glasses of room temperature water after waking up, wait about 30 mins, and then chew two to three cloves of garlic in honey.

        But, if you feel it is more effective if these steps are reversed, I will try that.



  35. Is taking raw garlic with honey gives same results ?

  36. koteswara Rao says:

    Does taking garlic paste on empty stomach cause any GI bleeds. Pl clarify me, I am a post CABG person.

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      No. But for a gastritis patient, it is better to take garlic paste with milk, after food.

  37. R.Surenthar says:

    Hello Doctor

    I have been consuming 3-4 pearls of Garlic mixed with honey every day in the early morning along with Ginger and pepper. Because of Spicy i also consume methi early morning every day. can i eat all these at one time or is it wrong?

    what is the correct way to take these in early morning on an empty stomach

    Kindly guide me Sir..

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Hi, you can take all of them together, 30 minutes before breakfast. For further personal health advice, please consult an Ayurveda doctor directly.
      If you want my help in finding a good Ayurveda doctor for you, then let me know your place.

      For email advice (not a reliable option, we do not promise any cure), please write to our health experts here (paid service) –

  38. Sir is garlic good for weight loss according to Ayurveda?

  39. Thank you for reply, another question sir, will aged garlic extract give same benefits as raw garlic? Because of work I can’t smell like garlic, also I don’t drink milk.

  40. Does garlic is used for sex issues as well, if yes so how we can consume it? Pls advice.

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Yes, it is used as an aphrodisiac.
      2 – 3 Garlic pearls are fried in 2 teaspoons ghee or boiled in a cup of milk and consumed at least 3 – 4 times a week, at night, before food.

  41. bonaca says:

    Dr Hebbar, I just want to say Thank You for all your efforts here, especially for not leaving any question unanswered.

  42. harpal singh says:

    Hello Sir, namaste, there are lot of controversial articles on garlic –some favoring it strongly for health and some totally against its consumption(esp. for its effect on mind/brain); a laymen like me is always confused ; i wish to ask if garlic extract capsules are safer that raw garlic as they claim that there is not any odor associate with them; any research on garlic extract capsules vs raw garlic that adverse effects on sattvik life style/brain are less with garlic extract capsules or what is your experience regarding the same.
    thanks and regards.

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Garlic extract capsules are good but raw garlic is also good to use as vegetable / spice in daily life.
      It cannot be said that extract capsule is better than raw garlic.
      If you are Satvik conscious, then you can use garlic extract capsule – 1 in the morning, after food. Good one is available in amazon website here –

  43. Hello sir, since last month I have been diagnosed with tb and last week I was thromblyzed for unexplained clot in the lung. Now back home with daily dose of tb n blood thinners. What is your suggestion, should I consume garlic or not?

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Hi, you can consume ghee fried garlic – 2 pearls per day, along with your current allopathic treatment.
      Garlic oil capsule – 1 capsule, 2 times a day for 2 months, is also good to take. Available in amazon website here

      For personal health advice, please consult an Ayurveda doctor directly.
      If you want my help in finding a good Ayurveda doctor for you, then let me know your place.

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  44. Dr. Hebbar, please confirm if I can consume garlic empry stomach in the morning followed by a glass of warm turmeric water

  45. Sir, is it ok to have garlic pearls with water? Or should I take it without water?

  46. Satheesh says:

    How to use garlic for UTI? Thanks in advance

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Boiling 5 garlic pearls in 1 cup of milk. Filter and drink the milk. Once a day for 10 days time.
      For personal health advice, please consult an Ayurveda doctor directly.
      If you want my help in finding a good Ayurveda doctor for you, then let me know your place.

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