Role Of Plants For Blood Pressure And Heart Disease Allium cepa, L Family - Liliaceae Names - Hindi - Piyaz Sanskrit - Palandu English - Onion Bengali - Pyanj Marathi - Kanda Gujarati - Dungari Malayalam - Chuvannauli Kannada - Nirulli Tamil - Vengayam Telugu - Nirull Description: The bulbous root of this plant consists of layers of fleshy scales covered by white, yellow or violet coloured tunics. The erect stem is hollow with a swelling at the lower end and can grow as high as 2-3 ft. The hollow leaves, which are almost cylindrical or slightly flattened, have a smooth surface. The flowers, which have white or purple petals, are clustered into rounded heads. The fruit consists of one capsule and 3 loculi with flat, black seeds. Distribution: Cultivated throughout India. Parts used: Bulb. Phytochemicals: Essential oil containing allylic disulphides, sugar, inulin, quercetin, calcium, biflavonoids. Properties: Diuretic, antibiotic, hypoglycemic, hypotensive (lower blood pressure), anti-inflammatory, lithotripic (pertaining to removal of stone), anthelmintic, analgesic, anti-neuralgic, expectorant, antirheumatic and corn remover. Forms of use: Decoction, fluid extract, tincture, poultice, ointment and juice. Medicinal Uses (a) In blood pressure One teaspoonful onion juice with honey should be taken for 15-20 days to bring down the blood pressure. Regular use of raw onion especially its yellowish and purplish scales with meals help keeping blood pressure in control. Raw onion juice with honey and ginger juice reduces blood pressure and cholesterol level. (b) Other Uses Onions have antiseptic value for the entire alimentary canal. It is stimulant, diuretic and expectorant. Mixed with common salt, onion is a remedy for colic and scurvy and the roasted onion is applied as poultice to indolent boils and haemorrhoids (a venous swelling at the anus; a pile). Onion juice is often smelled for the recovery from faintness besides being used in infantile convulsions, headache, epileptic and hysterical fits.
A decoction of the onion is beneficial for checking extreme heat sensation. To relieve ear-ache warm onion juice is dropped in the ear 2. Allium sativum, Linn. Family : Liliaceae Names : Hindi - Lahsun Sanskrit - Rasana English - Garlic Bengali - Rasuna Tamil - Vallaipunelu Gujarati - Lasana Telugu - Velluli Trade name - Lahasuna Description: It is well known, bulbous, herbaceous plant which grows to about 2-3 ft height. The bulb consIsts of 8- 10 curved bulblets (cloves). The stem is erect and hollow. Distribution: Cultivated throughout India. Parts used: Bulb. Phytochemicals: Alliin, allicin, inulin, essential oil. Vitamins -A, Band C Minerals -Selenium Properties: Antibiotic, hypoglycemic, hypotensive, anthelmintic (eradicate worms from intestine), carminative (digestive), intestinal disinfectant (antiseptic), anti-rheumatic (pain killer and antiinflammatory), corn remover, antimalarial, rubefacient (causing reddening of the skin), anti-oxidant, immune stimulant and lowers cholesterol. Forms of use: Tincture, juice, poultice, raw. Medicinal Uses (a) For cardiovascular disease and high blood pressure, use fresh garlic (10 cloves) or 500 mg garlic capsule twice daily. Daily use of garlic along with salt and pepper keep one healthy and controls blood pressure. A paste of garlic - one spoonful and honey - two spoonfuls if taken early in the morning on a roasted slice tones up the heart and maintains normal blood pressure. Decreases incidence of thrombus formation. Activates the systemic circulation. (b) Other Uses Garlic is called poor man's remedy. It is useful in bronchial and asthmatic complaints. Garlic is antiseptic for intestinal ailments. In tubercular infection of the lungs, garlic juice diminishes the obstinate cough and acts as expectorant. It is alser applied to indolent turnours. When given with common salt, garlic improves the nervous system and relieves headache, flatulence, hysteria etc. Garlic has also been found efficacious in sore throat, paralysis, gout, sciatica (pain in the course of
the sciatic nerve) and many skin diseases. In the absence of common antibiotics, garlic juice may be applied to the open wounds to prevent bacterial infections and pus formation. The cloves have always been regarded as a source of strength. A decaying tooth will hurt less if packed with garlic pulp. It is aphrodisiac (capable of stimulating sexual impulse) and anti-cancerous in nature. A little rub behind the ear will alleviate the pain of trigeminal neuralgia, and a little pulp introduced into the ear will ease rheumatic otalgia (pain in the ear). For all infections, add freshly chopped raw cloves to food three times daily or take garlic capsules. 3. Cassia absus, Linn. Family : Caesalpiniaceae Name : Hindi - Chaaksu Sanskrit - Chaaksu English - Chaaksu seeds Bengali - Chaakut Gujarati - Chimeru Malayalam - Karinkolla Tamil - Karun kanami Trade name - Chaaksu bija Description: Leaves compound, leaflets 1 to 2 inches long. Flowers reddish yellow, fruit 1 to 1 1/2inch long and slightly curved. Seed fine, compressed, lusturous and brownish black. Distribution: An erect annual herb growing in lower parts of western Himalayas. Available in Indian Market. Parts used: Seeds, Leaves. Phytochemicals: Alkaloids, essential fatty acids, sterols and Chaaksu oil. Properties: Bitter astringent, hypotensive and antibacterial. Forms of use: Powder, juice, decoction. Medicinal Uses In blood pressure, Chaaksu is a wonderful remedy for bringing down high blood pressure. Powdered seeds 2-3 g soaked overnight- in a cup of water and filtered next day, if taken once or twice daily maintain blood pressure. Other Uses It is also considered to be a remedy for cough. Paste of seeds in bland oil cures ringworm and other skin diseases. Useful in purulent conjunctivitis, urinary bladder, treatment of wounds and sores. The drug is employed in certain diuretic drug formulations and a large number of eye lotions. Vaporizers
For all infections, add freshly chopped raw cloves to food three times daily or take garlic capsules.