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Serpent Garlic

Garlic is en everyday household herb used widely in cooking foods. Serpent garlic is a type of garlic which is named so because of its plant. It possesses similar properties as garlic. Serpent garlic is native of central Asia and it has a worldwide distribution.

Common Name: Serpent Garlic

Scientific Name: Allium sativum ophioscorodon

Family: It is a member of the Alliaceae family.


  • Allium controversum ophioscorodon.
  • Allium longicuspis ophioscorodon.
  • Allium ophioscorodon ophioscorodon.
  • Porrum ophioscorodon ophioscorodon.

Medicinal Uses

  • Garlic juice is of medicinal importance.

Fresh garlic bulbs should be used as they generate much more juice as compared to stored ones. The usual requirement is 50-100ml which can be achieved from 3-4 normal sized bulbs.

The wide variety of effects of serpent garlic comes with additional benefit of cost effectiveness, better results and minimal side-effects. Moreover, it is available everywhere. If you are aware of its medicinal properties, you can use it to your benefits.

  • Garlic juice is acidic.

In some people who are suffering from decreased stomach acid production problems (achlorydia), garlic juice can be used for its acidic effects. It aids in digestion of food, brings about secretion of GI hormones (which depend on stomach acid for their secretion) and keeps the gut motility normal.

  • Garlic juice is excellent for prevention and treatment of certain cancers.

It has preventive role because of its antioxidant potential. It is protective in carcinomas of GI tract and integumentary system. It has curative role in Carcinoma of ovaries. This finding is still being further studied in laboratory rats but it has been found that in early stages of CA ovary, injection of garlic juice in the tumor itself regress the tumor.

  • Garlic juice cause gall bladder contraction, increased secretion of Cholecystokinin (CCK) and increased secretion of bile from Gall bladder.

It also promotes excretion of bile from intestines. Bile is removed from body. In extra hepatic jaundice cases, garlic juice has excellent role for curing this problem.

  • It has a diuretic effect.

It can be used to treat volume overload states like heart failure, pulmonary edema etc.

  • It removes excessive sputum from lungs.

It is used in expectorant syrups for treating chronic bronchitis, asthma, bronchectasis etc.

  • It has anti-pyretic actions.

It brings the temperature to normal by decreasing the production of Prostaglandin E2. PGE2 is a substance that alters the functioning of hypothalamic temperature control centre.

  • Garlic tea is a CNS stimulant.

It freshens the mind. It also increases the learning capabilities of a person. It improves concentration, relives stress, anxiety and headache. Garlic juice can be used for lowering blood pressure in hypertensive patients. It is a vasodilator and due to vasodilator action, the blood pressure remains in normotensive ranges in hypertensive patients.

  • Gargling with garlic juice daily keeps the oral cavity clean, prevents dental plaques and dental cavities formation.
  • It has hypoglycemic effects and can be used to maintain glucose in the desired ranges in diabetics.

Category: Medicine

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