Sanskrit name: Lasuna
Botanical name: Allium Sativum
Habitat: Cultivated all over India, garlic is closely related to onion and chives. The largest commercial garlic production is in Central California.
- Rasa (Taste): Pungent
- Virya (action): Hot
- Vipak (Post Digestive effect): Pungent
- Doshas (Constitution): Balances vata and kapha, may aggravate pitta.
Most people enjoy garlic. However, some individuals who are sensitive to it may experience heartburn and flatulence. Because of garlic.s Anticlotting properties, persons taking anticoagulant drugs should check with their nutritionally oriented doctor before taking garlic. Those scheduled for surgery should inform their surgeon if they are taking garlic supplements.
There are no known contra-indications to the use of garlic during pregnancy and lactation.