O is for Onion: Its Miraculous Medicinal Benefits

O is for Onion: Its Miraculous Medicinal Benefits

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It has been used as a food remedy from ancient times.  Though it produces a strong odor its medicinal value is amazing.  Ancient Egyptian physician prescribed this as wonderful remedy to many illnesses  It has many miraculous medicinal benefits.  It’s advised to take onion juice instead of the whole onion.

The seeds of onion increase semen and relieve dental worms and urinary infections.  The stalks of onion contain a good source of Vitamin A, thiamin and ascorbic acid.

It is a good remedy for respiratory diseases since it posses expectorant properties.  It liquefies phlegm and thus prevents its further formation.  It can also be used for cold, cough, bronchitis and influenza. It is advised to take equal amounts of onion juice and honey daily for these problems.  During winter it can be used as the safest preventive medicine.

The recent Russian studies reveal that, if a person consumers one raw onion per day by thorough mastication it helps him to be away from many tooth disorders.   The Russian Doctor B P Tohkin says that chewing raw onion for three minutes is sufficient to kill all the germs in the mouth. By placing a piece of onion is a best remedy for bad tooth or gum.
Its iron contents helps in anemic patients.  Onion has been a best bet for heart diseases.  A research paper says that, its benefits are due to the presence of essential oil aliypropyl disulphide, catechol, protocatechnic acid, thiopropiono, aldehyde, thiocyanate, calcium, iron phosphorus and vitamins in onion.  Another group of doctors in kerala, India, have established after several years of research that to get rid of coronary heart or blood pressure disorders one should take 100 gms. of onion per day;  it  correct thrombosis and also reduce blood cholesterol ( From the book of Dr. S J Singh’s Food Remedies P 146, Nature Cure Council of Medical Research, Lucknow, India 1982).

It is considered as one of the best aphrodisiac foods.   It increases libido and strengthens the re-productory organs.

It is a good remedy for arthritis pain. Its high content of vitamin C and anti-inflammatory –compounds like quercetin and isothiocyanates helps prevent pain and swelling. It helps to reduce knee pain and slow down the process of osteoarthritis.

It guard against lung disease, it’s a good source of beta carotene and is a good prevention to lung diseases. So eat few more onions along with other foods which contain beta carotene like carrots etc.

Eating more onions could help you avoid five kinds of cancer—including some of the most dangerous ones like colon cancer, ovarian cancer, oral cancer, cancer of larynx, and the deadly cancer of the esophagus. 

Various skin diseases are treated with onion, it helps to stimulate the circulation of blood, and continuous rubbing of this helps to remove warts from the skin.  Roasted or otherwise this is applied as a poultice to boils, bruises, wounds etc.

It is also a good remedy for ear disorders. Its juice dipped on cotton wool and put into the ear is a good remedy to ear ache.

For Cholera it is an effective remedy. Take 30 grams of onion and seven black peppers should be finely pounded and given to the cholera patients.  It allays thirst and restlessness and the patient feels better, it also lessens vomiting and diarrhea immediately. An additional to little sugar to the recipe will increase its effectiveness (from Ibid P.10).

For urinary disorder this is an effective medicine.  For burning sensation. Six grams of onion should be boiled in 500 ml. of water.  It should be removed from the fire when half the water has evaporated.  Then strain it cool it and given to the patients as a drink.  It gives a quick relief to the patients. (from Kvj Ganpati Singh Vermas Miracles of Onions p. 16)
For bleeding piles it’s a good remedy. About 50 grams of onion should be finely rubbed in water and 60 grams of sugar added to it and give it daily twice to the patients, it gives a quick relief to them.

Onions can be utilized in our daily life in different ways, it can be taken raw or may be cooked, mature and immature bulbs can be used.  It can be used in soups, salads and many other daily cooking, it is one of the essential items in Indian cooking.


Though It has got Miraculous Benefits its dangerous to use the leftover onion.  Please Read the Warning along with the picture.

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