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Garlic 大蒜 dàsuàn

Though disliked by many because of its pungent smell, garlic has many excellent qualities. It can be used as a stimulant, a diuretic, an expectorant, an anti-spasmodic, and a strong rubefacient, for when applied directly to the skin it causes a nasty blister. It can be added to food or used as a medicine. It is effective against intestinal malfunctions of all kinds (indigestion, worms, flatulence, and so on), respiratory infections (coughs, whooping cough, asthma, bronchitis, catarrh), and hypertension (high blood pressure). In places where it is used as part of the daily diet, cancer is virtually unknown. It assists the body to retain youthfulness and sexual vigour; it is good against all skin complaints and will quickly heal open sores, scratches and wounds; and it enters the bloodstream and so circulates the entire body, eradicating harmful bacteria, expelling toxins, and benefiting the tissues and membranes.

Garlic oil (大蒜油 dàsuàn yóu)

Because of garlic's rubefacient qualities, it is in many cases much better to use the oil than the clove, especially when giving it to young children and old people. This oil is readily purchasable (usually in the form of "pearls") from health shops and herbalists.

Garlic milk (大蒜牛奶 dàsuàn niúnǎi)

is really excellent for the treatment of intestinal disorders, sciatica, rheumatism and arthritis, and it can also be successfully used as an enema. Stir two grated or crushed cloves of garlic into a quarter-pint of warm milk, and drink. Garlic oil may be used in place of cloves. Normally the preparation should be taken at least twice a day, night and morning.

Garlic bread (大蒜面包 dàsuàn miànbāo, traditional 大蒜麵包)

For this use about three cloves of garlic (or the equivalent garlic oil) to one pound of flour, baking in the normal way. This is very tasty and an excellent way of taking the garlic.

Garlic poultice (大蒜膏药 dàsuàn gāoyào, traditional 大蒜膏藥)

Crush or finely chop the cloves of garlic; spread evenly over a soft cloth to a depth of about a quarter of an inch; then place another cloth over the top of the garlic. (Remember that garlic will burn and blister the skin if brought directly into contact with it.) The poultice is excellent against scabies, boils, abscesses and other skin complaints. If the garlic is heated in a frying pan and put into a compress, it is very good against breast cancer. For whooping coughs, bronchial or other hacking coughs, apply garlic poultices to the soles of the feet, then wear old socks over the top to hold the poultices in place during the night. You can use the same compress over and over again.



Taoist Ways of Healing - The Chinese Art of Pa Chin Hsien

by Chee Soo

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