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Benefits of Cloves And Its Side Effects

An indigenous spice, clove is a pivotal ingredient in Indian cuisine and the cuisines of other Asian countries like Indonesia, East Africa and Pakistan. Having a rich history to boast of dating as far back as the thirteenth century, cloves have become an important commercial crop in the contemporary world. Over the subject of production and distribution of the crop, wars have been fought especially to get under control the Malibu islands that were responsible for a major chunk of clove production throughout the world. Cloves are essentially known to tackle health problems like headaches, oral diseases, cancer, diabetes, microbial infections, etc. It also boosts the immune system in addition to protecting the liver and improving bone strength.

Benefits of Cloves And Its Side Effects

Table of Content

Cloves
Nutritional Value of Cloves
Health Benefits of Cloves
Protects the liver
Keeps diabetes in check
For a healthy stomach
Strengthens the immune system
For treating oral diseases
To enhance bone strength
Rids headaches
Improves digestion
Fights lung cancer
Strong antibacterial agent
Fights bad breath
Anti-inflammatory properties
Uses of Cloves
Side-Effects & Allergies of Cloves
Cultivation of Cloves

Cloves

Clove is an extremely aromatic crop commonly used as a spice. Trees of the clove are evergreen with crimson flowers among large leaves on a plant generally measuring 8 to 12 meters in height. Clove owes its distinct taste to the chemical eugenol with just a small amount of the spice sufficing the purpose. It is widely used in aromatherapy, in the form of oil for dentistry and to treat other problems of the spleen, diarrhea, cold and cough, etc. It is used in cigarettes to add flavor and as a natural antiseptic besides being extensively used in cooking.

Nutritional Value of Cloves

Main constituent of clove is eugenol which comprises of 70-90% of the total clove constitution. Other oils like acetyl eugenol, vanillin, tannins and flavonoids form the remaining composition of the spice. The presence of these oils have enabled clove to be used in the preparation of toothpaste, as a local anesthetic for local dental treatment and as a means to eliminate cold, cough and fever.

Health Benefits of Cloves

Mentioned below are the best health benefits of Cloves
Health Benefits of Cloves

Protects the liver

Due to the presence of antioxidants in high quantities, clove is an ideal choice to safeguard the body organs, especially the liver. Clove, with its hepatoprotective properties, counters the effects cause by free metabolic activity like the process of increase in lipid profile and radical production which results in the decrease of the level of antioxidants in the liver.

Keeps diabetes in check

In the case of diabetic patients, the amount of insulin produced by the body is not sufficient with the level of insulin required by the body. Research suggests that the use of clove leads to insulin generation in the body and keeping the blood sugar level in check.

For a healthy stomach

Cloves are highly effective in ensuring that the gastrointestinal tract stays healthy. It eliminates stomach problems such as diarrhea, bloating, nausea, vomiting, indigestion, intestinal gas, stomach ache, constipation, etc.

Strengthens the immune system

The clove bud is responsible for increasing the white blood cell count of the body thus boosting the immune properties that come with it. It reduces hypersensitivity of the body to foreign agents that are responsible for causing harm and discomfort to the natural functioning of the body.

For treating oral diseases

Cloves are an effectively recommended antiseptic and pain reliever for oral and dental problems. They can be used to cure gum relates diseases like gingivitis and periodontitis. They bud is pressed onto the teeth affected by the infection the one causing pain. Its oil is also used as a pain reliever and as an antiseptic.

To enhance bone strength

Cloves render hydro-alcohol extracts of phenolic compounds like eugenol, flavones, flavonoids and isoflavones. Research has proved that these compounds enable the body to retain its bone density and increase the mineral content of the bone. In patients suffering from osteoporosis, use of clove is noted to increase the tensile strength of the bones.

Rids headaches

Since ancient times, clove was believed to be a mild aphrodisiac in the realm of Unani medicine. Owing to its said properties, clove effectively reduces headaches. Applying clove oil on the forehead, around the nostrils or consuming a mixture of clove with milk and rock salt is highly effective in getting rid of a headache.

Improves digestion

Cloves enable the production and secretion of digestive enzymes, ensuring that the process of digestion is free flowing. Cloves also help alleviate problems like irritability in the stomach, flatulence, nausea and dyspepsia. Combined with honey,

cloves have been noticed to deliver excellent results in tackling with digestive disorders.

Fights lung cancer

Extensive research has been undertaken to study the effects clove has on tackling cancer. It has been brought to notice through these researches that clove is chemo-preventive. It is believed to be able to cure lung cancer in its early stage.

Strong antibacterial agent

Cloves have fared highly in combat with human pathogens. The use of clove bud/extract/oil is potent enough to kill such pathogens. It has been studied to highly affect the pathogens causing cholera.

Fights bad breath

Cloves, due to their distinct aroma are highly efficient in eliminating bad breath. Apart from being widely used as a major ingredient in the preparation of toothpastes, clove can be consumed in drinks or food though the day to tackle the problem of bad breath.

Anti-inflammatory properties

Anti-inflammatory properties

Cloves are excellent pain relievers. It stimulates the pain receptors of the body in the process to relieve the body of pain. The presence of eugenol in high quantities is known to essentially reduce pain associated with edema.

Uses of Cloves

Cloves are widely used as an antiseptic, to treat problems of oral hygiene and to tackle common cold, cough, flu and sinus. It boosts the immune system, eliminates problems like indigestion, headache, diabetes, liver ailments and enhances bone strength. It is used in teas, juices, sweets, food preparations, in cigarettes and in the form of oil.

Side-Effects & Allergies of Cloves

Use of clove in infants need to be in check as excessive use may lead to seizures. Due to the strong chemical composition prolonged use of clove oil on gums is believed to weaken the mucus membrane and the gums. Heavy doses are ill advised for pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers as it may lead to inflammation.

Cultivation of Cloves

Originally a native plant of the Spice Islands, clove witnessed its highest cultivation in Zanzibar in the early days. Currently, cloves are widely cultivated in Bangladesh, Indonesia, Madagascar,India, Pakistan, Tanzania and Sri Lanka.

Popular Questions & Answers

I have too much pain in my teeth because of a teeth is coming out from gum. And my gum get shallowed.

BHMS, MD - Homeopathy
Homeopath, Delhi
Hi Kindly get your dental examination done and consult a good homoeopathic doctor near you. Cloves are also used as natural pain relieving herbs. You can keep 1-2 pieces on the area affected to give temporary relief. Homoeopathic medicines will help you with instant results.
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Blood in stool, blood come after first poop then when I try to push further blood drops (fresh bright red), this happens only when I eat chicken, and blood reduces and complete stop within 4 days, this started 5 years ago when I consume meat for 2 days continuously, I assumed as piles and reduced eating meat, one time it come when I eat chicken from KFC and stopped within 3 days, 4 months ago It come again when I eat mango with green chilli on hot day and 300 km travel on bus, burning pain in anus and started to take banana blood stopped in 3 days, my father has piles, I'm 23 age, do I need test related to cancer, now when I eat meat I consume banana then there will be no blood but irritation in anus,

MD - Homeopathy, BHMS
Homeopath, Gurgaon
Edibles To Avoid :- Amchoor Amchur, Ajwain, Elaichi Cardamom, Imli Tamarind, Laung Cloves, Teekha-Mirch (Red-Green), Fig, millet, Cluster Beans, Brinjal-Eggplant, sesame, peanuts, pickle, Buckwheat Flour,  Pain killar Medicines,To eat more :- Guava, Orange, Apricot, Plums and Prunes, Banana, Pear, Mosambi (Sweet orange), Curd, Salad To continue as usual :- Cumin Seeds, coriander, turmeric, Salt, Aniseed-Fennel, Kashmeeri Lal-hari mirch in minute quantity, and all other food items not mentioned above, unless not forbidden due to other ailments Take following medication: (1) Alpha Liv Syrup 2 tsf twice a day before food (2) R 13 - 15 Drops 4 times a day In 15 ML of water (3) Aesculus Hip Ointment thrice Daily. For 15 days.
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I am suffering from piles problem from 3 yrs I have piles. I am 21 years old. 2 years ago its bleeding. But at this its no bleeding.

MS - General Surgery
General Surgeon, Kanpur
First of all you need to be examined by a general surgeon and proctoscopy to be done to find out what exactly it is, keep your stool soft by taking plenty of fluids orally and high fibre diet even you can take syp cremaffin 3 to 6 tsf hs daily, proper treatment follows according to examination.
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Hello sir I am getting blood in my stools. This is happening from one day. Getting so much blood but not having pain. Please advise me why its happening. I am really very depressed and in tension. Why it happens and how to cure it.

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda,
Pain rectal bleeding may due to internal piles avoid hot spicy food, alcohol ,smoking, late night sleep tab arshkutar vati 2 twice a day tab rakt sthamban vati 2 twice a day 10 days both.

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Acidity - 6 Amazing Home Remedies That Can Help!

BAMS
Ayurveda, Navi Mumbai
Acidity - 6 Amazing Home Remedies That Can Help!

Acidity is an ailment that troubles most people regardless of the absence of any other medical condition. It causes discomfort in the chest region along with heart burn and indigestion. If you are distressed with acidity, you may consider undergoing Ayurvedic treatment which would help in alleviating the problem to a great extent.

1. Tulsi leaves:
• Tulsi leaves help in stimulating the stomach for production of more mucus and are also rich in anti-ulcer properties which cause a significant reduction in the effects of gastric acid.
• It is recommended to chew 5 to 6 clean Tulsi leaves when you have acidity to soothe the stomach.

2. Bananas:
• The potassium content in ripe bananas helps in eliminating sudden bouts of acidity.
• Bananas also aid in relieving constipation problems and cause healthy bowel movement.

3. Cumin seeds:
• Cumin seeds which are commonly used in cooking dishes have anti-inflammatory properties that aid in soothing the digestive tract.
• These stimulate saliva production, boost metabolism and relieve the problem of bloating along with other discomforts caused by gastric troubles.
• You may chew a few cumin seeds when troubled with acidity or boil them in water and drink the solution.

4. Cold milk:
• The richness of calcium in milk aids in reducing acid problems and absorbing the acid which has already been produced.
• It helps in providing instant relief from the burning sensation owing to its coldness.
• But it is important to drink it plain without any additives like sugar.

5. Cloves:
• Cloves are known for their calmative properties which help to improve the process of peristalsis by which food moves down the stomach.
• When you put a clove in your mouth, just bite it once to help in releasing the extracts which would reach your digestive tract and immediately lower down the acid reflux.

6. Ginger:
• If you do not find raw ginger to be very pungent, you can keep a candied ginger slice in your mouth for instant relief from acidity.
• If you feel that you wouldn’t be able to chew raw ginger, you can boil it in water and drink it after it cools down.
• Ginger can be also eaten with a small piece of jaggery to help the juice reach the stomach and alleviate the acidity.

7. Mint leaves:
• Commonly referred to as ‘pudina’, mint leaves are known for lowering the acid content and improve digestion.
• If you feel that an acid attack is imminent, you can chop down a few mint leaves and boil it in water and drink the solution for eliminating bloating problems.

These few Ayurvedic remedies can help in soothing acidity along with its other symptoms.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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How Ayurveda Helps Manage Anti-Aging?

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How Ayurveda Helps Manage Anti-Aging?

As time passes in the mundane chores of our everyday life, the more we grow old. This is one truth of our lives is something that can never be altered. However, it does not mean that it has to be reflected on your body. There are a lot of anti-aging creams in the market, but instead of going through the tedious process of applying them over and over to get satisfying results, an inclusion of natural herbs and spices in your daily diet will not only reduce the signs of aging from your body but also make you feel and look younger.

Advantages of herbs and spices
Most of the herbs and spices contain a healthy amount of antioxidants, minerals and multivitamins, which help improve blood cholesterol levels and the regulation of the blood glucose level. Not to forget that the addition of a suitable amount of herbs and spices in your regular diet increases the taste quotient of even a bland meal. The herbs and spices that really work well as anti-aging agents are as follows:

  1. Basil: It contains a healthy amount of flavonoids which prevents the body cells from significant damage due to oxidation and strengthens the immune system in general thus, making you feel and look younger.
  2. Cardamom and mint leaves: This particular spice and herb are particularly useful to relieve your body from any symptoms of indigestion. It also helps in the detoxification of the body.
  3. Cinnamon: Cinnamon helps to control the blood sugar level of the body and also helps to protect the body from obesity.
  4. Cloves: Cloves helps to initiate better digestion with the help of the anti-inflammatory properties within the herb. This will help keep the digestion problems at bay and thus act as an anti-aging agent
  5. Ginger: Ginger helps to prevent migraines, provide relief from rheumatoid arthritis and the treatment of indigestion and inflammation. This will also help relieve skin inflammation which is where many of the skin disorders may make you look old.
  6. Turmeric: A pinch of turmeric in your daily main course can reduce chances of deadly disease like arthritis, asthma, gall bladder disorders and lung cancer. Garlic helps in the activation of liver enzymes which eliminates the toxins from the body.
  7. Parsley: Parsley contains a rich amount of iron and a regular intake might help in the cleansing of the blood. This will help remove blemishes and thus make your skin look younger.
  8. Bay leaves and saffron: A regular but limited intake of bay leaves and saffron provides you with a calm and serene temperament. This can lower stress and stop many of the harmful effects, such as aging related problems.
  9. Cumin: Cumin also contains a lot of iron which helps boost the digestive system and thus keeps your body functioning properly acting as an anti aging ingredient. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult an Ayurveda.
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10 Ayurvedic Remedies To Treat Acidity!

When there is excessive acid build-up in your body, you experience a burning sensation in your chest. This condition is called acidity.  

You feel a burning sensation in your chest, your mouth tastes sour and your throat may feel sore during bouts of acidity.  An antacid can give you quick relief, but sometimes, you might feel like it isn’t working very well for you. Ayurveda may help you in this case.

Ayurveda is safe, and it provides a natural way to heal acidity.

Here are some Ayurvedic remedies for acidity:

1. Bananas: The potassium in bananas is an excellent antidote to acidity. Eating a ripe banana can provide you relief from the discomforting symptoms of acidity.

2. Milk: The calcium in milk bars acid build-up and absorbs the extra acid produced. For best results, drink cold milk to ease your discomfort.

3. Mint leaves: Mint reduces acid production and cools the burning sensation in your stomach. Chop and boil some mint leaves; then drink the cooled solution for relief.

4. Tulsi: Tulsi boosts mucus production in the stomach and has antiulcer properties. To ease your discomfort, chew on 5-6 tulsi leaves.

5. Cardamom: Elaichi, or cardamom, is a multi-purpose remedy. It stimulates digestion, reduces stomach spasms, soothes the stomach lining and prevents excessive acid production. Just crush two pods of elaichi in boiling water and drink it for quick results.

6.  Cloves: Cloves boost saliva production, which helps in digestion and reducing the symptoms of acidity. For relieving acidity, just bite a piece of clove and keep it in your mouth. The oils released from the clove will reduce acidity within no time.

7. Aniseed: Aniseed cools the stomach lining, which reduces the burning sensation. Simply chewing a few aniseeds or saunf seeds, can bring about instant relief.

8. Cumin: Cumin stimulates saliva production, which aids in improving digestion and metabolism. You can eat cumin seeds, or boil them in water and then drink the solution for relief.

9. Ginger: Ginger improves digestion and helps absorb and assimilate essential nutrients better. It also protects your stomach from ulcers by boosting mucus secretion, which reduces the damage to the stomach lining caused by acid.

10. Amla: Also called the Indian gooseberry, amla has high amounts of vitamin C in it, which helps in healing the agitated lining of the stomach and oesophagus. You can consume one teaspoon of gooseberry powder to prevent acidity. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult an Ayurveda.

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Advantages of herbs and spices
Most of the herbs and spices contain a healthy amount of antioxidants, minerals and multivitamins, which help improve blood cholesterol levels and the regulation of the blood glucose level. Not to forget that the addition of a suitable amount of herbs and spices in your regular diet increases the taste quotient of even a bland meal. The herbs and spices that really work well as anti-aging agents are as follows:

  1. Basil: It contains a healthy amount of flavonoids which prevents the body cells from significant damage due to oxidation and strengthens the immune system in general thus, making you feel and look younger.
  2. Cardamom and mint leaves: This particular spice and herb are particularly useful to relieve your body from any symptoms of indigestion. It also helps in the detoxification of the body.
  3. Cinnamon: Cinnamon helps to control the blood sugar level of the body and also helps to protect the body from obesity.
  4. Cloves: Cloves helps to initiate better digestion with the help of the anti-inflammatory properties within the herb. This will help keep the digestion problems at bay and thus act as an anti-aging agent
  5. Ginger: Ginger helps to prevent migraines, provide relief from rheumatoid arthritis and the treatment of indigestion and inflammation. This will also help relieve skin inflammation which is where many of the skin disorders may make you look old.
  6. Turmeric: A pinch of turmeric in your daily main course can reduce chances of deadly disease like arthritis, asthma, gall bladder disorders and lung cancer. Garlic helps in the activation of liver enzymes which eliminates the toxins from the body.
  7. Parsley: Parsley contains a rich amount of iron and a regular intake might help in the cleansing of the blood. This will help remove blemishes and thus make your skin look younger.
  8. Bay leaves and saffron: A regular but limited intake of bay leaves and saffron provides you with a calm and serene temperament. This can lower stress and stop many of the harmful effects, such as aging related problems.
  9. Cumin: Cumin also contains a lot of iron which helps boost the digestive system and thus keeps your body functioning properly acting as an anti aging ingredient. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult an Ayurveda.
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As time passes in the mundane chores of our everyday life, the more we grow old. This is one truth of our lives is something that can never be altered. However, it does not mean that it has to be reflected on your body. There are a lot of anti-aging creams in the market, but instead of going through the tedious process of applying them over and over to get satisfying results, an inclusion of natural herbs and spices in your daily diet will not only reduce the signs of aging from your body but also make you feel and look younger.

Advantages of herbs and spices
Most of the herbs and spices contain a healthy amount of antioxidants, minerals and multivitamins, which help improve blood cholesterol levels and the regulation of the blood glucose level. Not to forget that the addition of a suitable amount of herbs and spices in your regular diet increases the taste quotient of even a bland meal. The herbs and spices that really work well as anti-aging agents are as follows:

  1. Basil: It contains a healthy amount of flavonoids which prevents the body cells from significant damage due to oxidation and strengthens the immune system in general thus, making you feel and look younger.
  2. Cardamom and mint leaves: This particular spice and herb are particularly useful to relieve your body from any symptoms of indigestion. It also helps in the detoxification of the body.
  3. Cinnamon: Cinnamon helps to control the blood sugar level of the body and also helps to protect the body from obesity.
  4. Cloves: Cloves helps to initiate better digestion with the help of the anti-inflammatory properties within the herb. This will help keep the digestion problems at bay and thus act as an anti-aging agent
  5. Ginger: Ginger helps to prevent migraine, provide relief from rheumatoid arthritis and the treatment of indigestion and inflammation. This will also help relieve skin inflammation which is where many of the skin disorders may make you look old.
  6. Turmeric: A pinch of turmeric in your daily main course can reduce chances of deadly disease like arthritis, asthma, gall bladder disorders and lung cancer. Garlic helps in the activation of liver enzymes which eliminates the toxins from the body.
  7. Parsley: Parsley contains a rich amount of iron and a regular intake might help in the cleansing of the blood. This will help remove blemishes and thus make your skin look younger.
  8. Bay leaves and saffron: A regular but limited intake of bay leaves and saffron provides you with a calm and serene temperament. This can lower stress and stop many of the harmful effects, such as aging related problems.
  9. Cumin: Cumin also contains a lot of iron which helps boost the digestive system and thus keeps your body functioning properly acting as an anti aging ingredient.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Table of Content

Cloves
Nutritional Value of Cloves
Health Benefits of Cloves
Protects the liver
Keeps diabetes in check
For a healthy stomach
Strengthens the immune system
For treating oral diseases
To enhance bone strength
Rids headaches
Improves digestion
Fights lung cancer
Strong antibacterial agent
Fights bad breath
Anti-inflammatory properties
Uses of Cloves
Side-Effects & Allergies of Cloves
Cultivation of Cloves