Traditional Malay medicine encompasses various kinds of ritual ceremonies intended to communicate with the world of spirits to determine whether the nature of an illness is physical or psychological. In such ceremonies, the aim is to summon and exorcise the spirits causing illness. A ritualist serves as a medium, and a small ensemble often provides the musical component.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Onions in ancient and traditional medicine

There are more than 325 varieties of onions, found all over the world. The pungent qualities of members of this particular family are because of the presence of sulfur on the bulbs.

Ancient medical treatises have lots of remedies using onions and onion juices to cure and prevent several diseases ranging from baldness to constipation. Onion is used externally to treat boils, felons, wounds and stings, and internally to relive coughs, bronchitis, asthma, gastro-intestinal disorders and headache.

Onion exhibited the following properties in experimental studies: anticholesteremic, hypolipidemic, antidiabetic, antiinflammatory, antibiotic and anticancer properties.

According to the ancient Egyptians, this spherical bulb was a symbol of the universe and they believed that the onions kept evil spirits away. In ancient Chinese medicine onions were used to cure colds.
Onions in ancient and traditional medicine
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