Ayurveda Health Benefits of Onion or Phalandu

Ayurveda Health Benefits of Onion or Phalandu
Dec 2022

Ayurveda acharyas recommend onion in men's health for erectile dysfunction and to increase sperm count and motility. Reduce joint pain, acne, pimple, hair loss, and Dental caries

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For Pain and Inflammation of joints and arthritis
Helps to reduce blemishes:
Earache and blurred vision
Helps in Weight Loss, cholesterol, and digestion
Helps in respiratory disorders Cold, Cough, asthma and Fever
Boosts Male Reproductive Health
Improves Skin and Hair Health
In constipation and Piles or hemorrhoids
Onion in Ayurveda
Red and White Variety
Health Benefits of seeds
Health Benefits of juice
Is this a Tamas Food ?
Onion is known as Phalandu in Sanskrit. It is also known as 'Yavanesta' (the one which has come from the west ), Durgandha, (It has an offensive odor), Mukha Dooshaka (which Causes bad breath)
The medicinal properties of this herb are explained as follows
According to Ayurveda, these are heavy to digest (guru) and slimy to touch (snigdha). They taste sweet (madhura rasa) and are pungent (katu ) to smell. They increase the fire component of the body (ushna veerya) and acquire a sweet taste after digestion (madhura vipaka). Its seeds and fruit are used in ayurvedic preparations. This fruit balances Vata dosha moderately increases Kapha dosha and does not have any effect on pitta dosha.

For Pain and Inflammation of joints and arthritis
Various studies show that onion acts as an anti-inflammatory and reduces pain ( 1 ).
Ayurvedic texts recommend its use in sciatica, arthritis, and other diseases which involve bones, joints, and the peripheral nervous system. The poultice of onion and other herbs help to reduce swelling and pain in joints and hard abscess.
Regular consumption of this herb helps to reduce incidences of osteoporosis.
According to the principles of Ayurveda vitiation of Vata dosha causes pain in the body. Phalandu normalizes Vata and thus helps to reduce pain and inflammation of joints in conditions like arthritis.
Cut two medium-sized onions and fry them with turmeric till they become soft. Use castor oil or sesame oil for frying. Roll these hot tender onions in a soft clean cloth and tie it on the aching part. This helps to reduce pain and inflammation of joints. The same remedy will be helpful to make hard abscesses tender.
Phalandu juice helps to reduce fluid retention and can provide relief from arthritis and gout.

Helps to reduce blemishes:
Application of onion juice is recommended in pigments and dark spots which appear on the face. But never apply the juice directly to the skin. It may burn.
This herb is praised as varnakara and kantimata in Ayurveda. This means it helps to enhance the glow and fairness of the skin. It also helps to reduce acne, pimple, and scars.
Also, studies show that gel prepared from onion extract helps to improve skin health (2).
For acne, pimples, scars,
Apply a face pack of phalandu juice and little turmeric on the face. This helps to remove dark pigments and patches. But before applying make sure that your skin is not allergic to both ingredients.
White Patches
In white patches soak kalonji or phalandu seeds overnight. The next day make a paste of this and apply it to white patches.
In Warts
For warts- thinly slice the bulb of this herb and place them in a glass jar. Cover these slices with salt and leave them overnight. The next day collect the juice from the jar and apply it twice daily to warts.
In melasma
For Melasma - Mix phalandu juice and apple cider vinegar in equal quantities. Apply this mix twice daily on melanoma-affected skin.

Earache and blurred vision
The use of the juice of this herb is recommended for ear pain and blurred vision.
In Earache
Lukewarm the juice and instill a few drops (1 to 2) in the aching ear. This helps to relieve pain and tinnitus.
For good Vision
Red varieties contain more quercetin, an antioxidant that is thought to protect against cataracts. Use more red varieties of this herb in your diet to improve the health of your eyes. Ayurveda acharyas recommend using kajal made from phalandu juice to improve vision.
Research shows that 'the extract of edible onion is useful for cataracts and clears vision, collyrium of powdered seeds with honey is useful in corneal opacity (3).

Helps in Weight Loss, cholesterol, and digestion
Eat raw onions regularly with dinner and drink a glass of hot water. This helps in the reduction of Medha dhatu or body fat.
Crush a raw bulb and mix it with a glass of buttermilk. Add a pinch of rock salt or sendha namak to this. Drink this regularly. This helps with obesity.
Ayurveda vaidya also opines that this wonder herb helps to reduce cholesterol. Make a fine paste of the bulb and mix it in a glass of buttermilk. Add a pinch of black pepper or long pepper and drink regularly.
Regular consumption of a red variety of this herb helps to reduce blood cholesterol
This wonder bulb also helps to rejuvenate the liver, normalize digestion, relieve constipation and increase appetite. Hence it is very beneficial in piles (hemorrhoids), constipation, jaundice, and indigestion.
Studies have also shown that this herb improves blood lipid levels (4)

Helps with respiratory disorders Cold, Coughs, asthma, and Fever
Onions are very helpful in boosting respiratory health ( 5 )
In asthma
Mix 1 teaspoon of palandu juice, 2 cloves of garlic, and 1 teaspoon of aloevera juice. Consume this early morning on empty stomach for a month. This helps to relieve symptoms of asthma. Eating raw bulbs twice daily also helps in this condition.
In sore throat, cough and cold
Mix 1 teaspoon of bulb juice, 1 teaspoon of ginger juice, and 1 teaspoon of honey in a glass of warm water and drink repeatedly. This relieves cold and cough.
There is another folk remedy, which many have found very useful, which goes as follows. Cut the bulb of this herb into thin round slices. Keep this on your feet and secure it with a pair of socks. This helps to get rid of cough and cold.
Mix onion juice with Holy basil flowers or tulsi flowers, ginger juice, and honey. Take this mixture twice daily when you have a productive cough.
Juice of this bulb with jaggery helps to relieve sore throat.
In bleeding disorders
White varieties are recommended in bleeding disorders to reduce bleeding. Hence it is used in conditions like bleeding piles and bleeding through the nose.

Boosts Male Reproductive Health
This herb is known as Vajikarana Herb or best aphrodisiac. It helps to overcome erectile dysfunction, low sperm count, and motility. It is also useful in premature ejaculation and low libido.
Research has been done to show the effect of this herb on male reproductive health ( 6 )
Home remedy for erectile dysfunction
Extract juice from one bulb and mix it with honey. Drink this twice daily. This helps in erectile dysfunction.
For an increase in sperm
Regular use of this herb helps to increase sperm count and sperm motility. It also improves the health of semen. A home remedy for this is to cut a bulb into long thin slices and fry it in butter till it becomes tender. Consume the fried slices on empty stomach.
Seeds of this herb or kalonji help to increase sperm count and sperm motility. Men with oligospermia can use this bulb

Improves Skin and Hair Health
The juice of this bulb is very effective in oily skin conditions. Refrigerate the juice for an hour. Mix this in cold water and rinse the face with it. This helps to reduce the oiliness of the skin.
Itching and Scabies
For Scabies - Mix juice from the white variety with turmeric powder. Apply this on scabies-affected skin. This helps to relieve itching and infection. This mixture also helps with itching due to mosquito bites and skin rashes.
In Wounds
Boil coconut oil with onion juice and turmeric. This oil is useful in chronic wounds as it accelerates the healing process.
Boil the red variety with water. This water can be used to wash wounds.
It helps to reduce itching on the skin. Its juice helps to reduce acne, pimple, and blemishes and also aid in hair growth.

In constipation and Piles or hemorrhoids
Bulbs of this herb help to relieve constipation and piles problems ( 7 ). (Constipation can cause erectile dysfunction). For this Cook one cup of moong dal (Bengal gram or yellow lentil) with thickly sliced 3 medium-sized bulbs. Add salt and a pinch of turmeric while cooking. Consume this along with rice or as soup. Moong dal and onion help to soften the stools and increase the bulk of stools. They also help to heal the abrasions on the walls of the rectum and anus. This recipe helps to relieve constipation, piles and normalize digestion.
Chewing phalandu regularly helps to prevent tooth decay and reduce tooth pain.
Regular consumption of this herb helps to reduce blood cholesterol and blood sugar (in diabetes).

Red and White Variety
Its medicinal properties and physical properties are explained in the texts of Ayurveda. Ayurveda acharyas have explained the uses of this vegetable in various health conditions and have classified this herb based on its colors. "Rakta phalandu" (Red variety) and "shweta phalandu" (white variety) are two varieties of onions.
The medicinal properties of the Red Variety
It is almost similar to garlic. Red varieties improve body strength and immunity, boost the quality and quantity of sperm and volume of semen, sets right digestion, nourish 7 dhatus or tissues, enhance intelligence and memory power. Ayurveda acharyas recommend this variety in treating neurological pains, sciatica, and osteoarthritis. These are also used in various home remedies.
Medicinal value of white Variety
White varieties are sweet to taste and a little heavy to digest. They increase the moist content of tissues. This variety is used in ayurvedic preparations for bleeding disorders like nasal bleeding or hemorrhoids (piles).

Health Benefits of seeds or Kalonji
Seeds of this herb are also known as Kalonji in India. These are used in cooking to enhance the flavor of foods. These seeds are eulogized in Ayurveda as -
Vrushya (aphrodisiac ):
They help to boost sexual function in men. Hence Ayurveda vaidyas recommend these seeds in Impotence and oligospermia or Low sperm count. it is also advised in the diet recommended for Vajikarana Therapy.
Dantakeetajit (one which removes dental caries),
These seeds are recommended for dental caries. It helps to keep teeth healthy.
Pramehajit (urinary problems )
Kalonji is recommended for Cystitis, Urinary tract infection (UTI) and diabetes.

Health Benefits of juice
For Skin :
Juice of the bulbs is praised by acharyas as 'Snigdhangatva, Kantimata, Charma shuddhi , Varnakara". It improves skin glow, skin texture, and complexion. It also acts as an excellent ayurvedic skin detox.
Strengthens the body and calms the mind
Juice of this vegetable is praised as balakara, gaurata, vahnirdeepti , ojaskara and soumanyasya . which implies that it improves appetite, boosts body strength and immunity. It also calms the mind.

Is this a Tamas Food ?
As onions increase rajas and tamas of mind, it masks analyzing capacity, intelligence, and grasping power. But the health benefits of palandu are so many the tamas increasing quality of this vegetable can be neglected. People who are on a strict spiritual path can keep onions at bay.

Onion in Ayurveda
The herbaceous plant onion grows in temperate zones. It belongs to the family "Liliaceae" and has Latin name "Allium Cepa". The plant reaches a height of 2-5 ft and bears a cluster of greenish-white flowers. Onions develop from the base of leaves to form underground bulbs. The seeds are black in color.
It is known by different names in India
Hindi - Piyaz, Pyaz
Kannada - Nirulli, Irulli
Bengali - Pyanj
Malayalam - Chuvannaulli
Telugu - Nirulli
Tamil - Vengayam
Punjabi- Ganda
Marathi - Konda
Gujarati - Dungali, Dungari, Kando