Ayurveda and Science

Pyaj/प्याज/Onion/Allium Cepa/Palandu


Hindi Name: Pyaj
Sanskrit Name: Palandu
English Name: Onion
Latin Name: Allium cepa Linn
An annual herb cultivated extensively for its bulb, which is used as a spice and condiment. Herb possesses various medicinal properties too as recommended by Indian Ayurveda.

Health Benefits of Onion

Onion has been an important constituent in the foods all over the world. In experimental studies it was observed that use of onions reduces blood sugar levels in experimental diabetes. Also it was observed that onions inhibit platelet aggregation and control higher lipid content in the blood (Hyperlipidaemia). In some other studies it was observed that ointment prepared from the onions minimize the scars formation in burn injury.

  • Body Detox

    Lack of exercise and bad eating habits builds up toxins in our body. It is very important to flush these toxins out of the body. One of the important onion benefits is that it contains amino acids which aid the digestive system to flush out these harmful toxins.

  • Better Immunity

    A Healthy Immune system ensures we don’t catch any diseases. Onions, also known as Allium Cepa consist of Vitamin C which helps build a better and stronger immunity.

  • Aids Digestion

    Onions are rich in dietary fibers which ensure smooth bowel movements. Onions also contain saponins which help ease stomach cramps.

  • Controls Diabetes

    Health benefits of onions also include reducing blood sugar levels as suggested in experimental studies. Hence consumption of raw onions can prove useful in controlling diabetes.

  • Hair Growth

    Hair loss can be embarrassing and it is people’s one of the worst nightmares. Onions are rich in sulfur which is one of the important elements for encouraging hair growth. It also helps prevent dandruff.

  • Anti-Aging Process

    It has been proven that Onions are rich in antioxidants. Accumulation of harmful elements in our skin cause Aging. Anti-Oxidant & Detoxifying properties of Onion helps slow down the aging process.

Hence we can conclude that there are numerous Onion benefits and it should be a part of our daily diet.

Chemical Composition

Bulb contains an acrid volatile oil, abundant starch, mucilage, albumen, sugar and sulphur compounds.

Effect on

Pacifies vata and aggravates kapha.
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