Heart Disease. Recent researches in the West have,established onion as an effective preventive food item against heart-attack. Dr. N.N. Gupta of the K.G Medical College, Lucknow, in 1966, and a panel of doctors in England in 1968 have stated that onion has been found helpful and beneficial in diseases of the heart. According to them these benefits are due to the presence of essential oil, aliypropyl disulphide, catechol, protocatechnic acid, thiopropiono aldehyde, thiocyanate, calcuim, iron, phosphorus and vitamins in onion. Dr N. Radhakrishnan, Principal of the Trivandrum Medical College and Dr. K. Madhavan Kutty have established, after seven years of research, that to get rid of coronary heart or blood pressure disorders and one should take 100gms of onion per day. The onion are very valuable in heart diseases as they correct thrombosis and also reduce blood cholesterol.
Sexual Debility. Onion is one of the most important aphrodisiac foods. As an aphrodisiac, onion stands second only to garlic. It increases libido and strengthens the reproductory organs. The white variety of onion should be peeled off, crushed and fried in pure butter. This mixture acts as an excellent aphrodisiac tonic if taken regularly with a spoon of honey on an empty stomach. The powder of black gram when diped in the juice of onion for seven days and then dried, produces a mixture called kanji. This also acts as an aphrodisiac.
Skin Disorders. Onion is irritating to the skin and stimulates the circulation of blood in the mucous membrane. Warts also sometimes disappear if rubbed with cut onioy. Roasted otherwise, onions are applied as a poultice to boils, bruises, wounds, etc, to bring the boils to maturity by its heaty sensation.
Ear Disorders. Onion juice dipped on cotton wool and put into the ear is a popular Russian remedy for ringing sound in the ears. Dropped hot in the ear, it relieves earache.
Urinary System Disorders. Onions are highly beneficial in the treatment of urinary system disorders. For burning sensation in urine, six grams of onion should be boiled in 500ml of water. It should be removed from fire when half the water has evaporated. It should then strained, allowed to cool and given to the patient as a drink. It will relieve the burning sensation in urine. Onion rubbed in water and mixed with 60 grams of sugar will be useful in retention of urine. It will bring about free urination within a short time.
Anaemia. Onions are noted for their easily assimilable iron content. They are, therefore, beneficial in the treatment of anaemia.
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