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Da Suan (Garlic)

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Garlic is a wonderful culinary herb. But it is also a useful Chinese herb. This episode goes into the medicinal qualities of garlic from a scientific and Chinese point of view. Also we will, as something a little different, discuss black garlic both as a wonderfully similar yet different addition to our recipes, as well as an examination of its herbal properties. Does garlic live up to its hype? Or is it an herbal dud? At least, nothing can change its wonderful flavor!

Every other week an exciting new episode of the Sperb’s Herbs podcast is recorded. Each episode covers another Chinese herb and will go into great depth about it. Besides covering the basics of Chinese herbology including category, and functions, we will explore the history, quality, science, pharmacology, evidence, and any potential interactions of each herb. And then there is always something a little quirky about an episode. Whether that is a unique story or an interesting perspective, there will always be something different to learn about episode’s herb.

Course Goals

A participant will be able to:

  1. Comprehend basic Chinese and bio- medical information about Da Suan (Garlic)
  2. Converse about the current scientific evidence about the uses, dangers, and effectiveness of Da Suan (Garlic)
  3. Understand the history of Da Suan (Garlic), especially in the context of the Chinese classics
  4.  Understand and prevent any potential drug-herb interactions