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Arabic Name : Qaranful, Kuboosh
Bengali Name : Lavang
Chinese Name : Ding xiang, Ting hsiang, Ding heung
English Name : Cloves
French Name : Clou de girofle, Giroflier
Gujarati Name : Laving
Hindi Name : Long, Laung
Kannada Name : Lavang, Kalika
Kashmiri Name : Rong
Latin name : Myrtus caryophyllus Spreng.
Marathi Name : Lavang
Persian Name : Mekhak
Punjabi Name : Laung, Long
Sanskrit Name : Lavanga, Devapushpa
Urdu Name : Qaranfal, Laung
Recommended Dosage: Cloves : 0.5 to 2 g powder; Oil : 1 to 3 drops for external use.
Contraindication: Clove oil is not recommended for pregnant or nursing women or for children. People over sixty-five years of age should start with lower doses and then increase. Until further research is completed, anyone with a history of cancer should not use therapeutic amounts of Clove. Clove oil is very strong and may cause irritation if used in its pure form; therefore, do not exceed the recommended dose. Do not take Clove without talking to your doctor first if you are taking: Blood thinning medicine (examples: warfarin (Coumadin), clopidogrel (Plavix), aspirin, etc.
Cloves are analgesic, anodyne, antibacterial, antiemetic, antifungal, antiinflammatory, antioxidant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antiviral, aphrodisiac aromatic, astringent, brain tonic, cardiotonic, carminative, diaphoretic, digestive, exhilarant, expectorant, germicide, hepatic, stimulant and stomachic. They increase circulation, raise blood-heat, promote digestion of fatty and crude food, promote nutrition and relieve gastric and intestinal pains and spasms. They stimulate the skin, salivary glands, kidneys, liver and bronchial mucous membrane. Cloves have been studied for use in the prevention of blood clotting and coagulation, and for their chemoprotective (protecting healthy tissue against anticancer drugs), and fever-reducing effects.
Cloves are a stimulant to the mind (improving memory) and to the body as a whole, and have been used as an aphrodisiac.
Eugenol is the largest and most important component of the volatile oil. It is strongly rubefacient, anaesthetic and antiseptic and, therefore, useful as an application in pain relief for toothache, rheumatic pains, sciatica, lumbago, headaches and neuralgia and as an antiseptic for many conditions.