In  Ayurveda, the medicinals are defined by their energetics, potency,  actions and overall effect (Prabhava). Prabhava represents the specific effects of substances which can’t be explained in terms of the pharmacological actions of their various individual constituent principles taken out separately. Prabhava is expressed as wholeness of medicinal that is above and beyond its energetic classification and is described as being inexplicable (acintya). This is a very unique feature of Ayurvedic Medicine. For example, in Ayurveda, Garlic is described as Aphrodisiac. No individual constituent of Garlic expresses this property, however, the overall effect of Garlic as a whole is expressed as aphrodisiac. That is why monks in India and Tibet are prohibited from taking Garlic in their diet.

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