Originating in India, it was brought to Persia in the 5th century BC, and to Europe via Egypt and Alexandria. A multidrug like garlic, it was used to treat chest congestion, cholera, colds, diarrhea, headaches, nausea, osteoartrhritis, rheumatism, vomiting, etc. In addition, it has antidepressant, antithrombotic, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and anticancer activity.