Garlic (Allium sativum) has been used for thousands of years for medicinal purposes all over the world. Sanskrit records show its medicinal use about 5,000 years ago, and it has been used for at least 3,000 years in Chinese medicine. The Egyptians, Babylonians, Greeks, and Romans were known to have harnessed the healing properties of garlic as well.
Garlic contains hundreds of minerals and nutrients. It is very likely that no one ingredient is the “active ingredient.” It is likely that garlic’s effectiveness and safety comes from these ingredients working together in concert. And if any particular ingredient should be found more potent than the others, and that ingredient were isolated and made into a medicine, it will probably have powerful negative side effects like virtually every other drug in use today.
Garlic is nature’s wonder drug and modern research is confirming this ancient medicinal herb. However don’t expect to hear much about it from the pharmaceutical companies or their puppets: allopathic doctors (i.e. “conventional medical doctors”). Garlic cannot be patented and exploited as such. They will attempt to find an “active ingredient,” derive a drug from it, and patent and promote that. Naturopaths, herbalists, Vitamin and supplement companies, on the other hand, extol the virtues of garlic. Some promote the “deodorized” versions of garlic but these products are not nearly as effective as raw garlic. Once again, the best source for proper nutrition comes from food itself.
Garlic has powerful antibiotic, antiviral and antifungal characteristics. Garlic is as effective as many modern antibiotics, without the dangerous side effects. What’s more, garlic is an antiviral. Antibiotics are ineffective against viruses. In fact, in all of modern pharmacology, there are no effective antiviral drugs. This has important implications for AIDS patients, and in preventing colds and flu’s. Garlic nose drops, which in animal studies have proved to be 100% effective in preventing influenza is welcome news as compared with the danger of allopathic flu inoculations, of which one of the side-effects can include death.
RESEARCH ON GARLIC
Medical research indicates garlic may prevent and even reverse high blood pressure, heart disease, and cancer, as well as a host of other serious health problems. In fact, a recent head-to-head comparison proved garlic just as effective as the leading cholesterol-reducing drug in lowering cholesterol levels.
This article summarizes how to use garlic, a versatile, powerful, and effective medicine for a tremendous variety of common illnesses. Garlic can help:
- Prevent cancer
- Lower your cholesterol level
- Reverse high blood pressure
- Boost your immune system
- Overcome fatigue
- Resist colds and flus from preparations of healing garlic oil, ear drops, poultices, syrups, ointments, and other garlic applications.
Is garlic a spice or a medicine? Most of us know of garlic as a favorite seasoning in salad dressings and as a staple of French, Italian, Greek, Middle Eastern, Indian, and Chinese as well as some African cooking. But garlic is also a medicine, an unusually powerful and versatile one too, that has been used since the dawn of medicine.
From epidemiological studies of cancer in China and Italy to clinical trials in high blood pressure and high cholesterol in the United States, Europe, and Japan, garlic has come under intense scientific scrutiny recently as a potential “wonder drug.” Much of this research has investigated the effects of garlic in cardiovascular disease. This priority of research is probably inspired by the prominence of cardiovascular diseases, such as heart attack and stroke, the leading causes of death in the industrialized world.
In 1994, scientists reviewing a collection of previous clinical trials of garlic concluded that it lowers both cholesterol and blood pressure, two important risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Notably, normal dietary amounts of garlic did this without any side effects more serious than a garlic odor in a small percentage of participants. Conventional drugs for these diseases cause side effects such as dry mouth, insomnia, drowsiness, depression, and impotence. In a head-to-head trial comparing garlic against a popular cholesterol-lowering drug, garlic was just as effective. This is good news for the 25 percent of men and women aged twenty-five to fifty-nine in the United States who have high cholesterol levels and others all over our world.
Scientists have also recently investigated the possibility that garlic can prevent or treat some kinds of cancer. As early as 1981, scientists noted that populations in China eating more garlic had less incidence of stomach cancer than those eating less garlic. By 1985, researchers experimenting with constituents of garlic had identified mechanisms that could inhibit tumors. One focus of research has been the sulfur-containing compounds in garlic — the very compounds responsible for the odor of garlic coming from the skin of people who eat a lot of it. By 1994, the lower cancer rates among garlic eaters in China were found to also hold true in Italy and in Iowa. Scientists have now found evidence for the cancer-preventing effects of garlic from such population research, from research on isolated cancer cells, and from animal research. Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States, and this research suggests that garlic may help prevent stomach, bladder, breast, colon, and esophageal cancers.
So it seems that the answer to the questions posed by the scientists in 1988 whether garlic is a spice or a medicine is “yes, garlic is both”. Garlic is indeed a medicine and it is a preventive for the major diseases of our times. But so far, we’ve only been talking about prevention. What about treatment? Garlic has been used as mentioned above since the dawn of written history in medicine, and its main uses have remained virtually unchanged, meaning they have been verified by one generation after another. In contemporary systems of traditional medicine, such as Chinese medicine, Ayurveda, modern naturopathic medicine, British herbalism, and others, garlic remains in use as a therapeutic agent. Research highlights ranked garlic seventh out of the top fifty herbs used by North American naturopaths; this is not based on sales of garlic but the actual prescription of it as a medicine by clinical professionals, including naturopathic physicians, chiropractic physicians, acupuncturists, and a variety of lay herbalists. A summary of these uses shows that garlic is like a medicine chest in itself. These professionals use garlic for:
- Respiratory conditions: Cold, flu, bronchitis, asthma, pneumonia, tuberculosis
- Digestive disorders: Stomach ulcer, diarrhea, amoebic dysentery, worms, parasites
- Cardiovascular disease: Atherosclerosis, post-heart attack therapy, post-stroke therapy, claudication
- Skin problems: Acne, boils, eczema, fungal infections, insect bites and stings
Many of these uses come from the antibiotic and immune-stimulating effects of garlic constituents (historically, garlic was found useful even for prevention of the bubonic plague, the dreaded Black Death!). As earlier mentioned garlic can treat or prevent many diseases caused by infections by bacteria, viruses, molds, or parasites.
We have grown up in the era of so-called wonder drugs. Garlic seems to be perhaps the greatest wonder drug of all. Imagine a single pharmaceutical drug that could prevent heart attacks, reduce cancer risk, lower cholesterol, lower blood pressure, improve digestion, and act as an antibiotic. Each generation since before the time of the first scriptures has found garlic to be an indispensable medicine. Modern science is adding to this traditional knowledge. We hope you will learn its benefits for yourself.
Garlic’s Active Constituents & Special Properties
Garlic is a natural herb that nature has provided to protect and heal us from the illnesses and diseases that are responsible for taking many lives each year.
Fresh garlic has many active constituents including alliin, allicin, alliinase and unique sulfur compounds. Allicin and the sulfur compounds of garlic are the ingredients primarily responsible for garlic’s potency as an antibiotic, anti-viral and a fungicide and for its use in treating high blood pressure, lowering cholesterol, and for helping to prevent certain types of cancer, as well as its use as an immune stimulant. Allicin is a strong antibiotic agent produced when the alliin and alliinase are merged together, as happens when a fresh garlic clove is crushed or chewed.
GARLIC FOR BLOOD PRESSURE AND CIRCULATION
Garlic protects against and helps to heal the damage caused from cardiovascular disease by lowering bad cholesterol levels while also healing and protecting the arteries from dangerous cholesterol. As a natural blood thinner, Garlic protects against heart disease much like aspirin. The anti-clotting compounds in garlic also help to prevent clogged arteries by decreasing the tendency of blood to clot. Studies have also shown that Garlic aids in lowering blood pressure, a precursor to cardiovascular problems. Studies show that garlic lowers serum cholesterol by 15%; it lowers bad (LDL) cholesterol and raises good (HDL) cholesterol. It reduces the risk of strokes and heart attacks, and also lowers blood pressure.
GARLIC: ANTI-CANCER & ANTI-TUMOR
Scientific studies and the resulting evidence indicate that Garlic is effective in slowing and preventing the growth of cancerous cells. These studies show that Garlic may be helpful in the prevention and remediation of any cancer types within any area of the body but seems to be especially helpful with prostate and stomach cancers. When garlic is cut or crushed, the components alliin and alliinase are released and interact, releasing antioxidants. Antioxidants are a natural weapon, destroying free radicals that contribute to tumor growth. In addition, garlic is also a natural source of selenium, a cancer fighting mineral. The sulfur found in garlic also supports the bodies detoxification process, aiding in the elimination of carcinogenic chemicals. Cancer research indicates that garlic has not only antitumor and anticancer activity; it has also been shown to reduce the damage from radiation and radiation treatments and environmental exposures which can cause cancer.
Anti-inflammatory, Anti-viral, Anti-fungal, and Anti-bacterial Herb.
The most active ingredient found in garlic is thiosulfinate allicin. Along with other ingredients, it can prevent common diseases that afflict most of us today. Garlic has been shown to be antibiotic, anti-parasitic, antiviral and anti-protozoan. It has been used to treat E. Coli infection, herpes virus, open wound sores and yeast infection As a natural anti-biotic, Garlic is the only known herb that can protect the body against poisons that are causing an infection while also killing the virus or bacteria that is actually causing the infection. The blood of a garlic eater alone is enough to kill off dangerous bacteria before an infection sets in. Garlic is one of only nine herbs that show anti-fungal properties and is especially effective against Candida and candidiasis. The sulfur rich components in garlic increase the activity of natural killer and T helper cells, stimulating the immune system and becoming a potent anti-inflammatory agent.
GASTRIC AS DIGESTIVE STIMULANT
* It acts as an anti flatulent, carminative and diaphoretic. Garlic is a gastric stimulant & helps with digestion.
* It stimulates the kidneys and is diuretic in nature.
*Garlic protects against and helps to heal the damage caused from cardiovascular disease
* Garlic is effective in slowing and preventing the growth of cancerous cells.
*Considered a miracle food, garlic offers prevention and healing benefits to a wide variety of diseases ranging from the common cold to deadly diseases. In past decades, garlic was even used to treat the once common and seemingly returning disease of tuberculosis. Americans once commonly referred to Garlic as the ‘Poor Man’s Treacle’. Today, garlic is now being known for being nature’s wonder drug. For hundreds of years, garlic herb has been performing medical miracles throughout the world.
* It is a tonic, giving strength & vitality
* It is an expectorant having a special effect on the bronchial and pulmonary secretions.
* It is beneficial for eyes & brain.
* It helps to heal fractured bones
* It is a great antiseptic.
* It has allicin, which has the property to destroy germs which are not killed by penicillin. As such, it is a very powerful germicidal.
* It rehabilitates sexual malfunctions.
* It improves functional activity of heavy smokers.
* Half a raw garlic clove a day can increase body activity to dissolve blood clots, thereby preventing heart attacks and strokes.
* A couple of raw garlic cloves daily can bring blood cholesterol levels down in heart patients.
Healing Recipes of Allicin: The Heart of Garlic
According to the British Journal of Biomedical Science, allicin is considered to be the most potent antibacterial agent in crushed garlic extracts. Garlic has been used since the days of the Egyptians to treat wounds, infections, tumors, and intestinal parasites. Several animal studies published between 1995 and 2005 indicate that allicin may reduce atherosclerosis and fat deposition, normalize the lipoprotein balance, decrease blood pressure, have anti-thrombotic and anti-inflammatory activities, and function as an antioxidant. Garlic has been widely reported to protect against cardiovascular disease by reducing serum cholesterol concentrations and blood pressure and by inhibiting platelet aggregation. Garlic detoxifies chemical carcinogens and prevent carcinogenesis and can also directly inhibit the growth of cancer cells. Allicin, the heart of garlic, stimulates immunity, including macrophage activity, natural killer and killer cells, and LAK cells, and to increase the production of IL-2, TNF, and interferon-gamma.
OTHER MEDICAL PROBLEMS
Garlic has been shown in clinical studies to reduce blood sugar levels, which should be beneficial to diabetics. European studies indicate that garlic can eliminate heavy metals such as lead from the body. Garlic protects the liver cells from oxidation damage and helps to detoxify the liver. Indian researchers gave garlic ointment to leprosy patients in a controlled study, and those receiving garlic showed improvement. AIDS patients’ studies indicated that those who took a clove of garlic a day for three months showed increased immune system functions.
Modern herbalists recommend garlic for colds, coughs, flu, fever, sore throat, bronchitis, ringworm, intestinal worms; for problems with cholesterol, liver, bladder infections, gallbladder, and digestive disorders; and for other problems such as poison ivy, poison oak, nettle stings, athletes foot and to ward off mosquitoes. Given to dogs, garlic repels fleas.
Medicinal Healing Garlic Recipes
Garlic supplements have an important part to play in the treatment of high cholesterol and that this paper reviews all the published and unpublished data from around the world. Overall a 12% reduction in total cholesterol was shown over a placebo and that this reduction was normally evident after only 4 weeks treatment and that this was likely to persist for as long as the study was in progress.
*** Syrup of Garlic is an invaluable medicine for asthma, hoarseness, coughs, difficulty of breathing, and most other disorders of the lungs, being of particular virtue in chronic bronchitis, on account of its powers of promoting expectoration. It is made by pouring a quart of water, boiled hot, upon a pound of the fresh root, cut into slices, and allowed to stand in a closed vessel for twelve hours, sugar then being added to make it of the consistency of syrup. Vinegar and honey greatly improve this syrup as a medicine. A little caraway and sweet fennel seed bruised and boiled for a short time in the vinegar before it is added to the Garlic, will cover the pungent smell of the latter.
*** A remedy for asthma, that was formerly most popular, is a syrup of Garlic, made by boiling the bulbs till soft and adding an equal quantity of vinegar to the water in which they have been boiled, and then sugared and boiled down to a syrup. The syrup is then poured over the boiled bulbs, which have been allowed to dry meanwhile, and kept in a jar. Each morning a bulb or two is to be taken, with a spoonful of the syrup.
*** Syrup made by melting 1½ oz. of lump sugar in 1 oz. of the raw expressed juice may be given to children in cases of coughs without inflammation.
*** The successful treatment of tubercular consumption by Garlic has been recorded, the freshly expressed juice, diluted with equal quantities of water, or dilute spirit of wine, being inhaled antiseptically.
Bruised and mixed with lard or honey, it has been proved to relieve whooping-cough if rubbed on the chest and between the shoulder-blades.
*** An infusion of the bruised bulbs, given before and after every meal, has been considered of good effect in epilepsy.
*** A clove or two of Garlic, pounded with honey and taken two or three nights successively, is good in rheumatism and for chronic cough and catarrh/flu/colds
*** Garlic has also been employed with advantage in dropsy, removing the water which may already have collected and preventing its future accumulation. It is stated that some dropsies have been cured by it alone.
*** If sniffed into the nostrils, it will revive a hysterical sufferer. Amongst physiological results, it is reported that Garlic makes the eye retina more sensitive and less able to bear strong light.
*** The juice of Garlic, and milk of Garlic made by boiling the bruised bulbs in milk, is used as a vermifuge (worm-expeller).
*** Wine of Garlic-made by macerating three or four bulbs in a quart of proof spirit is a good stimulant lotion for baldness of the head.
*** Used in cookery it is a great aid to digestion, and keeps the coats of the stomach healthy. For this reason, essential oil is made from it and is used in the form of pills.
Infections can also be prevented with the regular use of garlic. Whether it would be viral, fungal or bacterial, garlic is able to prevent any of these infections. Use them regularly in your food and you will see the difference. People who have used garlic as part of their daily diet are healthy in terms of healing the wounds inside and outside of their body.
Garlic is just a simple food ingredient, but what’s under your nose is one of the most powerful herbal medicines that you can use. The facts are in and you can never go wrong when you use garlic in your food.