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.
Source: Cosmos Total Health
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