It is not by chance that garlic is native to central Asia, the region where people live the longest, and the incidence of cancer is at its lowest.
An Asian plant introduced to europe about 4,000 years ago and now has dispersed to every part of the world even surviving in temperate zones.
A vivacious bulbous perennial plant of the Liliaceae family growing 30 to 80 centimeters in height with straight solid leaves and whitish or reddish flowers. Its bulbous root is composed of several cloves. The bulbs which are the primarily used part are dug up when the leaves begin to wither and stored in a cool dry place.
The Scientific name for garlic is “Allium Sativum, while it’s commonly called “Ajo” in Spanish.
The whole plant, but especially the bulb, contains Allin ( a sulphured glycoside), and enzyme ( Alliinase), Vitamins A, B1, B2, C and Naicin (Another vitamin of the B group). The smell which characterizes garlic is caused by alliinase which liberates and acts when garlic is mashed, it is transformed first into alliicine and then into diallyl disulphide which are the most active principles that give garlic its typical smell.
A lot of journals has been written, reviewed and published about this wonder plant. Garlic is considered as the most extraordinary of all medicinal plants by most experts. But we would be summarizing the primary health and curative properties of garlic.
In high doses, garlic produces a decrease in blood pressure, both maximum and minimum.
Its vasodilating effects are the primary reasons why its is recommended for people suffering from heart dysfunction, hypertension, arteriosclerosis and heart attacks. It is most friendly to the circulatory system.
Specially recomended in treatments to stop smoking, it normalizes the blood pressure of smokers which is usually high. It helps to overcome the urge to smoke perhaps as a result of the peculiar smell it gives to the breath. It also promotes the elimination of mucus retained in the bronchi and regenerates the brinchial mucus membrane.
Garlic stimulates the activities of the defensive cells of the body, both lymphocytes and macropages. These cells which commonly is tronsported with the bllod accross the body protects us from microorganisms and furthermore they are able to destroy cancerous cells usually in the initial phase of tumor formation.
Consuming garlic has a good effect on any infectious diseases. Garlic is also used with relatuve success as complement in the treatment of AIDS
GENERAL ANTIBIOTIC AND ANTISEPTICS:
The anti-infective properties of garlic has been researched and its antibiotics actions has also been proven agains the following micro-organism:
Escherichia coli , which causes intestinal dysbacteriosis and urinary infections.
Diverse types of fungi, yeast and some viruses, such as herpes. The active principles of garlic interat with the nucleicacids of the virus thereby limiting its proliferation.
Staphylococcus and Strptococcus, which causes infected blemishes (furuncles) and other skin diseases.
Since it normalises the blood sugar level. It is recommended for people suffering from diabetes as a complement to other therapeutical measures and obesity. As well as those who consume a lot of sugar based food and people whose parents suffered from diabetes, as a preventive measure.
It is very efdectibe against the most frequent types of intestinal parasites. It is especially active against ascarides and oxyuride (little white worms which provokes itching in children).
The anti-bacteria powers of garlic inside the intestine are selective with noxious bacteria, respecting saprophytic normal flora which is good thus making garlic better than most known antibiotics, Since it regulates the intestinal flora instead of destroting it all.
Garlic is also recommended for:
- All kinds of diarrhea, gastroenteritis and colitis.
- Urinary infections often caused by Esterichia coli.
- Salmonellosis; an intestinal infection caused by spoiled food
- Intestinal bacteria imbalance; this is an alteration of the microbial balance of the intestine often caused by the use of antibiotics.
- Fermentative dyspepsia; causes flatulence in the colon.
Garlic also regulate slowdigestion and is good for the liver and gallbladder also.
Garlic juice made from crushed, mashed or ground garlic bulbs is very effevtice for intestinal upsets such as dysentery, cholera, scurvy, diarrea, hemorrhoids,varicose veins, kidney and bladder ailments, constipation, stomach upsets, lack of appetite, phobias, headaches, asthma, nervousness, heart palpitations, and other ailments. When treating whooping cough, it is adviced to best allow the garlic to soak in milk for a number of hours and then drink sweetened with honey or lemon. One or two cloves mixed with lemon juice or milk also destroys intestinal worms.
As a vermifuge; soak 10 – 15 crushed cloves of garlic in lemon juice overnight and make sure to cover well. Take one teaspoon three times daily.
To eliminate worms in children, give them one cup of hot milk in which a crushed clove of garlic has boiled for 9-10 minutes.
For common dosage; take 2 to 3 cloves daily. If you wish to use the juice, first crush the cloves and press them to extract juice. Take 10 to 15 drops in water three times daily.
For external applications; apply crushed cloves of garlic to affected parts to combat the fungi that causes athlete’s foot, it also serves to soften calluses on the foot and barnish insect when staying overnight in the open air.
Such is the power locked within this bulbous plants and i believe you would agree that it is indeed the most extra ordinary of all medicinal plants.
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