In herbal medicine, garlic has been traditionally used for such ailments as asthma, deafness, leprosy, bronchial congestion, arteriosclerosis, fevers, worms, liver and gall bladder troubles. Babhet, an eminent Ayurvedic authority, is of the opinion that garlic is good for the heart, a food for the hair, a stimulant to appetite, a strengthening food, useful in leucoderma, leprosy, piles, worms, catarrhal disorders, asthma and cough. Garlic contains a volatile oil, called allyl sulphade, and its medical properties depend on this oil, strongly antiseptic. It seems to have a remarkable power of inhibiting the growth of the Koch’s bacillus, eliminated by the lungs, skin, kidneys and liver, and oxidizes into sulphonic acid in the system. Thus, garlic is regarded as a rejuvenator. It has been found to help remove toxins, revitalise the blood, stimulate blood circulation and normalize intestinal flora. Garlic juice has a most beneficial effect on the entire system. The ethers in garlic juice are so potent and penetrating that they help to dissolve accumulation of mucus in the sinus cavities, in the bronchial tubes and in the lungs. They help the exudation of toxins from the body through the pores of the skin.
Garlic has proved to be highly effective in certain diseases of the chest. It has been found to reduce fetidity of the breath in pulmonary gangrene. Dr.McDuffie advocated the use of garlic in tuberculosis of the lungs. Dr. F.W. Crosman once said that if garlic were given in sufficient quantities, it was a marvelous remedy in the treatment of pneumonia. This physician used garlic for many years in pneumonia, and said that in no instance did it fail to bring down the temperature, as well as the pulse and respiration, within 48 hours. Garlic can also be applied eternally to the chest with beneficial results as it is an irritant and rubefacient. In Ayurveda, a decoction of garlic boiled in milk is considered a wonderful drug for tuberculosis. One gram of garlic, 240 ml. of milk and 1 litre of water are boiled together till one fourth of the decoction remains. It should be taken thrice in the day.
Three cloves of garlic boiled in milk, can be used every night with excellent results in asthma . A pod of garlic is peeled and macerated and boiled in 120 ml. of pure malt- vinegar. After cooling it is strained and before retiring, has been found effective in reducing the severity of asthmatic attacks.
DIGESTIVE SYSTEM DISORDERS
Garlic is one of the most beneficial foods for the digestive system. It exercises a beneficial effect on the lymph, aids in elimination of noxious waste matter in the body. It stimulates peristaltic action and the secretion of the digestive juices. Crushed cloves of garlic may be infused in water or milk and taken for all types of disorders of the digestion. It has an antiseptic effect and is an excellent remedy for infectious diseases and inflammations of the stomach and intestine. The oil of garlic is absorbed into the alimentary tract and is eliminated partly through the urine. Garlic produces a very marked effects on the intestine. It is an excellent agent as a worm expeller. It has also a soothing effect on the various forms of diarrhoea. Problems such as colitis, dysentery and many other intestinal upsets can be successfully treated with fresh garlic or garlic capsules. One garlic capsule taken three times a day is usually sufficient to correct mild cases of diarrhoea or dysentery. For more persistent cases, upto six capsules a day can be taken. Garlic has the ability to destroy harmful bacteria in the intestines without affecting the beneficial organisms which aid digestion.
HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE
Garlic is regarded as one of the most effective remedies to lower blood pressure. The pressure and tension are reduced because it has the power to ease the spasm of the small arteries. It also slows the pulse and modifies the heart rhythm ,besides relieving the symptoms of dizziness, shortness of breath and the formation of gas within the digestive track. As these days garlic capsules are available with the chemist shops, the average dosage of two to three capsules a day to be given to make a dent in the blood pressure. Dr.F.G. Piotrowski, working at the University of Geneva, used garlic on 100 patients suffering from abnormally the pressure.
In Russia garlic is used extensively in the treatment of rheumatism and associated diseases. In Britain also garlic is recommended to rheumatic sufferers. Recent experiments in Japan tested a garlic extract on patients with lumbago and arthritis and a large number of them were benefited without any undesirable side-effects. Garlic has been shown to exhibit an anti- inflammatory property which could account for its effectiveness in the treatment of arthritis and rheumatism. The most popular method is to take the garlic cloves orally, although some reports indicate that pain can also be relieved by locally rubbing the affected parts with cloves of cut garlic . Garlic oil is rapidly absorbed through the skin and into the blood stream and quickly reaches the affected areas.
In a recent study, a West German doctor claims that garlic may prevent heart attacks. Professor Hams Reuter of Cologne University says that there is proof that garlic helps break up cholesterol in the blood vessels, thus helping in the prevention of hardening of arteries which leads to high blood pressure and heart attacks. If a patient takes garlic after a heart attack, the cholesterol level will come down.
Garlic preparations, including extracts and juices, have been used successfully against cancer in both animal and human studies.
Garlic has also been used successfully for a variety of skin disorders . Pimples disappear without scar when rubbed with raw garlic several times a day. Even very persistent form of acne, suffered by some adults has also been healed with garlic, The eternal use of garlic helps to clear the skin of spots and pimples and boils. The process is further helped by taking the garlic orally also to purify the blood stream so as to secure a long- term clearance of the skin. A regular course of three garlic capsules per day should help to clear minor skin infections quickly. WOUNDS AND ULCERS
Garlic has been used as an antiseptic in wounds and ulcerations with beneficial results. Garlic juice with three parts of distilled water has been employed as a lotion for cleansing infected wounds. Application of dressing containing 15 percent garlic juice once a day over an ulcer removes pus in a few days. It also relieves pain within a short time .
Garlic is considered an excellent remedy for diphtheria. Its constant application by chewing a clove of garlic removes the membranes, reduces temperature and relieves the patient. About 30 or 60gms. of garlic can be used in this way in three or four hours for a week. After the membrane disappears, the same quantity of garlic should be chewed daily. The diphtheric patient has no taste or smell and merely finds the garlic hot.
Garlic is an excellent remedy for whooping cough. Syrup of garlic should be given in doses of five drops to a teaspoonful two or three times a day in this condition. It should be given more often if the coughing spells are frequent and violent.
Garlic is a natural and harmless aphrodisiac. It is a tonic for loss of sexual power from any cause, sexual debility, impotency from over indulgence in sex and nervous exhaustion from dissipating habit. It is said to be especially useful to old men of high nervous tension and diminishing sexual power .
( Culled from Foods That Heal by H K. Bakhru)
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