Allium sativum: Garlic : Anne McIntyre FNIMH MAPA

Allium sativum: Garlic : Anne McIntyre FNIMH MAPA

You should take at least 5 – 6 crashed garlic cloves in you want to heal your cancer with this great vegetable. Because doctors claim there is no cure, this problem seems like a life sentence. This amazing vegetable has been used to treat and cure cancer throughout the ages. One hundred forty-six volunteers were randomized to receive a placebo or an allicin-containing garlic supplement, one capsule daily, over a 12-week period between November and February. Moreover, note that you should let them sit for at least 15 minutes after they have been crushed. You should also remember that is extremely important to leave them crushed for at least 15 minutes. However, you can eat the raw or cooked garlic as part of sandwiches or other meals, but according to research, garlic supplements do not produce the same anti-cancer, anti-fungal results.

This enzyme is responsible for the production of anti-cancer substances and compounds. From an Ayurvedic perspective, garlic is a powerful stimulating and rejuvenative herb that reaches all 7 dhatus. There are many different ways you can add garlic to your healthy diet. Although taking BHT always helped, I tucked this little piece of info away to try next time. Strengthening mentally and emotionally generally, garlic may however increase the irritability/impatience of pitta. It clears ama and kapha from rakta, rasa and medas dhatus by encouraging sweating. In a study, sixteen adult subjects with a history of recurrent labial and genital herpes attacks used honey to treat one attack, and a commonly prescribed antiviral drug, Acyclovir cream, during another.

Therefore, you are responsible for your own health. Among the viruses sensitive to garlic extracts are the human cytomegalovirus, human rhinovirus type 2, herpes simplex types 1 and 2, and influenza B. Its tamasic quality can be grounding but can increase mental dullness. It is not recommended for those doing spiritual practice or meditation, due to its rajasic, tamasic and aphrodisiac properties. History/Folklore/Traditional Uses: The humble garlic bulb, much maligned for its powerful and lingering odour, is a wonderful medicine and has been valued as such for thousands of years, probably by more cultures than any other plant. It originated in central Asia, but it is now found in Europe, North Africa, Asia, and North America. The ancient Egyptians around 1500 BC used it for its energy-giving properties and the Greeks and Romans, including Dioscorides and Galen, considered it a panacea and elixir of youth.

People today are getting more and more aware of its power and starting to avoid doctors, because it looks like they will always prescribe drugs as part of our treatments. It was painful when applying the garlic clove, but not anymore painful than urinating over an open sore. This could relate to the fact that its nutritive and stimulating qualities were recommended for those going into battle. Traditionally garlic has been used as a remedy for bronchitis, pneumonia, digestive problems, intestinal infections, tuberculosis, dysentery, earaches and infections, abnormal growths and circulatory problems. The viruses are called herpes simplex type 1 and herpes simplex type 2. Greek midwives used to hang garlic cloves around birthing rooms to safeguard the new born child from disease and witchcraft. Garlic braids have been hung in doorways of houses and kitchens for centuries to keep away evil spirits and vampires all over Europe.

Modern Medicinal Uses Digestive System: Garlic has a beneficial effect on the digestion, enkindling agni, stimulating the secretion of digestive enzymes and bile, enhancing the movement of food through the gut and promoting absorption and assimilation of food. With its antimicrobial action it combats infection and aids the elimination of ama and pathogenic bacteria in the GI tract, helping to restore the normal bacterial population of the gut after infection or orthodox antibiotics via the probiotic effects of fructo-oligosaccharides. It inhibits H. pylori and so is helpful in the treatment of stomach ulcers. Garlic may also be of benefit in Type 2 diabetes. It is an effective remedy for worms when taken on an empty stomach. Circulatory System: In confirmation of the ancients’ use of garlic for heart disease and high blood pressure, extensive research into the heart and circulation has indicated that garlic can provide cardiovascular support by significantly lowering homocysteine,  cholesterol, triglycerides, and low density lipoproteins in the blood.

The German commission E has approved garlic for the treatment of hyperlipoproteinemia in conjunction with other dietary measures and to prevent age-related atherosclerosis. It appears that garlic may interfere with cholesterol biosynthesis in the liver through a variety of mechanisms. Two cases of labial herpes and one case of genital herpes remitted completely with the honey treatment, whereas none remitted while using acyclovir. Garlic has a vaso-dilatory action, increasing the flow of blood to the tissues and to the periphery of the body. This not only reduces blood pressure, but also increases the circulation, relieving cramps and circula­tory disorders, such as Raynaud’s disease. Respiratory System: Garlic clears excess vata and kapha from pranavahasrotas. Its antimicrobial properties can be put to good use in the treatment of sore throats, colds, flu and bronchial infections.

Like other pungent remedies, garlic acts as a decongestant, helping to clear catarrh, and augment­ing its antiseptic action in the respiratory tract. Its expectorant properties are helpful in coughs and may help to ease bronchial asthma, sinusitis, chronic catarrh, hay fever and rhinitis. Immune System: Garlic exerts its antimicro­bial effects throughout the body. When absorbed from the digestive tract it circulates in the blood­stream and is excreted via the lungs, bowels, skin and urinary system, all of which are disinfected in the process. Recent research indicates that allicin is permeable through phospholipid membranes, which may account for its wide ranging activity. As rec­ognized centuries ago, garlic is an effective antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral and anti-parasitic remedy. In an age of increasing drug-resistance in bacteria, garlic may be of great value, for example in the treatment of MRSA.

It may be useful for parasites embedded in the skin and muscular tissue such as the ticks that cause Lyme’s disease. Several studies demonstrate garlic’s activity against viruses, including influenza B and herpes simplex type 1. Recent research has shown that garlic acts as a powerful antioxidant and its sulphur compounds have anti-tumour activities, while it is also said to protect the body against the effects of pollution and nicotine. Thus garlic may well help to slow down the ageing process, verifying our ancestors’ use of garlic as a rejuvenative tonic and “elixir of youth”. External Uses: Garlic can be crushed and macerated in oil or made into an ointment to treat cuts and wounds, inflamed joints, gout and arthritis, sprains, unbroken chilblains, kapha-vata skin problems (athlete’s foot, ringworm, warts, impetigo, stings, bites & warts) and head lice. The effectiveness of garlic against the major pathogens involved in ear infection (otitis media) suggests it may be a useful in management of this disorder. An oil infusion can be used as eardrops to relieve ear infections and earache, and rubbed into the chest for chest infections, including whooping cough and coughs.

Garlic vinegar can be used for disinfecting and dressing ulcers and septic wounds. Garlic can also be used for oral and vaginal thrush when used locally. Trials have indicated success using allicin in treating thrush in new born infants. Cautions and Contra-Indications: High pitta, inflammatory skin problems, hyperacidity, peptic ulcers, bleeding, excess Rajas, Avoid large doses in pregnancy. Large doses of raw garlic (possibly in excess of 4 cloves a day) may cause allergic reactions, heartburn, flatulence, and gastro-intestinal upset. Raw garlic applied to the skin can cause contact dermatitis. Due to its reduction of platelet aggravation it may cause post-operative bleeding.

Except for small doses of cooked garlic, therapeutic doses of garlic should be discontinued 7-10 days before surgery due to anti-platelet activity. Gastrointestinal upset can occur in sensitive individuals. Herb/Drug Interactions: Care should be taken with patients on anticoagulant/antiplatelet drugs, including Warfarin, Coumadin, Statins, Ticlopine who consume generous amounts of garlic. Avoid with antihypertensive medications. Garlic has been found to interfere with the effectiveness of saquinavir, a drug used to treat HIV infection. Diabetics should monitor blood glucose. Growing: Propagate by planting cloves of garlic in early spring or late autumn in well drained, moderately rich soil and full sun.

Harvest late summer when the plant dies down, leave to dry outside for a few days then tie in bunches to hang or store in a cool dry place. Grows 6 – 12″ (15 – 30cm) high. Garlic makes an excellent companion plant in fruit and vegetable gardens and under roses to keep aphids away. Flower Essence: The cleansing action of garlic can be applied on both material and more subtle levels. It has long been associated with warding off negative energy whether in the shape of contagion or evil spirits. This may be helpful in strengthening boundaries and helping to ward off negative energy around us, thus helping us to main our energy and immunity. Recipe: Garlic Syrup 4 garlic cloves, peeled & thinly sliced Honey to cover Cover the sliced garlic with runny honey & leave for 2 to 3 hours.

Crush to extract all the juice. Take a teaspoonful of the syrup up to 4 times per day during an acute infection. Garlic syrup is a pleasant-tasting way to take garlic and benefit from its anti-microbial and immune-stimulating properties. The honey also has anti-microbial properties and acts as an expectorant and draws out the properties of the garlic. Modern Research: Garlic has been reported to lower total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol and triglycerides, and increases HDL cholesterol in laboratory studies and human trials (Ernst E. Cardioprotection and Garlic. Lancet.
Allium sativum: Garlic : Anne McIntyre FNIMH MAPA

1997;349(9045):131) and (Steiner M, et al. A Double-blind Crossover Study in Moderately Hypercholesterolemic Men that Compared the Effect of Aged Garlic Extract and Placebo Administration on Blood Lipids. Am J Clin Nutr. 1996;64(6):866-70). Garlic has been reported in laboratory studies to inhibit platelet aggregation and influence blood viscosity through its fibrinolytic activity (Kiesewetter H, et al. Effect of Garlic on Platelet Aggregation in Patients with Increased Risk of Juvenile Ischaemic Attack. Eur J Clin Pharmacol.

1993;45(4):333-36). Several studies used garlic oil to treat hypercholesterolemia, which is processed by heating to extreme temperatures. Changes can occur in the active constituents when exposed to cooking or other processing which can render the garlic product virtually ineffective (Lawson LD. Effect of Garlic on Serum Lipids. JAMA. Nov1998;280(18):1568). Powdered garlic supplements can lose bioactivity due to organosulfur compounds and not be effective (van Doorn MB, Espirito Santo SM, Meijer P, Kamerling IM, Schoemaker RC, Dirsch V, Vollmar A, Haffner T, Gebhardt R, Cohen AF, Princen HM, Burggraaf J.

Effect of garlic powder on C-reactive protein and plasma lipids in overweight and smoking subjects.Am J Clin Nutr. Dec 2006;84(6):1324-1329). Aged garlic extracts (AGE) have been shown to have antioxidant activity by increasing superoxide dismutase, catalase, glutathione peroxidase, and glutathione levels, and inhibiting lipid peroxidation and inflammatory prostaglandins. AGE showed cardiovascular benefits by reducing cholesterol synthesis, inhibition of cholesterol, LDL oxidation, and platelet aggregation, inhibition of arterial plaque formation, decreasing homocysteine, lowering blood pressure, and increasing microcirculation. It is also important in diabetes related complications and may help prevent cognitive decline by protecting neurons from Abeta neurotoxicity and apoptosis, and improve learning and memory retention (Borek C. Garlic reduces dementia and heart-disease risk. J Nutr.

Mar 2006;136(3 Suppl):810S-812S. Review). A 2008 systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials reviewed the literature of using garlic for hypertension (Ried K, Frank OR, Stocks NP, Fakler P, Sullivan T. Effect of garlic on blood pressure: a systematic review and meta-analysis. BMC Cardiovasc Disord. 16 Jun 2008;8:13. Review).

The conclusion was that garlic was superior to placebo in reducing systolic and diastolic blood pressure. Aged garlic has been reported to improve immunity of patients with advanced cancer (including colorectal, liver and pancreatic) by improving NK cell numbers and activity, thereby helping to improve the quality of life in these patients (Butt MS, Sultan MT, Butt MS, Iqbal J. Garlic: nature’s protection against physiological threats. Crit Rev Food Sci Nutr. Jun 2009;49(6):538-551. Review). The organosulfur components of garlic are reported to be responsible for the immune modulation (Iciek M, Kwiecień I, Włodek L.

Biological properties of garlic and garlic-derived organosulfur compounds. Environ Mol Mutagen.Apr 2009;50(3):247-265. Review). Garlic is reported to detoxify chemical carcinogens and prevent carcinogenesis, along with directly inhibiting the growth of cancer cells (Thomson M, Ali M. Garlic [Allium sativum]: a review of its potential use as an anti-cancer agent. Curr Cancer Drug Targets. Feb2003;3(1):67-81).

Organosulfur compounds originating from garlic have been found in laboratory studies to inhibit carcinogen activation, boost phase 2 detoxifying processes, cause cell cycle arrest mostly in G2/M phase, stimulate the mitochondrial apoptotic pathway and increase acetylation of histones (Powolny AA, Singh SV. Multitargeted prevention and therapy of cancer by diallyl trisulfide and related Allium vegetable-derived organosulfur compounds. Cancer Lett. 8 Oct 2008;269(2):305-314. Epub 24Jun2008). Several population studies show an association between increased intake of garlic and reduced risk of certain cancers, including cancers of the stomach, colon, esophagus, pancreas and breast (Shukla Y, Kalra N. Cancer chemoprevention with garlic and its constituents.

Cancer Lett. 18 Mar 2007;247(2):167-181. Epub 21 Jun 2006). Garlic has been reported to have antioxidant activity which contributes to its health benefits, including for cardiovascular disease, liver health, anti-cancer effects, sickle cell anemia, and BPH (Rahman K, Lowe GM. Garlic and cardiovascular disease: a critical review. J Nutr. Mar 2006;136(3 Suppl):736S-740S) and (Devrim E, Durak I.

Is garlic a promising food for benign prostatic hyperplasia and prostate cancer? Mol Nutr Food Res. Nov 2007;51(11):1319-1323) and (Takasu J, Uykimpang R, Sunga MA, Amagase H, Niihara Y. Aged garlic extract is a potential therapy for sickle-cell anemia. J Nutr.Mar 2006;136(3 Suppl):803S-805S). Evidence suggests that garlic’s anti-oxidative, anti-inflammatory, and anti-glycative properties are responsible for garlic’s role in preventing diabetes progression and the development of diabetes-related complications (Liu CT, Sheen LY, Lii CK. Does garlic have a role as an antidiabetic agent?

Mol Nutr Food Res. Nov 2007;51(11):1353-1364). Allicin and alliin are reported to have anti-infective effects against bacteria and fungi (Adetumbi M, et al. Allium sativum (Garlic)–A Natural Antibiotic. Med Hypoth. 1983;12:227-37). Garlic also has reported antigiardial activity (Harris JC, Plummer S, Turner MP, et al.

The Microaerophilic Flagellate Giardia Intestinalis: Allium sativum (Garlic) is an Effective Antigiardial. Microbiology. Dec2000;146(Pt 12):3119-27). Garlic has been reported in laboratory studies to inhibit Helicobacter pylori, a causative agent in peptic ulceration (Cellini L, et al. Inhibition of Helicobacter pylori by Garlic Extract (Allium sativum). FEMS Immunol Med Microbiol. Apr1996;13(4):273-77).

It is suggested that the hepato-protective effects of garlic are due primarily to the organosulphur compounds. Diallyl sulfide compounds extracted from garlic were reported useful in combination with doxorubicin to protect the liver from oxidative injuries due to the chemotherapy drug and to improve the clinical efficacy of doxorubicin (Dwivedi C, John LM, Schmidt DS, et al. Effects of Oil-soluble Organosulfur Compounds From Garlic on Doxorubicin-induced Lipid Peroxidation. Anticancer Drugs. Mar1998;9(3):291-4). Garlic may also help in the detoxification of heavy metals from the body, including lead (Hanafy MS, et al. Effect of Garlic on Lead Contents in Chicken Tissues.

DTW Dtsch Tierarztl Wochenschr. Apr1994;101(4):157-58).The mechanism of action appears to be that garlic protects the membranes of red blood cells against heavy metal ions by chelating the metal ions, allowing them to be excreted from the body.

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