Garlic is better known as a condiment and spice used in cooking. It is very pungent both in smell and taste. For thousands of years garlic also has been used as an alternative medicine for the treatment of various health conditions. Garlic was widely used in past great civilizations such as Egypt, China and India.
Since the 1940′s garlic has been the subject of research in regards to its anti-cancer properties. Recent studies by the National Cancer Institute confirm that garlic inhibits the formation of tumor cells. It can be used for the prevention of some cancer such as colon and stomach cancers.
Garlic can help to balance blood pressure and blood sugar when used on a long term basis. It is also helpful in maintaining healthy circulation and resisting infections. Very often garlic is used in the treatment of urinary infections, respiratory infections, acne, sinusitis, ulcers, bronchitis and asthma.
The ability of garlic to inhibit bacteria made it a good antibiotic. It is reported to work better than penicillin. Garlic is an effective treatment for strep, enteritis, staph bacteria, cholera and dysentery.
There are many claims that garlic has the ability to reduce heart problems. Garlic thins the blood very much like aspirin. It reduces blood clots and is taken by many to prevent vascular changes that result in cardiovascular disease.
The ability of garlic to inhibit the absorption of cholesterol makes it excellent for lowering cholesterol level. Most cholesterol lowering drugs have some side effects. However, garlic is well tolerated and does not cause any allergic reactions.
Some studies have shown that garlic kills hookworms and other parasites lodging in the intestinal tract. Many cultures have used garlic for thousands of years to get rid of worms and harmful organisms living inside our bodies.
If you are taking the HIV drug Saquinavir, do not take garlic a it can affect the effectiveness of the medication. Should you be undergoing surgery do not take garlic for at least a week before that day. Because garlic reduces blood clots, in excessive bleeding may result during operation. Use garlic with caution if you are on any blood-thinning drugs like Ticlopidine or Coumadin.
You can take garlic raw or cooked. There are also garlic capsules and tablets available in all health food stores. However, researchers have shown that raw garlic produces the best therapeutic effect if used on a regular basis. Garlic has been proven to be a remarkable alternative medicine in its past history and is still as effective today.