Garlic (Allium sativum)
Created: Aug 25, 2018
Used for: Angina, cancer, colds, diabetes, flu, hypertension, infections
Believing that garlic increases virility, Hebrews have relied on the herb to be able to “be fruitful and multiply” as directed in Genesis. According to the Talmud, there are five properties to the garlic that many Jews consumed on Fridays (Shabbat).
1. It keeps the body warm.
2. It brightens the face.
3. It increases semen.
4. It kills parasites.
5. It fosters love and removes jealousy.
Why Fridays? After the women’s ritual Friday bath, or mikvah, the men could make love to their wives (with consent, of course).
The use of garlic to increase virility may be more than just an interesting bit of folklore or ritual. Garlic has a high content of free amino acids dominated by the amino acid arginine. Arginine is used by the cells that line the artery walls to manufacture nitric oxide, which facilitates blood flow to the penis. Without nitric oxide, erections are impossible.
Medicinally, garlic juice was prescribed to treat intestinal infections, respiratory ailments, snakebites, melancholy, and hypochondria. Today, medical research has identified the phytochemicals that support many old wives’ tales. For example, garlic contains the active ingredient ajoene, reported to inhibit platelet aggregation in arteries. Garlic juice contains allicin, an antibiotic and antifungal compound. Around the world, folk remedies for headaches, tumors, and fungal and bacterial infections include inhaling vapors from the garlic stalk, applying a poultice made from the bulb, or massaging with an ointment made from garlic roots.
Garlic’s anticancer and antitumor reputation is no less stellar. Allicin, a powerful antibiotic, has been isolated as the silver bullet that protects the body from carcinogens and bacteria. It also facilitates healing, lowers blood sugar, and alleviates hypertension. If spinach gave Popeye the strength of ten men, garlic gave 100,000 pyramid builders their strength for thirty years.
Some scientific research indicates that garlic can have some health benefits, such as diminishment of platelet aggregation; a meta-analysis showing significant (12%) lipid lowering of cholesterol, triglycerides, and low-density lipoprotein (LDL)-cholesterol; treatment of hyperlipidaemia; the significant inhibition of atherosclerosis via the use of aged garlic extract; and the protective nature of chronic garlic intake on elastic properties of aorta in the elderly. Regular and prolonged use of therapeutic amounts of aged garlic extracts lower blood homocysteine levels, and prevent some complications of diabetes mellitus. It may have some cancer-fighting properties because it is high in diallyl sulphide (DADs), believed to be an anticarcinogen.
In Modern Naturopathy, Garlic Is Used As A Treatment For Intestinal Worms
Garlic cloves continue to be used by aficionados as a remedy for infections (especially chest problems), digestive disorders, and fungal infections such as thrush. They are claimed to be an effective long-term remedy for cardiovascular problems reducing excessive blood cholesterol levels, atherosclerosis, the risk of thrombosis, and hypertension but these claims are disputed, as there has been no clinical trial that has demonstrated any such benefits. Whole cloves used as suppositories are sometimes used as a home remedy for Candidiasis (yeast infections). Garlic is also alleged to help regulate blood sugar levels, and so can be helpful in late-onset diabetes, though people taking insulin should not consume medicinal amounts of garlic without consulting a physician. In such applications, garlic must be fresh and uncooked, or the allicin will be lost.
Some dietary supplements in pill form, claim to possess the medical benefits of garlic, without the unsocial qualities associated with fresh garlic cloves.