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Nº 9. Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Garlic, medicinal properties

The bulb of garlic is used primarily as a condiment, but it also has medicinal properties.

Bulbs of garlic. The bulb of garlic has proven healing properties.

Properties

In folk medicine, garlic is considered:

  • antibacterial
  • antispasmodic
  • anthelmintic
  • antiseptic
  • carminative
  • cholagogue
  • diaphoretic
  • digestive
  • diuretic
  • expectorant
  • febrifuge
  • insect repellent

In folk medicine, it is considered helpful against:

  • asthma
  • cold
  • cough
  • sores
  • hypertension
  • poor circulation
  • tumors
  • leprosy

More recently, the following properties have been reported:

  • anthelmintic (raw extract)
  • strong antimicrobial
  • antitumoral (allicin)
  • blood sugar reducer
  • blood cholesterol modifier
  • arteriosclerosis modifier

Chemical Composition

Garlic oil has, among others, the following chemical compounds:

  • allicin
  • alliin
  • alliinase
  • s-methyl-L-cysteine sulfoxide
  • s-propyl-L-cysteine sulfoxide

Precautions

Contact with garlic can cause dermatitis. Besides, some fatal cases in children due to the use of garlic preparations have been reported.

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