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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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