| ||When taken in high doses, garlic increases fibrinolytic activity. This increased fibrinolytic activity inhibits platelet aggregation which contributes to the formation of blood clots.|
Hypercoagulation (Thickened Blood)
| ||Garlic is one of the most researched herbs in America. It has been found repeatedly to have a natural blood thinning effect that is safe and well-tolerated. Its activities are more potent when the garlic is raw. Three cloves of raw garlic per day can have a substantial effect on the functioning of the blood, and will work just as well as conventional blood thinning medications without the side effects.|
Kyolic (a standardlized, extracted, aged form of garlic) has numerous research studies demonstrating it's effectiveness in naturally thinning the blood
H. Kieswetter, M.D., of the University of Saarlandes, Hamburg, Germany, recently found that garlic could help patients suffering from peripheral arterial occlusive disease, characterized by blood clots in the legs. Typically, patients with the condition are asked to walk, because increased blood flow reduces the number of clots. However, they are easily discouraged because peripheral arterial occlusive disease causes extreme pain after walking only a short distance.
Kieswetter gave 32 patients 800 milligrams of garlic powder tablets daily for 12 weeks, while another 32 patients received a placebo. He then measured their "pain-free walking distance." For the first several weeks, both groups of patients progressed about as they would in a typical walking program. As time went on however, patients taking garlic were able to walk about one-third farther without pain. The researcher also noted that garlic's benefits, which included decreased blood pressure, could be detected after patients took a single garlic powder capsule. [Clinical Investigator (May 1993;71:pp.383-6)]
| ||A mechanism by which atherosclerotic plaque accumulates on the walls of arteries is the oxidation of LDL cholesterol. Garlic has been shown in repeated studies to protect against LDL cholesterol oxidation and oxidation in the linings of the arteries themselves. Garlic, ginger and onions all have a beneficial effect on platelet aggregation which reduces the tendency to form clots too easily, thus preventing the blockage of narrowed arteries.|
Increased Risk of Stroke
| ||One study found that aged garlic extract at 7.2gm per day reduced total and LDL cholesterol, as well as systolic and diastolic blood pressure.|
| ||To disperse the build-up of a protein called fibrin that makes skin near varicose veins hard and lumpy, try eating more cayenne pepper, garlic, onion, ginger (zingiber officinale), and pineapple, which contains bromelain, an enzyme that promotes the breakup of fibrin.|
Not recommended for:
Not recommended for:
Upcoming Surgical Procedure
| ||Large amounts of garlic may increase the risk of bleeding by thinning your blood.|
Environment / Toxicity
Mercury Toxicity / Amalgam Illness
AIDS / Risk
| ||In one study, 10 patients with AIDS who were given 5 to 10gm per day of an aged garlic extract later had increased levels of natural killer cells, a higher helper:suppressor ratio, and reduced infection rates.|
Weakened Immune System
Immune System Imbalance (TH2 Dominance)
| ||Garlic, raw or aged extract, promotes TH1 cytokines to help balance the immune system. Raw garlic can kill many kinds of fungus and bacteria.|
| ||Garlic is an excellent antibiotic and studies have shown that its compounds can very effectively kill the fungus that causes athlete's foot. There are several possible methods of application:|
Caution is advised if the skin is badly broken as garlic may produce a significant burning sensation; even if the skin is not broken, blistering may occur. Aside from the pain, this is not a problem - it shows that the garlic is going its work! Should the pain prove unbearable, remove any pieces and wash with water. You may try again later with diluted garlic juice. If this does not work for you, consider using a different approach.
- Place some freshly crushed garlic on the affected area once per day and leave it there for half an hour; wash with water
- Rub a broken clove of raw garlic on the fungus, leaving only the juice behind
- Dust your feet twice daily with garlic powder.
Yeast / Candida
| ||Liberal consumption of garlic, ginger, cinnamon and other aromatic herbs can have significant antifungal activity.|
| ||With the widespread overuse of antibiotics for the past 60 years, more and more bacteria are becoming resistant to more and more antibiotics. A common strain in hospitals (and also spreading to the general population) is MRSA: methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. Josling reports on one case of MRSA infection of spinal surgical wounds that had not healed after several years, even with intravenous, oral and topical antibiotic usage. Amazingly, combined use of oral and topical Allicillin cleared the wound infections in a short period of time. Allicillin is so effective against MRSA that each new production batch of Allicillin is tested against MRSA to establish its antimicrobial efficacy. You can be absolutely sure that when you choose Allicillin from Designs for Health for a broad array of clinical applications that you are getting the world's finest and only truly allicin standardized garlic product.|
Colds and Influenza
| ||Drawing upon hundreds of years of using garlic to treat illnesses, many contemporary herbalists prescribe it to help prevent colds and flu, stimulate circulation, lower high blood pressure, aid digestion, and heal superficial wounds. Modern research has substantiated many of these therapeutic uses.|
Garlic is sometimes referred to as a truly natural antibiotic because it can destroy foreign bacteria and viruses while being one of the few herbs that can be taken in large quantities, usually without dangerous side effects. However, eating more than five cloves a day risks heartburn and flatulence and may also slow blood clotting, so people taking anticoagulants should consult with their health-care provider before consuming large quantities of garlic. In addition, there have been rare reports of allergic reactions to this popular herb.
Garlic's antibiotic properties stem from the substance allicin, a potent antibacterial agent, that is released when garlic cloves are cut or bruised. Because garlic's therapeutic effectiveness depends on the presence of allicin, dried garlic preparations, such as capsules or tablets, should have an enteric coating to protect the garlic from stomach acids, which can inactivate allicin. Scientific reports confirm the antibiotic effects of freshly pressed garlic juice, and steam-distilled garlic oil has been shown to be an effective fighter of mucous membrane infections. The effectiveness of other types of garlic extracts depends upon preparation methods, details of which often are unavailable to consumers.
Dose: 4 grams of fresh garlic (about one medium-sized clove) or 8mg of volatile oil daily is recommended; if you prefer capsules, make sure that they are enteric-coated.
Peter Josling published results of a double-blind, placebo controlled clinical trial of Allicidin in 2001. Seventy active treatment patients and 72 placebo patients took one capsule daily of Allicillin or placebo for 12 weeks. The results were impressive. The placebo group had 65 colds during the study compared to the Allicillin group which had only 24 colds. The average duration of symptoms was 5.01 days for the placebo group, 1.52 days for the Allicillin group. The placebo group required an average of 5.63 days to recover, the Allicillin group 4.63 days. The total for days of infection was 366 for the placebo group, 111 for the Allicillin group. During the trial, 16 placebo group members had more than one cold, while only two of the Allicillin group had more than one cold. The "accelerated relief, reduction in the severity of troublesome symptoms ...and recovery to full fitness" as well as "reduced likelihood of becoming reinfected with other viral strains" clearly demonstrated the effectiveness of Allicillin against the common cold.
Parasite, Pinworm Infection
| ||Studies in humans support the use of garlic to treat various worms, including pinworm. [Garlic: The Science and Therapeutic Application of Allium sativum L. and Related Species. Williams & Wilkins, 1996, pp.173-4] In addition to consuming garlic, consider carefully peeling a raw garlic clove (don't scratch or nick it), then insert into rectum before bed.|
| ||Compounds in garlic have been shown to be an effective treatment for malaria. Does eating garlic influence the outcome of malaria? There is evidence that yes, it may. The compounds, called disulfides, occur naturally in garlic, onions and mahogany trees, and are known to have antifungal, anticancer and antibacterial properties. For years scientists have suspected one of these compounds in garlic may be helpful against malaria, and have proven it in animal models.|
It is believed that the mechanism of action may be through the glutathione system within the cell. Glutathione is a small protein that plays a crucial role in protecting the cell. It neutralizes potentially harmful oxygen molecules, boosts the immune system and rids the cell of toxins. Without it, cells could not survive. The protein is of particular importance in cells that rapidly reproduce, like cancer cells or malaria-infected cells.
Ajoene, the disulfide that naturally occurs in garlic, is a known inhibitor of glutathione reduction. Normal cells recharge glutathione and therefore are able to deal with the oxidative stress that normal metabolism generates, but in the presence of an inhibitor they, cannot recharge and therefore are more prone damage and eventually death.
While more research is necessary, it would seem appropriate for anyone fighting or threatened by malaria to consume more garlic.
Ear infection, External
| ||Garlic has been used since ancient times to treat a wide variety of conditions. Garlic is useful in the treatment of ear infections because it has demonstrated significant broad-spectrum anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory activity. Mullein-Garlic ear drops can be used at room temperature or warmed under the faucet. Place 3 drops in the affected ear three times daily. |
Mullein is an herb that is used specifically for ear infections. It is prepared in the form of Mullein oil and is used as ear drops. Mullein, also known as Verbascum thapsus, is useful in cases of earaches, as well as dry, scaly conditions in the outer ear.
Chronic / Hidden Infection
| ||Garlic is another major tool in the treatment of hidden infections. Garlic also has an important blood thinning benefit which helps reduce the localized hypercoagulation which is seen around some organisms. This thickened blood effect helps shield the organism from destruction by the immune system or antibiotics.|
Fungal Skin / Nail Infection
| ||A formula that may help is called GOOT (Garlic Oil Ointment). This is made by combining 1Tbsp of fresh chopped / mashed garlic cloves, 3Tbsp of coconut oil and 1Tbsp of olive oil. The mixture is placed in a small jar and refrigerated while being used. The olive oil is added to keep the mixture soft while refrigerated - otherwise with coconut oil alone, it would be a solid at cold temperatures. Shelf life is about one month. Apply the mixture generously daily.|
| ||Garlic is a natural antibiotic and immune-booster.|
| ||Garlic’s anti-fungal properties are well known. Garlic must be fresh in order for it to be beneficial because the active ingredient is destroyed within an hour of smashing the garlic. For this reason garlic pills are worthless and should not be used. When you use the garlic, compress it with a spoon prior to swallowing it or chew it quickly before swallowing if you can.|
Elevated Total Cholesterol
| ||Several studies have shown a mild lowering effect on total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol. Garlic oil does not produce this cholesterol-lowering benefit like raw, cooked or powdered garlic does. Large doses are required (6,000 to 8,000mg per day) to produce this effect, which causes gastrointestinal discomfort for some people. Furthermore, this benefit does not become evident until after 3 months of continuous use.|
Not recommended for:
Diabetes Type II
Liver Detoxification / Support Requirement
Increased Risk of Prostate Cancer
| ||A study of Chinese men found that a diet rich in garlic, onions, shallots, leeks and scallions may cut the risk of prostate cancer. Men who ate small amounts of onions, garlic, scallions, shallots and leeks each day decreased their risk of prostate cancer by more than 33%. Those who ate 2 grams of garlic per day decreased their risk of prostate cancer by more than 50%, but even eating only one clove cut the risk. Scallions, which lowered the risk of prostate cancer by 70%, were found to be most beneficial. [J Nat Can Inst, November 6, 2002;94(21): pp.1648-51]|
Cancer / Risk - General Measures
Increased Risk of Coronary Disease / Heart Attack
| ||Crush a clove of garlic, apply to wart, tape in place for 24 hours. The wart may blister and fall off in a week.|
Another formula that may work is called GOOT (Garlic Oil Ointment). This is made by combining 1Tbsp of fresh chopped / mashed garlic cloves, 3Tbsp of coconut oil and 1Tbsp of olive oil. The mixture is placed in a small jar and refrigerated while being used. The olive oil is added to keep the mixture soft while refrigerated - otherwise with coconut oil alone, it would be a solid at cold temperatures. Shelf life is about one month. Apply the mixture generously daily.
| ||Insert a garlic clove into the vagina in the morning and an acidophilus capsule in the evening for three to seven days.|| |