Miracle Herb; Garlic
Plantamor (04/16/2009)

Garlic (Allium sativum) has been used medically for thousands of years. Garlic is first mentioned in 5,000 year old Sanskrit records. It has been found in the tombs of the ancient Pharaohs dating back to 3,200 B.C. Scientists discovered that garlic was used by the pyramid builders, who believed it gave them strength. Ancient medical texts from Babylon, China, India, Greece mention medicinal properties of garlic. Hippocrates, who lived 460 to 370 B.C and considered the Father of Medicine, used garlic as an essential component of his therapies. He recommended garlic for pneumonia and other infections.

It is an amazing fact where different cultures that developed independently came to the same general conclusions that garlic has great medicinal properties. For thousands of years, many people have benefited from the medicinal properties of garlic.

Ancient records and folklore have long mentioned the use of garlic to fight infection and even evil spirits. It is now being rediscovered by medical scientists, who have new evidence of its efficacy against infection, cancer and heart disease. Louis Pasteur, most famous for his work on vaccine development, recorded garlic’s antibacterial properties in the 1800’s.

Garlic is one of the best infection fighter available for both bacterial and viral infections. One of its ingredients, allicin, is natural antibiotic that does not appear to create resistant bacteria strains. We know that in exchange of using synthetic drugs we have got bacteria that have developed resistance to a large number of antibiotic compounds. In addition, fresh garlic extract has been shown to be deadly to many viruses. The same component that gives garlic its strong odor is the one that destroys, or inhibits various bacteria and fungi. The component is allicin, and when cruched, combines with the enzimes allinase and results in antibacterial action equivalent to 1% penicillin. (Miracle Doctor).

Garlic also possesses the ability to stimulate the activity of the macrophages which engulf foreign organisms, such as viruses, bacteria, and yeast. Furthermore, garlic increses the activity of T-helper cells. And garlic may be particularly effective in treating upper respiratory viral infection due to its immune-enhancing properties and its ability to clear mucous from lungs. And finally, garlic is also affective against strep bacteria.


Huber, Gary L., The Medicinal Use of Garlic in History, AmazingHerbs.com

Baron, Jon. Lesson from the Miracle Doctors, www.johnbaron.com