Allium sativum: The traditional actions of garlic
by Paul Bergner
Medical Herbalism 7(1-2):16
The following actions of garlic have been demonstrated in either traditional medicine or in modern clinical trials.
Anti-asthmatic: Eases constricted breathing in asthma.
Anti-epileptic: Reduces frequency or severity of convulsions.
Antiseptic: Fights infection. It is especially noted for this in the digestive and respiratory tracts.
Antispasmodic: Combats cramping and spasmodic pains, especially in the digestive tract.
Anthelmintic: Kills intestinal worms
Aphrodisiac: Stimulates sexual desire
Carminative: Helps expel gas.
Diaphoretic: Promotes sweating and circulation to the skin.
Digestive: Stimulates digestion.
Disinfectant: Directly kills germs.
Diuretic (mild): Promotes urination.
Emmenagogue: Promotes menstruation
Expectorant: Promotes the flow of mucous, improving the productivity of coughs.
Rubefacient: Irritating to the skin, and thus will draw blood supply to an area of the body when applied over that area.
Stimulant: Increases short-term energy
Tonic: Improves over-all health and
strength when taken regularly (by patients with cold and congested