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 constitutions).
  Copyright 2001 Paul Bergner

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