Garlic is one of the oldest plants to be grown and used for medicine. It is also called Poor-man's-treacle and Russian pennicillin.
Garlic has many medicinal properties. It is an antiseptic and antibiotic. It can be used to prevent gangrene.It can be used internally to treat typhoid, worms, dysentry, cholera, andbacterial food poisoning. Garlic can be used to treat bronchitic infections such as tuberculosis and to stimulate the digestive system. It is also useful for lowering blood-cholesterol levels and reducing hypertension, helping to prevent heart attacks. Garlic enhances the body's immune defenses.
Over five cloves of garlic a day can result in gastrointestinal problems such as heartburn and flatulence.
Be cautious about using garlic when taking an anticoagulant.
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