Garlic,Allium sativum,belongs to the Alliums family which comprises some 700 species.Garlic is among the earliest known medical plants. The Babylonians [c 3000 BC] are said to make profuse use of garlic.
Garlic was widely consumed in ancient Greek and Rome. Aristotle recommended garlic for those who wish to remain strong and healthy. The Roman soldiers were found of planting garlic in vegetable pots near their abode,since they believed that eating garlic would improve their fighting spirit. The father of modern medicine,Hippocrates,prescribed raw garlic for bronchitis. The tomb of the Egyptian king, Tutankhmen, was said to contain six bulbs of garlic,perhaps off dangers on his way to the other world. They are many myths and legends about garlic. One muslim legend said when satan left the Garden of Eden after fall, garlic sprang up from his left footstep and Onion from his right. In 17th century Europe,garlic was believed to ward off vampires and make moles to jump out of the ground Greek athletes were given garlic to chew before competitions in Olympic games to make them run faster or excel. In ancient Greek, those who smelt of garlic were not allowed to enter the temple of Greek gods.
In the middle ages, physicians used
a mask smashed with garlic when treating patients with infection diseases. In Ayurvedic medicine garlic is called rashona,meaning,"Lacking one taste". This refers to the fact that garlic possess all the five tastes, namely, pungent (root),bitter (leaf),astringent (stem), saline (stem), sweet (seed), but "lacking in one taste "sourness.
In Nigeria,there some beliefs about the power of garlic. In eastern Nigeria, the smell of garlic is said to be offensive not only for the human beings but also to evil spirits. Hence, those who wish to ward off evil spirits use it. In some parts of yoruba land, garlic is used to neutralise harmful charms. Rubbing mashed garlic on one's hand does this,As soon as one touches the charm,it becomes neutralized. An Igbo lady recently shared her experience with me. According her, she had been experiencing a strange disappearance of money from her house. Whenever she kept some money in her wardrobe, she would soon discover that half the money had disappeared mysteriously even though she was living alone. This experience had been on for some time. Then one day, as she was praying, she received an inspiration to keep a bulb of peeled garlic in her wardrobe. This she did and ever since there has not been any incidences of disappearance. She said she even recommended it to others and it has worked in all the cases. All these show that indeed, garlic was seen from earliest times to be a mysterious plant.
When garlic is eaten, its odour impregnates allure body secretions: breath, sweet, urine, belches,saliva, and even the milk of breastfeeding mother. The peculiar smell of garlic is due to the presence of daily disulphide, an enzyme
HEALTH BENEFITS OF GALIC
Diabetics. Garlic seems to modestly reduce pre-meal blood sugar levels in people with or without diabetes. It seems to work best in people with diabetes, especially if it is taken for at least 3 months. It's unclear if garlic reduces post-meal blood sugar levels or HbA1c levels.
High blood pressure. Taking garlic by mouth seems to reduce systolic blood pressure (the top number) by about 7-9 mmHg and diastolic blood pressure (the bottom number) by about 4-6 mmHg in people with high blood pressure.
Harding of the arteries(atherosclerosis).As people age, their arteries tend to lose their ability to stretch and flex. Garlic seems to reduce this effect. Taking a specific garlic powder supplement (Allicor, INAT-Farma) twice daily for 24 months seems to reduce how much hardening of the arteries.
Ringworm(Tinea corporis). Applying a gel containing 0.6% ajoene, a chemical in garlic, twice daily for one week seems to be as effective as antifungal medication for treating ringworm.
Garlic has been known for so many remedies which are quite true but some have been known to be myths.
To be continued