Date: Thu, 8 Jun 1995 14:09:19 -0700
To: Medicinal and Aromatic Plants discussion list <HERB.TREARNPC.EGE.EDU.TR>
From: Paul Bergner <bergner.TELEPORT.COM>
Subject: Re: garlic dosage
> For about three or four days now i have been taking garlic to help clear up a mild infection.
> I have been taking the equivalent of 5-6 cloves in pill form spaced throughout the day.
> My question is: how much can i safely take? It seems to be working, but i have been sick for over a month at this point and I want to feel better NOW!
> ps. is there any reason that the cheaper kroger brand will be less effective than the brand name garlique?
The best form of garlic for an infection is -fresh- chopped and crushed cloves. None of the commercial products, even ones with guaranteed allicin content, have significant antibiotic effects, although they're fine for their cardiovascular effects.
If you have an infection of one-months duration, you should definitely see a doctor.
For self-treatment, try blending three fresh cloves in a pleasant carrier such as 6 ounces of carrot juice, the juice of a lemon, a little yoghurt, etc. and take it all down at once. Repeat this three times a day.
Editor, MEDICAL HERBALISM
(Author: The Healing Power of Garlic. forthcoming in 1995 from Prima Press)
From: Anita F Hales <JSAFH.ACA.ALASKA.EDU>
You will find that fresh garlic outshines any commercially produced tablets or capsules. Just slice fresh garlic and chew. If you find that the garlic is too hot, get some elephant garlic (jumbo), it's not as spicy. Also eating it with bread helps. You may also want to try drinking ginger tea. Drink a cup of ginger tea (1 tsp to 1 cup hot water, steep 15 min.), sweeten with honey and go to bed. It will frequently dispel infections and colds. Helps with mucous too.
From: Paul Iannone <p_iannone.POP.COM>
: You will find that fresh garlic outshines any commercially produced
Have a care. Garlic and ginger are both very Hot, and will not be good for anyone who is Hot in general, or is suffering from a Hot condition, like a cold with very sore throat.