Nature : Warm, Taste : Pungent




Nature : Warm

Taste : Pungent

Acts on Organ : Spleen, Stomach, Lungs

Healing Effects : Move stagnant qi; warm the spleen and stomach; disperse concretions and accumulations; resolve toxins; enhance immune capacity through stimulation of natural killer cell activity; prevent cancer; kills worms; treat water swelling, malaria-like diseases, cough, chilly pain and fullness. It is proven to cure cold/flu; prevention of clot formation; lower blood pressure, cure gout and relieve pain. Garlic is regarded as the poor men's lingchi.

Garlic has sulfur-rich compounds-allin and allicin, chromium, phosphorus, and sulfur-containing amino acids and essential oils that can inhibit the growth of the Candida albicans fungus, the culprit in pain, itch, and vaginal discharge of yeast infections. High consumption of garlic lowered rates of ovarian, colorectal, and other cancers, according to a research review in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. British researchers gave 146 people either a placebo or a garlic extract for 12 weeks; garlic takers were two-thirds less likely to catch a cold.

Remove skin of garlic and leave each clove in whole. Use microwave to heat them for 3 minutes. Take out, wait to cool and press water out of them to make garlic juice. Use the juice to treat athlete foot, skin problems, dandruff, acne and itchy skin, and aching joins and shoulders. The key to healthier garlic: crush the cloves, and let them stand for up to 30 minutes before heating them, which activates and preserves the heart-protecting compounds, according to a 2007 study from Argentina.