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Nom scientifique : Allium sativum

Synonyms : Common garlic

Parts used 

Bulbs (fresh or dried)

Principal constituents

Mix of sulphurous substances (alliin, allicin, ajoen), vitamins A, B and C, selenium

Recognized therapeutic effects

  • Prevents and alleviates circulation problems, atherosclerosis, hypercholesterolemia and hyperlipidemia (excess lipids in blood)
  • Prevents circulatory disorders by thinning the blood
  • Lowers blood pressure 

Traditional use

  • Facilitates expulsion of parasites from the digestive tract through vermifugal action
  • Treats chronic or acute candida and athlete’s foot
  • Treats bronchial infections, respiratory infections, colds


  • Gastrointestinal irritation
  • Pregnancy
  • Breastfeeding
  • From 8 to 15 days before a surgical operation
  • Diminished thyroid function 

Drug interactions

  • Enhances effect of anticoagulants and antiplatelets (Coumadin)
  • Reduces effect of certain anti-HIV drugs (Fortovase, Invirase)

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