For answers to these and other questions, take a look at the article on medicinal garlic from the March-April 2012 issue of “Backwoods Home Magazine.” Here’s an excerpt and link to the article.
Medicinal uses of garlic
By Amy Alton, A.R.N.P.and Joseph Alton, M.D.
Up until about 50 years ago, nature was our medicine chest. Nearly every community had a natural healer or midwife who had studied plants and their use in healing. Medicinal gardens were part of the landscape. The healer knew which plants that grew naturally around the community had medicinal properties.
One of the greatest gifts of natural medicine that can be found on this earth is garlic, or Allium sativum. It has been used as a natural remedy for thousands of years. It has antibacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral properties. It is also an antioxidant and an immune stimulant.
Read the whole article here: http://www.backwoodshome.com/articles2/alton134.html
Excerpt used with permission of Backwoods Home Magazine.