TERRIFIC HEADLINES: ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
MIKE OYE ON SATURDAY
OUR GUIDE, Rev (Dr) Mike Oye, a Naturopath/Alternative Medicine practitioner points out that it is very possible to live healthy without drugs through good diets, discipline, and adequate appropriation of nature. He asserts that whatever is natural is always better for human consumption than the synthetic alternatives. In continuation of our series on the USE OF ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE, through the preparation of herbs from plants that abound in our natural environment. Today, we continue with our exposition on medicinal herbs and plants with an expose on GARLIC
ALLIUM SATIVUM (LILIACEAE)
ENGLISH NAME: Garlic
NIGERIA; YORUBA= alubosa, ayn;
GHANA: Akon-fante=sara anwin
GARLIC is an erect herb 30-69cm tall with a central bulb Chad in dry scales, in whose axils small bulbs develop.
The flesh and sap of garlic have a diversity of medicinal usage. The principal active ingredient is a suffer containing amino acid, alliin, which is cataysed by alliinazee to become allicin.
Sap of garlic is bacteriostatic. Allicin has Gram +ve and Gram ve properties.
Volatile substances from crushed garlic act on most bacteria, protozoa and fungi.
It is also anthelmintic, hypotensive, hypoglycenemic,diuretic, anti-asthmatic, anticholesterolemic, antispasmodic, diaphoretic, expectorant. Stimulant, stomach, vasodilator, tonic, and a cholagogue.
A cold infusion serves as a body-wash for infants as protection against chills.
It can be applied as a dressing on ulcers and skin diseases,or rubbed on as counter-irritant.
It can be used against rheumatism, tuberculosis, bronchitis, and to quicken circulation.
It is good against stuffy nose and as a prophylactic for infections diseased such as flu, diphtheria, typhoid, emphysema, bronchitis and tuberculosis.
The smell has repellent action on crocodiles and snakes.
It is effective in normalizing blood pressure.
It is also said to have anticancer activity.
Garlic aids the detoxification of lead poisoning.
It reduces platelet aggregation and hyperlipidemia.
It regulates blood sugar levels and slows down the development of arteriosclerosis and other.
TERRIFIC HEADLINES counsels intending users of herbal products to contact Alternative Medical Practitioners for prescription on the quantities ideal for consumption.
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