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Garlic's Medicinal Properties

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Garlic’s Medicinal Properties – Scientific or Anecdotal?

Leslie Moran

Recently, I mentioned using garlic as a medicinal herb with birds. This provoked the following comment.

“The age-old myth of garlic used as medicine rears its head again. The dose of garlic necessary to kill parasites also kills the host. As far as its medicinal and immunostimulant properties are concerned, there is absolutely no peer-reviewed scientific evidence validating this. The plural of anecdote is not fact. Just because someone says it works does not mean that it actually does.”

According to the American Botanical Council, garlic (Allium sativum), is one of the most widely used herbs across Europe and the US for reducing the risks associated with cardiovascular disease.

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