has quite a reputation. It wards off vampires. It taints fresh breath.
And it transforms meals into aromatic culinary experiences.
garlic has gained fame for yet another of its features—its
health-promoting benefits. As a result, the so-called “stinking
rose” has become extremely popular. Garlic supplements are
currently one of the best-selling herbal supplements in
the United States.
garlic has been a subject of substantial clinical research
in the past two decades, knowledge of garlic’s medicinal
qualities is not a recent phenomenon. Historical Chinese
texts from 2,000 BC mentioned its healing properties, while
Greek physicians such as Hippocrates and Galen recommended
it for a vast array of conditions.
gain a further appreciation of garlic’s health benefits,
it is possible to study garlic (as well as other foods and
nutrients) through the lens of herbal astrology. Through
this periscope, we can peel away the layers and gain a unique
understanding of how garlic can promote wellness.
is ruled by, or associated with, the planet Mars, which also governs
the sign Aries and co-rules Scorpio. Mars was the Roman God of War,
a brave warrior revered for his courage, strength and leadership.
Consequently, the planet Mars is associated with will and ambition,
and characterizes the energy required to turn ideas into action.
name Mars means “bright and burning one,” corresponding
to this planet’s red, fiery color. Garlic certainly reflects
this characteristic, as it can ignite both the mouth and
stomach. As Nicholas Culpeper, the famed herbalist and astrologer,
stated, “(garlic’s) heat is very vehement.”
therapeutic action is attributed to its array of potent
phytochemicals, including allicin, alliin, ajeone and diallyl
disulfide. These compounds contain sulfur, a mineral that
plays important roles in maintaining health. Coincidentally,
sulfur is ruled by the planet Saturn, which governs Capricorn,
the sign in which Mars is exalted (best expressed).
Mars and the Heart
medical astrology, different body systems and
organs are associated with different planets. Mars is considered
the secondary ruler of the heart (the Sun is its primary
ruler). Scientific research has shown that Mars-ruled garlic
may be an important component of a heart-healthy diet.
way in which garlic may support heart health is through
its beneficial effect on blood cholesterol and triglycerides.
Elevated levels of these compounds can lead to heart disease
by increasing the risk of atherosclerosis and heart attacks.
Numerous clinical studies have documented garlic’s ability
to lower total cholesterol, triglyceride and LDL (“the bad
cholesterol”) levels, and increase HDL (“the good cholesterol”)
may also promote heart health through addressing other aspects
of cardiovascular disease. Studies have suggested that it
can lower mildly elevated high blood pressure, improve poor
circulation and inhibit platelet aggregation.
garlic’s potential effects on blood pressure provides additional
insight into the herbal astrology of garlic. High blood
pressure can be exacerbated by stress, a psychological and
physiologic condition familiar to those whose astrology
charts reflect a strongly placed Mars or focused Aries energies.
Additionally, one of the ways that the body responds to
stress is through the production of hormones secreted by
the adrenal glands, which are also ruled by Mars. As you
can see, Mars-ruled garlic may help to moderate some of
the physiologic effects of Martian/Aries temperaments.
and Mars—The Great Warriors
the God of War, Mars was a formidable opponent for any enemy
crossing his path. Garlic seems to embody some of these
Martian warrior-like qualities by fighting “foreign invaders”
with its noted antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal activity.
Additionally, studies have noted that people with diets
high in garlic consumption have a reduced risk of colon
and esophageal cancer (it is interesting to note that Pluto,
which co-rules Scorpio with Mars, governs bacteria, viruses,
fungi and cancer).
to Use Garlic
therapeutic action is concentrated when it is in its raw
form. Ironically, Martian fire actually reduces garlic’s
therapeutic value. Heat destroys the enzyme responsible
for converting the compound alliin to its active form allicin,
one of garlic’s most important phytochemicals. Many nutritionally-oriented
healthcare practitioners recommend that people eat about
one clove a day for health and wellness.
you can’t stomach the idea of eating raw garlic, you can
use “odor-free” garlic supplements. To attain the maximum
benefit, it is important to purchase supplements whose ingredient
profile closely resembles that of raw garlic. It is recommended
to use a supplement that is standardized for “allicin potential.”
Many health experts recommend a therapeutic daily dose approximating
between 2,000-5,000 mcg allicin, depending on the reason
is important to always consult a licensed healthcare provider if
you are thinking of using garlic or other dietary supplements to
treat any health condition. Additionally, you should tell your healthcare
provider about all of the dietary supplements that you are taking
so that s/he can evaluate any potential drug-supplement interactions.
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