Garlic Mustard (Alliaria Petiolata)
Garlic mustard, or Alliaria Petiolata, is a wild plant known to possess a high nutritional value. The flowers of this plant are characterized by four small petals, which are white in color and smell like garlic. It can be used in the treatment of several respiratory diseases such as asthma, bronchitis, and pneumonia. It is also beneficial for the patients suffering from fungal and bacterial infections. It can help in controlling weight. It improves the health of the heart and lowers cholesterol. It also prevents the abnormal clotting of blood and reduces the risk of heart attacks. It can be used to strengthen the immune system.
HOW IT WORKS
The antiseptic properties of Garlic Mustard are useful in preventing infections. The juice of this plant produces an inhibitory effect on Bacillus pyocyaneum and the gram-negative bacteria of the enteritis-typhoid-paratyphoid group.
Garlic Mustard acts as an anti-asthmatic agent. It can be used to prevent the attacks of asthma. It also acts as an antiscorbutic agent and helps to reduce the risk of scurvy. It acts as a deobstruent and helps to remove blocks in the ducts of different organs. The diaphoretic action of Garlic Mustard can induce excessive sweating and thus, provide relief from fever. It can also help to stimulate the removal of toxins from the body through sweating.
It can produce an antipruritic action and provide relief from the itching caused by insect bites and stings. The leaves of garlic Mustard can be used to strengthen the digestive organs.
THINGS TO KNOW
Garlic mustard is highly nutritious. It contains a high amount of vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E and vitamin B. It also contains the essential minerals such as potassium, magnesium, calcium, selenium, iron, copper, and manganese. The cholesterol-lowering action of this herb can be attributed to the rich content of omega-3 fatty acids in it.
INDICATIONS & USES
- Fungal infections
- Diabetic Wounds
- Non-healing Wounds
The exact dose of Garlic Mustard depends on the specific condition to be treated. The dose may have to be modified depending on the age of the patient, and the severity of the symptoms.
BENEFITS & EFFECTIVENESS
Garlic Mustard can be used for treating infections. It acts as an anti-fungal agent and helps in the treatment and prevention of infections. It can also be used to treat bacterial infections, particularly those affecting the digestive tract.
Garlic Mustard is used in the treatment of infections caused due to fungi and bacteria. It has been found to be effective against a broad range of gram-negative bacteria. It reduces the symptoms associated with infections in the digestive tract such as typhoid, paratyphoid fever, and enteritis like weakness, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, spasms and cramps in the abdomen, and loose motions.
It also acts as an anti-inflammatory agent and reduces pain, body aches, and warmth thus improving the recovery of the patients suffering from infections. It can help to treat typhoid by destroying salmonella typhi bacteria.
A regular use of this herb can help in preventing recurrent infections in the immunocompromised patients. It strengthens the immunity and boosts the response of the defense cells in the blood, which act against the organisms and eliminate them.
Skin diseases caused due to fungal infections can be managed well by using this herb. Fungal infections are common in the patients suffering from diabetes. Skin complications caused due to fungal infections like non-healing wounds and ulcers can be treated effectively by using Garlic Mustard. It has been found to produce a powerful antifungal activity that can protect the plant against infections. This property of the herb can also be beneficial for humans for preventing fungal infections. The antipruritic action of this herb can provide relief from the itching caused due to skin infections. (1)
SAFETY & TOXICOLOGY
There are no known side effects of Garlic Mustard when used based on the indications.