The benefits of garlic as a natural
health remedy, once considered to be mere folklore, have been
proven by the scientific community in recent years. From lowering
cholesterol to preventing cancer and boosting the immune system,
this wonder food continues to show its promise in the field of
health and wellness because of the over 100 biologically useful
chemicals it contains. By encouraging white blood cells to fight
infections and promoting other immune cells to combat bacterial
and viral infections and scavenge for cancer cells it supports
immune system vitality. Garlic is also a powerful antimicrobial,
meaning that it eliminates or slows the growth of harmful microbes.
One of these potentially harmful microbes is fungus such as tinea
One in every five people will be
infected with fungus in their life. Fungi are molds and yeasts
that can live in the top layer of the skin and toenails. This
fungal infection can become quite unsightly and painful. Fungal
growth at the toenail begins as a light colored spot under the
tip of the nail in addition to a loss of the nail's natural luster.
As the fungus grows, it will continue to spread until the entire
toenail becomes thick and yellow with crumbling edges. If no
treatment is given to destroy the fungus, the condition will
worsen and eventually the toenail will have a distorted shape,
the color may become green, brown, or black, and a foul odor
may be present.
There are many treatments available
to eradicate the fungus that causes this unpleasant condition.
Interestingly, one of the most effective cures for this condition
also happens to be one of the least expensive. And you probably
have it in your kitchen already. Garlic has been shown over the
years to be a great way to fight even the most persistent cases
of toenail fungus.
Treating toenail fungus with garlic
is easy and painless. There are several methods that work well
and depending on the severity of your fungal infection, you may
wish to try one or more of them. Its ability to eliminate the
fungus makes it a natural choice and one that is easy to attain
and use. In the beginning stages of the infection it is useful
to place several chopped cloves in the toes of your socks at
night. Or, for a more targeted approach, simply crush some fresh
cloves and place them in contact with the affected area for 30
minutes. The skin should be washed before and after both of these
applications. Garlic powder can also be used to combat toenail
fungus. A light dusting of it is an easy way to get a healthy
dose of this powerful natural remedy.
Using garlic is a highly effective,
not to mention inexpensive, way to fight even the most persistent
cases of toenail fungus. Another product that makes garlic treatment
easy is known as garlic oil ointment. You may be able to find
this effective formula in health food stores, where it would
be sold chilled. If not, it is simple to make and can be stored
in your refrigerator for up to one month. It is made by combining
one tablespoon of fresh chopped garlic cloves, three tablespoons
of coconut oil and one tablespoon of olive oil.
The only downside to using this
home remedy for toenail fungus is that it may stain the nail
a yellow color which makes the nail look unpleasant. This will
go away with time, however it is hard to monitor the progress
of new clear nail growing out when the solution will also stain
the healthy nail yellow.
When using garlic or any other treatment
for your toenail fungus, the success of the treatment depends
entirely on your willingness to faithfully treat the toenail
every day and to continue your chosen course of therapy for a
considerable amount of time. It is best to treat toenail fungus
or nail fungus from the inside out. Taking fresh garlic cloves,
garlic pills or a super concentrated spagyric formula is most
effective. Unfortunately, because the cure for toenail fungus
can take six months or more, many people choose to live with
it rather than take measures to combat it. The treatment of toenail
fungus is lengthy due to the fact that the treatment must continue
even after the fungus has died and the toenail begins to clear.
The fungus is not completely cured until the infected portion
of the toenail has completely grown out. Treatment internally
and externally should then continue for at least 3-4 weeks to
make sure it does not come back.
Once the fungus has been taken care
of and the toenail is completely healthy, it is vital to take
steps to ensure that the fungus does not return. Keeping toenails
clean and trim is important because fungus can make a home under
the toenail. Wear socks that allow the feet to breathe, such
as those made from natural fibers such as cotton. If you have
exceptionally sweaty feet, give them ample time to dry out during
the day, if possible. When doing any type of treatment for toenail
fungus or athlete's foot make sure to throw away old infected
socks as washing may not kill the fungus.
Dr. Jonathan N. Group, B.S., R.D.,
D.C. is a Doctor of Chiropractic, Registered Dietitian and Independent
Research Scientist. He has over 15 years of educational and research
experience in health care focusing in clinical nutrition, alternative
medicine, chiropractic, fitness, health and wellness. Dr. Group
is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Fungus Research,
L.L.C. and heads the research and development team dedicated
to producing advanced, new anti-fungal and anti-microbial products.