This is an article that came from Bee Wilder's Candida website. Since I can't use RX topicals I think that I will try this. I just hate the thought of having garlic breath. Has anyone tried this and did it help with seb derm?
Garlic contains a large number of sulphur containing compounds that exhibit very potent broad-spectrum antifungal properties. Among the most studied are allicin, alliin, alliinase and S-allylcysteine. Some studies have found garlic to be just as potent as nystatin (drug) at killing Candida overgrowth. It also enhances the immune system.
In one study it was found that candida is sensitive to garlic; resistance to the broad spectrum of active principles present is unlikely so that its anti-candida effects may provide an important alternative route to drugs. [Source: Appl Microbiol. 2002;93(3):398-405. Garlic (Allium sativum) as an anti-Candida agent: a comparison of the efficacy of fresh garlic and freeze-dried extracts, Lemar KM, Turner MP, Lloyd D. PMID: 12174037 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
Some of the most traditional uses of garlic have been for colds, flu and other infections, such as earaches, vaginal yeast infections, and high blood pressure. Modern research has focused on four main areas: heart disease, cancer, infectious disease, and antioxidant effects. The effects of garlic on cardiovascular health have been studied for more than 30 years with good results. (Source: healthyherbs.about.com)
Garlic is a natural antibiotic, but unlike manufactured antibiotics that kill all bacteria, garlic only destroys the unfriendly bacteria, and at the same time assists the development of the friendly bacteria present in the digestive system. It contains the volatile oil, allium, which converts to allicin when crushed.
Fresh garlic is significantly more potent against Candida albicans than any other form, including tablets, oils and pills. Fresh garlic is also a suitable alternative to drugs for serious systemic yeast infections in patients with severe immune suppression. Adding fresh garlic to food (raw and crushed), or crushing and swallowing raw cloves is a cheap and powerful antifungal treatment.
Garlic also stimulates the immune system, improves circulation, lowers high blood pressure, kills intestinal parasites, and is a powerful antioxidant and antibiotic, in addition to many other health benefits.
To obtain the most benefit from garlic buy “certified organic” garlic and crush it with the flat of a broad knife, or put it through a garlic press. Crushing breaks the cell walls releasing garlic’s beneficial properties. Exposed to air, allicin converts to diallydisulphide, which is a powerful bactericide and fungicide (also effective against many viruses). In addition, garlic contains vitamins A, B and C.
To kill off Candida overgrowth start with 1 average sized raw clove per day to minimize “die-off” symptoms, and gradually increase to 4 or 5 cloves per day, mixed in foods or taken with meals. Another alternative is to drink garlic tea.