Garlic Is Mother Nature's Pungent Cure-All

Written by Margie Garrison

The Odoriferous Herb

Garlic Is Mother Nature's Pungent Cure-All

I don't know about you, but one of my very favorite aromas is garlic wafting through a kitchen, especially when it's in a great tomato sauce or stir fried with some vegetables. Whether it's in a pan with olive oil or roasting inrepparttar oven,repparttar 150728 smell of garlic sets my appetite on overdrive!

While not everyone shares my predilection for this odoriferous herb, there can be no denying that its appeal extends far beyond its smell or taste.

Time and again, garlic has come through as one ofrepparttar 150729 most versatile healing herbs known to humans.

The value of garlic (Allium sativum) has been recognized since ancient Egypt, when slaves went on strike to increase their garlic rations. Inrepparttar 150730 1950s,repparttar 150731 great Albert Schweitzer, M.D., used garlic in his African clinic to treat dysentery, typhus and cholera.

Duringrepparttar 150732 Second World War, garlic was used as a disinfectant for wounds and as protection against gangrene in injured soldiers.

Now, research is showing that it protects against two ofrepparttar 150733 most dreaded diseases of our time: heart disease and cancer.

Some have even argued that since our ancestors ate a diet rich in a variety of plants and herbs now missing in modern diets, we should consider phytonutrient-rich plants such as garlic to be essential nutrients!

I think this is a great idea, and you can easily incorporate into your own personal diet plan just by taking aged garlic supplements.

Garlic Basics

Garlic is a member ofrepparttar 150734 lily family. Its genus (Allium) also includes onions. When a clove of garlic is crushed or chewed, an odorless sulfur-containing compound, alliin, is transformed to allicin, which gives garlic its characteristic odor. Allicin isrepparttar 150735 element of garlic that has been most intensively studied and which appears to haverepparttar 150736 most medicinal value. Allicin naturally breaks down to other compounds, including daily sulfide and ajoene, which are thought to have unique healing effects onrepparttar 150737 body.

Garlic Keeps Your Blood Vessels Clear

While early studies onrepparttar 150738 heart-protective effects of garlic showed that garlic supplementation tended to decrease "bad" LDL cholesterol and raise "good" HDL, more recent research has conflicted with those results.

Whether garlic affects blood cholesterol levels or not, it still dramatically reducesrepparttar 150739 buildup of plaque (the fatty deposits that clog blood vessels) inrepparttar 150740 arteries.

In one study fromrepparttar 150741 journal Atherosclerosis, 152 subjects hadrepparttar 150742 amount of plaque in two major arteries measured, and then took garlic powder for 48 months. The results showed thatrepparttar 150743 growth ofrepparttar 150744 plaques was slowed by five to 18 percent, and that in some subjectsrepparttar 150745 plaques actually became smaller.

Several studies on non-human subjects showrepparttar 150746 same trend. It appears that garlic protectsrepparttar 150747 heart by way of its potent antioxidant effects. Oxidized LDL, not just LDL, is what causes plaques to grow. In study after study garlic has shown itself to be a superior preventative against LDL oxidation. Garlic also protects against clogged blood vessels by decreasingrepparttar 150748 tendency of blood to clump or clot.

Garlic Protects Against Infections Of All Kinds

Whether you want to stave off bacterial, viral, fungal, or parasitic infections, garlic is good protection. Garlic has been shown in test-tube studies and animal studies to be deadly to Helicobacter pylori,repparttar 150749 bacteria that causes ulcers, and torepparttar 150750 dreaded food-borne bacteria Salmonella, E. coli, Staphylococcus and Listeria.

Bacteria do not develop resistance to garlic—a good reason to favor garlic over antibiotics! Phytochemicals in garlic are also effective at stopping cold, flu and herpes viruses in their tracks. The growth of Candida albicans,repparttar 150751 fungal yeast that causes vaginal yeast infections and intestinal candidiasis, is slowed by garlic. Garlic kills parasites such as Giardia and Entamoeba, both common causes of chronic diarrhea.

Cancer Prevention With Garlic

Studies on gastrointestinal, colon, and breast cancer show that in populations that consume more garlic, cancer risk is significantly lower. It appears that phytochemicals in garlic interfere withrepparttar 150752 growth of several kinds of cancer cells.

Who Created Tai Chi Chuan (Tai Chi Boxing)?

Written by C. Guan Soo

Who Created Tai Chi Chuan (Tai Chi Boxing)?

I have read a number of books, articles, and novels, and have watched movies and television series that touched onrepparttar origins of Tai Chi Chuan (Tai Chi Boxing), andrepparttar 150668 question, “Who Created Tai Chi Chuan?” made me concern very much!

Although knowingrepparttar 150669 origins orrepparttar 150670 source of Tai Chi Chuan is not going to have much effects on your learning and practicing ofrepparttar 150671 art, it is my responsibility to share withrepparttar 150672 masses of what I have found out. And understandingrepparttar 150673 origins of something that we loved so much about will make us appreciaterepparttar 150674 understand it better, if not improving our skills.

The legend was too well-known. And most people will tell and re-tellrepparttar 150675 stories of a priest named Zhang Sanfeng ofrepparttar 150676 Wudang Sect who found this special martial arts called Tai Chi Chuan. I was fascinated by these legends, and found myself believing them too… until I researched more deeply into its historical backgrounds. Some legends said that he gotrepparttar 150677 inspiration to create Tai Chi Chuan from observingrepparttar 150678 fight between a snake and a crane, and some said in he learned it from an immortal in a dream.


Yes, this theory is found in a recorded scripture.

Based on that written scripture, it was claimed that Zhang Sanfeng were summoned byrepparttar 150679 Emperor at that time, aroundrepparttar 150680 end of Song Dynasty. He was on his way torepparttar 150681 palace when he was surrounded by a group of over 100 bandits. Unable to breakthrough, he put a night up in hiding.

That night, he dreamt of meeting King Yuan, previous ruler of China in who appeared as an immortal in his dream. King Yuan taught him a special type of martial art in that dream.

Next day, with this new skill, Zhang Sanfeng defeatedrepparttar 150682 100 over bandits, single-handedly. From then onwards, Zhang Sanfeng began to teach this mysteriously acquired skill to his disciples and this art is known as Tai Chi Chuan.

Let's put asiderepparttar 150683 point about him defeating 100 over bandits single-handedly, which is very difficult to be accepted as a true point. Evenrepparttar 150684 existence of Zhang Sanfeng is very much speculated! Some claimed that he lived inrepparttar 150685 beginning of Yuan Dynasty; some claimed that he lived duringrepparttar 150686 Jin Invasion ofrepparttar 150687 Southern Song Dynasty; some claimed that he lived inrepparttar 150688 Song Dynasty; and some even said in Ming Dynasty. This is quite debatable.

On top of that, why King Yuan in his dream???

This is mainly becauserepparttar 150689 relationship between philosophies (some said religion) and martial arts are closely related. Since Daoism is very much rooted inrepparttar 150690 Chinese culture and it stresses on maintenance life, withrepparttar 150691 tendency towards achieving immortality,repparttar 150692 immortal King Yuan, came intorepparttar 150693 picture in this legend.

Many Chinese scholars and writers have disagreed with this record!

Even there’s common agreement that Zhang Sanfeng is notrepparttar 150694 one created Tai Chi Chuan, there are many disagreement regardingrepparttar 150695 origin of Tai Chi Chuan. There are many schools of thought. Some claimed that it began in Liang State ofrepparttar 150696 Southern Dynasty era - by Han Gongyue and Cheng Lingxi. There are claims that it was created by Xu Xuanpin or Li Daozi inrepparttar 150697 Tang Dynasty.

Based on more reliable sources and records, Tai Chi Chuan originated from Chen Wangting,repparttar 150698 9th generation ofrepparttar 150699 Chen clan of Chenjiagou in Nanwen District duringrepparttar 150700 late Ming Dynasty.

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