Cyclosporine, which belongs to a class of immunosuppressants, may interact with garlic. Taking garlic together with this immunosuppressant might actually decrease the efficiency of the drug. Consult with your doctor before taking garlic.
Contraceptive drugs containing estrogen. Studies show that garlic may increase estrogen breakdown, rendering birth control pills to be ineffective at some point. If you are taking contraceptives along with garlic, you may want to use additional forms of birth control.
Anticoagulant drugs. These types of drugs also interact with garlic. Garlic may slow down the blood clotting process, so if you are using anticoagulants on the side, too, the chances of bleeding and bruising might be relatively higher than usual.
The information provided is not a substitute for medical advice. ALWAYS consult your herbalist or doctor before using this medication.
What is the usual dose for Bawang?
For high blood pressure
- Garlic tablets. 300mg to 1500mg, may be used in divided doses daily for at least 24 weeks.
- Garlic powder tablets. 2400mg taken as one dose or 600mg daily for at least 12 weeks.
- Garlic extracts (in capsule). 960mg to 7200mg used in divided doses daily for at least 6 months.
For high blood cholesterol
- Aged garlic extract. 1000mg to 7200mg used in divided doses daily for at least 4 months.
- Garlic powder tablet. 600mg to 900mg taken in divided doses daily for at least 6 weeks.
- Other garlic powder products. 300 mg taken twice daily for at least 12 weeks.
What Form Does Bawang Come in?
Generally, you can eat raw garlic bulbs, as long as you are not bothered by the pungent smell. Garlic may be fried and roasted. It can also be soaked in vinegar for at least 30 minutes, or boiled in water for around 5 minutes. You can take 2 pieces of bawang three times a day, after meals.
Bawang uses and benefits also come in food supplements that are sold as tablets or garlic extracts.
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