Been feeling run down lately (well, more than that, actually, but I won’t bother going into the interminable details), so I’ve decided to boost my immune system with three “magic weapons”: garlic, carrots and yogurt.
So today, after finishing a grilled hamburger for lunch, I chopped up one-quarter of a smallish clove of garlic and chewed it down with mouthfulls of water. The result? It may just be psychosomatic, but I did feel something of an energy boost. Problem is, for the first two hours or so I had a bit of a headache, and even felt waves of slight sinus discomfort. I also had a weird shoulder thing, kind of a weak feeling…not intense, but noticeable. Oh, and an occasional throb of pain in the cleft between the thumb and forefinger, too. Actually, this is the spot a TCM practitioner once told me was an acupuncture point which you press to relieve headache. Heh.*
The symptoms have calmed down now, six hours after the intake, but I’ve still got a smidgeon of an ache in my head–not excruciating, but enough to be there (and not something I’d want to live with every day). I now recognize these symptoms from the last time I ate some raw garlic, when I thought I was getting a cold. Thing is, it prevented the cold last time, and today I feel I have more energy, but I’ve got these other things going on.
So on the one hand I’m getting the benefits of the raw garlic, but on the other I’m wondering if I’m, well…allergic? I’ve never felt this from cooked garlic, so it must be just the raw. Does this sound like something my body will just get used to if I keep it up every day? Should I take some kind of allergy test to make sure I don’t harm myself by self-medicating on garlic? If it turns out I simply cannot eat raw garlic, would garlic pills be a good alternative without causing symptoms? Or, are there other good alternatives to garlic which provide similar health benefits?
*Turns out this last one is from a TV remote with buttons that require a greater effort in the pressing, I’m embarrassed to say.