, Volume 71, Issue 5, pp 383-386

Effects of garlic coated tablets in peripheral arterial occlusive disease

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For the first time, a weak clinical efficacy of a 12-week therapy with garlic powder (daily dose, 800 mg) is demonstrated in patients with peripheral arterial occlusive disease stage II. The increase in walking distance in the verum group by 46 m (from 161.0 ± 65.1 to 207.1 ± 85.0 m) was significantly higher (P<0.05) than in the placebo group (by 31 m, from 172.0 ± 60.9 to 203.1 ± 72.8). Both groups received physical therapy twice a week. The diastolic blood pressure, spontaneous thrombocyte aggregation, plasma viscosity, and cholesterol concentration also decreased significantly. Body weight was maintained. It is quite interesting that the garlic-specific increase in walking distance did not appear to occur until the 5th week of treatment, connected with a simultaneous decrease in spontaneous thrombocyte aggregation. Therefore, garlic may be an appropriate agent especially for the long-term treatment of an incipient intermittent claudication.

Dedicated to Prof. Dr. N. Zöllner on the occasion of his 70th birthday