A few months after a flesh-eating disease has resurfaced in the Middle East, a research team from Saudi Arabia and Egypt has released a new study which claims that allicin, a sulfur compound found in garlic, can hold the key to a cure.
Leishmaniasis is a protozoal parasitic disease spread by the bite of certain types of sandflies. From cutaneous lesions to fatal visceral infections, the parasite is vicious, but now these scientists are saying that the compound that is derived from the oldest medicinal plant and a cream based on it can heal cutaneous leishmaniasis in mice.
The study published in PLOS One says that at a concentration of 50 micromoles of allicin put a stopper on the growth of Leishmania parasites. Topical application of allicin cream have successfully reduced lesion sizes.
The scientists studied the toxic effects of allicin on the liver and kidney, but they discovered no significant differences in their biochemical analysis between the control and treated groups.
The potential cure’s promise lies in the fact that it overcomes the disease’s drug resistance, according to the study.