Oxygen-enhancing (Oxystatic) Benefits of Spices

Oxygen-enhancing (Oxystatic) Benefits of Spices

Majid Ali, M.D.

Why bring oxygen into discussions about the medicinal benefits of on spices? Succinctly stated, what prevents unregulated inflammation restores oxygen homeostasis which, in my opinion, is the final goal in all healing work. In that sense, all spices with anti-inflammatory benefits contribute to the correction of the oxygen disorder (the dysox state) and the restoration of oxygen homeostasis. However, there is another crucial issue here: I do not consider spice therapies to be complete treatment for any of the so-called inflammatory disorders — colitis, arthritis, vasculitis, thyroiditis, asthma, nephritis, eczema, and others. At the bioenergetic cellular level, all inflammatory, autoimmune, and neurodegenerative disorders are caused by the oxygen disorder (dysfunctional oxygen utilization) caused by cellular toxicity in the cells. In that light, I consider it a serious clinical error not to add relevant direct and indirect oxygen therapies to spice therapies as components of all integrative treatment plans.

A friend recently insisted that turmeric is an excellent anti-inflammatory but garlic is not. He also asserted that garlic is an effective antiviral food while turmeric is not. I wondered what might be the basis of those statements. In my clinical work among patients with the common cold, I find that turmeric — one- half teaspoon taken with organic vegetable juice or grapefruit juice three times a day — is far more effective than garlic. Putting that aside, my friend’s assertions raise a deeper question: Can the antiviral and anti-inflammatory effects of spices ever be seperated with confidence? What is antiviral, by definition, is anti-inflammatory. What is anti-inflammatory is also antiviral when seen through the prism of oxygen homeostasis. Stated another way, every pre-existing non-physiological inflammatory process increases the pathogenicity of viruses, and every existing viral infection feeds the pathologic inflammatory response. (See the article entitled “The Dysox Model of Inflammation” on http://www.majidali.com and Integrative Immunology, the fourth volume of The Principles and Practice of Integrative Medicine for further discussion of this subject.)


Some years ago, I coined the term OxyHealingTM to focus on the two core issues of compassion (the nutrient for the soul) and oxygen (the nutrient for the body).

For a full listing of my books, DVDs, and video seminars, please go to http://www.oxyhealing.org.

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