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Garlic in Hyperlipidemia Caused by HAART

This study has been withdrawn prior to enrollment.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) Identifier:
First received: January 9, 2002
Last updated: March 21, 2013
Last verified: March 2013
The purpose of this study is to test the effectiveness and tolerability of garlic pills in lowering cholesterol and triglycerides in hyperlipidemic HIV-infected individuals who are being treated with highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART).

Condition Intervention Phase
HIV Infections Hypercholesterolemia Hypertriglyceridemia Hyperglycemia Drug: Garlic powder standardized to allicin Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Phase II, Randomized, Double-blind, Placebo-controlled, Dose-escalation Study on the Effects of Garlic on Hyperlipidemia Induced by HAART in HIV-positive Individuals

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Further study details as provided by National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH):

Enrollment: 0
Study Start Date: November 2001
Study Completion Date: May 2003
Primary Completion Date: May 2003 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Detailed Description:

Clinical evaluation of garlic in HIV disease is warranted for several reasons. First, garlic is used as a botanical medicine and as an alternative therapy by many HIV-infected individuals. Baseline data from the Bastyr's Alternative Medicine Care Outcomes in AIDS (AMCOA) study [1] indicate that garlic is the most frequently used botanical medicine among HIV-infected men and women (52.9%) who utilize complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). In the same cohort, 50% of the subjects who use antiretroviral therapy are also taking garlic supplements. Second, there is a growing body of studies that indicate that garlic exhibits lipid and glucose lowering as well as hepato-protective activities. Third, several of the pharmacological activities of garlic and their reported clinical benefits in other conditions, especially in hyperlipidemia, may be relevant in the management of highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) in HIV-infected subjects.

Study Medication: We will utilize GarlicinTM, an allicin-standardized dried garlic supplement in two escalating doses in HIV-infected subjects who are receiving HAART.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 65 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • HIV-1 seropositive confirmed by medical history
  • On stable HAART for at least 6 months before study entry without the likelihood of HAART therapy changes in the following 6 months due to viral rebound or adverse events
  • CD4+ lymphocyte number > 100 cells/mm3 measured within 60 days before study entry
  • HIV-1 viral load < 2000 RNA copies/ml
  • Cholesterol > 200 mg/dL
  • Triglycerides > 250 mg/dL < 1000 mg/dL
  • Willing and able to avoid raw or dry garlic, onion, leeks and shallots as well as supplements containing garlic during the 16 weeks of the trial
  • Willing and able to provide inform consent
  • Willing and able to understand and follow protocol for the duration of the study
  • Willing and able to maintain a consistent lifestyle routine, eg. diet, exercise, medications, dietary supplements and sleep schedule for the duration of the study
  • Willing and able to understand and follow the Step 1 guidelines from the National Cholesterol Education Program (NCEP) for the duration of the study
  • Willing to remain adherent to the current HAART regimen
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00029250

United States, Washington
Bastyr University Center for Natural Health
Seattle, Washington, United States, 98103
University of Washington Harborview Medical Center
Seattle, Washington, United States, 98104
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)
Principal Investigator: Leanna J Standish, ND, PhD Bastyr University
  More Information

Standish LJ, Johnson LC, Kozak L & Richards T. Neural Energy Transfer Between Human Subjects at a Distance. In the Proceedings of the Third Annual Meeting of the Science and Spirituality of Healing, Bridging Worlds and Filling Gaps in the Science of Healing W. Jonas and R. Chez (eds), 2002.

Responsible Party: National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) Identifier: NCT00029250     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: R21AT000328-01 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
Study First Received: January 9, 2002
Last Updated: March 21, 2013

Keywords provided by National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH):
complementary therapies
Allium sativum
metabolic diseases
Protease inhibitors

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
HIV Infections
Lentivirus Infections
Retroviridae Infections
RNA Virus Infections
Virus Diseases
Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Viral
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Immunologic Deficiency Syndromes
Immune System Diseases
Lipid Metabolism Disorders
Metabolic Diseases
Glucose Metabolism Disorders
Anti-Infective Agents
Hypolipidemic Agents
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Lipid Regulating Agents
Protective Agents
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Hypoglycemic Agents
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