here's the thing.
the instructions i've read on this community say to insert a CLOVE of garlic.
either people are misunderstanding garlic terminology and mean a SEGMENT, or that's a shitload of garlic. not to mention the outside of a CLOVE is covered in that lovely paper, whereas you can peel a SEGMENT. paper doesn't seem helpful.
oh, and my health center wouldn't prescribe me anything until i tried OTC treatments. great. so garlic it was.
ETA: apparently i'm the odd one - maybe it's regional. lol. thanks guys.