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#61 - HERBAL ANTIBIOTIC ALTERNATIVES

  • There are times when antibiotics are necessary - in people with severely compromised immunity, newborns or overwhelming infections, antibiotics are life-savers.

    But for chronic or less serious infections, and for viral and fungal illnesses, there are herbal options that can help. Antibiotic resistance is a massive problem worldwide - pathogens can outsmart antibiotics because unlike herbs, pharmaceutical drugs don't contain hundreds of biologically active compounds.

    So here are a few of my favourite herbal medicines that have potent anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and/or anti-fungal activity. Please note that herb quality is paramount, so it is best to consult with a Naturopath or Medical Herbalist to ensure you are taking an extract that is lab tested for purity and quality.

  • Herbal Anti-virals include:
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      Hypericum perforatum (St Johns Wort - caution with this herb due to its ability to interact with some pharmaceutical drugs - consult a practitioner)
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      Eleuthrococcus senticosis (Siberian Ginseng - but not in acute infections)
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      Astragalus membranaceus
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      • Phyllanthus amarus
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      Lentinus edodes (the medicinal mushroom aka Shiitake)
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      Allium sativum (Garlic)
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      Thuja occidentalis

    • Herbal Anti-Bacterials include:
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      Citrus seed extract
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      Andrographis paniculata
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      Thymus vulgaris (Thyme)
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      Allium sativum (Garlic)
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      Vaccinium macrocarpa (Cranberry)

    • Herbal Anti-fungals include:
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      Citrus seed extract
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      Horopito
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      Pau D'arco
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      Thymus vulgaris (Thyme)
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      Allium sativum (Garlic)
    • So for infections that don't require antibiotics, or where antibiotics have not resolved the illness, then consider your Herbal medicine options more closely...
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