HERBS AS ANTIBIOTICS
SAIMA IBRAHIM (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Jan 18 - 24, 2010
Natural antibiotics are a group of various substances of natural origin that have anti-bacterial properties. They include plant extracts and naturally occurring minerals. Natural antibiotics have both immense healing as well as immune building powers.
Many alternative medicine practitioners, and some doctors, consider natural alternatives to antibiotics important.
Conventional antibiotics are effective for treating a specific ailment and have saved many lives. They are powerful chemicals and should be respected as such- used when necessary, but not taken simply as a matter of convenience, as the side effect of antibiotics is a weaker immune system, and therefore, a greater need for more antibiotics in the future.
Boosting the immune system with natural antibiotics is a way to increase the body's defenses while at the same time nurturing the body. The role of herbs and supplements is to support natural processes in times of vulnerability, including when antibiotics are taken, and to prevent an infection from occurring in the first place. They are particularly beneficial during the cold and flu season, but can be taken at any time.
Herbs are whole sources of nutrition and medicine. They consist of active phytochemicals as well as supporting constituents, which when taken as a whole entity have a tremendous ability to nourish and heal. Herbs are most effective when taken cumulatively; one cup of tea is not going to protect the body from the cold and flu, although one cup every day for two or three weeks may. They are still useful during an infection, boosting the immune system and helping the body cleanse itself of bacteria and toxins, as well as after illness when the body needs to recover and restore balance.
The immune system herbs can be taken with one another or on their own. The proper adult dosage is one to three cups of an herbal infusion a day, made from one cup of boiling water and two teaspoons of the dried herb, or 15 to 20 drops of an herbal tincture, taken one to three times daily with juice or tea.
ANTIMICROBIAL AND IMMUNE STIMULATING HERBS
* Wild Indigo
* Aloe Vera
* Golden Seal (do not take if pregnant)
DIAPHORETIC HERBS TO ENCOURAGE SWEATING
Out of above, some of the best-known natural antibiotics include garlic, vitamin C, colloidal silver, and citricidal.
Garlic is very potent in antioxidants. It assists in the treatment of coughs, flues, and other infectious diseases. A garlic natural antibiotic substance has been used for many years and was known to prevent infection. It is also used by many people to treat minor ear and throat infections. Garlic has some similar properties to penicillin, and can even kill resistant bacteria.
Vitamin C has been used in high doses as a natural antibiotic to treat a number of kinds of infections, including Auto Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). It has also been used in the treatment of polio, tetanus, whooping cough, and diphtheria. The anti-bacterial properties of vitamin C are probably due to its function in the production of white blood cells, which attack bacteria in the blood.
Colloidal silver is a solution of very fine particles of silver, dispersed in a liquid. A common use of silver is in water filters, which are often impregnated with silver to retard the growth of bacteria. Some research suggests that the anti-bacterial properties of silver are due to its ability to disrupt the enzyme systems of many types of bacteria.
Citricidal is a natural herbal antibiotic that is extracted from the seeds of grapefruit. It was first identified as a natural antibiotic by Dr Louis Parish in 1976, who found that it inhibited the growth not only of bacteria but also of a number of fungal and viral agents. This substance is taken from grapefruit. It slows the growth of bacteria and is often used as a drinking water additive. Citricidal is sometimes used by campers as an additive to cleanse drinking water. Another application is in the treatment of diaper rash in babies.
TEA TREE OIL: This has been used in many situations in which an antiseptic is needed for wound cleaning. It helps prevent or eliminate current wound, sore, or infection found in the skin. It has been used in a variety of cases, such as for the treatment of hemorrhoids, ringworm, jock itch, yeast infections, and nail fungus.
IMMUNE SYSTEM SUPPLEMENTS AS NATURAL ANTIBIOTICS
All nutrients are necessary for overall health and well-being, but taking immune system supplements is beneficial for boosting the immune system naturally, especially during the cold and flu season. Vitamin C helps to increase the number of white blood cells; buffered ascorbic acid crystals mixed with water are easily absorbed by the body. Beta-carotene is a precursor to vitamin A, which protects mucous membranes, helping to ward off infection. The B-complex vitamins have a variety of functions, making them essential for healing; they also help to reduce the extra stress on the body caused by illness.
Zinc is an immune system supplement, most suited at the start of an infection. With the first signs of a cold or flu, take zinc supplements or zinc lozenges as they stimulate the immune system and nourish cells.
OTHER TIPS FOR BOOSTING THE IMMUNE SYSTEM NATURALLY
The holistic approach to healing and disease prevention involves not only taking natural antibiotics, but taking care of the body in other ways as well. A healthy diet, rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, yogurt, and water is important for the body to remain in a state of balance. Daily exercise, even a 20-minute walk in the fresh air and sunlight, will help maintain a healthy blood flow and relieve stress. Perhaps most importantly, be sure to get enough rest to keep the immune system working properly. All of these actions combined are a way to empower oneself and take control of health instead of helplessly dreading the cold and flu season.