Some Alternatives to Antibiotics
Contrary to what most mainstream doctors will tell you, there are effective alternatives to pharmaceutical antibiotics. These agents have not been adequately studied, but have many years of anecdotal evidence behind them.
Echinacea - was recently shown to be one of the best natural antibiotics in a study at the University of Munich. Dr Alfred Vogel promoted Echinacea for more than 40 years and this report proves that there are natural ways to support and boost the defenses of the human body. This North American plant was originally used by Indians for the healing of wounds, snake bites, and infections. It inhibits the ability of the bacteria to penetrate cells and it particularly stimulates a certain type of white blood cells called macrophages that consume the bacteria present in our body. It is beneficial as a single remedy but can profitably be taken together with Goldenseal, Hydrastis canadensis. Liquid Cone flower extracts are usually preferable as they have the most rapid effect.
Adult dosage: 1:2 liquid extract: 10 - 20 ml. a day in acute infections.
Goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis) A North American plant - just like Cone flower - used as a medicinal herb by the Indians. The active substances of this plant include various alkaloids, e.g. berberine. It has cleansing, disinfectant, and bacteriostatic effects.
Adult dosage: Dried root (10% alkaloid): 250 mg. 3 times a day.
St. John's wort (Hypericum perforatum) From ancient times, this herb has been used as an ingredient in wound ointments. In addition to its mood-lifting effect, St. John's wort is known for its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial effects that can kill off resistant staphylococci. Among other things, St. John's wort contains the substance hyperforin which has antibiotic effects. The plant can also be used externally. It can profitably be used together with Cone flower. St. John's wort is non-toxic in the recommended dosages and detoxifies the body to such a degree that conventional medicine taken together with St. John's wort might lose its effect. You should therefore consult your doctor if you consider taking St. John's wort whilst taking conventional medicine. If you are using St. John's wort, you should avoid strong sunlight as the herb can make you hypersensitive to light.
Adult dosage: 1:2 liquid extract: 5 ml. a day in case of acute infection. Dried root: 4 g. 3 times a day in case of acute infection.
Garlic (Allium sativum) Garlic has a long tradition of being a natural antibiotic. Hippokrates, the founder of the art of healing, recommended this herb among other things as a disinfectant. Today, we known that when garlic is crushed, its ingredients come into contact with each other and make antibacterial connections, e.g. the sulphur compound allicin. Garlic juice has been proved to either inhibit or kill more than 20 bacterial species. However, garlic has the best effect on intestinal or respiratory infections.
Adult dosage: Fresh garlic: A minimum of 3 large cloves of garlic a day. Acutally, there is no upper limit in case of acute infections. Dried powder: 300 mg. 3 times a day before meals in case of acute infections.
Probiotics: "For therapeutic use, acidophilus products should be measured in billions of CFU (colony-formingunits)". Aim for 3 to 5 varieties. Use human strains. Fortunately, the digestive tract acts as a fertile ground in which we can plant new, healthy organisms, and those organisms are called probiotics. Taking these valuable mixtures of Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus rhamnosus, Bifidobacteria longum, and other organisms can restore proper digestive function. Saccharomyces boulardii is a special organism that seems to have some use in treating Clostridium dificile, a dangerous digestive infection that results from overuse of antibiotics. Probiotics provide innumerous benefits to your health and body. Listed are some of the ways they can help: As an immune system booster, In the fight against cancer, For digestive health,To fight infections (viral, bacterial, fungal), As an intestinal cleanser, In the battle against environmental toxins (in the air we breathe, the water we drink, etc.)
Colostrum: In the July 2000 issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, British researchers combed the research on the use of bovine colostrum for a variety of gastrointestinal conditions, including inflammatory bowel disease, and also gastrointestinal injury caused by either anti-inflammatory drugs (like ibuprofen) or chemotherapy. The authors conclude that "early results are encouraging and we envisage the standard use of these products in the clinical management of gastrointestinal diseases within the next decade." Colostrum is rich in immune stimulating substances like immunoglobulins.
Selasih: The botanical name for this plant is ocimum sanctum. It is called tulasi by Indians. The English name is Holy basil. It is held is very high esteem in Ayurveda, the Indian science of traditional healing. In fact, next to the lotus, it is the second most sacred herb of the vedas (the ancient holy books). It is known as the "herb with many cures". As it has a very high place in Ayurveda, it is a very well researched herb. Among its many documented effects are as immunostimulant, expectorant, anti-emetic, anti-inflammatory, anthelmintic, antiseptic, analgesic, hepatoprotective, stress adaptogen, anti-cattarhal and mild blood purifier.
Liver herbs - The bitter herb, hempedu bumi (andographis paniculata) is an excellent antibiotic.
Vitamin C - Robert Cathcart, M.D. - probably the most experienced therapist currently using very high doses of ascorbic acid - has been treating with the nutrient for decades to get AIDS patients back on their feet. In a published report he describes the use of oral vitamin C in bacterial infections with doses as high as 200 grams or higher. He includes over 30 references of others who have used very high doses in disease treatment. A fantastic remedy against all bacterial infections. The only reason why some individuals have not had good results from taking vitamin C must be that they have taken too little. The white blood cells designed to remove bacteria from any undesirable place in the entire body are dependent on vitamin C and the level of activity of the blood cells increases with increased amounts of this vitamin.
Adult dosage: In acute bacterial infections, you (adults) should normally take 2 - 3 g. vitamin C as a shock dose. After this, take 1? - 2 g. every hour - in severe cases even more. In very serious cases it might be necessary to take vitamin C in larger intravenous injections - a doctor will administer this.
The sooner the treatment is initiated, the sooner you will overcome the infection. In order to increase the absorption of vitamin C, it might be a good idea to supplement with some bioflavonoids; e.g. fresh fruit- or vegetable juice. Once your body has reached its saturation point for vitamin C, your stools will get thin. Then slowly step down the dose to normal dose.
Olive Leaf Extract - This flavonoid and antioxidant has been tested as an antimicrobial agent, with sufficient power to achieve a published status in peer-review journals.Olive leaf extract has been used against infections for thousands of years and its effect has been confirmed by recent scientific studies. The fruit, bark, and roots - and particularly the leaves - of the olive trea contain the bitter substance oleuropein which both stimulates the white blood cells and prevents the propagation of microorganisms, including bacteria, by disturbing their production of amino acids.
Adult dosage: The dosage in acute bacterial infections is 1 capsule (500 mg., at least 15% oleuropein) to be taken for 1 week 3 times a day between meals. In severe infections, the dose can be doubled.
Wild oregano extract (Origanum vulgare) - Oregano is probably mostly known as a pizza spice. However, wild oregano is an old medicinal herb. It contains terpenes such as thymol and carvacrol which inhibit coli bacteria, salmonella bacteria, and staphylococci. Moreover, researchers have discovered that wild oregano has stronger antioxidant effects than other herbs.
Adult dosage: Dosage of capsules with wild oregano: 2 capsules 1 - 3 times a day according to the severity of the infection.
Do not take an oregano cure during pregnancy.
Grapefruit Seed Extract - "Citricidal," a natural antibiotic made from an extract of grapefruit seed, was developed from the observation that something in grapefruit (though not in other citrus fruits) keeps bacteria at bay for extended periods of time.
Colloidal Silver - By far the most controversial agent in the armamentarium of 'natural' antibacterial agents. Jonathan V. Wright, M.D.'s research has found that bacteria have an enzyme system that is disrupted by the presence of silver ions, causing the organism to die. In fact, it was commonly used as the only hope against severe infections prior to the advent of antibiotics in the 1940's. Dr. Wright suggests adult doses of "One tablespoon of colloidal silver at a 40 ppm (parts per million) concentration at the first signs of any infection and 1-2 teaspoons three to four times daily until the infection is gone. Then stop!" Silver has been known for centuries for its bacteriostatic effect and the use of silver preparations in therapy was widespread up until the introduction of antibiotics.
Colloidal silver is the designation of microscopic silver particles, partly in the form of silver ions suspended in demineralised water. The strength of the preparation is measured in PPM (Parts Per Million). Colloidal silver is believed to work by disturbing the bacterial enzymatic system. If CS comes into contact with intestinal bacteria, it will weaken or kill these bacteria just as conventional antibiotics. For this reason, it is advisable to combine CS with a supplement of lactic acid bacteria. However, the majority of the consumed CS is supposed to be absorbed by the oral mucosa and therefore only a limited amount of CS reaches the intestines.
Adult dosage: Acute adult dosage: 1 tbsp. (40 PPM) at the first signs of infection. Then, take 1 - 2 tsp. 3 - 4 times a day between meals until the infection has disappeared and the treatment is finished. The dosage can vary somewhat from one preparation to the next.
Natural antibiotics include garlic, marigold, Tea Tree oil, Wild Indigo, honey, grapefruit seed extract, and wormwood.