ANTIBIOTICS – NATURAL ALTERNATIVES
Natural antibiotics can often be more effective than the synthetic medical antibiotics for common infections.
Medical antibiotics can be lifesaving in special circumstances but should be used sparingly and on the advice of a specialist or M.D.
The following are our choice of natural antibiotics that can be as effective without the unwanted side effects.
Propolis boosts the immune system and helps build resistance to infection. It is particularly great for treating and warding off influenza.
It is a substance bees collect from the bark of trees… especially poplars, horse chestnut, spruce, larch and other conifers (pine trees).
The bees coat the doorway of their hives with this substance and it stops any infection getting inside the hive. The bees also brush against it going in and out of the hive thus protecting their home.
Propolis has been hospital-tested by numerous doctors over the years and it has been found to be effective against staphylococcus (throat-chest infections), salmonella (food poisoning) and E.colli (gastric infection).
External ulcers, such as leg ulcers, respond well to Propolis, as do internal ulcers in the mouth, esophagus and stomach.
There are no harmful side effects, and in fact, Propolis does not kill off the “good” bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract.
Note: in very rare cases it has caused mild allergic reactions.
A well known antibiotic and is particularly effective in fighting coughs, colds and flu.
Garlic contains natural antibiotics known as anicillan and sulphur, long understood to be effective for bacterial, viral and fungal infections. It can be used as a preventative or to treat an existing condition.
If consuming fresh garlic be sure it is at it’s freshest and hasn’t been sitting in your pantry too long.
Olive Leaf Extract
Olive trees are among the world’s oldest and longest living plants and act as a natural barrier to microbial invasion.
The leaves in particular concentrate large amounts of oleanolic acid. Extracts of olive leaves have been used medicinally for several hundred years as it lowers fevers and treats malarial infections.
More recently, olive leaf extract has been shown to be a potent remedy against viral diseases, yeast and fungal infections, bacterial, protozoan and parasite infections.
Colds, food poisoning, strep throat, warts, gastro, hepatitis, influenza, pneumonia and ringworm plus many more have all been successfully treated with olive leaf extract.
Echinacea has the ability to handle upper-respiratory infections – coughs and the rhino virus (common cold). It can shorten the duration of illness and is also an effective natural pain reliever.
It is a herb well publicised for its terrific immune building properties.
Grapefruit Seed Extract
Grapefruit Seed Extract is an excellent antibiotic, anti-fungal and anti-viral medicine.
It has been known to successfully treat various types of infections such as bacterial, candida, parasitic and intestinal illness.
The main chemical compound in grapefruit seeds are polyphenols known as limonoids and naringenin and are thought to be responsible for their ability to kill infectious agents.
“Traveler’s Friend” which contains grapefruit seed extract is a natural water purifier, and as the name suggests is great for people traveling overseas for it’s effectiveness in treating dysentery and diarrhea.
Astragalus is a Chinese herb that is used extensively as a natural antibiotic and immune booster.
Fantastic for flu and bacterial infections, Astragalus together with other Chinese herbs is used in our “Infection Fighter” tonic.
Andrographis is an Ayurvedic (Indian) herbal medicine known to increase white cell count. It can also assist your body to fight infections.
Golden Seal is fantastic for staph infections, colds, flu and general inflammation. It is great for catarrhal conditions such as chronic sinus.
The effects of antibiotics on the body
Medical antibiotics not only kill the “bad” or harmful bacteria but also destroy the “good” intestinal bacteria. This often causes deficiencies of vitamins B1 and B12 and can considerably lower a person’s resistance to infection.
The destruction on the good intestinal bacteria is one of the major causes of the fungal infection Candida and vaginal thrush which plagues many women.
A strong probiotic (good bacteria) is always recommended when prescribed medical antibiotics are being used. Take the probiotic 1 hour either side of the medical antibiotics and at least 1 week after finishing.
Plain yogurt is one of the best natural sources of friendly bacteria to keep your gut healthy.
We hope this information has been enlightening and alerts you to the fact we do have natural remedies for infections… remedies with all the benefits but without the harmful side effects.