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Counteracting Antibiotic Resistance Through Herbal Medicine

Antibiotic Resistance HBThe overuse of antibiotics has contributed to an increase in antibiotic resistance. According to a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), half of all antibiotics prescribed are unnecessary. While antibiotics do kill bacteria causing the illness, they can also harm good bacteria (probiotics) that protect the body from infections by bolstering the immune system.

There are several ways to combat antibiotic resistant bacteria. The first line of defense is to fortify the immune system. This is achieved through quality sleep, regular exercise, eating healthy whole foods while avoiding sugar intake and incorporating daily prayer, meditation or yoga to relax. It can also be complimented with herbs such as Astragalus, Echinacea, cat’s claw, elderberry, ginseng or rose hips.

Herbs can also be an effective remedy when an antibiotic is not needed to treat the illness. Goldenseal, cloves, garlic, Oregon grape, olive leaf, honey, mullein and sage are all good choices. Finally, cultivate an environment in the intestinal tract to foster the growth of good bacteria by eating apples and fermented foods such as kefir (a dairy drink), sauerkraut (finely cut cabbage) and miso (Japanese seasoning made from grains or soy).

Always consult with a trained medical professional before consuming any herbal alternatives.

For more information locally, contact Trudy Pieper, ND, at 740-616-9949 or email 

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