In the last century the biggest breakthrough in the medicine was the discovery of the antibiotics that saved many lives. However, their use has become so vast that lead to the occurrence of various adverse effects. They were given even for minor infections which eventually lead to antibiotic resistance. The pathogenic bacteria have developed resistance towards their use making them ineffective. As a result of that the pharmaceutical industry nowadays is facing one of its biggest challenges, antibiotic resistance.
This issue is not refereed only to one person, but in fact affects every living being, the animals and the environment. The anti-resistant bacteria are being transmissible by direct and indirect contact from one person to another, from one animal to another, and so on. Hence, the use of antibiotics must be reduced so that the count of these resistant pathogenic bacteria is lower. People have started to use natural solutions that Mother Nature has generously granted us with. This could be an alternative way to counteract pathogenic bacteria as the ingredients that nature offers can be as powerful as pharmaceutical drugs.
In the case of the use of natural antibiotics the side effects are minimal or none thereby protecting the stomach and boosting the immunity of the affected individual.
This plant is considered the most powerful natural antibiotic due to the content of allicin and the sulfur compounds. These components are great way to fight off common cold and flu, particularly in case of bronchitis or respiratory tract infection thanks to their potent decongestant and antiseptic properties.
The Avicenna’s Barrel recommends the use of garlic for the treatment of certain infectious diseases, then in the treatment of arthritis, chronic cough and toothache. In order to reap all its benefits the garlic needs to get crushed so that it releases the most valuable compound, the allicin. As per a recently conducted study, fresh garlic juice displays positive action against Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria resistant to conventional antibiotics.
This root demonstrates antibacterial and antifungal properties thus limiting the growth and development of certain types of pathogenic bacteria. This potency of ginger lies in the content of gingerol known for its powerful antibacterial action against the bacteria related to periodontal diseases. Plus, it shows antiviral properties that can battle against flu-like conditions and alleviate the pain associated with intestinal or gastric disorders.
Grapefruit seed extract
The grapefruit seed extract has in its content bioflavonoids and that makes it a powerful ally in the battle against infections of the digestive and urinary tract. It is very effective against Candida albicans, yeast with a shape of a very small mushroom, commonly found in the mucosa. Usually not harmful, but in case of immune or hormonal imbalance it can become pathogenic. According to a conducted study this extract demonstrates antiparasitic, antiviral and antifungal properties that are effective against this type of yeast.
Native Americans used this plant very frequently being well aware of its anti-infective, anti-influenza, antiallergic, and natural antibiotic properties. Echinacea is a powerful plant that boosts the immune system. As per an article released by Phytotherapy Research, this plant is very effective in preventing and alleviating the symptoms of respiratory disorders linked to bacterial infections.
Manuka honey is native in New Zealand and Australia, but it is considered a powerful healthy ingredient due to its antiseptic and antibacterial properties. As per released scientific article in AIMS Microbiology, the potency of this honey comes from the content of phenolic compounds and the methylglyoxal. The latter is very effective against Staphylococcus aureus, a pathogenic bacterium that is accountable for the onset of many infections like pneumonia and bacterial meningitis.
The use of garlic is not advised for people with porphyria or anemia.
Ginger should not be used prior surgery due to its anticoagulant effect.
Grapefruit (or its pips) are not a substitute for a medical treatment.
Echinacea is not recommended in case of autoimmune disease, and progressive diseases. Likewise, people with allergies to plants of the family Asteraceae should not use it.
Prior initiating any new natural medical treatment you need first to consult your doctor in order to avoid any possible contraindications. Natural alternatives are not substitute for a medical advice.