Medical Minute 10-13: Home Remedies: Natural Antibiotics

By: Vanessa Welch Email
By: Vanessa Welch Email

Dinner at the Binkley house always includes fresh veggies. The family believes in a healthy, natural lifestyle

"Those old home remedies I remember just sort of my grandma and my mom using, so that's just sort of followed me into adulthood," said Amy Binkley, Uses natural antibiotics.

So when the kids get sick or hurt, Amy Binkley turns to natural antibiotics.

"I just like them as a sort of first line of defense and prevention."

"So what we're trying to do with these natural antibacterial products is to minimize the use of antibiotics and to save it for when the person really needs it," said Dr. Loch S. Chandler, Providence Integrative Medicine Program.

Oregon grape and Goldenseal both have the active ingredient "berberine" and can be taken as drops or tablets. Native Americans used it to prevent illness, it fights upper respiratory infections and sore throats. Another infection fighter and anti-inflammatory? Turmeric try cooking with it or as a supplement.

"Typically it's going to be good against any infection of the lung or the digestive system. Or even the urinary tract or bladder."

Honey also packs a powerful punch. Used as a wound dressing during world war one, honey can also be used on your wounds. And get this, a special type of honey known as Manuka has even been found to fight the superbug MRSA.

"We're having large problems with it in the United States because it's methicillin resistant or antibiotic resistant and honey has actually been found effective against it."

Some all natural remedies to help you and your family beat bugs and infections.

For more information on other series produced by Ivanhoe Broadcast News contact John Cherry at (407) 691-1500, jcherry@ivanhoe.com.

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OVERUSE OF ANTIBIOTICS: Antibiotics can have dangerous side effects when they are overused. Many people take antibiotics for colds and other viral illnesses but in actuality antibiotics are not helpful for viruses. Over time, the overuse of antibiotics can make bacteria more resistant and thus, will require higher doses of medicine to treat. Bacteria that used to be highly responsive to antibiotics have become increasingly resistant and harder to treat including; ear infections, pneumonia, meningitis and tuberculosis. Many minor viral infections will improve in a matter of days but it is best to consult with your doctor to determine the correct form of treatment. (SOURCE: www.kidshealth.org)

NATURAL ALTERNATIVES: There are many natural alternatives to antibiotics that a person can take to help battle illnesses. Although you should always consult with your doctor when sick, the following natural remedies may help to treat some common illnesses:

• Garlic- Used in many cultures for thousands of years, garlic is rich in antioxidants which can strengthen the immune system and help destroy particles that can damage cell membranes. Garlic has been shown to help treat and prevent the common cold. Garlic also can help reduce high blood pressure and decrease the progression of cardiovascular disease. (SOURCE:www.umm.edu)

• Echinacea- Besides enhancing the activity of the immune system, Echinacea has been shown to be a natural pain reliever. It also can reduce inflammation and has hormonal, antiviral and antioxidant effects. It can be used to treat urinary tract infections, ear infections, sinusitis and athlete’s foot. (SOURCE: www.umm.edu)

• Panax Ginseng- Panax ginseng, not to be confused with American ginseng, is a plant that has many different medical uses. It can be used to treat anemia, diabetes, gastritis and even fever and hangovers. It can also help depression, anxiety and chronic fatigue syndrome. (SOURCE: www.nlm.nih.gov)

• Tea tree oil- Can be used topically to treat infections such as acne, ringworm, lice, scabies and fungal infections of the nails (onychomycosis). It can also be used as a local antiseptic for cuts, burns and bites. This oil has also been proven effective in helping with herpes labialis, toothache and other infections of the mouth and nose. It can even treat sore throat. (SOURCE: www.nlm.nih.gov)

• Aloe- Can be taken by mouth or applied on the skin and has been used to treat stomach ulcers, diabetes, osteoarthritis, bowel disease, fever, itching, inflammation and asthma. It can also be used as skin remedy for burns, frostbite psoriasis, sunburns and cold sores. (SOURCE: www.nlm.nih.gov)

For More Information, Contact:
Paula Negele
Media Relations
paula.negele@providence.org


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