Thursday, August 23, 2012

This article was adapted from Herbal Antibiotics by Stephen Harrod Buhner, courtesy Storey Publishing ©2011. 12 Herbal Alternatives to Antibiotics Stephen Harrod Buhner recommends these 12 herbs in his book Herbal Antibiotics (Storey Publishing, 2011). Systemic Herbs These five systemic herbs can be very helpful in treating systemic infections such as resistant staph, MRSA, tuberculosis and malaria. • Cryptolepis (Cryptolepis sanguinolenta) • Sida (Sida acuta) • Alchornea (Alchornea cordifolia) • Bidens (Bidens pilosa) • Artemisia (Artemisia annua) Non-Systemic Herbs These three localized non-systemic herbs treat resistant infections of the GI tract, urinary tract and skin. Goldenseal is also particularly active against most food poisoning bacteria such as E. coli and salmonella. • American goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis) • Juniper (Juniperus spp.) • Usnea (Usnea spp.) • Honey Synergistic Herbs Synergistic herbs increase the activity of other herbs. These three will boost inactive resistant bacteria mechanisms, increase the presence of antibacterial agents in the body and enhance immune function. • Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra and G. uralensis) • Ginger (Zingiber officinale) • Black pepper (Piper nigrum and P. longum) To schedule your in-depth herbal consultation, email or call 303.886.0673.

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