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“In this timely book, Buhner reveals that plants are the people’s medicine, possessing attributes that pharmaceuticals never will.”



“Humans have misused antibiotics to the point that these drugs are becoming worthless. In Herbal Antibiotics, Buhner argues that by turning to plants for healing, we would be working with nature―and improving our chances of surviving the superbugs.”



“A comprehensive introduction worthy to be on the shelf of any holistic practitioner, herbalist, farmer or parent. The book … shows an appreciation for the melding of traditional practices, tools, and wisdom with modern research and insight.”

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A truely invaluable resource that is also a detailed how-to primer of natural solutions based in time-honored herbal practices. (Laurie Regan, PhD, ND, Dean of Classical Chinese Medicine, National College of Natural Medicine, cohost of True Nature Radio ) --This text refers to the Digital edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC; 2 edition (July 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1603429875
  • ISBN-13: 978-1603429870
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (359 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,220 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a valuable reference with information on herbal alternatives to standard antibiotics. Antibiotic-resistant infections and "super bugs" are becoming a challenge to standard medicine. According to the author over 70 percent of all pathogenetic bacteria in hospitals are found to be at least minimally resistant to antibiotics. The book explores the root of antibiotic resistance and looks at the value of herbal treatments with profiles of thirty herbs known for their antibiotic properties. Also included are methods for collection and preparation, dosages, potential side effects, and alternatives.

While the topic of antibiotic-resistance can be alarming, I appreciated that this book didn't take a doomsday, fearful tone but instead presents the facts based on research and studies, and the author offers hope with valuable information on herbal remedies. Some of the information is rather scientific but is written in terms an average person can understand and the home remedy recipes are easy to follow. Although I haven't actually made any of the remedies yet, the herbs required are those I can find at my local health food store or online, or I could grow some of them myself. It's also important to note, as the author does, that herbs can have side-effects and can affect how other medicines work if both are taken together. In the profiles of the herbs, the potential side-effects are noted.

Remedies include those for ear infections, skin infections, relieving the symptoms of colds and flu, boosting the immune system, and much more.

This is a good resource to have on hand as a natural alternative to antibiotics and other medications that may not be as effective as they used to be.

I received a copy of this book for review from the publisher but the opinion of it is my own and was not solicited, nor was a positive review required.
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A well-organized 468 pages and very good. This is WORLDWIDE herbology, the best herb for the job, irrespective of country or culture. Does not address the energetic angle of interpreting illness as Messages from the Body, but short of that, the best textbooks I've ever seen on herbs for antibiotic use.

The below is a view of this work from an energetic persepctive; that is, what can be tested with muscle testing of any kind, towards solutions for your self and for patrons.

General rules of thumb for dealing with resistant infections

Systemic infection ~ try: Cryptolepis
Severe diarrhea, dysentery ~ try berberine herbs, any
Urinary tract infection ~ try: Juniper berry combined with bidens
Infected surface or surgical wound ~ try: Honey has always worked
Menningitis ~ try: Add piperine, isatis and others are suggested

(abbreviated from p. 45)

Buhner reminds of the distinction between bacteria with one cell wall and two cell walls. Gram positive bacteria are stainable because they have only one cell wall. Gram negative bacteria are not stainable as they have two cells walls. This distinction is therefore a possible distinction to test for.

The main resistant Gram-positive (single cell wall) bacteria are:
- Clostridium difficile
- Enterococcus spp.
- Mycobacterium tuberculosis
- Staphylococcus aureus
- Streptococcus spp.
(abbreviated from Chap. 2)
Extensive detail on how to deal herbally with each and its variats follows.

The main resistant Gram-negative (double cell wall) bacteria are:
acinetobacter baumannii
campylobacter jejuni
E. coli
haemophilus influenzae
klebsiella pneumoniae
neisseria gonorrhoeae
proteus spp.
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No newly developed pharmaceutical antibiotics are coming down the pipeline and haven't for over 20 years, so the need for alternative means to fight bacterial infections is becoming increasingly urgent with the ever-increasing rise of fatal superbugs. This book takes a tremendous first step in addressing this need. It's far more extensive than the original edition, and totally revised, in light of the explosion of new information gained in this field over the past 10 years.

Stephen Buhner, expert herbalist and author, does the hard work himself of weeding through the tremendous mounds of research and revealing to you, the reader, in his always witty, engaging, exhaustive style, some of the most promising antibacterial herbs. "Herbal antibiotics, second edition" starts out by discussing why bacteria become resistant, discusses various types of herbs to treat infections, and then shows you, the reader, how to make herbal medicines (or where to buy them from). The antibiotic herbs are divided into systemic - herbs that travels to all parts of the body; localized non-systemics - herbs that concentrate in the bloodstream but do not cross the GI tract; and synergists - herbs which work together to potentiate the effectiveness of the other herbs; profiling what he believes are the most effective herbs in each category. For example, he identifies cryptolepis as a systemic antibiotic, notes the dosage to use it for, historical uses of it, which bacterial strains it is active against, where to find it (i.e., Woodland Essence), as well as scientific research to support its use as an antibiotic. On page 100, he notes the tincture of cryptolepis is more effective than Bactrim and equal to ampicillin.
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