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Herbal Antibiotics, 2nd Edition: Natural Alternatives for Treating Drug-resistant Bacteria Paperback – July 17, 2012
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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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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:
proteus spp.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
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Very thorough. It's going to take some time to digest. More technical than I expected.Published 5 days ago by skeet
A great starter book for those interested in natural antibiotics. We are on the verge of the "best and last" pharmaceutical drugs failing us due to "superbug"... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Tanya Roberts
This book is a MUST have no if and or but's about it. If you are looking for natural alternatives to get rid of some nasty bacteria or bugs in you than this is the book for you. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Jenny Lynn Johnson
Anyone over 50 should have this book. Over 50 when there are just too many aches and pains that herbs can help.Published 19 days ago by CRS
Love this book! Lots of eye-opening information you'll never learn from your primary care physician. Read morePublished 23 days ago by John Gallo
My daughter had MRSA, went thru antibiotic routine, it spreads (colonized) Went to UIC, no help. Tried the herbs recommended & it is clearing up. Have pics to document. Read morePublished 28 days ago by J M