Due to easy availability of antibiotics, we rely on them whenever we go through any disease or sickness instead of using natural remedies. Antibiotics are used to kill bacteria that are harmful to our health, but they also destroy or kill friendly bacteria that keep our immune system up and running.
Antibiotics also cause oxidative stress which leads to cell damage and gastrointestinal disturbances (as a general side effect of most of the antibiotics). May it be the adverse effect of industrially manufactured antibiotics or the TEOTWAWKI event, which may lead to unavailability of those medicinal products, it is good to know some natural alternatives. A number of herbal medicines are used to treat some most common infectious disease like typhoid fever, common cold, diarrhoea, inflammation, fever and some other infections.
This is a list of most common problems treated by antibiotics and their herbal alternatives.
Please note that Small and Tall can not take any responsibility for any adverse effects from the use of plants. Always seek advice from a professional before using a plant medicinally.
Azadirachta indica and Glycyrrhiza glabra were used for the treatment of typhoid fever. Glycyrrhiza glabra belongs to family Papilionaceae and also known as sweet wood and liquorice. Flavonoids and saponin are active constituents that are present in liquorice. Azadirachta indica belongs to a family of Meliaceae and another name of this is Neem. The seeds of neem contain alkaloids, flavonoids, steroids, ketone, azadirachtin and carotenoids. Extracts of these plants are made in menthol and these extracts have more antibacterial activity against gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria.
Bauhinia Acuminata is used for the treatment of diarrhoea as it contains different active constituents that are palmitic acid, Gallic acid and phthalic acid. Aegle marmelos belongs to family Rutacea and also known as wood apple. It contains different types of phytochemical and medicinal activity is due to the presence of that phytochemicals. Psidium guajava is also used as it contains lectins, essential oil, fatty acid, pectin, saponins and phenol and vitamin C. Both leaves and bark extract of guava is used to treat diarrhoea.
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In various parts of world different medicinal plants are used in the treatment of malaria. Quinine is obtained from cinchona tree bark and used as an antimalarial agent. Senna, neem, turmeric and ginger also have antimalarial activity and different parts of these plants are used like bark, leaf and root etc. For more reference about treating malaria from the sources of nature, please refer to 9 plants African people use to treat malaria.
Pneumonia is a lung infection that can be caused most often by bacteria called Streptococcus
Coconut oil contains lauric acid. Due to the presence of lauric acid coconut oil has antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties and lauric acid acts as naturally available antibiotics against yeast infection, cough, inflammation, candida and warts. Also, elderberry is found to be very effective in the treatment of cold and flu in child and adults.
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