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Super Herbs Beat Super Bugs

inula helenium treats MRSA

Inula vs MRSA

A bright yellow flower known as Inula helenium kills the superbug MRSA (methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus), which is resistant to some of the most powerful antibiotics available.

Inula is often used in Western herbal medicine in cough syrups. Another herb, Pulsatilla vulgaris, was also effective against the bacteria.

When extracts from both plants were tested against a group of 300 staphylococci, including MRSA, Inula helenium was 100 percent effective against the superbug.

Hooray for natural medicine!


Garlic vs Metronidazole (Flagyl) for Bacterial Vaginosis

A recent study found that a particular garlic supplement (Garsin) works as well as metronidazole without as many side effects.

Source: Iran Red Crescent Med J. 2014 Jul;16(7):e19118. Comparing the therapeutic effects of garlic tablet and oral metronidazole on bacterial vaginosis: a randomized controlled clinical trial.

Five Good Reasons to Wean off Prescription Drugs and Switch to Herbs

  1. Herbal remedies are not addictive or habit forming so that when you and your naturopathic doctor feel that you no longer need their support, you can just stop taking them without any rebound side effects or nasty withdrawal symptoms.
  2. Herbal remedies work with your body chemistry to help correct the underlying imbalance rather than just mask the symptoms.
  3. Herbs contain not just medicinal ingredients, but because they are plants also come with vitamins, minerals, bioflavonoids and polyphenols that naturally occur in plants and help nourish you back to excellent health.
  4. Fewer or no side effects. Good quality herbs used at the appropriate dose for the right amount of time cause little or no side effects.
  5. Many herbs have been studied in comparison to prescription drugs and found to be as effective, yet without the risks and side effects.

Wean off prescription drugs only under the combined guidance of your MD and a naturopathic doctor.

Berberine vs. Metformin

Berberine, plant alkaloid found in Hydrastis canadensis (goldenseal), Coptis chinensis (Coptis or goldenthread), Berberis aquifolium (Oregon grape), Berberis vulgaris (barberry), and Berberis aristata (tree turmeric) has been shown to lower elevated blood glucose as effectively as metformin.

Source: Metabolism. May 2008;57(5):712-717