There are good reasons to use antibiotic drugs. That said, most physicians
and healthcare professionals agree that they are often overused. The overuse
of antibiotics has created "superbugs" that are immune to the most common
antibiotics. But on a more personal level, antibiotics can wreak havoc on
your own immune system and gastrointestinal tract.
The good news is that there is an all-natural alternative to antibiotics
that I've found to be very effective. If your infection is not life
threatening, you may wish to try herbs instead of, or in addition to,
regular antibiotics. Of the most-often used herbal anti-infectives—calendula,
chaparral, echinacea, goldenseal, myrrh, poke, usnea, and yarrow—it is the
lovely purple coneflower, echinacea, that I most often turn to.
I find echinacea as effective as antibiotics (dare I say sometime better
than!) if E. angustifolia/augustifolia—but not E. purpurea—is used when you
make your own tincture; tincture, not capsules or teas, is used; the root,
and only the root, is used; and very large doses are taken very frequently.
To figure your dose of echinacea, divide your body weight by 2; take that
many drops per dose. There are about 25 drops in a dropperful; round up to
full droppers. For example, if you weigh 180 pounds, take 90 drops/4
dropperfuls. There is no known overdose of echinacea tincture. With acute
infection, I take a full dose every 2–3 hours. When the infection is
chronic, I take a full dose every 4–6 hours.
Many infections can be countered by echinacea alone. But, when there is a
deeply entrenched infection in the pelvic area, for example, I add one
dropperful of poke root tincture to my one- ounce bottle of Echinacea. Poke
is an especially effective ally for men with prostatitis, women with chronic
bacterial vaginal infections or PID, and anyone dealing with an STD/STI or
urinary tract infection (UTI).
There are many good-quality vendors who sell echinacea root. To make your
make your own echinacea antibiotic tincture: Put 4 ounces, or 115 grams, of
echinacea cut root in a quart jar. Fill the jar to the top with 100-proof
vodka. Cap tightly, and be sure to label it and keep it safely out of
children's reach. Wait at least 6 weeks before use. This tincture is even
more potent after 1 year.
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