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Antibacterial Herbs for Common Bacterial Infections

written by: R. Elizabeth C. Kitchen • edited by: Diana Cooper • updated: 9/30/2010

Do you know which herbs are antibacterial herbs? If not, read on.

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    Bacterial infections are quite common and with more and more patients turning to more natural remedies, antibacterial herbs are something all patients hoping to use them should fully learn about first. In our modern society, prescription antibiotics are proven to be effective in fighting a bacterial infection, so these are the best choice in terms of effectiveness. However, if a patient is wanting to use an herb for a bacterial infection, it is very important that they talk to their doctor first to ensure their herb of choice is safe for them.

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    Bayberry

    This herb is said to be an effective antibacterial herb and can be used internally and externally as a poultice. It is also purported to be effective in treating fever, gallbladder and liver ailments, and diarrhea. However, like all herbs, it may also cause side effects, such as stomach distress, vomiting, and nausea in large doses. Those who have cancer or a history of it, colitis, chronic gastrointestinal conditions, those needing to monitor their potassium/sodium balance, high blood pressure, kidney disease, or congestive heart failure must talk to their doctor before taking bayberry.

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    Cinnamon

    This herb is said to have a variety of actions, such as antibacterial, analgesic, antispasmodic, diuretic, stimulant, and several others. This herb must only be taken under a professional's supervision. Those with bleeding disorders must use extreme caution. This herb may interact with other herbs and medications.

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    Goldenseal

    This herb is said to be an effective natural antibacterial herb, as well as beneficial for genitourinary and gastric disorders. Women that are nursing or pregnant should avoid this herb. Patients with high blood pressure, heart disease, or liver disease may not be able to take this herb. It may interact with tetracycline (a type of antibiotic) and blood-thinning medications. Side effects may include skin/mouth/throat irritations, vaginal irritation, and increased sunlight sensitivity.

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    Myrrh

    This herb has been around and used since ancient times. It is purported to have antiseptic, antibacterial, and antifungal properties. The FDA lists this herb as a safe herb; however, patients must still talk to their doctor before taking it. Pregnant women should not take this herb. When taken in large quantities, this herb may cause nausea, accelerated heartbeat, and vomiting.

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    Yellow Dock

    This herb is said to be effective in fighting bacteria, as well as may be a beneficial laxative, tonic, alternative, hepatic, depurative, antiscorbutic, cholagogue, astringent, and detergent. This herb is said to be relatively safe. Some patients may experience loose stools or mild diarrhea. Before taking yellow dock, all patients should talk to their doctor to ensure it is safe for them.

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    Resources

    TheFreeLibrary. (2004). Herbal Antibiotic Alternatives. Retrieved on September 14, 2010 from TheFreeLibrary: http://www.thefreelibrary.com/Herbal+antibiotic+alternatives-a0121645172

    HolisticOnline.com. (2007). Natural Antibiotic Herbs for Immunity. Retrieved on September 14, 2010 from HolisticOnline.com: http://www.holisticonline.com/cancer/cancer_home-herb-rem.htm

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