Monday, December 23, 2019

Try these 7 natural antibiotics

There’s no doubt that antibiotics have made a profound difference in the treatment of otherwise fatal diseases since their discovery 80-odd years ago. However, experts have shown that as many as 20% of patients treated with antibiotics experience adverse side effects that range from mild allergic reactions to severe gastrointestinal disturbances. Because of this, more people are turning to folk medicines that include the use of natural antibiotic remedies.

Here are some natural antibiotics—aromatic plants, herbs, spices, and their derivatives—that have been proven effective in clinical trials.

Commonly consumed as a tea or taken as a supplement, the herb goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis) is often combined with echinacea for the prevention or treatment of the common cold. It is also used in traditional medicine for the treatment of various infections related to the eyes, skin, and urinary tract, as well as for diarrhoea, vaginitis, and canker sores—despite the lack of direct evidence supporting its use for these conditions.

Pau d’arco
Derived from the inner bark of several Tabebuia tree species, pau d’arco—also known as taheebo or lapacho—is endemic to South America, Due to its reported antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties, pau d’arco is often consumed as a herbal tea for a wide range of inflammatory ailments and infections, including arthritis, fever, prostatitis, candidiasis, bacterial infections, parasitic diseases, dysentery, boils, and ulcers.

Myrrh ( Gandharas/ Hirabol)
This russet- or golden-coloured resin had a variety of historical uses that ranged from religious incense and insect repellent to facial treatment and kohl eyeliner. Old-world medical practitioners valued myrrh for its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties and considered it to be an effective remedy for an array of ailments, including indigestion, toothaches, and even leprosy. They also used myrrh in combination with frankincense as a purifying agent to stop the spread of airborne disease and bacteria—a practice some experts believe actually has some merit to it.

Today, myrrh is still used in Ayurvedic medicine, traditional Chinese medicine, and aromatherapy, and is included in many natural mouthwashes and toothpastes as an FDA-approved additive. According to some research, myrrh oil may aid in pain relief and the healing of mouth sores.

Most of us are familiar with the culinary uses of oregano in olive oil-based and tomato-centric dishes, but did you know that this Mediterranean herb also has important medicinal utility as an antibacterial and antifungal agent? In a review of studies focusing on the antibiotic and antimicrobial activities of several spices and their derivatives, researchers found that oregano was among the most effective natural antibiotics against several strains of bacteria and fungi—including Salmonella, Escherichia coli, and Bacillus subtilis—and was especially effective as an essential oil.

Like oregano, thyme is another culinary gem that has been shown to have strong bactericidal activity as an essential oil. In a study that examined the antibacterial activity of thyme and lavender essential oils on strains of Staphylococcus, Enterococcus, Escherichia, and Pseudomonas genera, researchers found that “thyme essential oil demonstrated a good efficacy against antibiotic-resistant strains of the tested bacteria.” In another study that focused exclusively on the effect of thyme essential oil on standard bacterial strains and 120 clinical strains derived from patients with infections.

Neem oil
Neem oil is derived from the fruits and seeds of the neem tree (Azadirachta indica), which is endemic to the Indian subcontinent. Although neem oil has a gamut of uses in traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine, it is largely prized as an antibacterial and antifungal agent, and is used for the treatment of ringworm, head lice, bacterial infections of the skin, and other skin conditions like hives, eczema, psoriasis, and scabies.

Neem has a remarkable effect on chronic skin conditions. Acne, psoriasis, eczema, ringworm and even stubborn warts are among the conditions that can clear up easily when high-quality, organic neem oil is used.

Anise, or aniseed (Pimpinella anisum), is a spice with a distinct licorice-like taste that is often used as a flavouring additive in desserts and beverages. Among its many health benefits, anise has been shown to inhibit bacterial and fungal growth, making it a powerful antimicrobial agent. In a 2017 study, for instance, researchers assessed the antibacterial and resistance modulatory activity of aniseeds waste residue extract (ASWRE) and star anise waste residue extract (SAWRE) against 100 isolates of Streptococcus pneumoniae, S. aureus, Klebsiella pneumoniae, E. coli, Acinetobacter baumannii, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa. They found that both ASWRE and SAWRE demonstrated significant bactericidal activity against all of the bacterial strains tested and were notably synergistic when used with conventional antibiotics.

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Sunday, December 15, 2019

Benefits of Giloy (Guduchi)

Giloy is known as an Ayurvedic Root of Immortality. It is named as Guduchi [Tinospora cordifolia] in Ayurveda.

Here are some important benefits of Giloy -
Improves Digestion
It makes the digestion process smoother. If you are suffering from indigestion, then take ½ tsp of Giloy powder with jaggery for treating constipation.

Giloy acts as a hypoglycemic agent and helps treat Type 2 diabetes. Consider adding Giloy juice to your diet if you suffer from diabetes.

Reduces Stress and anxiety
Giloy helps in reducing mental stress. It also helps in dealing with anxiety. It is known to get rid of toxins and boosts memory.

Improves Vision
It is said that Giloy also helps with vision. In some places, Giloy plant is applied to the eyes as it helps boost vision clarity.

Anti-ageing properties
Giloy contains anti-ageing properties. This helps in reducing dark spots, pimples, and fine lines. It also helps rejuvenate the skin and make it look firm and flawless.

Rich in antioxidants
Giloy is loaded with antioxidants that fight free-radicals, keeping your cells healthy and getting rid of diseases. It also helps remove toxins and purifies the blood. Giloy fights bacteria and also fights liver diseases and urinary tract infections.

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Sunday, December 01, 2019

Herbs for Pain Relief in Arthritis

Here are some herbs you can try using at home for arthritis pain relief:

Dashmool literally translates to ‘ten roots’; out of which five roots are of trees and five are of shrubs used as medicinal herbs to cure a variety of ailments. These include Patala, Gambhari, Brihati, Shalparni and more. Dashmula is effective in inflammatory conditions as it has anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, analgesic and sedative properties which help with joint pain relief. It can be procured in the form of oil and powder.

Carom or Ajwain seeds acts as a natural aid to arthritis pain due to the presence of anti-inflammatory components. Ajwain seeds contains anaesthetic properties that further help in relieving excessive pain during winter. All you need to do is to add a spoonful of carom seeds or ajwain in a tub of hot water and soak your aching joints in the water and soak for 5-10 minutes which will ease swelling and pain. Also, try to crush these seeds and make a paste and apply it on the affected areas in order to alleviate the pain. Also, you can drink ajwain water every day if you boil water with these seeds.

This is the most common herbs used to bring joint pain relief. The plant is easily available and is known to reduce swelling as well as excessive pain. Its potent anti-inflammatory, anti-convulsing and antioxidant properties help the joints in many ways.

The leaves of the plant Nirgundi are believed to have the most medicinal properties when compared to its stem and the seeds. The plant is bitter in taste and has hot potency, making it useful for arthritis pain relief. Use Nirgundi oil by applying it on joints or make a paste of the leaves and apply it.  You can also make a leaf decoction.

Shallaki herb not only reduces the pain but also helps in diminishing the swelling and further increases mobility. Shallaki is also sometimes used by experts as a substitute or natural alternative to modern pain killers. It is available in the form of essential oil.

Eucalyptus oil is a very common herbal treatment for arthritis. These eucalyptus plant leaves contain something called tannins which may be helpful in reducing swelling and the pain arthritis causes. The aroma of eucalyptus oil is said to have calmative effects on the brain, and eucalyptus oil relieves you from swelling in the joints and joint pain relief.

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