Natural Antibiotics: #3

Natural Antibiotics: #3

Natural antibiotics: check out our healthy, natural alternatives to the synthesised stuff. You’ll never get the hump again over not getting a doctor’s appointment – because you won’t need one!

SINUS INFECTIONS. Whether it’s chronic, episodic or acute, sinusitis and other sinus infections can be painful and difficult to treat. However, there are powerful herbal remedies which can make all the difference.

Find a herbalist or a reputable Chinese medicine practitioner and request a five-herb formula. According to research from the American Botanical Council, this blend of the herbs – gentian root, black elder and primrose flowers, common sorrel and vervain – is “the best clinically tested herbal formula for sinusitis in the world,” says Mark Blumenthal, the Council’s executive director. It has proven to be antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory and mucus-thinning blend.

Take beta-carotene regularly which you can get from any health food shop. It helps heal mucous membranes that get infected in sinusitis and it’s safer to take beta-carotene than pure vitamin A.

Clear your sinuses with grape-seed extract. It might sound odd, but a recent study somewhere out there and confirmed in the Natural Health magazine, confirmed the effectiveness of grape-seed extract against 10 different strains of bacteria. Grape-seed extract apparently regulates sinus inflammation by reducing the body’s production of histamine which causes allergic reactions and its symptoms. You can buy it as capsules or oil at Holland and Barratt. Spray your nostrils with the oil up to four times a day.

Take N-acetyl-cysteine (NAC). 
The 20 amino acids are the building blocks of protein. 12 of these amino acids can be made in the body so are referred to as non-essential amino acids, whilst the other 8 are known as essential amino acids as they must be supplied in the diet. Cysteine is a non-essential amino acid. Acetyl L-Cysteine is an altered form of the amino acid L-Cysteine, providing more stability and greater bioavailability. This is an amino acid and recommended by respiratory experts. It is meant to activate white blood cells in the respiratory tract; it also increases antioxidant activity to where it is needed and helps to thin and drain mucus. You can buy some from any decent health food shop such as Holland and Barrett in the UK.

As with all natural remedies, it is important you check with your doctor before you start, if you are on long-term medication or have a long-term condition.

photo credit: True Health CT


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