Drug Shortages Are Here: The Top 5 Natural Antibiotics

We’re all familiar with the food shortages. but now there is something else to consider: shortages in medical supplies:

Hospitals across the U.S. are being forced to ration medical scans and procedures after a lockdown in Shanghai hit a plant that produces a widely used contrast dye.

Read the article HERE.

During this time, it’s critical we stock up on the following items:

  • aspirin
  • pain reliever
  • Tylenol
  • eye drops
  • alcohol
  • activated charcoal
  • bandages/Band-Aids
  • ear drops
  • Toothache meds
  • allergy meds
  • cold and flu meds
  • sinus meds
  • etc.

These and other items may be in short supply, so stocking up on them now is critical.

Natural Antibiotics

Natural antibiotics have been used for centuries to treat a variety of health issues. While many germs become resistant to man-made antibiotics, the natural varieties continue to remain effective in most instances.

This is more important than ever because hospitals are beginning to experience a shortage of drugs:

America’s hospitals are undergoing another emergency: The pandemic has worsened a decade-long shortage of hundreds of needed drugs. According to the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, three of the top five shortages are drugs used for chemotherapy, heart conditions and antibiotics.

Read the article HERE.

Another problem is where our medications come from. Many medicines are shipped from China.

In addition to food, electronics and other items, the global supply chain disruption has affected the medical industry as well. To see a list of drugs the FDA has listed as in short supply click the link below:

Current and Resolved Drug Shortages and Discontinuations Reported to FDA

Antibiotics are defined as “a medicine (such as penicillin or its derivatives) that inhibits the growth of or destroys microorganisms.” Here are the top 5 natural antibiotics and their benefits.

#1. Ginger

Ginger (Zingiber officinale) has been used for thousands of years in the following ways:

  • Antioxidant
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antitumor
  • Antimicrobial 

Science-backed studies on ginger note the following:

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Ginger has antimicrobial activity against E coli, Salmonella typhi and Bacillus subtilis and ethanolic extract of ginger showed widest zone of inhibition against Salmonella typhi.

Ginger and their constituents showed pivotal role in the control of diabetes and its complications via anti hyperglycemic effect. 

Ginger is effective as indomethacin in relieving symptoms of osteoarthritis with negligible side effects. 

A study in the favors of ginger role in nausea and vomiting indicating its effect and provide relief in severity in nausea and vomiting.

Read the full report HERE.

Ginger can be consumed in a variety of ways. One of the most popular is in powder form added to foods and beverages as a spice, or taken in capsule form.

#2. Honey

Honey was discussed in some of the world’s oldest medical books. In addition to being consumed, honey can be applied directly to the skin to treat wounds or draw out infection. It has been used to treat chronic sores, skin grafts and burns. Honey is a natural antibiotic that contains hydrogen peroxide, and is believed to inhibit the growth of nearly 60 different types of bacteria.

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Research on honey notes the following:

The application of honey can promote the healing in infected wounds that do not respond to the conventional therapy, i.e., antibiotics and antiseptics, including wounds infected with methicillin-resistant S. aureus.

 The antimicrobial activity in most honeys is due to the enzymatic production of hydrogen peroxide.

Laboratory studies have revealed that the honey is effective against methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA), β-haemolytic streptococci and vancomycin-resistant Enterococci.

Honey is hygroscopic, which means that it can draw moisture out of the environment and dehydrate bacteria, and its high sugar content and low level pH can also prevent the microbes from growth.

Read the study HERE.

Makuna honey and dark, unfiltered honey are considered the healthiest types of honey. The darker the honey the better: clear honey has been filtered, removing most of the antioxidants and nutrients.

#3. Garlic (Allium sativum)

Garlic is another antibiotic that has been used for thousands of years. Studies on garlic found the following benefits:

Allicin in its pure form was found to exhibit i) antibacterial activity against a wide range of Gram-negative and Gram-positive bacteria, including multidrug-resistant enterotoxicogenic strains of Escherichia coli; ii) antifungal activity, particularly against Candida albicans; iii) antiparasitic activity, including some major human intestinal protozoan parasites such as Entamoeba histolytica and Giardia lamblia; and iv) antiviral activity.

Read the study HERE.
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Garlic has also been shown to reduce blood pressure:

Kyolic garlic has also shown promise in improving cardiovascular health by reducing arterial stiffness, elevated cholesterol levels and blood ‘stickiness’.

Garlic supplements lower systolic blood pressure (SBP) and diastolic blood pressure similarly to standard anti-hypertensive medications. This reduction in blood pressure was associated with a 16-40% reduction in the risk of suffering from cardiovascular events. 

Read the Study HERE.

#4. Oregano

Oregano has been used to flavor foods for thousands of years. In addition to cooking, the herb has been used to treat bacterial infections, respiratory issues and upset stomachs. Studies on oregano indicate they are potent antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antidiabetic and cancer suppressor agents:

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Oil of oregano inhibited the growth of bacterial infections of Escherichia coli and Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

Read the study HERE.

Studies have shown that some EOs can lower total plasma cholesterol and triglyceride levels, which contribute to the formation of atherosclerosis.

Read the study HERE.

In addition to oregano oil, health benefits can be obtained by adding oregano leaves to your favorite dishes.

#5. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is a natural antiseptic that has been used for centuries to treat wounds and infections. For minor cuts it can be mixed with water (optional) and applied to cuts with a cotton ball. For deeper wounds, mix acv with black pepper to make a paste and apply to the wound.

ACV is a powerful microbial that has been shown to kill drug methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus and resistant Escherichia coli:

ACV can have powerful anti-microbial effects directly on resistant E. coli and MRSA. We conclude ACV could form the core ingredient of a contemporary pharmacological antimicrobial against MRSA and rE. coli.

Read the study HERE.

Honorable Mentions

There are many natural antibiotics available. Other popular natural antibiotics include the following:

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Natural antibiotics have been used for centuries to treat a variety of internal and external ailments. They also have many amazing nutritional benefits and can be consumed daily. As medical supplies run low, getting familiar with these natural antibiotics and keeping them handy may be a wise decision. With that said, consult with a physician for more information and do not stop taking prescribed antibiotics without your doctor’s consent.

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