By Wendy Burnett
Herbal Antibiotics: Natural Alternatives for Treating Drug-Resistant Bacteria (Storey Medicinal Herb Guide)by Stephen Buhner is a book that I consult constantly. I finally gave up putting it back on the bookshelf because I just have to drag it out again almost immediately to look something up, and it’s just too much trouble to keep bouncing up to go hunt it.
It’s been an awesome resource, and solved a long-standing physical issue for me (actually, two of them.) I had recurrent sinus infections for YEARS, because they were caused by a resistant strain of bacteria, and no matter what antibiotic my doctor tried, the infection would bounce back within a few months. Even worse, all the antibiotics caused almost constant yeast infections, which would require even more pills to treat them. Thanks to a “recipe” in this book, I finally got rid of the sinus infection, and it didn’t come right back. It’s been gone for a while now, and even better, the “treatment” didn’t result in a yeast infection.
The author, Stephen Buhner, includes a chapter about why we need to be looking for alternatives to antibiotics; and provides an excellent explanation of how and why many of them don’t work any more. James Duke, author of “The Green Pharmacy Herbal Handbook: Your Everyday Reference to the Best Herbs for Healing,” says in his introduction:
“Stephen Buhner has arrived at (and shares with you, the reader) the frightening truth you won’t find in the Journal of the American Medical Association: We are running out of weapons in the war on germs.”
Not only does Mr. Buhner provide profiles of the top 15 herbal antibiotics, he includes methods of improving and supporting your immune system, explanations of the most common methods of using the herbs, and multiple “recipes” for treatments for common issues.
In addition, the book contains a glossary of the words that readers may be unfamiliar with, a detailed bibliography, a resource list, and reading list, as well as an index that makes it easy to find what you’re looking for. This tiny (only 135 pages) book is packed with useful information. Definitely a 5 star book, I highly recommend it for anyone interested in trying more natural treatments.
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- Herbal Antibiotics by Stephen Harrod Buhner (thegreenmanweblog.wordpress.com)