Herbal Medicine: Garlic as an antimicrobial herb

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Many plants display antimicrobial properties and are used to treat different forms of infections found throughout the body. One area of research that definitely needs more attention is the effect that these antimicrobial herbs play on our resident microbiome.  It is not uncommon for a herbal antimicrobial treatment to run for 2-3 months, depending on […]

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SIBO: Comparing Treatment Options

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There are a number of approaches to treating SIBO. Rifaximin, as discussed previously, is the frontline approach for western biomedicine and as an antibiotic appears less damaging than most. The fact that rifaximin is non-systemic, is minimally absorbed and predominantly stays localised in the gut is promising (1). Some potential issues with the rifaximin route […]

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Herbal Medicine: Ginger and the Gut

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The herbal medicine Ginger, or Zingiber officinale is well known for it’s spicy, sharp flavour and is common in Indian and East Asian foods. The herb grows well here in the Byron Bay area and is generally available fresh throughout Australia. Uses For Ginger The rhizome of the ginger plant is used for medicine and […]

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Herbal Antimicrobials VS Antibiotics

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Herbal antimicrobials is a subject I am very interested in. With a bit of tweaking I managed to eradicate two parasites (Blastocystis hominis and Dientamoeba fragilis) using differrent herbal antimicrobials, immune boosters and anti-inflammatories. As a student of herbal medicine I strongly believe that plants can offer something that pharmaceuticals like antibiotics cannot. They have a long history […]

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