Leading naturopath shows how to su percharge your immune system and fight infect
ions with out relying on antibi otics.
There are natural ways to boost your body's defence system.In the right circumstances antibiotics are invaluable
, but we have to use them selectively.
As a result of overusing them, we are gradually seeing
the rise of drug-resistant bacteria
--superbugs that are a real danger to our health.Even when antibiotics are used against the "bad" bacteria
us, "friendly" bacteria
, which we need for optimum health, are also damaged or killed.The solution is to help yourself.
The key is to help strengthen your immune system and modify symptoms without taking
them away because they are part of the recovery
process.There are natural ways of doing this very effectively
, for adults and children.
Sore throat 咽喉肿痛
This tells you an infect
ion is on its way.It could be viral or bacteria
l, but the first course of action is to take zinc lozenges(from chemists and health-food shops).
If your lymph glands are swollen
, showing your waste disposalmechanism
is blocked, lymphatic drainage
massage will help.You should also try to avoid breathing through your mouth rather than your nose because this means not only is the air not filtered, but you are also drying up the mucous membrane
, part of your body's defence mechanism
Enhance your immune function by taking
care over your diet.High levels of refined
carbohydrates, high-fat foods, alcohol and caffeine all affect efficiency.A good multivitamin and mineral supplement
will act as insurance against any deficiency
but probiotics also help.The herb extract
echinacea has immune-enhancing properties.Gargling with one or two drops of tea tree oil mixed with water helps；it is a powerful anti-fungal, anti-bacteria
l, an ti-viral agent.
If you have an infect
ed tooth, you need to take antibiotics.Here, the alternative
is not about what to do instead of taking
them, it is about what to do as well as taking
antibiotics and how to protect yourself after you've finished the course.The key is to take a supplement
of the two main probiotics we need for the intestine
, lacto-bacillus acidophilus and bifidobacterium bifidum.Both help to detoxify the bowel, manufacture B vitamins and keep yeasts and undesirablebacteria
in check, but are damaged by antibiotics.
牙齿发炎确实需要服用抗生素。对此，自然疗法也并不是抛开抗生素，而是在服用抗生素的同时以及疗程过后采取一些自我保护措施。主要是补充肠道所需的两种有益菌群：嗜酸乳酸杆菌和两歧双歧杆菌。它们有助于排除肠道内的毒素, 制造维生素B, 并且能够有效控制酵母菌和不受欢迎的细菌的生长。然而抗生素会使它们遭到破坏。
A short fast will help.Stick to water and juice for the first 24 or 36 hours and because the body is not distracted by the digestive
process, you will fight the infect
ion more efficiently.Hot packs and cold compress
es ease symptoms.Both garlic
and echinacea are antiviral and antibacteria
l and liquorice is a good immune system enhancer.Studies show treating otitis with antibiotics leads to more ear problems, more frequently.The best option is usually no antibiotics at all, except in the case of acute otitis.Instead, after visiting the doctor, concentrate on easing your child's symptoms while their immune system fights the infect
ion on its own.Along with painkillers and medical decongestants, Lymphatic drainage
massage, cold compress
es and hot packs are all soothing and will ease the pain.
短期的禁食会有疗效。在最初的24小时或36小时内只饮用水或果汁, 由于机体不会分散过多的精力用来消化, 治疗感染的效果就会提高。热敷与冷敷都可以缓解症状。大蒜和松果菊属植物都是既抗病毒又抗细菌, 甘草也具有极佳的增强免疫的功能。研究表明用抗生素治疗中耳炎可以导致更多、更频繁的耳部疾病。除急性中耳炎之外, 治疗耳部炎症的最佳选择往往是干脆不用抗生素。在看过医生后, 应让孩子的免疫系统自己战胜感染, 同时尽可能地帮他缓解病痛。除了使用止痛剂和减充血剂, 淋巴排毒按摩、冷敷和热敷都有镇痛功能。
Sinus trouble 鼻窦炎
Depending on the severity
of the problem, you may or may not need antibiotics.If you don't, a short fast will help, along with steam inhalations, which involve adding a couple of drops of tea tree oil to hot water.If you do need antibiotics, follow them with probiotics.
是否需要抗生素治疗取决于炎症的轻重。如果不需要, 可以尝试短期的禁食和雾化疗法。采取雾化疗法时需要在热水中加入几滴茶树油。如果需要服用抗生素的话, 同时服用一些益生菌制品。
Stomach ulcer 胃溃疡
More than 70 percent of duodenal and stomach ulcers are caused by a bacterium called helicobacter pylori. The standard treatment is antibiotics but，worryingly，in many patients H. pylori has now become resistant to antibiotics.
All kinds of alternative
approaches have been tried，but by far the most successful is an ancient Greek remedy
called mastic. This is a natural chewing gum from the sap of the mastic tree that grows wild in Greece. The ancient Greeks chewed this to deal with stomach ulcers. Recent studies show between one and two grams of mastic，taken daily as a supplement
for just a few weeks，heals ulcers and completely deactivates H. pylori in almost three-quarters of people with ulcers--even when the bacterium was resistant to antibiotics.
One of the best ways to treat a bladder infect
ion such as cystitis is with cranberry
concentrate. It doesn't kill bacteria
but it prevents them sticking to the walls of the bladder. If you also drink lots of water you can flush out the infect
Infected wound 伤口感染
There are many studies looking at the anti-fungal, anti-bacteria
l effect of honey, or even sugar, on infect
ed wounds. Both are extremely effective and are often used in hospitals.
Sugar is sterile
. You can keep it for a hundred years and nothing will grow on it. To make a honey or sugar compress
, sprinkle it on to the wound, cover with a bandage
and change daily.