Using herbal supplements to fight MRSA
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus or MRSA infection is a major cause for concern throughout the UK. Figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) for the number of cases have risen steadily with death rates being highest among the over-85s who are more susceptible to infection with twice as many men than women dying from MRSA infection. There is also a community strain of MRSA referred to as C-MRSA which is also resistant to the standard antibiotics with mutated strains of both becoming increasingly resistant to the strongest, most potent antibiotics currently available.
A number of natural immune boosters particularly herbal supplements show favourable results in preparing the body for a planned hospital visit. Useful herbs include extracts of astragalus, Siberian ginseng, echinacea and goldenseal. One of the most notable herbs showing great promise is garlic, in particular its main antibacterial agent allicin. Recent research on allicin has shown that it can be used effectively in treating patients with MRSA-infected wounds within weeks. There are significant developments into new treatments using garlic preparations with standardised quantities of allicin in addition to a host of other effective herbal supplements.
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