Homeopathic Alternatives to Antibiotics
Modern medicine has changed its approach toward certain diseases. Nowadays, antibiotics are an indispensable component of infectious medicine. Pneumonia, tuberculosis, and septicemia, which used to presage immediate death, are now treatable, thanks to powerful antibiotics.
Before, antibiotics used to pertain to organic compounds derived from mold and bacteria that are toxic to some microorganisms. Today, antibiotics include a wide array of bacteria-killing organic compounds, not only those that are naturally occurring, but also the synthetic and semi-synthetic ones.
Every antibiotic has selective toxicity. Although antibiotics kill foreign microorganisms, they keep the patient’s body unharmed. Antibiotics can affect the synthesis of basic structural cell units in many ways. For instance, penicillin can limit the production of peptidoglycans, which make up the outer layer of bacteria. However, the antibiotic does not harm other intercellular constituents. Since human cells lack cell walls, they should be safe from the antibacterial actions of antibiotics.
The selective toxicity of antibiotics has been a debatable issue among the scientific community. Advocates of alternative and conventional medicines have conflicting views on the ability of antibiotics to differentiate between disease-causing bacteria and harmless microorganisms. Critics argue that antibiotics often attack even the friendly bacteria in the patient’s body. It is believed that some antibiotics attack even the intestinal flora that is needed for effective digestion. Another concern raised by these critics is that antibiotics increase the risk of drug resistance since they are derived from a single compound that can easily be broken by bacteria. Furthermore, antibiotics are known to have serious side effects which could be as harmful as the disease they are intended to cure.
It has been proposed that herbal antibiotics have been used in ancient medicine even before the first allopathic antibiotic was commercialized. Cheese molds were believed to be effective in treating infections. In South East Asia, turmeric has long been used as oral and topical antibiotic. Homeopathic remedies, which are made of all-natural ingredients, are another example of antibiotic alternative.
Homeopathy is founded on the principle that a strong immune system is the key to fighting diseases. It also treats bacteria in general as harmless organisms. Homeopathic medicine is not primarily concerned with the destruction of bacteria, except those that cause diseases. As a matter of fact, most unicellular microscopic organisms fight disease-causing bacteria.
Colds, influenza, mild fevers and minor indispositions are often caused by viruses. Antibiotics cannot fight viral diseases. Antibiotics are quite effective in controlling bacterial infections, however they should only be taken when other types of medications have been exhausted. In some cases, the immune system is enough to cure bacterial infections without the aid of advanced treatments.
Aside from offering antibiotic alternatives, homeopathy can also serve as a remedy for the side effects of traditional antibiotics like headaches, allergies, skin lesions, and impaired liver. Homeopathic remedies strengthen the immune system, giving the body superior defense against infection-causing microorganisms.