Herbal Intervention For Growing Population Of Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria | 9536
ISSN: 2155-9910

Journal of Marine Science: Research & Development
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Herbal intervention for growing population of antibiotic resistant bacteria

International Conference on Oceanography & Natural Disasters

Brett Martin

Accepted Abstracts: J Marine Sci Res Dev

DOI: 10.4172/2155-9910.S1.004

Antibiotic resistant strains of bacteria are on the rise in the United States. The reason for this trend is the over utilization of antibiotics in Western medicine. Antibiotic resistant strains are more virulent capable of causing prolonged and serious infections. A common practice in alternative medicine is the utilization of herbs or the use of herbs in conjunction with antibiotics for the treatment of bacterial infections. Herbs are effective agents capable of eradicating bacterial infections. Many herbs possess antimicrobial constituents with bacteriostatic and bactericidal activity for a broad spectrum of gram positive and gram negative bacteria. Although herbs are generally not as potent bacteriostatic or bactericidal agents as antibiotics, herbs may be an effective adjunct or monotherapy due to their ability to stimulate the immunes system enhancing the natural defenses of the body. Another consideration is the antioxidant activity of herbs. During an infection, macrophages and phagocytes denature bacteria using hydrogen peroxide in respiratory burst producing oxidative radicals. Oxidative radicals contribute to oxidative stress capable of increasing cortisol levels down-regulating immune function. Herbs attenuate these effects. The last beneficial aspect is that many herbs either do not disrupt or promote the growth of symbiotic bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract.