Your child is restless all night with a sore throat, cough and fever. You rush your child to the Doctor next morning and the Doctor prescribes an Antibiotic. A few days later, your child is well again. Actually, was it the Antibiotic that helped or did the ailment merely run its course? In another scenario, you have a sinus infection or a bladder infection, and you are prescribed an Antibiotic, after you discontinue the Antibiotic, your symptoms come back,

HOMEOPATHIC ALTERNATIVE TO ANTIBIOTICS

Your child is restless all night with a sore throat, cough and fever. You rush your child to the Doctor next morning and the Doctor prescribes an Antibiotic. A few days later, your child is well again. Actually, was it the Antibiotic that helped or did the ailment merely run its course? In another scenario, you have a sinus infection or a bladder infection, and you are prescribed an Antibiotic, after you discontinue the Antibiotic, your symptoms come back, and your Doctor recommends another course of a stronger Antibiotic. Before you recognize, you are taking different Antibiotics for extended periods. Antibiotics are the leading prescribed drugs and have become a major part of the treatment modality in modern medicine today.

The word Antibiotic means, “Opposed to life”, and Antibiotics are available as broad spectrum as well as specific. Broad spectrum Antibiotics are unable to categorize the good bacteria from those causing infection. Although Antibiotics are operative in eliminating bad bacteria, they also destroy the good bacteria, which is a vital part of our immune system. Good bacteria produce natural Antibiotics, Anti carcinogens and Cholesterol lowering substances and keep our digestive tracts functioning well. Antibiotics only work on bacteria, and not on viruses, fungal or parasitic infections. Several transmuted strains of bacteria, are resilient to Antibiotics and are not influenced by the drugs of the pharmaceutical industry. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have recommended the use of Antibiotics ONLY when essentially needed, safeguarding it for times when it is the only choice of treatment.

An infection transpires from exposure to an infectious agent and from the person’s lowered vitality, pathogens are not the cause of any disease, but are a co-factor to disease. An Antibiotic or an Anti-viral drug may remove the pathogen, but will not assist in escalating the person’s immune system, thereby, increasing chances of re-infection.

Due to side effects with Antibiotics and Antiviral drugs, most people these days are looking at Natural remedies.

Cause of infections:

Viruses: They cause an acute ailment and are then destroyed by the person’s immune system. Viruses mainly affect the ear, sinuses and upper respiratory tract. 75 – 80% infections are Viral.
Fungus: This mold dwells normally in the ears, nose, vagina, bladder, bowel and intestines. It protects the body and helps break down of food in the intestines. When in excess, it produces signs of infection.
Bacteria: We stumble upon bacteria everywhere, outside and within us. A healthy immune system can destroy bacteria, but if the immune system is compromised than a bacterial infection continues.
Parasites: A parasitic infection occurs from eating uncooked meat products.

Homeopathic approach to infections:

Homeopathy is a most successful modus operandi of not just coping with bacteria, but leaving the patient in a healthier state than the one prior to the illness. Homeopathy is a natural system of medicine that utilizes minute doses of carefully selected ingredients made from plants, minerals and many other natural sources, to enhance the body’s natural healing processes. Homeopathic remedies have shown a noteworthy outcome in healing people from numerous common and serious infectious diseases. According to the Homeopathic principles, symptoms are a self-protective acclimatization of the human body to fight infection. Hence, Antibiotics should be avoided whenever possible to forestall suppressing symptoms and further sinking the body’s innate self-healing ability. The word Homeopathy is derived from two Greek words, “Homeos” which means Similar and “Pathos” which means suffering or disease. Homeopathy works on the principle of “Similars” meaning, “Like cures Like”, derived from the Natural Law of Nature, which suggests that a microdose of a substance will heal whatever pattern of symptoms this substances causes in large doses. Unlike any other system of medicine, the remedies used in Homeopathy have been proven on healthy human beings, making Homeopathy a genuine and rational therapy.

Since, symptoms are the way that the body is trying to heal itself, it is logical to use remedies that augment the body’s expression, rather than suppress it. In Homeopathy, there is no Antibiotic or Anti viral remedy, because every correctly prescribed Homeopathic remedy has the potential of strengthening a person’s immune system that helps to fight any bacterial or viral infection. Homeopathy has several advantages, which make it, a preferred alternative over conventional Antibiotics. It is safe with no side effects, does not suppress the immune system, and does not excel the growth of Candida, as yeast overgrowth is a major side effect of frequent usage of Antibiotics. All Antibiotics have a selective toxicity, and they fail to differentiate between friendly bacteria, such as intestinal flora that is necessary for proper digestion. Antibiotics are also based on a single compound that bacteria can break easily thereby developing resistance to the drug, and the side effects caused by them can be sometimes as or more serious than the disease that they are supposed to treat. Most colds, fevers, and acute ailments are caused by viruses. Antibiotics are ineffective against a viral disease. Although Antibiotics may be needed to control certain infections, they should be administered only when other alternatives fail to work. People, whose immune system is strong, are able to fight acute ailments on their own without the aide of aggressive treatments. Homeopathy not only provides an effective Antibiotic alternative, but also antidotes in cases where an Antibiotic has caused side effects like allergic reactions, headaches, skin lesions, or has affected any internal organs.

Self – care measures along with Homeopathic remedies during an active infection:

Eliminate caffeine, alcohol, sugar, dairy, refined foods.
Eat lightly.
Be well hydrated.
Drink warm beverages, like herbal teas.
Juice fasting can help during an infection.
Strengthen your immune system with yoghurt, foods rich in Vitamin C, Beta-carotene, and zinc.
Colon cleansing can help.
Steam baths can help detoxify your system during infections.
Massage can speed up elimination of toxins, particularly a foot massage.
Relax and get enough rest.
Hot packs and Epsom salt soaks along with Homeopathic treatment can successfully treat Boils and cysts.
Local application of turmeric and Tea Tree oil can help skin infections.
Hot ginger tea for throat infections.
Have a positive mental attitude.

Hence, to summarize, Antibiotics are an interesting group of medications, however, they tend to be over prescribed and toxic. They must be utilized as a last option, not the first. The use of Homeopathy as a possible alternative to Antibiotics would be more favorable, harmless and cost-effective. I hope this piece of writing will provide information on how to avoid unnecessary use of Antibiotics. I have repeatedly experienced in my practice that all types of infections, including the bacterial respond brilliantly to natural and safe Homeopathic remedies, and Antibiotics are not needed for most of the infections. It is in rare cases, when the infection is widespread and the body has lost the strength to recuperate, Antibiotics may be justified in addition to Homeopathy.