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Herbal Antibiotics, 2nd Edition: Natural Alternatives for Treating Drug-resistant Bacteria

Herbal Antibiotics, 2nd Edition: Natural Alternatives for Treating Drug-resistant Bacteria [Kindle Edition]

Stephen Harrod Buhner
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Antibiotic-resistant infections are alarmingly on the rise, and many people are looking for sound information on herbal alternatives to standard antibiotics. In this indispensable reference, herbal expert Stephen Harrod Buhner explains the roots of antibiotic resistance, explores the value of herbal treatments, and provides in-depth profiles of 30 valuable herbs, noting for each one its antibiotic properties, methods for collection and preparation, dosages, potential side effects, contraindications, and alternatives. As we prepare for the end of antibiotics, this comprehensive guide is a must-have in every family's medicine cabinet.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1200 KB
  • Print Length: 481 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1603429875
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC; 2nd edition (17 July 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008JE5K6S
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #227,970 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars treating antibiotic resistant diseases 10 Sep 2013
I have the earlier version and was delighted to get this second edition recently, three times the size of the original. The author states: "In the years since I wrote the first edition of this book, my knowledge of plant medicines and their use in healing has increased tremendously. Thus this new a great deal more comprehensive..." I found the first edition to be excellent and this one is even better. I also loved Buhner's "The Secret Teachings of Plants".

Here Buhner offers a slightly different list of the "top antibiotic herbs" than the first edition as deeper experience has shown him that, for instance, garlic and grapefruit seed extract are just not as effective as some of the new herbs in this edition. (I was pleased to read this as it reflects my own disappointing experiences with these two herbs.) Here the herbs have been divided into "the systemics" (cryptolepis, sida, alchornea, bidens, artemisia); "the localised nonsystemics" (berberines, juniper, honey, usnea); "the synergists (licorice, ginger, black pepper/piperine); and 8 herbs that he describes as the first line of defense (strengthening the immune system). There are a few tips on virus, fungus and parasite infections, although it does not really attempt to cover these pathogens. At the end are invaluable and detailed how-to-make instructions as well as a "formulary" (tincture proportions and dosages).

Thankfully, this book is not one of those encyclopedia-type listings that leave you wondering what herb/s to shortlist and where and how to actually start applying the information. With such books it is all little more than a lottery - perhaps slightly more educated than a lucky dip requires, but still guesswork.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Useful, but could be better 26 July 2013
As a medical herbalist, I found the book useful and interesting. It covers a few herbs in reasonable depth and suggests herbs suited to certain pathogens. Many of the herbs discussed were new to me. A lot of attention is also given to the right mode of preparation of each herb. A whole chapter is dedicated to herbs to boost the immune system, a very important approach when fighting any infection.
The book is fairly chatty, with plenty of repetition. The level is suitable for the interested lay person, while practitioners will probably have to speed read over many sections. My main criticism is that the range of herbs discussed is very narrow. I would have expected an overview of the majority of known antimicrobial herbs with their respective merits. Unfortunately the book covers only about 20 plants, many of which are not commonly used by most Western medical herbalists in the UK, and as a result would be fairly hard to obtain (Cryptolepsis, Sida, Alchorna, Bidens...). Many very well established herbal antimicrobials receive no mention at all (Garlic, Tea tree, Thyme to mention but a few).
Another criticism is that, while there is a comprehensive bibliography at the end of the book, there is no referencing throughout the text, so it's pretty difficult if you want to look up the specific research behind a certain piece of information.
Overall, the book falls somewhat short of my expectations, but at the price it's still a worthwhile addition to my library.
SK, B.Sc.(hons) Herbal Medicine, MNIMH
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read for all households 15 Feb 2014
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Everyone needs to read this book.. and have it on hand. Drug resistant antibiotics are on the increase. This book gives detailed information on what herbs we need in our natural pharmacy and how to prepare them and what ailments they are good to alleviate.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book strange order of information 19 Aug 2013
By David
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I thought this book was really interesting. However,I felt the part of the book about the lack of new antibiotics was a little long and missed many of the alternative treatments that are being developed. In addition, a lot of information that you need to understand the first part of the book is presented much later on.

However, it seems to have been well researched and well written. I would strongly recommend this book to anyone interested in practical, scientific Western herbal medicine.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Help yourself to natural antibiotics - 13 Dec 2012
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These may become life-savers as existing pharmaceutical products become less potent because of their overuse. They make work less quickly but will have less side-effects
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4.0 out of 5 stars Alternatives to pharmacriminals 29 Jun 2014
By mik
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A much needed work on real alternatives to what people have been misled to believe is standard medicine. Having worked for a pharmaceutical company I know what really goes on in boardroom thinking. Peoples health is secondary to mega profits. The truth is that is behoves everyone to take personal responsibilty for their health and not leave it to the major exploitation of the NHS which has been subverted by killer pharmaceuticals. 'Legal drugs last year killed twice as many people as illegal drugs. Neither are the answer. This publication is a small step in redressing the balance.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bought to Fight Haemophilus Influenzae 'B'. 6 Mar 2013
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My Wife has a very rare immune system disorder and suffers from Multiple Chemical Sensitivities. She can't take Pharmaceutical drugs. She caught the Bacteria when someone spat on her and became very, very ill. With the help of this book and two prominent Herbalists supplying the Herbal Tinctures my Wife is now on the mend and her body has developed enough anti-bodies to fight the residual infection on its' own. Bye, Bye Haemophilus.

The book is well written, easy to understand and Very detailed the Author has a sense of humour too! I like that.

It is a Must Have Buy and I wouldn't hesitate to say "Buy, it can be trusted."

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