Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Tea and Honey Will Replace Antibiotics?

The phenomenon of resistance of germs to antibiotics is an increasingly alarming re- echoed health experts. Recipes of traditional medicine such as tea and honey prepared as one of the alternative solutions to address the increasingly resistant bacteria to drugs.

Irrational use of antibiotics and over and over again is the biggest cause of a type of bacteria become resistant to drugs. Medical experts call this alarming phenomenon with the term "arms race".

The inability of a drug to overcome bacterial antibiotic is now a scourge after the discovery of antibiotics in the 1940s. The presence of antibiotics could be an effective solution in treating diseases caused by bacteria. However, when the bacteria have become resistant to it, the other alternatives are needed to make the treatment becomes effective again.

Prof. Les Baillie, of Cardiff University in the UK states, is not impossible that the world will return to a time where antibiotics have not been found, so the treatment of a disease becomes a big problem.

Therefore, scientists are seeking to make an alternative sulution when the bacteria have become resistant to antibiotics. Baillie currently heads the research team to find out whether such an ancient medicinal tea and honey can be the next way as the most effective drugs to treat the disease.

Tea is known to contain a compound called polyphenols that have the ability to kill microorganisms.

Baillie led the research team has found that tea is able to treat diseases caused by Clostridium difficile, a bacterium that is responsible for at least 2,000 people were killed and more than 24,000 cases of infection last year.

Rhidian Morgan - Jones, a surgeon from Cardiff, said that there are real concerns about the future of medicine when antibiotics can no longer be used.

Prof. David Livermore, from the Health Protection Agency, last month warned, major surgery and cancer treatment will become more dangerous. The use of antibiotics will likely only be done for the next 10 years.

The development of modern medicine such as intensive care and organ transplants will be under threat without antibiotics. Therefore, immediate replacement is needed antibiotics.

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