Herbal Healing: Strep Throat

Most of the cases of Strep Throat are caused by viral infections, thus disappear in a few days. However some are caused by infections with ( Streptococcus ), strep bacteria. This can take weeks to go away. Strep throat causes pain on swallowing, redness of the throat, swollen tonsils, and tender lymph nodes in the neck. Strep throat cannot be distinguished from viral sore throat just by looking at the throat and tonsils, so physicians uses swabs that can immediately test for strep throat. Strep throat can lead to rheumatic fever, which causes arthritis, fever, and heart inflammation. Unlike viral infections strep throat is treated with antibiotics to prevent damage to other organs. Unfortunately these drugs are not always effective. ( about 20 % of the time antibiotics fail to kill off all the strep throat bacteria. When antibiotic treatments are unsuccessful, it is usually because there is a secondary infection with, Staphylococcus aureus, or Bacteriodies bacteria. These bacteria shield the strep bacteria by deactivating penicillin.) To help penicillin treatment work better gargle with 10 to 15 drops of oil of cloves mixed with 1/4 c. water 2 x a day than take 500 milligrams of scutellaria 3 x a day as long as you are taking antibiotics. Oil of clove kills staph bacteria that is resistant to penicillin.

Beneficial herbs are, Barberry or coptis, or goldenseal, or Oregon grape root, make a tincture and take 15 to 20 drops 3 x a day for 10 days. The comments of the herbs which ever one you take, is it keeps the strep from attaching to the lining of the throat.

Echinacea tablets, take at least 900 mg. daily, thus keeps strep from forming colonies in which they multiply rapidly.

Garlic oil, take 3 to 4 drops in 1/4 c. water 1 x as a gargle, thus relieves difficulty in swallowing.


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