Commonly used for the flu, Tulsi is a potent antimicrobial and may assist the body in destroying harmful bacteria, viruses, and fungi. Tulsi can be used long-term to strengthen the immune system. In one study tulsi demonstrated antimicrobial activity similar to that of doxycycline against A. actinomycetemcomitans – a common cause of periodontitis. Tulsi is also effective at fighting off mosquito-borne illnesses like dengue, malaria, and filariasis.
One study done on high school students comparing Listerine mouthwash, 0.2 chlorhexidine mouth rinse, and Tulsi extract showed no significant difference – Tulsi was just as effective in fighting salivary Streptococcus mutans.
In another study done to evaluate the immune boosting properties of Tulsi, a significant increase in the cytokines interferon-y, interleukin-4, as well as nk-cells, and T-helper cells – proving that tulsi is a potent immune system booster.
A good Tulsi supplement is this one.
This herb has been used for its potent cholesterol reducing, anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory effects in Ayurvedic medicine and is known to boost the immune system and promote healing. Studies have shown that guggul possesses antifungal properties when tested against Aspergillus niger, Aspergillus flavus, Candida albicans and Microsporum fulvum. In Classical Ayurvedic medicine,
Guggul was used as a fumigant – modern research supports this as guggul was seen to be highly effective against Rhyzopertha dominica which suggests its role as a fumigant.
It also has antibacterial properties and has been effective against multidrug-resistant Klebsiella pneumonia. Research on chemical constituents of guggul has proven that they are effective against gram negative and gram-positive bacteria.
A good Guggul supplement is this one.
Believed to be one of the most potent natural anti-infective agents, Manuka Honey has proven its effectivity in fighting off Antibiotic-susceptible and resistant infections including Staphylococcus aureus, Staphylococcus epidermidis, Enterococcus faecium, Escherichia coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Enterobacter cloacae, and Klebsiella oxytoca.
Manuka honey works extremely well in a wide range of infections and some doctors suggest that it may be stronger than many standard antibiotics.
In one study, Manuka Honey was able to significantly reduced salivary staphylococci Mutans in children, within 10-21 days.
Clinically, I have witnessed the near instant effects of Manuka honey in reducing the severity of a sore throat.
Honey is the key ingredient in an Ayurvedic drug known as OpthaCare by the Himalaya Drug Company – which is clinically proven to treat conjunctivitis.
A good Manuka Honey supplement is this one.
A powerful antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal herb, Garlic is considered to be a broad spectrum antibiotic. According to research, Garlic is able to kill off several antibiotic-resistant infections due to its chemical constituent known as “Allicin”. It kills off Gram-negative and Gram-positive bacteria, including multidrug-resistant enterotoxicogenic strains of Escherichia coli. It also has antifungal activity, particularly against Candida albicans and antiparasitic activity against Entamoeba histolytica and Giardia lamblia.
Clinically, “Aged Garlic Extract” is able to enhance immune function, reduce the length of illness, and reduce the severity of the cold and flu.
Dr. Tariq H. Abdullah, director of the Akbar Clinic of Panama City utilized garlic in a small group of patients suffering from AIDS and related opportunistic infections. In this study, the patients demonstrated a 14-fold increase in the activity of vital immune cells, which we refer to as ‘killer’ T cells.
A good garlic supplement is this one.
This antioxidant-rich berry is a potent antibacterial, antiviral, anti-influenza and anti-inflammatory used for treating wounds and upper respiratory infections. Elderberry is an age old remedy for treating the common cold and flu. It has been seen in studies to improve the symptoms of common cold and flu infections including influenza A and B.
A good Elderberry supplement is this one.
Known for its antiviral and antibacterial properties, OLE is a becoming a popular natural antibiotic in the natural health community. Its key chemical constituents including “oleuropein”, have been used against HIV, viral haemorrhagic septicaemia virus (VHSV), herpes, salmonella typhi, candida krusei, Salmonella enterica, Serovar Typhi, Acinetobacter calcoaceticus, Escherichia coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, pseudorabies virus, vesicular stomatitis virus, encephalomyocarditis virus, Newcastle virus, coxackievirus A21, parainfluenza 3 virus, and rotavirus.
In my experience, OLE has been beneficial for upper respiratory infections as well as urinary tract infections.
A good Olive Leaf Extract supplement is this one.
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By Dr. Nishal Ramnunan B.A.M.S.
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