Can I Take Herbs While I’m On Antibiotics?

Can I Take Herbs While I’m On Antibiotics?


Hello everyone, Dr. Rawls here with an answer
to a very common question that people have been asking lately. Can you take herbs with
antibiotics? The answer is absolutely. There’s no reason why you can’t take herbs along
with antibiotics, the two work very, very differently. Antibiotics are a single synthetic
chemical that effect a bacteria in a very specific way. Where herbs are a wide spectrum
of chemicals that are being produced by a plant that effect a variety of different microbes,
bacteria, protozoa, viruses. So they’re more suppressive, they’re not nearly as potent
as an antibiotic, so it’s really apples and oranges, it’s not the same thing. They can
be used in conjunction. In fact, there may be some advantages that if you are on an antibiotic
there may be advantages to taking an herb. We know that the herbs do a really nice job
of balancing gut flora that have been disrupted by antibiotics. So if you’re taking the herbs
along with the antibiotic, it may be, now there’s no scientific proof this, it may be
that it can help balance the gut flora and counteract of some the negative effects of
the antibiotics. Now, all that being said, do you have to take antibiotics with herbs
or the two together? I don’t think that’s necessarily the case at all. I, in my personal
recovery and most of the patients that I’ve worked with over the years, people find that
the herbs are quite adequate and long term use of herbal therapy suppresses these specific
kinds of microbes that we find to be associated with Lyme disease and other related chronic
illnesses. So most of the time the herbs are satisfactory. In some cases though, some people
may have a more virulent microbe that isn’t responding to the herbs or their immune system
isn’t strong enough for the herbs to allow them to do it. Sometimes the addition of antibiotics
can be beneficial. But, most of the time people can get by with just herbs alone.
So, I hope that helps answer that question. If you have any other questions or information
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