Confused About Antibacterial Herbs

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bocdrt
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Confused About Antibacterial Herbs

Postby bocdrt » Fri Mar 23, 2018 8:46 pm

I see that a lot of people in the forum take antibacterial herbs like goldenseal, oil of oregano, etc.

I have two questions:
- Won't these also kill the good bacteria in the body? I've heard at least that oil of oregano is very strong.
- For the ones who take them / have taken them, how do you use them? Do you take them during your antibiotic treatment? Immediately after to prevent a relapse? Or only if you have symptoms? I've searched the forum but it seems like everyone is doing it differently, trying to figure out of there is some consensus.

Thank you!

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Re: Confused About Antibacterial Herbs

Postby MKW » Sat Mar 24, 2018 12:22 am

Hi, this is something there does not seem to be many legitimate studies for.
I am currently taking some herbal antimicrobials including berberine and oregano oil provided by a nutritionist/functional medicine specialist to treat SIBO. But I am a year out from a successful FMT.
As far as taking this stuff during the relapse window, you might hurt yourself more than help due to killing off good bacteria. I have read conflicting info on whether or not oregano oil kills good bacteria. I have read more info that berberine is good bacteria sparing. And I found one NIH article that taking berberine after c Diff antibiotic treatment decreased relapse rate.
So again there is mixed info on this. I think it is best to stick with whatever the doctor treating you recommends. Many people take Florastor probiotic during antibiotic treatment, then a high quality multi strain probiotic for a couple months after to help prevent relapse. Also kefir is a great natural probiotic source.


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