草药是否能预防或减低抗生素抗性?

2012 8
 

增多的研究结论发现,气候因素和传染性疾病频频出现有着密切关系,如登革热、疟疾、肺结核和其它病毒性疾病(Patz, Epstein, Burke and Balbus, 1996)。疾病的传播也随着人们频繁的旅行、人类迁徙、营养不良、不良饮食习惯等逐渐恶化。尤其是生活快节奏、高压的人士,不良饮食习惯更是普遍。

研究发现,微生物群对抗生素和抗菌剂的抵抗力也增强了(Burke, 1998; Martinez et al., 2009)。 长期食用经激素与抗生素处理过的肉类食品将减低我们的免疫力,其食品包括禽肉和奶制品。因此,我一直强调消化系统健康的重要性。我们的免疫力,百分七十以上在于肠道。

            草药预防抗药性

近代的草本治疗学研究证实了老祖先的智慧:植物和草药能增强身体的自然防御机制,以抵抗外侵的病毒、细菌和真菌感染。它们的作用不像抗生素,不在直抵带菌微生物,而在增强身体的抵抗力(Bergner, 2005, p.1)。如此一来,我们就可以预防身体对药物的抵抗力。

新加坡国立癌症中心发现,癌症病人当中,那些配合辅助医疗(如食用草本或营养补助品)的病人,患感染的几率比较少 (The Straits Times, June 14, 2012)。尤其是第四阶段的癌症病人当中,食用补充品与否的结果差距更是明显。

            草本医药的有效性在于剂量

草药虽然有助于提高免疫和抗感染,它的有效作用却有赖于服用剂量;若要达到效益,需根据医药理学的建议剂量,也就是根据实际临床研究,而不是一般传统草药学所使用偏低的剂量。

            草本医学传统药品/补充品

传统药品和营养补充品有别于我施行的草本医学。一般商业化的保健品在建议剂量方面和原料的浓稠度方面都不合乎医疗效益的指定,不太适合治病,因此它们属于‘补充品’,不是药品。


祝您喜悦、安祥。

廖伟棠(自然疗法医师、草药师)
Sebastian Liew, MNHAA (Australia)
www.slnaturopath.com

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I am a practicing Medical herbalist and doctor of naturopathy from Singapore.
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