C. Diff. Alternative Remedies
Are alternative and natural remedies safe or effective?
While antibiotics are usually effective against C. diff., these drugs have their downsides and limitations. Alternative and natural remedies can enhance your C. diff. treatments and help offset the downsides of antibiotics.
But just because something is "natural" does not mean that it's safe or effective. Also, there are special requirements for clostridium difficile (C. diff.) remedies because of the unique natural of these infections. Therefore, it's important to educate yourself about alternative remedies and find out which ones are best for C. difficile.
C. diff. remedy requirements
There are some special considerations when choosing an alternative remedy for support with C. diff. infections. Because of the unique quality of C. diff. infections and who is most likely to catch them, many common infection remedies may not be the best choice for C. difficile. Below are special requirements a remedy should meet for optimal support with C. diff. infections:
- Active against C. difficile bacteria.
- Gentle on the stomach.
- Safe for beneficial intestinal flora.
- Activity against biofilms.
Best remedies for C. diff.
Several alternative remedies stand above the rest for C. diff. support. Below is a short list of some of the most beneficial remedies for C. difficile:
- Medicinal herbal blends. Herbal remedies such as olive leaf extract, concentrated garlic (allicin), goldenseal, mild thistle and others are either active against C. diff. or support the intestines and colon to heal from the infection. However, most herbal products are not potent enough and must have the proper active ingredient concentration to be effective.
- Therapeutic-grade essential oils. Several essential oils are strongly antibacterial, including oregano, tea tree, thyme, clove and cinnamon bark oils. However, many of the strongest oils for infections are hard on the stomach and intestines. Also, most common oil brands are not strong enough or safe for demanding internal uses. Therefore, essential oils much be chosen with extra care and used properly to be safe and effective for C. diff. support.
- Antibacterial vitamin and mineral therapy. Vitamins C and D and minerals such as iodine and zinc can either directly or indirectly support the body to expel invading bacteria and help from infections. However, vitamin and mineral supplements must be in the correct bio-available and bio-identical form to be properly absorbed and used by the body. Also, the effectiveness of these therapies will be lessened unless they are combined with important diet changes, such as sugar reduction and the addition of key immune-supporting foods.
- Fecal transplants. This alternative therapy has been causing quite a stir lately and is being used more often in some mainstream medical circles. While this therapy has several key benefits, it is not without its risks. The long-term effectiveness remains uncertain and this therapy is not widely available or covered by insurance.
It's important to remember that remedies should not be the sole focus of your infection control efforts. While alternatives can be an important piece of the puzzle, they must be used along with other methods, including boosting your immune system, replenishing your intestinal flora, and controlling bacteria inside your home.
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