Tea and Honey Will Replace Antibiotics?
The phenomenon of resistance of germs to antibiotics again voiced increasingly alarming health experts. Recipes of traditional medicine such as tea and honey prepared as one of the alternative solutions to address the growing bacteria resistant to drugs.
Rational use of antibiotics and over and over again is the biggest cause of a type of bacteria become resistant to drugs. Medical experts call this alarming phenomenon with the term “arms race”.
The inability of a drug to overcome bacterial antibiotic now a scourge after the discovery of antibiotics in the 1940s. The presence of antibiotics could be an effective solution in treating diseases caused by bacteria. However, when the bacteria have become resistant to it, needed an alternative that can make treatment becomes effective again.
Prof. Les Baillie, of Cardiff University in the UK states, not impossible that the world will return to a time where antibiotics have not been found, so that kind of treatment of the disease into a big problem.
Therefore, scientists are now seeking to make an alternative solution when bacteria have become resistant to antibiotics. Baillie currently chairs the research team to find out whether the ancient remedy such as tea and honey can be the next way as the most effective drugs to treat the disease.
Tea is known to contain a compound called polyphenols that have the ability to kill microorganisms.
The research team led by Baillie has found, tea able to treat diseases caused by Clostridium difficile, a bacterium that is responsible for at least 2,000 people were killed and more than 24,000 cases of infection last year.
Rhidian Morgan-Jones, a surgeon from Cardiff, said that there are real concerns about the future of the medical world when antibiotics can no longer be used.
Prof. David Livermore, from the Health Protection Agency UK, last month warned, major surgery and cancer treatment will become more dangerous. The use of antibiotics will likely only be done for the next 10 years.
The development of modern medicine such as intensive care and organ transplants will be under threat without antibiotics. Therefore, immediately needed replacement for antibiotics.