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Common Herb Could Help Treat Microbes Resistant To Antibiotics

May 3, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
The common willow herb with its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties has been used traditionally as a tonic for easing prostate and urinary tract problems. New Romanian research, however, now finds that it may also help reduce antibiotic dosages used to fight microbes increasingly resistant to a wide range of drugs, a global public health problem. The testing showed that blending commonly used antibiotics with willow herb may effectively treat bacterial and fungal infections. Researchers also found that the willow herb/antibiotic blends also led to fewer side effects.
Lucia Pirvu et al., "Herba Extracts Influence the In Vitro Activity of Common Antibiotics on Standard Bacteria. ", Open Chemistry, May 03, 2016, © Pirvu et al.
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