Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Tea and Honey will be the Antibiotics of the future?

More and more bacteria become resistant (resistant) for excessive use of antibiotics. Scientists are now turning to traditional treatments such as tea and honey. Will the combination of tea and honey will replace antibiotics in the future?

More and more drugs are used, the more likely any bacteria build resistance and a super germs, causing a condition called experts 'arms race'.

It raises the specter of concern to the medical world and the fear of the return of antibiotic revolution in the 1940's.

"I hate to say we are back to the pre-antibiotic era, when treating serious illness that very issue," said Professor Les Baillie from Cardiff University, told the BBC, as reported by the Telegraph, Thursday (12/13/2012).

He said the British strategy is being carried out ways to slow down the problem by controlling the use of antibiotics, so there is always 'a backup'.

Professor Baillie is now leading a team to explore whether the ancient remedies, such as tea and honey, the next could be a way to overcome super germs.

Tea contains polyphenolic compounds that have health benefits, including its ability to kill micro-organisms.

Scientists from Prof Baillie teams have seen tea as a source of drugs to treat clostridium difficile, which is the bacteria responsible at least 2,000 deaths and over 24,000 infections last year.

"There are real concerns about the future of medicine in the post-antibiotic," said Rhidian Morgan-Jones, a surgeon Cardiff University.


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