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Garlic May Be the Natural Cure For MRSA

June 12, 2008 05:08 PM
by findingDulcinea Staff
A study conducted at the University of East London shows that garlic pills and creams may clear MRSA infections after 8–12 weeks of treatment.

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So far, more than 250 people who tested positive for MRSA (methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus) have been successfully treated with garlic, the study shows. The results for the first 52 patients will be published in the journal Advances In Therapy later this year, The Sun reports.

Many of the patients had wounds that refused to heal, despite extended treatment with antibiotics. “We have had patients on the trial who were due to have surgery to remove infected tissue, but after using the garlic preparation their wounds healed," Dr. Ron Cutler, who headed the study, said.

The first cases of MRSA infection occurred in hospitals. But increasingly the so-called "super-bug" is making its way into the community at large

The group most vulnerable to MRSA is people with weakened immune systems, who are more commonly found in the hospital environments where the bug developed. But MRSA infections are now afflicting young healthy individuals.

Many professional athletes, including NBA star Grant Hill, have been stricken with this bacterium, and some have suffered severe consequences.

More studies may prove that garlic can cure MRSA infections where antibiotics have been ineffective. Garlic has been used throughout the centuries as a natural cure. It was reportedly used by medics in World War I as well as in the World War II, when it was known as “Russian penicillin" and used when antibiotics were not available.

Headline Link: Garlic may be natural cure for MRSA

Background: MRSA on the rise

Historical Context: Prevalence of antibiotics

Reference: MRSA facts and prevention

Related Topic: Garlic's healing powers

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