There is a current growing awareness of the public health threat owing to antibiotic resistance. The World Health Organisation (WHO), a United Nations agency who advocates for international public health and monitors and assesses health trends, have said the problem is ‘rising to dangerously high levels in all parts of the world.’
Antiobiotic resistance happens when bacteria changes or responds differently to prescribed medication. This makes infections harder to treat and antibiotics less effective. Over-use or misuse of antibiotics can give rise to this problem. To help combat this global threat, national health plans are aiming to reduce the use of antiobitics, prevent patients from contracting infections and reduce the number of drug-resistant infections.
WHO’s Traditional Medicine Strategy 2014-2023 has indicated it would like to strengthen the role of Traditional, Complementary & Alternative Medicines (TCAM) and look for solutions for improved healthcare. Promoting self-care, people-centred care and safe, effective use of TCAM may help contribute to lowering risk factors and the perceived threat. It is worth considering the anti-pathogenic abilities of natural options and supportive immune supplements to aid therapeutic activity.
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