Homeopathy and Infections
Infections can take many forms, be they viral, bacterial or fungal. However, despite the continuous advances in modern medicine and the new and improved measures to fight such diseases, they continue to present a problem, and in certain cases are even on the rise. Why so? Well, one reason is that the pathogens (viruses, bacteria) are evolving faster than the medicines used to combat them, as has been seen with the recent H1N1 outbreak and the increasing cases of antibiotic-resistant hospital infections.
In fact, antibiotics have a number of drawbacks. They kill bacteria indiscriminately throughout the body. That's their job. So, if you have a strep throat, for example, the antibiotic you take kills the good bacteria, lactobacillus, elsewhere in the body, which you need to crowd out and control Candida (yeast) if it arises. That's why vaginal and intestinal yeast infections are so common after antibiotic use, with many people not even realising they have them. Antibiotics are often prescribed routinely, without any evidence of infection, with a "just in case, it can't hurt" mentality. They have no effect on viruses, but are routinely prescribed anyway. When taken repeatedly, they can weaken, rather than strengthen, the immune system, and may lead to more serious problems later. This is especially true when antibiotics are given for years, as tetracycline for acne, or when, as with resistant bladder infections or recurrent ear infections, one antibiotic is followed, unsuccessfully, by yet another stronger one.
How can Homeopathy help?
Instead of trying to track down, identify and attack the disease pathogens themselves, such as the bacteria and viruses, homeopathy works to boost your body's own immune system, helping your own white blood cells and other defences to attack the infection. Fortunately, your own body is much more targeted when it comes to destroying invading cells, so there is none of the "collateral damage" of typical antibiotic treatment. What's more, by aiding your immune system to exercise itself fully, homeopathy helps you to become stronger in fighting future infections, so it's less likely that you will fall ill in the first place!
Homeopathy has shown itself to be particularly effective in combatting recurrent infections, and should be thought of prior to trying repeated courses of antibiotics or, in the case of ear infections, grommets.