Compounding Herbal Medicine for the Treatment of Drug Resistant Bacteria by Tiffany Wyse, N.D.
The following article on herbal medicine for the treatment of drug resistant bacteria was written by our Mississauga Naturopathic Doctor Tiffany Wyse and published by the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors in 2016. For those that are curious to learn more and implement this information into practice, contact us in Mississauga. The pdf of the article is here for you as well if it is easier for you to navigate:
Compounding Herbal Medicine for the Treatment of Drug Resistant Bacterial Infections – Naturopathic Doctor Tiffany Wyse – (PDF)
Where do bacteria come from?
When we begin to consider how to treat someone with a bacterial infection, we may do well to remember where bacteria have come from and how their evolution has progressed to present day. Bacteria were one of the very first species to appear on earth. They are single-celled organisms, mostly surrounded by a cell wall, named prokaryotes, meaning before (pro) nucleus (karyote).
Eukaryotes, in contrast, are much larger cells found in plants and animals. They are more complex cells comprised of DNA enclosed in a nucleus, organelles including energy-producing mitochondria.1,2 Current evidence suggests cooperation between bacterial and eukaryotic cells was highly important for human origins and existence. As a result of this union, primitive eukaryote cells were formed and have evolved into the complex ecosystems that we have today. The relationship between bacteria and humans may be observed in our microbiome.3,4 The “good” bacteria or “probiotics” that we as Naturopathic Doctors so often prescribe are key factors in maintaining important physiological functions including the assimilation of nutrients, regulation of the immune system and the restriction of potentially-pathogenic bacteria.3,4
Bacteria are our ancestors. Human beings on earth are dependent bacteria for health.5,6,7