Could Pukka Herbs bring us closer to finding a natural antibiotic?

Finding an effective, natural alternative to antibiotics could be much closer than initially thought – thanks, in part, to a new study being spearheaded by Pukka Herbs.

Pukka Herbs has revealed it’s working with the University of Southampton on a clinical trial to test a natural alternative to antibiotics for people with seasonal colds and flu. It’s thought to be the first study of its kind to specifically look at this particular herbal intervention in the Western world.

The revelation comes shortly after the NHS announced its five-year antimicrobial resistance action plan.

The increasing resistance of bacterial infections to antibiotic treatment is thought to be a global health concern. A causative factor of this issue is said to be the over-prescription of antibiotics for routine infections and the misuse of these medicines by patients.

Acute respiratory infections (ARTIs), such as cough, sore throat, and sinusitis, are common and costly for both individuals and the NHS. At present 1 in 3 people in the UK will take a course of antibiotics in a single year for minor infections such as these. 

To read more about antimicrobial resistence and building natural resistance, check out our When the drugs don’t work feature by columnist Katrina Mather. Click here to read it in our Spring issue.

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