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A third of US antibiotic prescriptions are inappropriate, finds CDC study

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: (Published 10 May 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i2660

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Adjuvant herbal antibiotic

I would like to underline and remind colleagues about the extremely powerful broad spectrum fungicidal and bactericidal activity, of carvacrol rich essential oil of oregano that has proved to be active, even against antibiotic and antimycotic resistant strains, without any side effects. [1][2]
Concomitant topical administration of carvacrol rich emulsions of essential oil of oregano, or other herbal monoterpenes, with current systemic pharmacologic therapies must be investigated and pursued, in order to achieve synergistic effects.
Carvacrol has also antinociceptive[5] and potent anti-inflammatory activity[3][4].
No bacterial resistance has ever been observed.

Competing interests: No competing interests

14 February 2017
Stavros Saripanidis
Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Thessaloniki, Greece