Herbal Antibiotics for SIBO
Many people who struggle with bacterial infections turn to herbal alternatives in order to optimize their health. Pharmaceutical antibiotics are an important medical discovery when it comes to saving people from deadly diseases. But, with the chronic overprescription of pharmaceutical antibiotics, those that suffer from diseases such as SIBO lose the effectiveness of their medications.
That is why using a SIBO natural treatment is an ideal first choice. Before you even start any type of antibiotic, begin with some natural healing options like changes to your diet or lifestyle. If you still need antibiotics, I strongly suggest you avoid the pharmaceutical ones and turn to natural antibiotics instead first.
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Herbal Antibiotics vs Pharmaceutical Antibiotics
History has shown us how regular antibiotics work for people with severe cases of bacterial infections. But from my experience with SIBO and my chronic symptoms, I have found that herbal antibiotics are the better choice. There are even certain studies on the incredible effectiveness of herbal remedies to treat small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO).
The biggest reason why natural antibiotics are better is that they are less prone to antibiotic resistance. People have been using synthetically made antibiotics for years, and it took them awhile to realize that the bacteria they were trying to kill is capable of adapting to the antibiotics. This creates a new type of bacteria that is resistant to the medication, making your antibiotic essentially useless.
That is why antibiotics are commonly ineffective when treating SIBO. After the first round of pharmaceutical antibiotics, your SIBO symptoms can come right back. In order to prevent this resistance, doctors have recommended to me to rotate antibiotic regimens and use herbal alternatives.
There are plenty of other pros to herbal antibiotics that goes beyond their effectiveness. Natural remedies have dramatically fewer side effects, but they often take a little longer to work. Pharmaceutical antibiotics are more expensive than the natural options, so not only will you have more effective medication but you will also save a lot of money on your treatment.
So, in summary, herbal antibiotics are a good choice for 2 main reasons:
- Less potential for antibiotic resistance and harsh side effects
- Cheaper alternative than using SIBO antibiotics such as Xifaxan
Who Should Consider Using Herbal Antibiotics for SIBO?
If you don’t want to spend $1,000 on a course of antibiotics that aren’t covered by insurance, you should use herbal antibiotics. Or if you are someone like me who used regular antibiotics in the past and want to find a more efficient and less harsh way of treating SIBO, natural antibiotics would greatly benefit your plan of treatment.
You may also enjoy the freedom of testing out the herbal remedies yourself if you don’t have easy access to a doctor. And if you are someone that has a more holistic mind, natural medicine is the way to fight your SIBO symptoms.
Which Herbal Antibiotics Can Be Used to Treat SIBO?
There are lots of natural remedies out there that you may feel overwhelmed: Which are the best herbal antibiotics for SIBO? One study that I have found discusses the ways you can use specific herbal combinations to be just as effective as standard prescription antibiotics.
If you don’t want to read the detailed report on these combinations, here is a list of herbal antibiotic protocols to treat SIBO that are recommended by naturopathic doctors and SIBOinfo.com.
- 1-3 herbs from below for 4 weeks at highest dosing suggested on label:
- 2 herbal combination formulas together, at a dosing of 2 caps twice a day, for each formula:
SIBO Herbal Treatment Protocol That Helped Me
My personal favorite SIBO herbal treatment plan is to use the Allimed and berberine complex. These are two herbs I have had success with treating my gut. As always, I recommend consulting with a healthcare professional before undertaking any SIBO natural treatment protocol to ensure you have found the best option for you.
Allimed contains Allicin which is the antibacterial component of garlic. The dosage for Allimed is usually 2 450 mg capsules 3 times per day for 4 weeks. Berberine is another potent natural antimicrobial. This formula contains extracts of barberry, Oregon grape, and goldenseal. The dosage for Berberine Complex is usually 2-3 capsules 3 times per day for 4 weeks.
If you are sensitive and have a history of reacting poorly to too much medication, it would be wise for you to start with a smaller dosage. Try one or two capsules before moving up to the full amount. This natural treatment will definitely be much more forgiving to your sensitivities than pharmaceutical antibiotics.
In summary, the herbs I’ve had success with treating my gut are:
Allimed (2 capsules 3x per day for 4 weeks)
Berberine complex (2 capsules 3x per day for 4 weeks)
Preventing Relapse After a SIBO Herbal Treatment
Doing what you can to help prolong a successful treatment is important. Once you have completed your antibiotics, you will want to help stimulate motility. One way doctors recommend doing this is by taking prokinetics for 3 months following treatment. The reason prokinetics are usually recommended is because people with SIBO often time have decreased motility in the gut. You should start with the prokinetic immediately after antibiotics because it will help kickstart your migrating motor complex right away.
I have used only the pharmaceutical prokinetics, but you can find a few great natural products.
Here are your best options:
- Erythromycin (This is considered an antibiotic at higher doses but at a really low dose it’s shown to be effective as a prokinetic to stimulate the MMC. A prescription is needed.)
- Resolor (Prescription prokinetic, most effective option)
Another way to help prevent the recurrence of your SIBO symptoms is to stick to a healthy diet and treat any other issues in your body which could be contributing to your digestive dysfunction. After all, it’s important to remember that bacterial overgrowth only occurs because something else is going wrong in your body.
If you’re finally ready to learn the ins and outs of SIBO and how to use a comprehensive treatment strategy to heal your gut check out my guide with the link below.