Recently the pharmaceutical giants have trouble to keep up with new ways to kill the abundant waves of new and mutated bacteria. However, a research made in the College of Medicine at the University of Gondar in Ethiopia stipulates that we don’t actually need the big pharmaceutical companies in defeating diseases they’ve actually helped create. Namely, a combination of honey and a ginger powder extract are supposedly so powerful as to prevent the growth of resistant strains of disease germs like E Coli, Pneumonia and MRSA.
E Coli, pneumonia (Klebsiella pneumoniae) and MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) are one of the worst germs that frequently attack our immune system. The Ethiopian researchers compared the honey with ginger powder mixture with three different antibiotics for their ability to fight germs and the results were fascinating: the antibiotics were defeated considerably. Ginger with water combination was also tested but not with such success.
The research summary was the following:
“Conclusion. The result of this study showed that honey-ginger powder extract mixtures have the potential to serve as cheap source of antibacterial agents especially for the drug resistant bacteria strains.”
The germs were exposed to each of the concoctions which took 20-24 hours to cultivate and examine. The 3 antibiotics that were used were known to be the “best” that pharmacy has to offer: amoxicillin, penicillin and methicillin. Five tests for each treatment of bacteria were made: 1-2 Escherichia coli (two different bacterial strains); 3 Klebsiella pneumoniae; 4-5 Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA and non-MRSA).
Unfortunately for the antibiotics, they didn’t even come close to be as effective as the honey + ginger mixture at suppressing bacterial growth. The closest antibiotic to come was only amoxicillin. The average inhibition levels of this honey + ginger combo extended at 25.62 and moved from 19 to 30, which was much higher than the results gained from the pharmaceuticals.
It didn’t take much to make the honey + ginger mixture either. Researchers just dried the sliced root pieces at 37 degrees for only 24h and then simply blended them with ethanol and methanol to create the half of the mixture. This was followed by applying honey to complete the solution. The water + ginger mixture didn’t have any effect on the bacteria. (This research was conducted by professions and the recipe used for research purposes only, so don’t try this at home). Consequently, it was confirmed in another study that alcohol removes the antibiotic properties from the ginger.
In the end, we should ask ourselves this simple question: is it in our interest to continue using antibiotics that could cause more than cure or discover healthy, natural alternatives. The answer should be obvious.