Sore throat and pharyngitis represent more than 2% and 5% of all outpatient primary care visits for adult and paediatric populations, respectively. Preventing complications requires antimicrobial treatment, but growing antibiotic resistance has placed emphasis on minimising antibiotic use. For centuries, the therapeutic properties of various spices and herbal plants have been used to treat several viral and bacterial infections. Natural health remedies and supplements are undergoing extensive study for their potential to reduce antibiotic resistance and to offer alternative natural antimicrobial agents with fewer adverse effects on the human body.
Modern Medicine – Issue 2 2021