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Herbs and Streptococcus pyogenes

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010326

Type of Spiritual Experience

Background

Cinnamon, thyme, oregano and winter savory are described, Cymbopogon citratus is lemon grass.

The bacteria is known to cause skin diseases as well as throat infections.  It is estimated that there are more than 700 million infections world wide each year and over 650,000 cases of severe, invasive infections that have a mortality rate of 25%. Early recognition and treatment are critical; diagnostic failure can result in sepsis and death.

Infections due to certain strains of S. pyogenes can be associated with the release of bacterial toxins. Throat infections associated with release of certain toxins lead to scarlet fever. Other toxigenic S. pyogenes infections may lead to streptococcal toxic shock syndrome, which can be life-threatening.

S. pyogenes can also cause disease in the form of postinfectious "nonpyogenic" (not associated with local bacterial multiplication and pus formation) syndromes. These autoimmune-mediated complications follow a small percentage of infections and include rheumatic fever and acute postinfectious glomerulonephritis. Both conditions appear several weeks following the initial streptococcal infection. Rheumatic fever is characterised by inflammation of the joints and/or heart following an episode of streptococcal pharyngitis. Acute glomerulonephritis, inflammation of the renal glomerulus, can follow streptococcal pharyngitis or skin infection.

A description of the experience

Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2013;2013:269161. doi: 10.1155/2013/269161. Epub 2013 Apr 11.  In Vitro Antibacterial Activity of Essential Oils against Streptococcus pyogenes.  Sfeir J1, Lefrançois C, Baudoux D, Derbré S, Licznar P.

Streptococcus pyogenes plays an important role in the pathogenesis of tonsillitis. The present study was conducted to evaluate the in vitro antibacterial activities of 18 essential oils chemotypes from aromatic medicinal plants against S. pyogenes. Antibacterial activity of essential oils was investigated using disc diffusion method. Minimum Inhibitory Concentration of essential oils showing an important antibacterial activity was measured using broth dilution method. Out of 18 essential oils tested, 14 showed antibacterial activity against S. pyogenes. Among them

  • Cinnamomum verum,
  • Cymbopogon citratus,
  • Thymus vulgaris CT thymol,
  • Origanum compactum, and
  • Satureja montana [winter savory or mountain savory]

essential oils exhibited significant antibacterial activity. The in vitro results reported here suggest that, for patients suffering from bacterial throat infections, if aromatherapy is used, these essential oils, considered as potential antimicrobial agents, should be preferred.

PMID:  23662123

The source of the experience

PubMed

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Aromatherapy

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