Ancient Medicines for the Treatment of Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria
Antimicrobial resistance is currently a huge problem with associated massive health cost to the NHS.
The development of new drugs to treat bacterial infections is on the decline. This has prompted research into the use of alternative agents as antimicrobials. A plant-derived mixture used in early medieval England for the treatment of styes, known as “Bald’s eyesalve”, was explored. Bald’s eyesalve consists of equal mixture of onions, garlic, white wine, and bovine bile. This mixture was found to have antibacterial activity against different pathogens including the superbug, methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus that can cause skin/wound infections and pneumonia. The aim is to raise awareness of alternative natural therapy that can potentially be used in the treatment of antibiotic resistant infections and provide information about its safety.
- Dr Freya Harrison, Associate Professor, School of Life Sciences, University of Warwick
- Dr Blessing Anonye, Lecturer in Medical Microbiology, School of Medicine, UCLan