Natural forms of antibiotics are yet to be confirmed as alternatives to the treatment of infections and diseases, a medical practitioner, Dr Arikawe Adeolu, said on Wednesday.
Adeolu, who works at the Federal Medical Centre, Jabi, Abuja, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
“These natural products are not drugs you expect a doctor to prescribe as medication for either cough or diarrhea or any disease condition.
“Though, these natural products have been observed to have good antimicrobial effects, how they can be incorporated into the orthodox medical outline is still being considered presently.
“This does not mean taking these products in their natural form is bad; rather it is good and does not cause any harm to the body.
“In fact, taking them has shown to prevent certain diseases from getting into the body.
“In the event of any infection or disease, let a medical professional test you and carry out relevant investigation to determine the kind of infection you have and recommend you for treatment,” Adeolu advised.
He said that natural sources of antibiotics was still being discussed and deliberated on in the medical world, because the medical field was fast running out of antibiotics to treat disease organisms.
According to him, disease causing organisms are becoming more resistant to the traditional antibiotics.
“So, we are being faced with a situation whereby in a couple of years, we may have the “super bug”.
Adeolu described “super bug’’ as a disease causing organism that was totally resistant to any antibiotic ever produced.
He said that if this happened, there would be no medical hope for individual who gets infected by this disease causing organism.
Adeolu said that presently, there was already the multi-drug resistant organism which was resistant to most of the antibiotics produced, except a few.
He said that the concerns being raised led the medical community to begin to look for ways to either produce new antibiotics or have new approaches to treating infections and diseases.