Alternatives to antibiotics

The use of antibiotic growth promoters in food-producing animals has emerged as a cause of antimicrobial resistance and thereby a potential threat to humans, demanding urgent attention towards discovering novel and safe anti-infectives. Extracts and their compounds derived from plants used in ethnoveterinary practice are considered prospective sources for developing alternatives to these agents. Despite the rich evidence of the use of plants in the treatment of diarrhoeal infections in farm animals in ethnoveterinary practice in India, there are scarce studies that confirm their antimicrobial efficiency. Therefore, the work aims to evaluate in vitro antimicrobial activity of extracts from plants used in ethnoveterinary medicine in India to treat diarrhoea and dysentery in livestock using the broth microdilution method. These studies might be useful in search of the substituents of antibiotic growth promoters for food-producing animals and animal health and welfare.


AYUSH ministry recommends including some simple kitchen recipes to boost immunity and prevent respiratory infections

In consultation with 16 eminent Ayurvedic Doctors from India, the Ministry of AYUSH, Govt. of India has recommended measures to boost an individual’s immunity and support respiratory health as preventive measures in these lockdown days.

The ministry of AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha, and Homeopathy) said Ayurvedic formulations and simple kitchen recipes are in the interest of public health promotion. The ministry’s letter also detailed preparation methods of kitchen recipes that can be made using hot water or swallowed in tablet form.

Health experts believe that coronavirus reduces the immune response of the infected patient and aggravates mostly in people with a low immune system. According to health experts, the improvement of the immune system may help in reducing the effects of infection.

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