Here we will see some of the disease specific Ayurvedic recommendations -
Gold is considered as excellent antiseptic and has got 'Rasayana' properties also. Suvarna Bhasma (Gold Calx) is effectively used in cases of pulmonary tuberculosis.
'Mahasudarshan Kwath' has been found very effective in cases of Malaria and other P.U.O. cases without any unwanted side effects.
Panchvalkala choorna or paste has been proved very effective in surgical prophylaxis and it shows good antibacterial and wound healing properties.
Triphala guggul is also seen to be effective in surgical prophylaxis.
Important Ayurvedic Herbs -
recommended in the treatment of infections are manjistha (rubia cordifolium), katuka (picrorrhiza kurroa), neem (azadiracta indica) haridra (curcuma longa, commonly known as turmeric), daruharidra (berberis spp., commonly known as barberry), etc. Most of them are bitter in taste, because ayurved states that sweet and spicy foods lead to rakta dushti. Kumari (aloe vera) in the form of medicinal wine (asava) is a good medicine which helps in improving liver function and thus in detoxification.
'Sukshma Triphala' and 'Gandhak Rasayan' are the ayurvedic preparations routinely used by ayurvedic practitioners to treat wound infections and infected skin conditions.
'Kutaj' is a herb which has got excellent anti-amoebic properties and is very effective in treating amoebic dysentery and diarrhea cases.
Babool, Turmeric Triphala are useful when its paste is applied over the infected gums and in cases of pyorrhea.
'Chandraprabha', ' Vangabhasma' are effective in the treatment of urinary tract infections.
Thus ideas similar to today's Antibiotics do exist in Ayurveda. Further there is no fear of developing resistance against them after some time. This can be a ray of hope in today's ever-changing world of modern Antibiotics.