12 doctors weighed in:
Are there safe alternative therapies for bacterial infections?
12 doctors weighed in

Dr. Bryan Levey
Pediatrics
6 doctors agree
In brief: Sometimes, yes
Herbal, homeopathic, and therapies from other systems of medicine besides standard western medicine are often quite helpful, sometimes used alone and sometimes in conjunction with conventional medicine.
Conventional medicine often denies the usefulness of something out of the mainstream, even when it's been used successfully for many, many years.

In brief: Sometimes, yes
Herbal, homeopathic, and therapies from other systems of medicine besides standard western medicine are often quite helpful, sometimes used alone and sometimes in conjunction with conventional medicine.
Conventional medicine often denies the usefulness of something out of the mainstream, even when it's been used successfully for many, many years.
Dr. Bryan Levey
Dr. Bryan Levey
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4 doctors agree
In brief: What is alternative?
If a therapy is proven to work safely, it is no longer alternative, so the question is really self-answering: "alternative" means that it is either useless, or hasn't been tested.

In brief: What is alternative?
If a therapy is proven to work safely, it is no longer alternative, so the question is really self-answering: "alternative" means that it is either useless, or hasn't been tested.
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
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Dr. Nguyen Nguyen
Bacterial infections are best treated with antibiotics(provided the diagnosis is correct). When used correctly, they are safe. By "Alternative" ChrsityC probably mean "non-Western Medicine" remedies such as "herbal" or "homeopathic". If they happen to contain antibacterial ingredients, they may help, but we don't have any controlled studies to vouch for their efficacity or their safety.
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