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European Leaf Extract Fights Drug-Resistant Staph

By on August 29, 2015
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It seems we should be looking to folk remedies for answers to our health dilemmas. Modern medicine isn’t smart after all, is it?

By Staff Writer (NYR Natural News) — The leaves of the European chestnut tree contain ingredients with the power to disarm dangerous staph bacteria without encouraging drug resistance.
The study in the journal PLOS ONE found that chestnut leaf extract, was rich in two substances – ursene and oleanene – that blocks the Staphylococcus aureus bacteria, which causes a spectrum of problems from mild skin irritations to death, in hospitals and in the community.

The use of chestnut leaves in traditional folk remedies inspired the research, said lead researcher Cassandra Quave, an ethnobotanist at Emory University.

“We’ve identified a family of compounds from this plant that have an interesting medicinal mechanism,” she said. “Rather than killing staph, this botanical extract works by taking away staph’s weapons, essentially shutting off the ability of the bacteria to create toxins that cause tissue damage. In other words, it takes the teeth out of the bacteria’s bite.”

Turning down the toxins

A single 50 microgram dose of the extract cleared up MRSA skin lesions in lab mice, stopping tissue damage and red blood cell damage. Further tests showed that this extract inhibits the ability of staph bacteria to…

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