Two scientists call for support in carrying out trials of herbal treatments for cystitis
Sir, A major part of the problem of antibiotic resistance (July 2), which Mr Cameron is right to highlight, is the prescription of these drugs for mild, self-limiting conditions seen in general practice such as respiratory or urinary tract infections.
One alternative to antibiotics, which may help to manage symptoms as well as having antimicrobial properties, is the judicious use of high quality herbal remedies.
We are currently subjecting herbal approaches to the rigorous scrutiny of randomised controlled trials for the symptoms of acute and recurrent cystitis. We would welcome public support for these non-patentable evidence-based approaches.
This article by Professor Michael McIntyre and Dr Andrew Flowers appeared in The Times on 4 July 2014.