Q: Dear Dr. Mao,
I have been suffering from MRSA for seven months. I have been on antibiotics, but they overwork my immune system without any results; I’m still having frequent MRSA outbreaks. Do you have any suggestions from traditional Chinese medicine that could help?
A: MRSA (methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus) is a serious condition. I strongly recommend you remain under care of your primary physician. The methicillin-resistant strains can possibly be more susceptible to naturally occurring anti-microbial and anti-bacterial agents found in various herbs. For example, Radix Scuttelariae used in combination with methicilin and cefotaxime has shown synergistic effect of strengthening these antibiotics especially against MRSA. There are many other herbs in the Herbal Materia Medica that can be used against MRSA and PRSA. I suggest you consult with your physician about receiving adjunctive treatments from a licensed herbalist. Then contact a practitioner of Chinese acupuncture and herbal medicine.