I was wondering something similar: are there herbal "anti-biotics" as effective as pharmaceuticals. I know andrographis can eliminate infections -- do you think it, or some anti-bacterial complex, can be just as good?
It depends a lot on the herb and infection. Some herbs work much better than pharmaceuticals for certain infections. For instance uva ursi works better and faster for urinary tract infections than pharmaceutical antibiotics.
I have had 2 dental implants. The first one took but the second one had to be removed and 3 other attempts failed. Infection set in and I was on antibotics each time for a month. The last implant was 3 months ago ( there is a 4-6 month break between implants) but again failed and it was taken out but my jaw began to throb last week so I am on antibotics again. In between these lenghty bouts of antibotics, I try to repair the damage done to my gut. It is for nothing whenever I have to repeat another course of ab. Should I just give up until this situation is resolved?
If the antibiotic courses are short, such as a week, then it would be best to wait. If it is going to be longer then you need to support your flora since the flora are so important for many functions including immunity. Cultured foods and fibers would be the best way to help maintain some of the flora.
The antibiotics will kill some of the good bacteria, but not all of them.
As for the infection you may want to also try high doses of pau d' arco, which works great usually for tooth/jaw infections. If you have access to ozone, ear insufflation would be even better.