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Although usnea is also considered a tonic, this lichen is an infection fighter, plain and simple. Unlike most modern antibiotics which disrupt the structure of a cell, this lichen prevents the metabolism of gram positive bacteria such as Streptococcus, Staphylococcus, and Mycobacterium tuberculosis. It is particularly effective for hot, irritable, wet coughs. Some of the conditions that it’s typically used to treat include: - Pain - Fever - Swelling and inflammation - Kidney problems - Coughs - Indigestion - Certain types of infections, such as those affecting the throat, respiratory tract, mouth, skin and urinary tract - Skin wounds that won’t easily heal - Weight gain, due to its potential ability to support metabolic processes


Research suggests that it has a number of anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties, including acting as an antifungal and antibacterial against bacteria such as Streptococcus and Staphylococcus. This is why you’ll find it in herbal formulas intended to help treat colds, sore throats, skin infections, wounds and more.


Before using any herbs, check for appropriate dosage, drug interactions, and contraindications. Information contained herein is not intended to treat, diagnose, cure or prescribe. Please consult your primary care physician regarding your specific health concerns.

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