An anonymous reader writes "Nature Medicine (http://www.nature.com/nm/journal/vaop/ncurrent/ab s/nm1572.html) is reporting on its website that bacteria infections which are refractory to antibiotic treatment may be able to be cleared by supplementing the treatments with a widely used herbal extract. Urinary tract infections (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Urinary_tract_infect ion)are caused by E. coli and have frequent recurrences due to the ability of the bacteria to hide within the bladder. Using the herbal extract, forskolin (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forskolin), the researchers have been able to eliminate the hiding bacteria, which could lead to better treatment efficiency when using antibiotics. Forskolin is an extract from the plant coleus forskholii which has been used for decades as an herbal remedy for painful urination. More recently nutrition stores have been carrying forskolin as a weight loss drug and energy booster. It's interesting that the same herbal remedies that most scientists dismiss as voodoo medicine are becoming the center of well respected research which explains their therapeutic value."