Common Herbs Used To Treat Lyme Disease
I know firsthand the struggles that patients with Lyme Disease face trying to get diagnosed and treated appropriately. As a Registered Nurse and the wife of a patient dealing with these issues, I have been forced to become very educated on the subject. Knowledge is empowering, so I encourage you to study up!
In treating Lyme Disease it's important to remember that there is more than one way to skin a cat. There are differing opinions as to WHAT the diagnostic criteria should be, and unfortunately the current lab testing available today is inaccurate. There are also differing opinions as to HOW Lyme should or can be treated. Truthfully, many of the different methods can very well be effective. There are many traditional treatment protocols available that utilize prescription antibiotics. At the other end of the spectrum, there are homeopathic remedies that have been supported by studies to be equally effective in killing the Lyme organism. Somewhere in the middle is a happy medium that utilizes a little bit of traditional medicine along with some herbal therapies. We are treating my husband's Lyme with a little bit of both—it's nice to have several options!
In this article, I will highlight and discuss the most common herbs used in the treatment of Lyme Disease. In all of my research, I have learned that Nutramedix is topnotch supplier recommended by well-known Lyme Herbalists. Not all herbs are created equally, so it's important to get them from a good source. I use the Nutramedix for my husband because I trust their quality.
What Is a Spirochete and How Does it Cause Infection?
Before I explain how some of the herbs work to kill Lyme Disease, I first need to explain briefly how the Lyme organism infects, reproduces, and thrives once it has entered your body.
As you likely know by now, Lyme Disease is an infection that you contract after being bitten by a Lyme-infected tick. The organism that causes the infection is a member of the "Spirochete" family called Borrelia Burgdorferi. As you can see from the photo, Spirochetes are long and spiral in shape which allows them to "screw" themselves into body tissues. This way they can deeply penetrate many organs and other places in the body. It also explains why there are so many symptoms of Lyme Disease.
The difficulty in killing the organism primarily has to do with the fact that they are smart! They are considered to be "pleomorphs" meaning that they can change their shape and hide very easily. They start out as "spirals", but change form when in danger of being killed by antibiotics or other therapies. Studies have shown that they turn themselves into "round forms" or "cyst forms" and become covered in a protective fibrous coating called "biofilm" during this process.
Our plan of attack to eradicate the Spirochetes has to be tailored to attacking the different "forms" of the organism. With traditional antibiotic therapy, we have learned that Doxycline kills the "spirals", but is not effective in eradicating the "round cyst forms." For this reason, another type of antibiotic would need to be added that has the capabilities of working on these cellular shapes. It often takes a combination of multiple drugs to conquer the spirochetes and with that comes drug side effects and toxicities. For this reason, many people are turning to herbal and homeopathic medicine in an effort to effectively kill the organism and minimize toxic side effects of prescription drugs. Just like prescription drugs, it takes a combination of various herbs and supplements to attack the spirochete in its several forms. Thankfully, studies and clinical applications using these herbs has proven to be just as effective (and in some cases more effective) than the the traditional approach!
My Recommended Readings for Treating Lyme Disease
If you want to read more information regarding natural ways to treat Lyme Disease, then I highly recommend Dr. Buhner's book "Healing Lyme"! I have read it, and I refer to it often. He is an expert in the field and explains everything well in the book. I am also including a link for you to obtain another book if you prefer to read on your Kindle (second book below). I have not read this book, but it has been highly recommended in my research. The third book that I am recommending is also very good. It has information regarding combined tradition and herbal therapies.
Now Lets Talk Herbs!
Now that I have provided you with a brief understanding of what it takes to kill Lyme we can get down to the specific herbs and how they work. Everyones Lyme treatment is different based on several factors. Your specific symptoms, other Lyme treatments you've had, and how long you've had Lyme are all factors in determining the best combinations and regimen for you! This is why it's very important to seek professional help in putting your plan together.
Seek a Professional
I will not discuss how to combine or take the herbs. You should talk to your physician or homeopathic practitioner to get advice in this regard especially if you are combining prescription drugs with the herbs as there could be some interactions or contra-indications. My goal here is not to provide medical advice, but rather share with you my research in an effort to make your treatment decisions easier to make.
Banderol and Samento
Banderol and Samento are often spoken of together and are probably the most known of the Lyme-fighting herbs. This is mostly due to the work of Dr. Eva Sapi and her colleagues who studied these two herbs extensively before publishing their findings for the world to see. What they found was that these two herbs are very effective in killing the spirochetes in all of their forms. If you wish to read the study just look up "The Townsend Letter".
Banderol originates from the bark of the Otoba tree's that are commonly found in Peru and South America. It is an anti-microbial and has been found to have anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral, and anti-parasitic effects. It is believed to be effective in erradicating the round cyst forms of Borrelia.
Samento, also known as "Cat's Claw", originates in the rainforests of South America. It is known to have anti-bacterial abilities and to help boost the immune system. Samento has anti-inflammatory benefits that ease with joint pain and other symptoms of Lyme.
It is very important to use "TAO-free" Samento. Remember that not all herbs are created equal. TAO-free indicates that a necessary alkaloid has been removed from the herb. This particular alkaloid greatly decreases the beneficial effects of Samento.
Cumanda comes to us from the Amazon basin area and originates from the bark of the Campsiandra tree.
This herb is very effective in killing Borrelia and also treats many of the common co-infections associated with Lyme Disease. It kills bacteria, fungus, viruses, and parasites. It is also an anti-inflammatory and analgesic so it helps with pain and inflammation. Additionally, it also helps rebuild and boost the immune system.
Quina comes to us from the Andes and originates from a shrub with flowering blooms. This herb is one of a very few that has the ability to cross the blood brain barrier. This is important to know for those that are experiencing neurological and central nervous system symptoms. Quina acts as an antibiotic and has anti-inflammatory properties. Quina is the ingredient that is used to produce the prescription drug "Quinine" that is commonly used to treat Malaria.
Enula is a good herb to use if you have tested positive for the popular co-infection Babesia. This extract is derived from the roots of three different plants: Elecampane, Jalapa and Blood Wiss. This herb is effective in killing parasites and many different strains of bacteria. It is also good support for the digestive system which we know is very important to healthy immune function.
This herb is a great consideration for anyone that has the co-infection Bartonella. It is native to Southeast Asia, and is believed to have anti-inflammatory effects. Houttuynia has been shown to be effective in killing Bartonella that is attached to and inside of the red blood cells. For more information on this you may wish to consider researching the work of Dr. C. Zhang from Harvard University.
Banderol is anti-microbial and has been found to have anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral, and anti-parasitic effects. Effective in erradicating the round cyst forms of Borrelia.
Samento is known to have anti-bacterial abilities and to help boost the immune system. Samento has anti-inflammatory benefits that ease with joint pain and other symptoms of Lyme.
Cumanda is very effective in killing Borrelia and also treats many of the common co-infections associated with Lyme Disease. It kills bacteria, fungus, viruses, and parasites.
Quina has the ability to cross the blood brain barrier. It acts as an antibiotic and has anti-inflammatory properties.
Enula is a good herb to use if you have tested positive for the popular co-infection Babesia. This herb is effective in killing parasites and many different strains of bacteria.
Houttuynia is effective in killing Bartonella that is attached to and inside of the red blood cells
How to Use Herbs to Detox
Although it's great that we have wonderful herbal therapies that are effective in killing the Lyme and associated infectious organisms, we have one more very important thing that should not be overlooked—detoxification.
As the unwanted organisms die off inside the tissues they release lots of toxins into your body. Often, the "die off" is so big that the body can not process all of these toxins at once. The organs responsible for processing and eliminating this large amount of toxic waste simply need help with the large workload. Your body needs help to detox.
If toxins build in your body you will feel very bad! One of the best things that you can do is drink water and lots of it! Water helps hydrate your kidneys and other tissues and helps to flush some of the toxins. I can't stress this enough . . . drink, drink, drink!
Cleansing With Burbur and Parsley
Burbur has been around for a long time and is an amazing herb in the efforts of detoxification. Originating in Peru, it is known to be an "internal cleanser" and greatly helps detoxify the liver, kidneys, blood, and lymphatic system. Bonus benefits include: anti-microbial, anti-viral, anti-parasitic, anti-tumor, anti-inflammatory, along with many other positive benefits! This herb is a MUST!
Parsley extract is also a good detoxifier. In my opinion, the Burbur is better, but the Parsley is good also. Some people take them both!
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In addition to the herbs I have included in this article, there are others out there that may be beneficial. The herbs that I have included here are the most commonly used and have the most research backing their use in the treatment of Lyme Disease and common co-infections.
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I wish you the best of luck with your Lyme treatment no matter which path you take. If you have found my page helpful or wish to provide any comments or feedback I welcome you to do so below.
Good Health To All!