Stephen Harrod Buhner, master herbalist and expert on indigenous and contemplative spiritual traditions, offers a comprehensive program of potent herbs that can be used—either alone or in combination with antibiotics—for healing Lyme disease and co-infections.
His book Healing Lyme painstakingly outlines the characteristics of Borrelia burgdorferi (the spirochete that causes Lyme disease), Babesia, Erlichia, Bartonella and other co-infectors. He also details the actions of herbs such as andrographis, resveratrol, arteminisin, and cat’s claw, and explains how they can be combined to treat the symptoms—and bacterial infections—of Lyme disease.
These herbs are extremely potent and it is highly recommended that they be used under a knowledgeable practitioner’s guidance in an individualized plan based on your co-infections and health history. Herxes (die-off reactions) can be extremely powerful and great care must be taken.
Lyme Disease: A Look Beyond Antibiotics by Dr Klinghardt (2006)
Healing with earthworms!
Has anyone heard of Lumbrokinase? Well, if you haven’t, lumbrokinase is a group of six, novel proteolytic enzymes derived from the earthworm Lumbricus Rubellus, and it is slowly establishing itself as possibly the best and brightest new treatment for chronic Lyme sufferer.
— Marty Ross, M.D.: I Use It in My Toughest Cases —
I’m an integrative medicine doctor who set up and ran, as medical director, the nation’s first publicly funded integrative medicine clinic in Kent, Washington. My practice partner is Tara Brooke-Nelson, a naturopath with a degree from Bastyr University. Both of us are very interested in the idea of bacterial biofilms as one phenomenon that blocks the ability of some of our patients to get well.
We are both using lumbrokinase to help break up the biofilms in patients who don’t seem to improve on antibiotics or herbal antimicrobials alone. I lean more in the direction of antibiotics for Lyme disease because they have more of a proven track record than herbs, but some of my patients prefer not to use conventional pharmaceuticals or just can’t tolerate them. In that case I use one or more of four herbal antimicrobials: cumanda, andrographis, teasel, and cat’s claw.
I prescribe one 20 milligram pill of lumbrokinase two times a day. I recommend this for patients who have been stalled for a while on more straightforward treatment and are not improving. I generally start to see improvement once I add in the lumbrokinase. I will even see herxheimer reactions when we finally add it in.
— Gary Sconyers, N.D.: It’s Very Effective —
I’m a naturopathic doctor in Texas who uses lumbrokinase in all my lyme patients. I give patients up to 10 lumbrokinase capsules a day, in divided doses, three times a day. I also use nattokinase, in amounts ranging from 250 to 500 milligrams a day. In our most difficult lyme cases, lumbrokinase seems to work the best. I also use carinvora, and herbal antimicrobials. I use herbs for liver detoxification. I recommend dietary changes. I had a lady in here who’d had lyme disease for twenty years. She had tried everything, and suffered from head to toe joint pain, brain fog and gut issues. She had gotten to the point where she’d given up. Now she is doing better than she has in decades.
See also Nattikonase in Part 2
A mini guide to the Buhner Protocol – very handy! I recommend his book too:
Stephen Buhner – Healing Lyme
Body Detox – Can you Detox Lyme Disease?
By : Sandy Halliday
Submitted 2009-05-11 06:22:08
Lyme Disease or tick disease, as it is also known, is an illness caused by an infection with the bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi and is becoming an ever increasing problem. In nearly all cases the infection is is caused by a bite from a tick that is infected with the bacteria. Many researchers believe that it is an underlying problem in many health problems such as chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia. MS, Lupus and even autism. As detoxification can help these problems people are asking if you can detox Lyme Disease.
Although the bacteria, a spiral shaped spirochete, can often be successfully treated with a course of antibiotics if caught early enough but a chronic infection is a different matter. There are many people with chronic Lyme Disease that were initially wrongly diagnosed or not diagnosed at all. Unrecognized and untreated Borreliosis can cause arthritic and neurological syndromes that become difficult to treat. But a few pioneering nutritional doctors and naturopaths are having success with detox protocols.
One study indicated that unless toxins are removed from the body the Borrelia bacteria that survive aggressive herbal or even pharmaceutical treatment will regrow forming a new population. Toxins stimulate their growth. So whatever treatment you are getting for Lyme Disease it is important to work hard on getting the toxins out as well with a comprehensive detox program.
One of the worst type of toxins involved are heavy metals, especially mercury. Dr Lee Cowden, a physician and clinical nutritionist who treats Lyme with natural therapies says that the most common source of heavy metals that he sees is mercury from the silver mercury amalgam fillings in people’s teeth. It is impossible to detox mercury unless the silver mercury amalgams are removed as well because chewing releases more mercury into the body.
There is a special technique that should be used to remove amalgams so that no more mercury is released into the body. Look for a holistic dentist who is knowledgeable in the procedure. There are a number of substances such as liquid zeolite or chlorella and cilantro mixtures that help to detox mercury and other heavy metals.
The bacteria, Borrelia itself produces toxins that interfere with the immune system and how the nervous system works and gives many of the neurological symptoms seen in chronic Lyme disease. The toxins interfere with the release of acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter (brain chemical). The conclusions of a recent three month placebo controlled study was that detox was essential for chronic Lyme Sufferers.
Burbur is used by some health practitioners as part of a protocol to detox Lyme Disease. Burbur is an extract of a Peruvian plant that has traditionally been used for cleansing and detoxification of the liver, kidneys and lymph. It helps with the removal of toxic chemicals that suppress and weaken the immune system.
If you have used personal care products such as lipstick, lip balms or skin creams you are probably also toxic with petroleum by products which promote growth of the harmful bacteria. Many creams sold for dry skin contain liquid paraffin, a by product of petroleum, that prevents the natural detox function of the skin. To detox Lyme Disease you have to avoid putting the toxins back into your body. Look for natural non-toxic personal care and household cleaning products.
Many people with the disease also suffer with yeast and bacterial overgrowth in the intestines. Long treatments with antibiotics will kill the the good bacteria in the gut and also affect the liver enzymes. Cumanda, another herb from Peru, is one of the natural herbs currently being used as part of Lyme detox and is also a good antifugal which will not kill the good bacteria.
Good detox programs always start with the bowel. A large percentage of the immune system is located in the bowel so colon cleansing and restoring the good bacteria with a good quality, high potency probiotic and a healthy diet is essential if you want to improve your immune system.
Detox can help with most chronic illnesses and people who persevere with a good detox program are finding that their troublesome symptoms diminish and can eventually disappear. So the answer is yes, you can detox Lyme Disease.
Matthew Wood tells how teasel works
(From Lyme Disease Research Database)
I feel great! It could be the sunshiny weather, or the fact that I am not Lymie anymore, having survived a recent herx. But I think what really lifted my spirits was talking with herbalist Matthew Wood, about the effectiveness of the herb teasel on Lyme and co-infections. I got a major energy boost from listening to him describe the way teasel works. After our conversation I immediately went to Amazon and ordered his book, The Book of Herbal Wisdom: Using Plants as Medicines which has a comprehensive chapter all about this strong herbal medicine. I can’t wait to learn more about it.
Teasel is considered a common weed that can frequently be found growing alongside highways. It is not an herbal antibiotic. Matthew explains that instead of killing the bacteria itself, it actually changes the environment in the body in order to engage the body’s own capabilities to kill off Lyme bacteria. By warming the cells and muscles, it invites the Lyme bacteria into the bloodstream, where the body can then detox.
The detox or herx reaction from teasel is apparently a force to be reckoned with. In Matthew’s experience, people using it as a part of Lyme treatment notice this reaction starting in about the second week of use. Only a very few drops of this powerful herbal tincture can cause reactions. He is well-known in herbalist circles for recommending low dosages, and tells about a woman who called him after treatment with the happy news that she could tell the teasel was working at a very deep level of healing.
Matthew’s latest book was co-written with Wolf D. Storl. Wolf is a German man who writes about healing himself of Lyme disease using teasel, in Healing Lyme Disease Naturally: History, Analysis, and Treatments. It is due out from Amazon in April and can be pre-ordered.
Matthew lives and practices in Minnesota, and teaches about herbal wisdom all around the world. He is a Registered Herbalist and holds a Master of Science degree from the Scottish School of Medicine at the University of Wales.
Low Dose Naltrexone
At low doses naltrexone can boost endorphin levels and help support the immune system.
For a background on LDN go to: http://www.fiikus.net/?ldn
LDN Research Trust UK
Drug interactions checker
Look up supplements, herbs & vitamins, over the counter meds as well as prescription meds to check for any interactions:
In Vitro Effectiveness of Samento and Banderol Herbal Extracts on the Different Morphological Forms of Borrelia Burgdorferi
by Akshita Datar, Navroop Kaur, Seema Patel, David F. Luecke, and Eva Sapi, PhD
Paper written by the Lyme Disease Research Group, University of New Haven
A tick-borne, multisystemic disease, Lyme borreliosis caused by the spirochete Borrelia burgdorferi has grown into a major public health problem during the last 10 years. The primary treatment for chronic Lyme disease is administration of various antibiotics. However, relapse often occurs when antibiotic treatment is discontinued. One possible explanation for this is that B. burgdorferi become resistant to antibiotic treatment, by converting from their vegetative spirochete form into different round bodies and/or into biofilmlike colonies. There is an urgent need to find novel therapeutic agents that can eliminate all these different morphologies of B. burgdorferi. In this study, two herbal extracts, Samento and Banderol, as well as doxycycline (one of the primary antibiotics for Lyme disease treatment) were tested for their in vitro effectiveness on several of the different morphological forms of B. burgdorferi (spirochetes, round bodies, and biofilmlike colonies) using fluorescent, darkfield microscopic, and BacLight viability staining methods. Our results demonstrated that both herbal agents, but not doxycycline, had very significant effects on all forms of B. burgdorferi, especially when used in combination, suggesting that herbal agents could provide an effective therapeutic approach for Lyme disease patients.
Borrelia burgdorferi, the primary causative agent of Lyme disease, is a spirochetal bacterium that can adopt different inactive forms, such as cystic and granular forms (round bodies), as well as colonylike aggregates both in vivo and in vitro, in the presence of unfavorable conditions such as exposure to the antibiotics commonly used for treating Lyme borreliosis.1-4 Unfortunately, when B. burgdorferi is in these inactive forms, conventional antibiotic therapy will not destroy the bacteria.3 Still to date, the frontline treatment for Lyme disease is administration of pharmaceutical antibiotics such as doxycycline, minocycline, clarithromycin, penicillin G, and ceftriaxone.4,5 Many studies have shown that in spite of continued and high-dose antibiotic therapy, chronic Lyme disease is not treated successfully in many cases.6 Also, in the absence of ongoing antibiotic treatment, relapse is common.7,8 This means that even after antibiotic treatment, the host immunity fails to prevent recurrence.8 One possible explanation for this clinical observation is the presence of different morphological forms of B. burgdorferi, which mayprotect it from the antibacterial therapy. Soon after treatment, relapse is observed, most likely because the B. burgdorferi can revert to the spirochetal form. Furthermore, the cost of antibiotic treatment, especially when administered intravenously, is substantial. Antibiotic therapy may also cause multiple undesirable side effects.9 Thus, there is an urgent need for novel, more efficient, and more cost-effective treatment approaches that can efficiently eliminate all forms of B. burgdorferi.
There is an alternative clinical treatment option gaining wide use, called Cowden Condensed Support Program, that utilizes several herbal extracts designed to eliminate microbes in Lyme disease patients. Richard Horowitz, MD, president of the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Educational Foundation (ILADEF), has prescribed this protocol for over 2000 of his patient and reports that it has been effective for more than 70% of them. The two herbal agents from the Cowden Condensed Support Program selected for this study are Samento (a pentacyclic chemotype of Cat’s Claw [Uncaria tomentosa] that does not contain tetracyclic oxindole alkaloids), with reported antibacterial and antiviral properties, and Banderol (Otoba sp.), known to have antibacterial, antiprotozoal and anti-inflammatory effects.10-12 Both herbal agents are used during the first two months of Cowden Condensed Support Program, then in rotation with other antimicrobials for the duration of this 6-month protocol.
In this study, we evaluated these natural antimicrobial herbal extracts as well as doxycycline (one of the primary pharmaceutical antibiotics for Lyme disease treatment) for their potential effects on the different forms of B. burgdorferi.
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Complementary and Alternative Therapies
Lyme disease affects many systems in your body, so treatment that includes complementary therapies may have benefits. However, you should never treat Lyme disease with complementary therapies alone. Antibiotics are needed to cure the disease.
Always tell your doctor about the herbs and supplements you are using or considering using.
Nutrition and Supplements
Probiotic supplement (containing Lactobacillus acidophilus), 5 – 10 billion CFUs (colony forming units) a day. Probiotics, or “friendly” bacteria, help maintain gastrointestinal health and can help offset some of the side effects of taking antibiotics, such as diarrhea and yeast infections.
Beta-glucan, a type of soluble fiber, may also be helpful in reducing inflammation.
The use of herbs is a time-honored approach to strengthening the body and treating disease. Herbs, however, can trigger side effects and can interact with other herbs, supplements, or medications. For these reasons, herbs should be taken with care, under the supervision of a healthcare practitioner.
You may use herbs as dried extracts (capsules, powders, teas), glycerites (glycerine extracts), or tinctures (alcohol extracts). Unless otherwise indicated, you should make teas with 1 tsp. herb per cup of hot water. Steep covered 5 – 10 minutes for leaf or flowers, and 10 – 20 minutes for roots. Drink 2 – 4 cups per day. You may use tinctures alone or in combination as noted.
* Green tea (Camellia sinensis) standardized extract, 250 – 500 mg daily, for antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and heart health effects. Use caffeine-free products. You may also prepare teas from the leaf of this herb.
* Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba) standardized extract, 40 – 80 mg three times daily, for antioxidant and heart health support. Ginko can increase the effects of certain blood-thinning medications; talk to your doctor if you take blood-thiining drugs such as warfarin (Coumadin)..
* Cat’s claw (Uncaria tomentosa) standardized extract, 20 mg three times a day, for inflammation and antibacterial or antifungal activity.
* Reishi mushroom (Ganoderma lucidum), 150 – 300 mg two to three times daily, for inflammation and for immunity. You may also take a tincture of this mushroom extract, 30 – 60 drops two to three times a day.
* Olive leaf (Olea europaea) standardized extract, 250 – 500 mg one to three times daily, for antibacterial or antifungal activity and immunity. You may also prepare teas from the leaf of this herb.
* Garlic (Allium sativum), standardized extract, 400 mg two to three times daily, for antibacterial or antifungal and immune activity.
Few studies have examined the effectiveness of specific homeopathic remedies. Professional homeopaths, however, may recommend treatments for Lyme disease based on their knowledge and clinical experience. Before prescribing a remedy, homeopaths take into account a person’ s constitutional type — your physical, emotional, and intellectual makeup. In some cases, such as Lyme disease, a professional homeopath may prescribe specific remedies without considering the individual’s constitutional state. Such remedies for Lyme disease include:
* Arsenicum album
* Borrelia burgdorferi nosode
* Lac canimum
Acupuncture may help relieve pain, increase mobility, and reduce fatigue. Chinese herbal formulas, used by many acupuncturists, may help resolve joint, muscular, and neurological symptoms from B. burgdorferi infection after many courses of antibiotics.
A list of useful herbs for ME/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Real Concerns About Colloidal Silver
By Tom Grier
Alert issued over health supplement [MMS]
Sep 25 2010 (link below now broken)
A food watchdog has warned people not to use a chemical marketed as a health supplement after tests showed it was similar to industrial-strength bleach.
The Miracle Mineral Solution could cause severe nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea, potentially leading to dehydration and reduced blood pressure, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) said.
If diluted less than instructed, it could damage the gut and red blood cells, potentially resulting in respiratory failure.
The product, available over the internet, should not be sold, the FSA said.
Tests showed it has a 28% sodium chlorite solution – the equivalent of industrial-strength bleach, the FSA said.
Some herbs with pain killing properties:
• Devil’s claw is a South African herb with medicinally active roots. This herb eases muscular tension or pain in the back, shoulders and neck. A popular treatment for osteoarthritic pain, it may ease rheumatoid arthritic pain as well.
Devil’s claw extract is considered safe at the typical dosage of 750 mg (containing 3 percent iridoid glycosides) taken three times daily. It is also available as tincture (use 1 teaspoon up to three times daily) and tea. It should not be taken with blood-thinning medications and may not be safe during pregnancy or for young children, nursing mothers and individuals with liver or kidney disease, or digestive system ulcers.
• Capsaicin puts the heat in hot peppers. It manipulates the body’s pain status by hindering pain perception, triggering the release of pain-relieving endorphins and providing analgesic action. Commercial capsaicin-containing creams such as Zostrix, Heet and Capzasin-P are used topically for arthritic and nerve pain.
When using topical capsaicin products, be sure to avoid touching your eyes and other sensitive areas.
Capsaicin also can be taken internally to help with chronic digestive discomfort, or dyspepsia: A daily dose of 0.5 to 1 grams cayenne, divided and taken before meals, reduces pain, bloating and nausea over a few weeks. If you like to munch hot peppers, rest assured that they do not aggravate stomach ulcers as is commonly believed, and they actually might protect your stomach from prescription-drug damage.
To complete your anti-pain arsenal, consider these herbs:
• Arnica (Arnica spp.), available in creams and tablets,relieves osteoarthritic pain in the knee and pain following carpal-tunnel release surgery. It contains helenin, an analgesic, as well as anti-inflammatory chemicals. Apply cream twice daily; use tablets according to package directions.
• Boswellia (Boswellia serrata) contains anti-inflammatory and analgesic boswellic acids that can soothe pain from sports injuries and also can help osteoarthritic knee pain. Take 150- to 400-mg capsules or tablets (standardized to contain 30 percent to 65 percent boswellic acids) three times daily for two to three months.
• Clove oil (Syzygium aromaticum) is a popular home remedy for a toothache. Apply a drop or two of this excellent anti-inflammatory directly to your aching tooth or tooth cavity.
• Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) seeds are stocked with 16 analgesic and 27 antispasmodic chemicals. It makes a pleasant licorice-flavored tea and is especially good for menstrual cramps. But avoid the herb while pregnant or nursing because of its estrogenic effects.
• Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium) is a remedy many people swear by for headaches, including migraines. Feverfew can reduce both the frequency and severity of headaches when taken regularly. It is available in 60-mg capsules of fresh, powdered leaf (1 to 6 capsules daily), or 25-mg capsules of freeze-dried leaf (2 capsules daily). You can also make tea—steep 2 to 8 fresh leaves in boiling water, but do not boil them, since boiling breaks down the active parthenolides.
• Gingerroot (Zingiber officinale) has analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties that can alleviate digestive cramps and mild pain from fibromyalgia. You can take 1 to 4 grams powdered ginger daily, divided into two to four doses. Or make tea from 1 teaspoon chopped fresh root simmered in a cup of water for about 10 minutes.
• Green tea (Camellia sinensis) is great for stiff muscles—it has nine muscle-relaxing compounds, more than just about any other plant.
• Licorice root (Glycyrrhiza glabra) is recommended by the German Commission E for sore throat. Not surprising, considering its nine anesthetic, 10 analgesic and 20 anti-inflammatory compounds. To make tea, simmer about 2 teaspoons of dried root in a cup of water for 15 minutes; strain. Do not take licorice if you have high blood pressure, heart conditions, diabetes, kidney disease or glaucoma.
• Oregano (Origanum vulgare ssp. hirtum), rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) and thyme (Thymus vulgaris) are herbs you should be sprinkling liberally onto your food, as they are replete with analgesic, antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory compounds. (Oregano alone has 32 anti-inflammatories!) Mix and match these garden herbs into a pain-relieving tea: Pour a cup of boiling water over a teaspoon of dried herbs, steep 5 to 10 minutes and strain.
• Peppermint is a famous antispasmodic for digestive cramps, while its essential oil is used as a local topical anesthetic in commercial ointments (Solarcaine and Ben-Gay, for example).
Germany’s Commission E authorizes use of oral peppermint oil for treating colicky pain in the digestive tract of adults. However, peppermint oil shouldn’t be used for colic in newborn babies, as it can cause jaundice.
• White willow bark is one of the oldest home analgesics, dating back to 500 b.c. in China. Individuals with osteoarthritis of the knee or hip also are helped. Willow bark can be purchased as standardized extracts and teas.
A word of caution: Willow should not be given to children, due to the risk of Reye’s syndrome, nor used by individuals with aspirin allergies, bleeding disorders, or liver or kidney disease. Willow may interact adversely with blood-thinning medications and other anti-inflammatory drugs. Also, willow tends not to irritate the stomach in the short term, but long-term use can be problematic.
Headaches – Vascular headaches, including migraines, respond more readily to painkillers, whereas emotionally induced ones might benefit more from herbs with calming or sedative properties, such as lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), chamomile (Matricaria recutita) or valerian (Valeriana officinalis).
The effectiveness of Samento, Cumanda, Burbur, and Dr. Lee Cowden’s protocol in the treatment of chronic Lyme disease
Extract of herbs listed in article below:
Amantilla: Relax relieves stress and anxiety and aids sleep.
Algas: Metal Detox mobilizes heavy metals out of the interior of the cells.
Burbur: Detox aids detoxification of the liver, kidneys, lymphatic system, and the ground matrix.
Carnivora: is a proteolytic enzyme that dissolves the fibrin coating around harmful microbes, helping the immune system identify and eradicate them.
Chlorella: binds heavy metals and boosts the immune system.
Cumanda: is an anti-inflammatory, broad-spectrum antiviral, antiparasitic, antibacterial, and antifungal, effective against Borrelia burgdorferi and the co-infections.
Magnesium: Malate helps maintain normal cardiovascular, muscle, nerve, bone, and cellular function.
Parsley: Detox-aids detoxification of the liver, kidneys, lymphatic system, and the ground matrix.
Pinella: Brain/Nerve Cleanse eliminates neurotoxins.
Quina: is an anti-inflammatory, broad-spectrum antibacterial and antiprotozoal, effective against Borrelia burgdorferi and the co-infections.
Samento: is an immune system modulator, anti-inflammatory, broad-spectrum antibacterial, effective against Borrelia burgdorferi and the co-infections.
Trace Minerals: Relax restores depleted mineral stores in the body, helps correct tissue acidity, aids in relaxation, aids in hydration, and enhances the effect of the antimicrobials.
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Optimal Lyme Disease Treatment
Diet and Nutrition
1. Heavy Metal Detoxification
2. Chemical Detoxification
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)
Summary: It has been documented that Lyme organisms can infect every tissue in the body. A comprehensive treatment protocol should attack it from every possible angle to enhance the chances of success. The best possible outcomes will happen if a patient is getting the optimal antibiotic and/or herbal treatment protocols from a Lyme-Literate Doctor (LLD) from ILADS, and is also optimizing their overall health by utilizing proper diet and nutrition, protecting their gastrointestinal health, and also using HBOT and FAR-IR Sauna therapy and heavy metal chelation provided at Developmental Spectrums. Let us work together to enhance your Lyme treatment outcome.
http://www.developmentalspectrums.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=245 (link now broken but kept for information!)
Lyme Disease – it’s evolving and the clock is ticking…
(Contains very useful information on Lyme, including high cases of Lyme & MS in Scotland & the use of herbals in treatment)
Note: This article is worth reading if you suffer from Lymes, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinsons, Alzheimers, and many other chronic conditions.
Adapted from article by Jon Inder, England
Integrative Healthcare Symposium: Cancer and Chronic Lyme Disease
Classic and Integrative Medical Therapies For Lyme Disease and Associated Tick-Borne Disorders
Richard Horowitz, MD
LYME DISEASE ALTERNATIVE THERAPIES
Including books, remedies & research abstracts
Adjunctive Care for Lyme Disease and Co-infections: A Naturopathic Perspective
By: Dr. Deborah Sellars, N.D.
Contains useful herbs to help with treatments of Lyme & co & relieving symptoms such as pain, inflammation & fatigue…
The Integrative Medicine Approach to treating Lyme Disease by Scott Forsgren
Chronic Lyme Disease and Co-infections: Clinical Overview
Rebecca Snow, MS, RH (AHG), CNS, LDN
This paper summarizes the major clinical issues surrounding chronic Lyme disease and the underlying pathophysiology of the disease. This information will serve as a foundation for the herbal practitioner’s clinical approach to chronic Lyme disease.
Lyme Disease: A Functional Medicine Approach
Dr. Muran specializes in Lyme Disease and the related conditions that complicate recovery. He is a member of the International Lyme and Related Disease Association. Raphael Stricker, MD, President of ILADS has been Dr. Muran’s preceptor.
To view an in-depth report by Dr. Muran on Lyme Disease on your computer go to:
Article on the benefits of Samento
Dr Zhang on Traditional Chinese Medicines
In tradition Chinese medicine (TCM), LD is considered as a syndrome of toxic dampness heat, which has a symptom-pattern: water retention, M.S.-like symptoms, and rheumatoid-like arthritis, vasculitis, peripheral neuritis, and encephalitis. It is resemble the symptom patterns of syphilis and leptospirosis, which are spirochete diseases. TCM has accumulated abundant experiences on treating these two spirochetal diseases. The treatment principle is ”heat-clearing, damp-drying, and toxic-resolving.“
Loads more at:http://www.lymehope.com/DrZhangHandout2.pdf
• NATUROPATHIC APPROACHES TO LYME DISEASE TREATMENT
By Nicola McFadzean, N.D.
Naturopathic medicine is a system of medicine that utilizes natural therapies such as herbal medicine and homeopathy, along with diet and lifestyle changes. The philosophy underlying naturopathic medicine is to treat the underlying cause of disease, to treat the person holistically, and to start treatment using least invasive therapies first, working up the therapeutic order as necessary.
Naturopathic medicine is well placed to assist patients with chronic Lyme disease. While Lyme is a disease caused by spiral-shaped bacteria called Borrelia burgdorferi, it is clear in Lyme treatment that simply trying to kill bugs with medication is rarely sufficient. I have seen the best results from combining traditional antibiotics with naturopathic supportive care. Some patients who do not tolerate the antibiotics or are opposed to using them will benefit greatly, even reach remission of symptoms, with naturopathic medicine alone. Others can utilize naturopathic support to offset side effects of medication and allow them to tolerate treatment better.
The major goals of Lyme disease treatment are –
1. Eradicate pathogens
2. Boost immunity
3. Support affected organs/ systems
4. Provide symptom relief
There are multiple areas to address:
Primary infection – Borrelia burgdorferi spirochete
Co-infections – erlichia, bartonella, babesia etc
Systemic inflammation and pain
GI infections – parasites, h pylori
Gluten intolerance/ food sensitivities
Viral infections – herpes, EBV, CMV, HHV-6, measles
Yeast overgrowth – candidiasis
Heavy metal toxicity
Hormone imbalance (adrenals, thyroid, reproductive)
Imbalance in brain chemistry/ neurotransmitters
More details at: http://restormedicine.com/naturopathic-approaches-to-lyme-disease-treatment/
Herbs with anti-Lyme potential
Townsend Letter for Doctors and Patients, April, 2007 by James A. Duke
Conference notes from “Integrative Approaches to Treating Tick-Borne Disease”.
A list of Cowden herbs & their properties
Health News: Samento (Cat’s Claw) is Producing Good Outcomes for Those with Lyme Disease
has over 360 botanicals, herbs, and natural supplements to address Lyme Disease and tick co-infection. Healing protocols for Lyme Disease and herbs for Ehrlichia, Bartonella, Babesia, Mycoplasma, and biofilm illness.