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Herbal Protocol Supporting the Treatment of Bartonella

Herbs supporting treatment of Bartonella


Bartonella is one of the most common co-infections of Lyme disease. Like Borrelia, it is transmitted usually by ticks. Bartonella causes a disease called Bartonellosis.

In the presence of these two infections, the symptoms are exacerbated, especially when the central nervous system is involved. Common symptoms of Bartonellosis are: low-grade fever or temperature drops, periodic flu-like symptoms, chronic fatigue, swollen lymph nodes (often intermittent), abnormal skin sensation, tender subcutaneous nodules along the extremities, papular rashes, red or blue longitudinal rashes (sometimes similar to stretch marks), burning sensation, especially on the soles of the feet or stinging pains, hyperesthesia, headaches, eye problems, pain in the eyeballs, sleep problems, mood swings, cognitive impairment, jittery, anxiety, irritability, depressive symptoms.


Buhner Protocol for Bartonella - Herbal Protocol Supporting Natural Treatment of Bartonellosis 


Many herbs are very effective in combating Bartonellia (Bartonellosis). One of the most effective herbal protocol for treatment of this infection is Buhner’s protocol for Bartonella. You can read more about this protocol Stephen Harrod Buhner’s book "Healing Lyme Disease Coinfections: Complementary and Holistic Treatments for Bartonella and Mycoplasma."

Natural treatment of Bartonellosis takes into account both antibacterial activity, but also disrupts the vital functions of bacteria in the body, protects the tissues and organs it infects, inhibits the cytokine cascade and strengthens the immune system.

Herbs which exhibit strong antibacterial effect against Bartonella are: Houttuynia, Isatis and Alchornea cordifolia. Buhner recommends using these herbs as a mixture. The AHI Herbal Mix product is a ready-made mixture of these three herbs in the proportions recommended by Buhner.

Bartonella exhibits a strong affinity for two structures in the body: endothelial cells and red blood cells. Bartonella, after entering the host's organism, circulates in the host's bloodstream for about 3–4 days, and then inhabits the primary niche, which is the endothelial cells of blood vessels. Then, after a few days, the bacteria reach the erythrocytes (red blood cells), where they multiply. By attacking red blood cells, Bartonella also has access to heme, which ensures its survival. By splitting the heme into its constituent parts, it can obtain the nutrients it needs, including iron.

Protecting the endothelium and red blood cells from Bartonella invasion is one of the key elements for successful treatment. Preserving these structures is essential to disrupting its ability to nourish and multiply. Bartonella alone cannot produce the nutrients important for survival. By interfering with these factors, the spread of infection will be inhibited.

To protect the endothelium, Buhner used Japanese knotweed, EGCG and L-arginine in his protocol.

Sida acuta, on the other hand, will protect red blood cells.

In his protocol for Bartonella, Buhner also focuses on organ protection. In order to protect the heart, Buhner recommends Hawthorn, for liver protection - Milk thistle, and to protect the lymphatic system and the spleen - Red root.

Buhner also includes herbs that inhibit the cytokine cascade. Inhibition of the Bartonella-induced cytokine cascade is necessary to inhibit bacterial multiplication and disrupt bacterial nutrition. In most cases, this will reduce or even stop most symptoms caused by the infection. The key herbs for Bartonella which inhibit the cytokine cascade are Japanese knotweed and Cordyceps, but also supplementation with EGCG.

Strengthening of the immune system is also very important for successful treatment of Bartonella. The weaker the immune system is, the more the more severe is the infection and, consequently, the more severe are the symptoms. Boosting the immune system is just as important as having an antibacterial effect.

Rhodiola rosae (Mountain rose) and Ashwagandha (Indian ginseng, Latin Withania somnifera) are the two immune-boosting herbs suggested by Buhner.


Herbs for Babesia

Babesia is a parasitic protozoan that resembles malaria but is transmitted by ticks. Babesia causes the disease known as Babesiosis (other names are Babesiosis, Babesiosis). Babesia infection often coexists with Lyme disease and / or other tick-borne infections. The symptoms of babesiosis infection range from mild to severe. Mild forms very often go unrecognized because they are mistakenly taken for symptoms of Lyme disease. Early adopters often report high fever and chills. Chronic infections may be mildly symptomatic, and the most common symptoms are: intermittent fever or low-grade fever, chills and joint pain, chronic fatigue syndrome, sweating, and "inability to take a full breath".

Co-infection with Lyme spirochetes exacerbates the symptoms of both diseases, then their course becomes more severe and the consequences for the body are more serious. Symptoms may then include severe headaches, haemolytic anemia, central nervous system involvement, high fever and convulsions. A synergistic, mutually enhancing effect of Borrelia and Babesia spirochetes on the body was found. Borrelia DNA occurs more clearly and lingers longer in the bloodstream when co-infection with Babesia occurs. Then the negative effects on the joints, heart and nervous system are more serious. In some cases of co-infections, transverse myelitis with paresis of the arms and legs was found. The development of the disease is more rapid from the beginning, the convalescence period is longer, and the spectrum of symptoms is much wider.

Babesia Treatment – Buhner Protocol for Babesia

Many herbs are very effective in combating Babesia infections, to which the protozoan does not develop immunity. As in the case of Lyme disease, also in the case of Babesiosis, the antimicrobial effect is only one of the elements leading to an effective therapy.

In the treatment of Babesiosis, attention should be paid to the important mechanisms of action of Babesia which impede its treatment. Babesia natural herbal treatment takes into account each of the following aspects.

Like malaria embryos, Babesia penetrates red blood cells - erythrocytes, where, by developing and reproducing, it destroys them. In addition, in the course of Babesia infection, there may be blockage of capillary blood vessels and microcirculation stagnation due to the deposition of fragments of damaged erythrocytes in the vessels. Their presence in the bloodstream can cause inflammation of the liver, kidneys and spleen.

Another important mechanism of Babesia infection is a strong negative effect on the immune system. Babesia changes the immune polarity in a very specific way, which changes the human immune response from Th 1 to Th 2. This leads to a poor reaction of the immune system to the infection and the body cannot eliminate this pathogen.

In the natural treatment of Babesiosis, the most commonly used herbs recommended by Buhner (listed on the official Buhner website are: Alchornea cordifolia, Cryptolepis sanguinolenta, Sida acuta. These are herbs that exhibit a strong antiprotozoal effect and exhibit a systemic effect, i.e. they spread throughout the bloodstream, thus affecting every cell and organ. In addition, they strengthen the immune system, and Sida acuta protects the red blood cells. We recommend adding L-arginine to this protocol. Babesia is very sensitive to L-arginine, so supplementation with L-arginine helps to inhibit Babesia infection.  Buhner’s protocol for Babesia is one of the most popular natural treatments of Babesia infection.

With more resistant infections, it is worth using the more comprehensive protocol recommended in Buhner's book "Natural Treatments for Lyme Coinfections: Anaplasma, Babesia, and Ehrlichia". In this case, the amount of herbs and preparations used is much greater, namely: Cryptolepis, Bidens pilosa, Artemisina, Sida acuta, Salvia miltiorrhiza, Milk Thistle, Ashwagandha, Panax ginseng, Licorice, Schisandra, L-arginine, Vitamin B2. In this combination of herbs for Babesia, in addition to acting against Babesia, strengthening immunity, protecting erythrocytes and organs, you will also enhance the regulation of the cytokine cascade, protect the endothelium, inhibit the arginase production as well as increase in the level of L-arginine and nitric oxide (NO).

Herbs used in the natural treatment of Babesia will comprehensively affect many infection mechanisms. If you want to use herbal therapy to treat Babesia, remember to read the protocol proposed by Buhner, as well as its contraindications.

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