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Mycoplasma pneumoniae is another bacteria belonging to the group of Lyme co-infections. Mycoplasma is a bacterium that lacks a cell wall. Its outermost part is the cytoplasmic membrane. Mycoplasma, due to the lack of a cell wall, shows much greater flexibility and is therefore able to assume various shapes. The lack of a c...
Mycoplasma pneumoniae is another bacteria belonging to the group of Lyme co-infections. Mycoplasma is a bacterium that lacks a cell wall. Its outermost part is the cytoplasmic membrane. Mycoplasma, due to the lack of a cell wall, shows much greater flexibility and is therefore able to assume various shapes. The lack of a cell wall is also a feature that distinguishes it from other tick-borne co-infections.
Mycoplasma causes mainly infections of the respiratory and genitourinary systems. However, it is increasingly believed that it can cause systemic infections, affecting every organ and causing many chronic diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis. The disease can be very different: from asymptomatic, through local symptoms (e.g. respiratory tract infections), to systemic infections. In a weakened organism due to another infection (e.g. Borrelia's spirochete or Chlamydia), mycoplasma infection can cause very serious symptoms. Mycoplasma can attack, among others, the nervous system, muscles (including the heart) and joints. The symptoms of infection with this pathogen are very similar to the symptoms of Lyme disease.
Disseminated infection can manifest itself in the following ways: fatigue that does not go away after rest, exercise intolerance, neurological dysfunctions, mental problems, cognitive problems, insomnia, depression, headaches, muscle and joint pain, joint swelling, pain in the lymph nodes, breathing problems, sweating, nausea, abdominal pain, fever, chronic conjunctivitis, skin changes (rashes, erythema), inflammation of the heart muscle, pericardium, liver, pancreas and other symptoms.
Many herbs are used in the natural treatment of Mycoplasma. One of the most effective natural methods of treating this infection is Stephen Buhner’s protocol for Mycoplasma from his book "Healing Lyme Disease Coinfections: Complementary and Holistic Treatments for Bartonella and Mycoplasma."
As with other protocols, Buhner places great emphasis on a comprehensive influence on Mycoplasma, which will cover the entire complex infectious mechanism. Natural treatment of Mycoplasma with herbs is based on both antibacterial and immune regulation, disrupting the cytokine cascade, protecting cells and organs attacked by bacteria, and replenishing nutrients that were "used up" during the infection.
Buhner selects a comprehensive set of Mycoplasma herbs that affects each of the above aspects. In his protocol for the natural treatment of Mycoplasma, he recommends introducing the following herbs to the therapy: Cordyceps sinensis, Chinese skullcap (Latin Scutellaria baicalensis), Isatis, Houttuynia cordata, Sida acuta, Schisandra, Siberian ginseng, Rhodiola rosae, Olive leaf. Herbal therapy should also be supplemented with N-acetyl-cysteine (NAC) and vitamin E.
Three of the above herbs: Schisandra, Siberian ginseng, Rhodiola rosae are recommended for use as a herbal mixture. ERS Herbal Mix is a ready-made product containing a macerate of these three herbs.
A big problem that arises during Mycoplasma infection is the consumption of a very large amount of nutrients by the bacteria during the infection process. Supplementing with nutrients is essential in the fight against symptoms associated with Mycoplasma infection. You can balance the nutrient deficiency with diet or additional supplementation. The nutrients necessary to supplement in the fight against Mycoplasma are: B vitamins, choline, zinc, copper, selenium, amino acids (L-tryptophan, L-threonine, L-serine, L-arginine) and essential fatty acids.
Natural treatment with Mycoplasma herbs will comprehensively affect many mechanisms of this infection. If you want to use herbs for Mycoplasma, remember to read the full protocol proposed by Buhner, as well as contraindications.