Herbs for Ehrlichia / Anaplasma
Ehrlichia is a gram-negative intracellular bacterium that usually attacks white blood cells - leukocytes. Diseases caused by them are named after the type of leukocytes they attack. They are: human granulocytic Ehrlichiosis and human monocytic Ehrlichiosis.
Anaplasma is an intracellular pathogenic microorganism that attacks white blood cells, mainly polynuclear granulocytes (neutrophils, neutrophils).
Ehrlichia and Anaplasma were classified as co-infections of Lyme disease.
The most common symptoms of Ehrlichia infection are: pseudo-flu symptoms, i.e. fever above 38 ° C, headaches, muscle and joint pain, inflammation of the upper respiratory tract, cough, but also muscle and joint pain, malaise, thrombocytopenia, leukopenia, hyponatremia - sodium deficiency, nausea and vomiting, systolic heart murmurs, enlarged liver and / or spleen, enlarged lymph nodes, as well as mild skin changes - maculopapular rashes.
Anaplasma causes symptoms similar to those of Ehrlichia. In addition, it can also cause gastrointestinal symptoms, e.g. diarrhea.
There are characteristic changes in morphology during both Ehrlichia and Anaplasma infections. As the disease progresses, the level of white blood cells (leukopenia) decreases, the level of thrombocytes (thrombocytopenia) decreases, and indicators of liver function such as AST and ALT increase.
Natural Treatment of Ehrlichia and Anaplasma
Buhner is one of the few herbalists who has described the mechanism of these infections in such depth and developed a herbal protocol for Ehrlichia and Anaplasma.
The natural treatment for Ehrlichia and Anaplasma is taken from the book by Stephen Harrod Buhner, "Natural Treatments for Lyme Coinfections: Anaplasma, Babesia, and Ehrlichia."
Herbal treatment of Ehrlichia and Anaplasma is done in the same way, so both of these infections were included together in the same protocol.
Buhner, as in all of his herbal protocols, points out that purely antimicrobial action is not enough. In his protocol, he takes into account the entire infectious mechanism of these bacteria.
The main antibacterial herbs against Ehrlichia and Anaplasma are: Houttuynia cordata, Salvia miltiorrhiza, Licorice, Kudzu (Pueraria labota), Chinese skullcap (Latin Scutellaria baicalensis).
These herbs also inhibit the bacterial-induced cytokine cascade. Inhibition of the cytokine cascade disrupts the infectious process and the acquisition of nutrients from the host cells by bacteria.
The influence of bacteria on the immune system is very significant. Ehrlichia attacks multinucleated blood leukocytes, therefore its main place of existence in an infected organism is neutrophils (also called neutrophils or neutrocytes). Neutrophils are the most numerous group of leukocytes. Leukocytes, in turn, are cells of the immune system. The bacteria impairs the normal functioning of neutrophils. So it uses our own immune system to find refuge from the attack of the immune system not only by hiding in immune cells, but also by impairing their functions. In addition, Ehrlichia inhibits the production of interleukin-2 in the spleen, contributes to the increase in the production of interleukin 4 and the reduction of the production of gamma interferon.
For the modulation of the immune system, Buhner recommends the use of herbs: Angelica sinensis, Astragalus membranceus, Licorice, Ashwagandha (Indian ginseng, Latin Withania somnifera), Korean ginseng (Panax ginseng), Cordyceps, Houttuynia, Panax ginseng Salvia miltiorrhiza, Chinese skullcap (Latin Scutellaria baicalensis).
Ehrlichia has a negative impact on the functioning of organs such as the spleen, liver, bone marrow and the lymphatic system.
Milk thistle protects the liver.
Salvia miltiorrhiza will protect the spleen.
Herbs which protect the bone marrow are: Angelica sinensis, Astragalus, Licorice, Cordyceps, Korean ginseng (Panax ginseng), Salvia miltiorrhiza.
As many as 11 different herbs are included in the natural treatment protocol for Ehrlichia and Anaplasma. It is a very complex protocol. In his protocol, Buhner groups some of these herbs into mixtures, which greatly facilitates the implementation of the protocol.
A similar list of herbal mixtures prepared from herbs suggested by Buhner can be found in the following ready-made tinctures:
HS Herbal Mix contains macerate made of Houttuynia cordata herb and Salvia miltiorrhiza root (red sage).
CKC Herbal Mix contains macerate made of Chinese skullcap root (Latin Scutellaria baicalensis), Kudzu root (Pueraria Lobata) and Cordyceps (Cordyceps sinensis).
ALA Herbal Mix contains macerate made of Angelica sinesis root, Licorice root (Glycyrrhizae glabra) and Astragalus root (Astragalus membranceus).
Natural treatment with Ehrlichia and Anaplasma herbs will comprehensively affect many infection mechanisms. If you want to use herbs for Ehlichia and Anaplasma, remember to read the full protocol proposed by Buhner, as well as its contraindications.