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Ehrlichia - Anaplasma

Natural Treatment of Ehrlichia and Anaplasma - Buhner protocol
Herbs Supporting Treatment of Ehrlichia / Anaplasma

Herbs Supporting Treatment of 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.


Herbal Protocol Supporting 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.

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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