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Herbs Supporting Treatment of Lyme Disease

Herbs Supporting Treatment of Lyme Disease


Lyme disease is a chronic tick-borne disease that can affect all tissues and organs of the human body. Lyme disease is caused by spirochetes of the genus Borrelia, the most common are: Borrelia burgdorferi, Borrelia garinii and Borrelia afzalii.

Lyme disease can cause a number of symptoms, such as:

  • moving pain in joints, muscles and tendons,
  • wandering erythema,
  • disorders of the autonomic nervous system,
  • polyneuropathies,
  • neck stiffness
  • numbness in the limbs
  • trembling limbs,
  • seizures
  • paralysis of the facial muscles,
  • ear noise,
  • enlarged lymph nodes,
  • sensitivity to light,
  • confusion or difficulty thinking, mental fog
  • short memory disorders,
  • blackout, bewilderment,
  • getting lost, loosing the way,
  • mood swings, irritation,
  • depression,
  • eye problems - the image is blurred or with spots,
  • feeling of pressure in the eye,
  • headaches,
  • sleep disturbance,
  • tiredness,
  • disturbance of the heart rhythm,
  • flu symptoms,
  • fever,
  • pain in the chest
  • weight loss or gain
  • stomach and intestinal pain,
  • the sensitivity of the bladder or its dysfunction,
  • irregular menstruation
  • chronic dermis atrophy
  • and many others.


Herbs have turned out to be a very good alternative for many people suffering from Lyme disease. Treatment with herbs is often used in parallel with drug treatment. Many people also choose to use herbs after antibiotic treatment is finished, and for some, herbs have become the main pillar of the natural treatment of Lyme disease.


Herbal Protocols Supporting Natural Treatment of Lyme Disease


Of the natural treatments for Lyme disease, the best known herbal protocols are the Buhner protocol and the Cowden protocol. The approach of Buhner, Cowden or other prominent practitioners breaks the standard thinking about the treatment of Lyme disease. According to them, the use of only the antibacterial effect is insufficient. We cannot forget about strengthening the immune system, which as a result of Lyme disease infection is not only weakened, but also remodeled in a very specific way to fit the needs of bacteria. We cannot forget the cytokines induced during Borrelia infection, the protection of the endothelium, and the protection of the structures and cells that are infected by the bacteria. You should not only kill Lyme disease spirochetes, but also create such unfavorable conditions in the body that they cannot multiply, obtain food and conduct aggressive expansion through our body. Treatment of Lyme disease with herbs enables a multidirectional approach and has amazing results, provided that it is properly carried out.

Stephen Harrod Buhner is an outstanding American herbalist and author of many books and publications. Buhner has developed a protocol for the natural treatment of Lyme disease and tick-borne disease that relies on clinically tested herbs. In the latest update of his natural Lyme treatment protocol, Buhner took into account all the above-described aspects and selected a very effective set of herbs that comprehensively work on various mechanisms of Lyme spirochete infection. However, you must remember that herbal Lyme treatment cannot be based on single herbs. Herbs work synergistically with each other and properly selected herbal combinations, developed by phytotherapists specializing in this field, can bring a measurable effect in the context of the natural treatment of Lyme disease with herbs.

The main herbs in the Buhner Protocol are:

  • Andrographis paniculata
  • Japanese knotweed (Latin Polygonum cuspidatum)
  • Cat's claw (Cat's Claw, Vilcacora, Latin Uncaria tomentosa)
  • Salvia miltiorrhiza (Red Sage)
  • Chinese skullcap (Scutellaria baicalensis)
  • Collagen
  • Selenium

Buhner also selected herbs for many of the symptoms associated with Lyme disease. These include:

  •  Gou teng (Latin Uncaria rhynchophylla) for neurological symptoms
  •  Stephania for a problem with the eyes
  •  Teasel root for joint problem
  •  Double-necked hawthorn for heart problems
  •  Gotu kola for memory problems
  •  Siberian ginseng for fatigue and weakness
  •  New Jersey Tea (Red root, Latin Ceanothus americanus ) for lazy lymph
  •  Milk thistle for liver problems
  •  Pine pollen for libido problems

These are just a few of Buhner's many proposals. The use of herbs and the precisely described Buhner protocol is available in his book, Stephen Harrod Buhner, "The Natural Treatment of Lyme Disease and its Co-infections - Chlamydiosis and Spotted Fever Rickettsial."

The Cowden Protocol is a herbal Lyme treatment protocol developed by Dr. W. Lee Cowden recommended for people in the early and late stages of Lyme disease, as well as for minimizing the symptoms associated with Lyme disease. The Cowden protocol is also used for other tick-borne co-infections. The Cowden protocol uses 14 different Nutramedix products, including 7 herbs known as Microbial Defense, which exhibit antibacterial activity. It is based on ready-made sets of products composed of packages dedicated to each month of therapy.

The Cowden Protocol includes: Banderol, Burbur-pinella, Cumanda, Enula, Houttuynia, Magnesium malate, Mora, Parsley, Samento, Sealantro, Serrapeptase, Sparga, Stevia and Takuna.

You have to remember that everyone has Lyme disease individually. The type of accompanying symptoms, the severity of symptoms, a set of co-infections that synergize with each other, age, condition of the immune system, all these factors create an individual clinical picture of each patient with Lyme disease. Before starting the use of herbs for Lyme disease, read the guidelines of the Herbal Protocol of your choice and the contraindications.

In the treatment of Lyme disease, it is also very important to maintain a functioning immune system. A strong immune system is extremely important in the fight against Lyme disease and other infections. It is a natural weapon that nature has equipped us with. Be sure to take care of your immune system both during Lyme disease treatment and afterwards. By using herbal therapies throughout the fight against Lyme disease, you not only fight bacteria, but also rebuild and regulate your immune system.


Can microorganisms trigger herbal resistance ?

Antibiotic resistance among bacteria has become a real problem of our time. Bacteria can develop resistance to a single chemical compound that is a drug component. This has become a source of problems in treating many bacterial infections, including Lyme disease.

The advantage of natural therapies for the treatment of Lyme disease is the fact that bacteria are not able to become resistant to natural products. Herbs have certain attributes that chemical pharmaceuticals do not.

1. The chemical structure of herbs is more complex and therefore too complex for any resistance of bacteria to the herb to exist. Instead of a single chemical, plants contain hundreds or thousands of different compounds.

2. Plants have developed sophisticated responses to bacterial invasion over millions of years - complex chemicals in plants work in complex synergy with each other and nature has designed them to deactivate and destroy invasive pathogens through many different mechanisms.

3. When used properly, herbal remedies have very few side effects in humans, unlike many chemical medications.


Thanks to the comprehensive action of herbs on the numerous mechanisms of Lyme spirochete infection, the treatment of Lyme disease with herbs is becoming more and more popular.







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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