A recent study has shown that certain herbs may show promise in the treatment of Lyme disease. The need for alternative treatment methods is evident, as traditional antibiotics are not proving effective for all Lyme disease patients.
Current Challenges in the Treatment of Lyme Disease
Lyme disease, caused by the Borrelia bacteria, currently has standard antibiotic treatment. However, Dr. Sunjya K. Schweig, a co-author of the study, emphasizes that about 25% of patients do not find relief from conventional treatments. These patients are often left with chronic and disabling symptoms.
New Insights from Herbal Medicine
To address this challenge, researchers at Johns Hopkins University, in collaboration with the Center for Functional Medicine and the FOCUS Health Group, tested 14 natural products. Their goal was to find effective alternatives that could work against B. burgdorferi. From this rigorous research, seven herbs emerged that were significantly effective:
Cryptolepis sanguinolenta: Outside the treatment of malaria and the tick-borne infection Babesia, this herb showed complete eradication of B. burgdorferi in laboratory conditions.
Juglans nigra (Black walnut): Used in traditional medicine for various ailments.
Polygonum cuspidatum (Japanese knotweed): Showed strong activity against both the growing and non-growing form of the bacterium.
Artemisia annua (Sweet wormwood): Traditionally used against malaria.
Uncaria tomentosa (Cat's claw): Has anti-inflammatory properties.
Cistus incanus: A traditional European herb.
Scutellaria baicalensis (Guildweed): Used in traditional Chinese medicine.
The Future of Herbs in Lyme Treatment
While the results are encouraging, it is essential that patients not rush to try these herbs for themselves. Each herb has its own unique side effects and interactions, and it is imperative that a physician be consulted before taking them.
Linda Giampa, director of the Bay Area Lyme Foundation, emphasizes the hope that these findings will eventually lead to new treatment options for patients with chronic Lyme disease. However, she notes the importance of further studies to thoroughly investigate the effectiveness and safety of these herbs.
The discovery of herbal remedies that may be effective against the Borrelia bacteria is an exciting breakthrough in the world of Lyme disease research. Although much work remains to be done, these early findings offer hope for those seeking alternative treatment options for this often devastating disease.
BeterKliniek has extensive experience in the treatment of Lyme disease. Depending on the patient's symptoms, targeted medication, two supplements and/or infusion therapy may be chosen.