The book, written by American physician Bill Rawls, is not the first to talk about Lyme borreliosis, a tick-borne disease. But she attracted a lot of interest abroad, as the general practitioner also encountered the disease himself and overcame it with natural, herbal therapy. In his book, among other things, he presents the plants that helped him in this.
Knjiga nosi naslov Unlocking Lyme: Myths, Truths and Practical Solutions for Chronic Lyme Disease. Bill Rawls in it, as well as in his online articles, he explains how the inflammation that often accompanies people infected with Lyme disease works. “Imagine that acute inflammation takes place in the tissues throughout the body and never heals. This is exactly what happens with chronic borreliosis. The driving force is bacteria that attack cells. It is not a complete invasion, as in an acute infection such as pneumonia. It involves the insidious migration of bacteria into tissues throughout the body – into the brain, heart, joints, muscles, kidneys, intestines – everywhere. When Borrelia (Borreliosis bacteria) enters the bloodstream after a tick bite, white blood cells eat the bacteria to get rid of them. However, Borrelia know sophisticated ways to stay alive. White blood cells inadvertently become a means of transporting bacteria into tissues throughout the body. Lyme disease bacterium – Borrelia burgdorferi it is intracellular, which means that it infects cells and lives inside them, ”he describes. You can’t see chronic inflammation, but you can feel it. It manifests as joint discomfort, stiffness, general pain, fatigue, low endurance, brain fog, slow mental activity, depressed mood, and all other symptoms associated with chronic borreliosis.
An endless circle of misery
Not everyone whose doctors have confirmed a borreliosis infection will necessarily feel the consequences. “A healthy person stung by a tick may not have many acute symptoms and may never develop chronic symptoms. But this does not mean that the bacteria have been eradicated from the body. They can rest in the tissues for life. All it takes is a change in cell health for dormant bacteria to surface and attack more cells. When the immune system loses the ability to keep microbes under control, this soon begins to show up in the tissues as a war zone. The cells are suffering. Symptoms appear. It becomes an endless circle of misery, “ says dr. Rawls. According to him, such outbreaks can be prevented by, among other things, caring for the health of our cells, which are basically most threatened by poor nutrition (especially processed, overloaded with carbohydrates and refined fats), toxic environment (free radicals and natural toxins such as mold). , chronic stress and consequent lack of sleep, physical stress (excessive physical activity and constant sitting are equally harmful) and microbes transmitted by some other diseases in addition to ticks, such as influenza or covid-19. Any type of microbial infection can contribute to chronic inflammation, he warns.
Taking herbs can bring you an advantage
Many people in Slovenia have already helped themselves to complications after a borreliosis infection with a brush. But this is clearly not the only natural active ingredient that can benefit. “Eating a healthy diet, living in a clean environment, managing stress and maintaining activity are very important for maintaining healthy body cells. However, chemicals in plants defined as herbs can elevate this protection to a higher level. Taking herbs can bring you the benefits you need to overcome chronic inflammation and return to normal life, ” believes a doctor who recommends the use of standardized plant extracts. It reveals a surprisingly diverse range of its favorite herbs for relieving systemic chronic inflammation. These include Japanese knotweed, cat’s claw and Chinese hellebore, for which vA 2020 study by Johns Hopkins University in the United States found that they were even more effective against Borrelii burgdorferi as antibiotics doxycycline and azithromycin. So let’s not neglect the benefits we can get from nature.
Herbs to relieve the effects of borreliosis infection
1. Japanese knotweed: Japanese knotweed with resveratrol has been used in traditional Asian medicine for centuries. It is a powerful antioxidant with antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. A study published in the journal bioRxiv showed that Japanese knotweed can eradicate bartonella bacteria at various stages. They suggest taking 200 mg of Japanese knotweed (or resveratrol derived from it) two to three times a day. Caution is advised when taking anticoagulants as resveratrol thins the blood. Avoid it during pregnancy.
2. Cat’s claw: the indigenous people of the Amazon have always used it to treat various inflammatory conditions. Cat’s claw is known to strengthen natural killer cells called CD 57, which are often too low in people with borreliosis. In addition, it has antioxidant, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties, benefits the intestinal tract and lowers high blood pressure. The suggested dose is 375 mg once to twice a day. An inner bark extract with a standardized three percent alkaloid is desirable. A cat’s claw needs activation of stomach acid to be effective, and it needs to be taken with food. Acid-blocking medications can prevent cat’s claw from activating. Taking apple cider vinegar at the same time can increase its effectiveness.
3. Chinese celandine and andrographis: in combination with other herbs, Chinese hawthorn (Scutellaria baicalensis), which is also sold in Slovenia under the name Baikal Celadnica, has strong synergistic properties. In some dietary supplements, it is already combined with the herb andrographis, which originates from India and has antibacterial, antiviral and antiparasitic properties. Andrographis strengthens the immune system, protects the heart and liver and, like the cat’s claw, is the most important of the natural active ingredients in the treatment of borreliosis, according to Dr. Rawls.
4. Reishi – Shining Poloschenka: this fungus is known for its exceptional immunomodulatory and antiviral properties. Immunomodulation means that it greatly reduces destructive inflammatory processes, while strengthening normal immune function and increasing the ability of the immune system to fight off threatening microbes. In addition, it has an anti-fatigue effect and protects the heart and liver. Your doctor recommends taking 175 mg of a product containing reishi mushroom extract once or twice a day.
5. Turmeric: “Turmeric has strong anti-inflammatory properties and has long been used in arthritis and similar conditions. It is also known to inhibit the development of cancer in several stages, in addition to reducing the risk of dementia. Not only does it have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, but unlike anti-inflammatory drugs, it can also be helpful in reducing stomach ulcers. It is also known to protect liver cells. ”He suggests taking a 250 mg dietary supplement with turmeric root extract once or twice a day.
6. Rhodiola: “It has traditionally been used to improve work performance at high altitudes, and research shows that it can increase oxygen delivery to tissues, especially the heart. It is a favorite adaptogen of Russian athletes and workers to reduce fatigue, increase alertness and improve memory. But it also brings some other benefits, such as improved stress resistance and immune resistance. It has antidepressant properties as it increases serotonin in the brain. It is recommended to take 275 mg once or twice a day, with a root extract with a standardized three percent rosavin and one percent salidroside being preferred. ”
7. CBD hemp oil: it reduces pain, outbursts, improves mood and sleep, protects the nervous system and has a number of other health benefits. Because it has an anti-inflammatory effect, it can also benefit patients with Lyme disease. The suggested dose is 15-30 mg once to three times a day, as needed. If necessary, you can slowly increase the dose to 50-100 mg three times a day, depending on your tolerance, he advises.
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