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Adrien Lapointe
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I read this blog post by Arthur Haines on Lyme disease.

In his post, he suggests using Japanese Knotweed (Fallopia japonica) as a medicine to help 1) actively kill the Lyme-causing bacterium, 2) ramp up the internal defenses, 3) help treat inflamation, and 4) help protect from the other serious complications of Lyme Disease

Are there any other plants that could help?
 
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Word of Caution...

I have a very positive affect toward Ethnobotany and the many "wonderful things" that come of it...Now and in the past...I must stress that first however, that these developments both cultural and esoteric are as much of the mind and spirit as they are of the body. (Think placebo effect...which is miraculous at times.) They are also a long time coming in both culture and in the tangible life of an individual...please explore all avenues if you can both traditional and of science...

It will be telling what others may share here, and what they have based this understanding in. I am one of the survivors of the "Stamford Lyme Study" in Connecticut (a number of us surcumbed to the vaccine) and it was found not to be of "appropriate use" in humans and is now what we give our pets. It has rendered (it would seem) me rather resistant or immune to this disease (like many others I have survived) yet find that the botanical and traditional remedies of my life could well have established a foundation in which I (and those like me) are fortunate in having a much more "robust" immune system than typically found in the general populous of the Western world.

So with that written, lets see what others share...as this disease plagues so many, and the insidious nature of it is very unkind...
 
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Adrien, Lyme Disease treatment centers on four actions:

1. killing the Lyme spirochete
2. boosting immune system function
3. supporting collagen and connective tissue health
4. treating symptoms (e.g., inflammation, Lyme carditis, bacterial die-off reactions)

Japanese knotweed does numbers 1, 2, and some of 4. Other herbs that are active against the spirochete in the northeast include plants rich in berberine (goldenseal, barberry, goldthread, yellowroot). Without treating the underlying infection, all other actions are just managing symptoms. Herbs that assist the liver are also important (for dealing with dead bacterial bodies and toxins), such as dandelion and burdock.

There is abundant scientific study supporting the use Japanese knotweed in infections such as Lyme Disease. As one would guess, there is very little research being done in the United States, most of it comes from Asia.
 
Topher Belknap
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Arthur Haines wrote:
There is abundant scientific study supporting the use Japanese knotweed in infections such as Lyme Disease.


Can you point us towards those studies?

Thank You Kindly,
Topher
 
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