Herbal Healing Aids for Lyme Disease Patients

As a Lyme disease patient myself, who does not do well with antibiotics, I started investigating into herbal treatment. As I learn more I will add to this list. Remember though, I am not a doctor or health care provider. This information is provided just for research purposes, to try to help you learn more. Always talk to your doctor before trying any new treatment.

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Neem- This herb’s anti-viral, anti bacterial and anti-fungal effects are well documented. Evidence exists for its use in pneumonia, ulcers, gout, diabetes, hypertension, skin infection and wound healing. The essential fatty acid content in Neem is high.

Yarrow- Yarrow has action against fever. It is effective against gram positive and negative bacteria. It relieves inflammation, stops cramps, stimulates the release of stomach acid and improves digestion of proteins and fats. In a base of organic grape alcohol (40% by volume), filtered spring water.


Cats Claw – A tropical vine that grows in theainforest and jungle areas in South America and Asia. This vine gets its name from the small thorns at the base of the leaves, which looks like a cat’s claw. Current studies show it may have positive effects and can boost the body’s immune system. The active substances are alkaloids, tannins and many other phytochemicals. The alkaloids in it have been proven to boost the immune system. The major alkaloid rhynchophylline has anti-hypertensive effects and can reduce the risk of stroke and heart attack by lowering blood pressure, increasing circulation, reducing heart rate, and controlling cholesterol. It also is an anti-inflammatory, and has antioxidant and anticancer properties. Uses include: Crohn’s disease, gastric ulcers and tumors, parasites, colitis, gastritis, diverticulitis and leaky bowel syndrome. By stimulating the immune system, it can also improve response to viral and respiratory infections.

Boswelia– (Frankincense)is traditionally used to treat arthritis, respiratory problems and digestive symptoms. It has active anti-inflammatory compounds called boswellic acids. These acids were found to deter the formation of enzymes that can lead to inflammatory disorders such as bronchial asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

Neem – Known as the ‘Divine Tree’ in India, neem oil is used in Ayurvedic medicine against inflammatory skin conditions, aching joints and muscle pains. Extracts of neem leaves and seeds have also demonstrated anti-fungal, antibacterial, anti-diabetic and anti-viral properties.Neem oil can also be applied topically to treat skin irritations, and sprayed on plants to control pests.

Warning: Despite the healing properties of neem, women who are pregnant or wanting to become pregnant should avoid using this herb.

Aloe Vera-It is known for healing wounds and soothing skin burns.But aloe vera’s anti-inflammatory properties work internally as well. When ingested, aloe cools inflammation in the digestive tract such as in the case of ulcers. It is also be beneficial for other inflammatory conditions. .
Aloe vera gel can be consumed internally, or used topically to treat burns and other skin irritations such as acne and psoriasis. The juice obtained from the gel is also a popular detoxification beverage.

Licorice Root – The strong anti-inflammatory compounds found in licorice root have been found to be effective against coughs, colds, mouth ulcers, peptic ulcers and even chronic hepatitis infection.


Burbur– has been traditionally used for its cleansing properties. It is quite effective in detoxifying the liver, kidneys lymphatic tissue and the interstitial matrix. Burbur has diuretic properties and also has beneficial effects on the Cytochrome P450 liver detoxifying system. The removal of pesticides, herbicides and chemicals is facilitated by Burbur.

Curcuma Xanthorrhiza- This is an immune stimulator that has strong anti-oxidant effects. It is liver protective, encourages the production of bile and prevents the formation of gallstones. It contains high amounts of the essential oil cinnamalhehyde that has anti-inflammatory properties.

Vitamin C – One of the most effective nutrients. The benefits of vitamin include protectionagainst immune system deficiencies, cardiovascular disease, prenatal health problems, eye disease, and even skin wrinkling. It is also an antioxidant.

Green Tead– Used to treat inflammation, dysentery, and skin disorders. Mangostin, is a powerful antioxidant, known as a xanthone, which appeared to fight infection, fungus, bacteria, histamines and possibly cancer.

Green Tea – Green tea contains catechin polyphenols, particularly epigallocatechin gallate. EGCG is a powerful anti-oxidant which inhibs the growth of cancer cells, it kills cancer cells without harming healthy tissue. It has also been effective in lowering LDL cholesterol levels, and inhibiting the abnormal formation of blood clots.

Noni– High in antioxidants and polysaccharide component, Noni has been shown to release immune enhancing compounds that activate white blood cells. It provides anti-malarial and anti-bacterial effects. Noni also provokes analgesic, anti-inflammatory and antihistamine activities to help with sleep, temperature and mood disorders.

The active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin. It has anitoxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, properties. It also is a natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent, useful in disinfecting cuts and burns. Studies have shown that it is useful in the treatment of Alzheimers. It is also a natural pain killer.

Milk Thistle – An herbal detoxifier and protectant for your liver.

Garlic– Garlic has antibacterial activity against Staphylococcus, Streptococcus, Proteus, Pseudomonas, Mycobacterium, as well as species associated with diarrhea (Escherichia coli, Salmonella, Clostridum, Klebsiella, Bacillus subtulis). Garlic interferes with “bad” bacteria, rather than the “good” bacteria such as Lactobacillus that colonize the intestines. Garlic also fights fungi (Candida, Cryptococcus, Trichophytoni) and parasites such as (Giardia lamblia, Entamoeba histolytica,Trypanosomes, Leishmania). Antiviral activity includes influenza A and B, cytomegalovirus, rhinovirus, HIV, herpes simplex virus 1 and 2, rotavirus, and some species that cause pneumonia.

Ginger – has is an anti-nausea agent. It may offer other benefits to those stricken with diarrhea. Alcohol extracts of ginger are active against bacteria that infect the intestinal tract skin and other soft tissues , and respiratory tract . Ginger has antifungal activity against the yeast Candida albicans. It also works against intestinal worms. Be careful, heating up ginger in cooking can get decrease the benefits. Try adding in fresh raw ginger to your diet.

Tea Tree – Tea tree is an Australia native whose essential oil acts as a potent antimicrobial agent. it helps fight against the yeast Candida albicans, and bacteria such as methacillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). Some, but not all, studies in humans show that topical applications can eliminate colonization of the bacteria in skin and nose. It can also help with fungal nail infections.

Gou Teng-

This herb has been used to lower the excitability of the central nervous system. Used also in Chinese medicine for hypertension, convulsions, headache, dizziness and apoplexy. A published journal article written by scientists in the Department of Oriental Pharmaceutical Science at South Korea’s Kyung Hee University found the aqueous extract of gou teng may increase serotonin levels in the brain, resulting in mood and cognitive improvements, as well as help in the treatment of OCD, IBS, fibromyalgia, depression and anxiety.


Sam Bong- High in essential oils (especially camphor), this herb has been used for kidney and heart disease. It his beneficial in removing worms, breaking up kidney stones, and reducing pain and high cholesterol.

Sources: Can You Use Garlic as an Antibiotic?

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