Lyme disease can cause serious and chronic conditions. However, the “classic” medical treatment, based on antibiotics, does not always succeed in relieving the sick. Tired of wandering from doctor to doctor, they turn to alternative solutions which, officially, are not recognized as effective and can be expensive, favoring a parallel business. However, many patients, feeling abandoned by conventional medicine, say they are relieved.
Anti-infective plants to reduce the risk of relapse
Faced with this void in allopathic medicine, the herbal medicine is, in the opinion of practitioners, the most effective solution.
“Herbal medicine can strengthen antibiotic treatment and reduce the risk of relapse, observes Professor Christian Perronne, head of the infectious disease department at Garches hospital (Hauts-de-Seine) and author of The truth about Lyme disease (ed. Odile Jacob). This therapy does not work 100% in everyone, but the benefit is often significant. ”
The choice of the plant depends on the condition of the person and his symptoms. As an attack treatment, different plants seem effective such as grapefruit seed extracts or ginkgo biloba leaves, “two natural products whose anti-infectious properties have been shown in the laboratory”, continues Professor Perronne.
- Grapefruit seed extract is to be taken preferably in liquid form, with a flavonoid content of at least 500 mg / 100 ml, at a rate of 15 drops morning and evening in a little water.
- For ginkgo biloba, the standard dosage is 120 to 240 mg of standardized extract per day, two or three times with meals, for at least
three months before seeing positive effects.
“During the first few days, these plants occasionally cause violent exacerbations of symptoms, just like an antibiotic,” warns Professor Perronne.
Japanese knotweed and “cat’s claw” for symptoms of Lyme arthritis
Another interesting plant, Japanese knotweed, prescribed for its antibacterial action, which strengthens that of antibiotics; and for its anti-inflammatory benefits, which help manage symptoms oflyme arthritis. Available in 250 mg capsules, the dose is increased to a maximum of 12 capsules per day for four to six months.
“As recommended by the American herbalist, Stephan Buhner, author of a treatment protocol based on Japanese knotweed, we can combine 1 capsule morning and evening of 500 mg of “Cat’s claw” in order to, 1 capsule of 400 mg, three times a day of Andrographis paniculata, and ½ tsp. to c. ofeleutherococcus in mother tincture, three times a day, to fight against fatigue, ”explains Dr Béatrice Milbert, general practitioner to whom the France Lyme association directs.
This treatment should last four to six months, knowing “that you have to go gradually and offer one or more plants depending on the symptoms, to be taken throughout the day,” says Dr Milbert.
Essential oils, rather as a supportive treatment
Essential oils (ET) are rather prescribed as a supportive treatment, in the form of mixtures (clove, oregano…) marketed already made, such as the Anti’Bact HE 3D complex or Alternativ’aroma. The dosage is one to three drops per day diluted in a glass of water for the first, 15 drops in a glass of water before each meal for the second, for about four months.
“We can also use EOs more specific to the symptoms of the disease, such as Lavandula for its joint shape, ”says Dr Irène Lafont, homeopathic general practitioner.
Be careful, some people do not support these treatments: side effects such as stomach aches make it necessary to stop the treatment!
Homeopathy to weaken the Borrelia bacteria?
Some doctors prescribe homeopathic medicines, based on large dilutions of Borrelia burgdorferi, a strain responsible for Lyme disease.
No scientific validity has yet been recognized for these treatments and it cannot be ruled out that this is a placebo effect. But, for Dr. Lafont, “it can help to overcome the bacteria”. Homeopathy also offers specific treatments for the symptoms of the disease, particularly articular.
Watch out for colloidal silver
The preparation composed of water, silver ions and colloidal silver particles, sometimes recommended for its bactericidal, germicidal and fungicidal actions, is not authorized in oral solution by the European Food Safety Authority.