Natural Treatment for Lyme’s Disease

No one enjoys worrying about Lyme’s disease but in the State of Wisconsin, it is an always present thing.    What if you knew five different chemicals or even one herb that would knock it out of the box? 

Ok, we are getting ahead of ourselves.  Let’s start with The Merck Manuel which tells us that it is causes by a bacteria that is transmitted by deer ticks.  This bacteria is called Spirochete Borrelia Burgdorferi.  Now we know the enemy. 

Merck also tells us that between three days and 32 days this bacteria can travel in our bodies and create symptoms such as red spots on the skin, fatigue, chills and fevers, headaches, stiff neck and sore muscles.  It is my personal opinion that just about everyone who has ever lived in Wisconsin has at one time or another encountered this bacteria.   Merck mentioned that “about 10 percent of people with Lyme arthritis develop persistent knee problems.”

The next source that I wanted to check was my mentor, Rev Hanna Kroeger; the nationally known herbalist to see what she suggested for Spirochete.  She has an herbal combination called Spiro Kete that includes: Nettle, Yerba Santa, Golderrod, Organic Tobacco and Monlaurin.
Just knowing what some of these plants are capable of doing, this looks like a great combination.

Next I decided to check in with Dr. James A. Duke in his Phytochemical and Ethnobotanical Database.  Dr. Duke headed the FDA’s Herbal Department until his retirement.

Dr. Duke shows five chemicals that contain antilyme activity.  They were Ascorbic –Acid 500- 2,000 mg., Magnesium 400-1,000 mg., Niacin 50 mg./day, Riboflavin50 mg./day, and Thiamin 50 mg.

Now let’s find out what foods contain these qualities. 

            Ascorbin –Acid   Green Pepper goes from 230 – 20,982
                                       Hot Pepper goes from 350 - 19,992
                                       Cashews have 252- 17,5000
                                       English Walnuts 8,000 -13,000
                                       Rose Hips 1,000 -12,500

            Magnesium        Green Beans are at 18,000 ppm
                                       Oats 14,800 ppm
                                       Spinach   11,000 ppm
                                       Peanuts  8,700 ppm
                                       Asparagus   7,000 ppm

            Niacin                Asparagus 366 ppm
                                      Sprouted Beans of all kinds  312 ppm
                                      Peanuts   182 ppm
                                      Ginger 135 ppm
                                      Barley  115 ppm
                                     
            Riboflavin         Thyme  53 ppm
                                      Spirulina  46 ppm
                                      Wheat  40 ppm
                                      Peppermint 38.9 ppm
                                      Celery   34 ppm

            Thiamin            Spirulina  51 ppm
                                      Sprouted Beans  40 ppm
                                      Sunflower Seeds  24 ppm
                                      Okra  20 ppm
                                      Watercress  18 ppm 

We now have many arrows in our quiver to attack this problem and fear can be left behind.

I have to tell you how I bumped into this area of interest.  I was researching the properties of Stinging Nettle and found that within its about 75 different properties, it contained all of the chemicals above.  They were all listed as antiLyme properties.  It would make a lot of sense to go to the health food store and have a box of Nettle tea bags in your home and if this were all that Nettle was capable of doing, why not have a cup of Nettle tea once a week. 

If people only knew how valuable this herb was, they would rip out their tomato plants and plant Nettle.  I have a secret to tell about this, the deer do not eat my nettle.

Enjoy living everywhere in Beautiful Wisconsin and take a wonderful walk through the woods then come back to a cup of tea.

This article was brought to you by, Phyllis Heitkamp:  Master Herbalist, Author and Dowser.