Cryptolepis Lyme Disease Support: Cryptolepis Activity Against B. burgdorferi

Cryptolepis Lyme Disease Support

A recent study says Cryptolepis provides Lyme disease support and may completely eradicate Borrelia burgdorferi (B. burgdorferi). The implications of this far-reaching study show that Cryptolepis sanguinolenta has the significant potential to improve treatment of persistent Lyme disease.

According to a recent scientific study published in Frontiers in Medicine, data shows seven herbal medicines are highly active in test tubes against Borrelia burgdorferi (B. burgdorferi), the bacteria that causes Lyme disease, compared with the control antibiotics, doxycycline and cefuroxime. Of the seven herbal medicines, only Cryptolepis sanguinolenta extract completely eradicated B. burgdorferi.

The seven herbal medicines studied are Cryptolepis sanguinolenta, Cistus incanus, Juglans nigra (Black walnut), Polygonum cuspidatum (Japanese knotweed), Artemisia annua (Sweet wormwood), Uncaria tomentosa (Cat’s claw), and Scutellaria baicalensis (Chinese skullcap).

Cryptolepis Lyme Disease Support

In the study, only Cryptolepis sanguinolenta extract completely eradicated B. burgdorferi, whereas doxycycline, cefuroxime, and the other active herbs did not eradicate B. burgdorferi stationary phase cells. Cryptolepis extract has traditionally been used to support treatment of malaria and the tick-borne infection Babesia.

The implications of this study are far reaching, as they show that Cryptolepis sanguinolenta has the potential to improve treatment of persistent Lyme disease and suggest the need for additional laboratory and clinical studies regarding the extract’s active constituents and ability to effectively eradicate B. burgdorferi in vitro and in vivo.

Linden Botanicals founder Michael Van der Linden suffered from Lyme disease for four years. The disease impacted every aspect of his life, including his physical and emotional health, pocketbook, social life, and self-esteem. Michael started Linden Botanicals because the herbal teas and extracts we sell, including Cryptolepis, have great potential to help those suffering from Lyme disease and other chronic illnesses.

The study’s analysis of Cistus incanus suggests that its active constituents, including carvacrol, may also have significant activity against growing and stationary phase B. burgdorferi cells. Preliminary clinical studies indicate Cistus incanus may show antimicrobial effects against several bacteria and show significant improvement in upper respiratory infection and inflammatory markers.

The Frontiers in Medicine study was a collaboration between researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the California Center for Functional Medicine, and FOCUS Health Group, Naturopathic. The study was primarily funded by the Bay Area Lyme Foundation.

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While Cistus incanus is a global favorite, Cryptolepis is quickly gaining ground as an all-natural supplement that provides support for Lyme disease treatment. Linden Botanicals’ Cryptolepis FAQ page and Cistus incanus FAQ page provide additional information about Cryptolepis sanguinolenta and Cistus incanus.

Linden Botanicals sells high-quality Cryptolepis herbal extract and high-quality Cistus incanus looseleaf herbal tea and herbal extract in our online store. Cistus incanus is also one of six herbal extracts in our ShieldsUp Immune Support Kits.

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Linden Botanicals sells the world’s healthiest teas and extracts, including Cryptolepis sanguinolenta, Cistus incanus, Phyllanthus niruri, and Cistanche tubulosa. These teas and extracts provide support for immune health, stress relief, energy, memory, mood, kidney health, joint health, digestive health, inflammation, hormonal balance, and detox/cleanse. The company’s website,, includes hundreds of valuable health tips and resources and the free Lessons from the Darkness e-book, which chronicles Michael Van der Linden’s four-year battle with Lyme disease.

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