Cryptolepis extract is one of seven herbals effective against Lyme disease and may completely eradicate Borrelia burgdorferi (B. burgdorferi), according to a recent study. The implications of this study are far-reaching. The study suggests that Cryptolepis sanguinolenta has the potential to support treatment of persistent Lyme disease.
Herbals Effective Against Lyme
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.
The seven herbals studied were 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). Of the seven, only Cryptolepis sanguinolenta extract completely eradicated B. burgdorferi.
Cryptolepis May Provide 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.
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.
Try Cryptolepis and Cistus
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, finances, social life, and self-esteem. Michael started Linden Botanicals to help those suffering from Lyme disease and other chronic illnesses. Linden Botanicals sells all-natural herbal teas and herbal extracts, including Cryptolepis, Cistus incanus, and Phyllanthus niruri.
Cistus incanus has long been a global favorite, and Cryptolepis is quickly gaining ground as an all-natural supplement that may provide support for Lyme disease treatment. Linden Botanicals’ Cryptolepis FAQ page and Cistus incanus FAQ page provide additional information about Cryptolepis and Cistus incanus.
Linden Botanicals sells high-quality Cryptolepis herbal extract and high-quality Cistus incanus herbal tea and herbal extract in our online store. Cistus incanus is also one of six herbal extracts in our ShieldsUp Immune Support Kits.