Tick-Borne Disease Support: Try These 3 Herbals

Support for Tick-Borne Diseases - Cistus incanus - Cryptolepis sanguinolenta - Phyllanthus niruri from Linden Botanicals

The best herbs for all-natural support for tick-borne diseases are Cistus incanus, Cryptolepis sanguinolenta, and Phyllanthus niruri.

Tick-Borne Disease Is on the Rise

Lyme disease is an infectious disease caused through the bite of black-legged ticks that harbor and transmit the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi (and, in certain cases, the bacteria Borrelia mayonii) into a human body. These ticks may be infected by their feed, which can include infected deer, mice, or birds.

In 2021, new CDC estimates suggested approximately 476,000 people, contract Lyme disease each year in the United States. Traditionally, Lyme disease is treated with prescription antibiotics, which help to kill off the Borrelia burgdorferi from the body.

Seventy-five percent of people treated with antibiotics in the first day or so of an infected bite recover from Lyme completely. But about 25% of cases to not respond well to the antibiotics and many cases go undiagnosed for years. Lyme bacteria that are not eliminated after a standard course of antibiotics are known as persister cells.

As a result, many health practitioners are turning to herbal formulas as adjuvants to standard therapies for tick-borne disease. Many studies have shown that three herbs in particular can be highly effective at supporting healing Lyme: Cistus incanus, Cryptolepis sanguinolenta, and Phyllanthus niruri. In the support of healing, these three herbs can benefit the entire body in a holistic manner, improving overall health and wellness.

Top 3 Herbs for All-Natural Support for Persister Lyme


  1.   Phyllanthus niruri

Phyllanthus niruri has been used around the world for thousands of years to address kidney stones and a variety of chronic illnesses. It has 100+ bioactive compounds, and its antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-plasmoidal properties have been well-studied. In addition, Phyllanthus niruri supports liver and kidney health. Supporting these organs is critical when eliminating pathogens.

In fact, I started the company after suffering from tick-borne disease for almost four years. Phyllanthus niruri herbal tea provided exceptional support at a time when antibiotics were no longer effective.

The actions of Phyllanthus niruri in support of healing are elegant. Phyllanthus niruri can help unmask the spirochete and restart the immune functions that the spirochete has turned off. It can also block the spirochete from replicating and it interferes with the outer surface proteins that are integral to the ability of Borrelia burgdorferi to evade the immune system.

Phyllanthus niruri is the world’s best synergistic adaptogen and offers more health benefits than any other plant. For example, Panax Ginseng, the most famous adaptogen, contains 28 types of saponins, whereas Phyllanthus niruri contains 168 different active compounds. That’s 6 times as many.

  1.   Cistus incanus

Cistus incanus is an herb that grows in the Mediterranean. Ours comes from Crete, the ancestral home of Cistus. This biofilm busting tea is increasingly popular in the U.S. and worldwide due to its pleasant taste and health properties, such as its ability to dissolve bacterial biofilm.

Biofilm or layered colonies of bacteria and extra-cellular matter is one strategy bacteria use to evade antibiotics. As a biofilm buster Cistus incanus has an important role to play in helping to eliminate persister bacteria from tick-borne disease.

  1.   Cryptolepis sanguinolenta

Cryptolepis sanguinolenta is a plant that is used by traditional healers in Central and West Africa to treat infectious diseases, amoebiasis, and fever, including malaria.

A 2020 study published in Frontiers in Medicine looked at seven herbal medicines that are highly active in test tubes against Borrelia burgdorferi, the bacteria that causes Lyme disease. Of the seven, only Cryptolepis sanguinolenta extract caused complete eradication of Borrelia burgdorferi in all three forms that the bacteria can take. The study suggests Cryptolepis sanguinolenta has the potential to significantly improve treatment of persistent Lyme disease.

Persister Desister: Tick-Borne Disease Support

There you have it – the three best herbs for supporting the treatment of persister Lyme. Because these herbs work best in conjunction with one another, our Perister Desister Long-Haul Lyme Support Kit contains individual packets of Phyllanthus niruri, Cistus incanus, and Cryptolepis sanguinolenta. These potent herbs can support healthy detoxification and recovery.

To learn more about tick-borne diseases, check out our Lyme Disease Resources. And if you’ve never shopped at Linden Botanicals before, get 10% off your first order, along with deals on our healthy herbal teas and extracts.

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