What is Cryptolepis? It’s used as herbal support for tick-borne infections like Borrelia burgdorferi and Bartonella henselae.
In this 21st century, we’re living in times when prescriptions and manufactured medicines are the norm. The big question remains, are these the only options for treatment? Amidst all these engineered drugs, some people still turn to medicinal herbs. Herbal medicines have been traditionally used to support mental and physical health and address various conditions, including Lyme disease.
Here, I’ll dig deeper into the benefits of Cryptolepis sanguinolenta, an all-natural herb that provides:
- Anti-bacterial support
- Anti-malarial support
- Anti-plasmoidal support
- Immune support
- Anti-inflammation support
- Anti-diabetic support
- Anti-atherosclerosis / cardiovascular support
The Cryptolepis herb contains several bioactive compounds that contribute significantly to its medicinal value. It contains anti-plasmodial components, alkaloids, tannins, flavones, and chloroform that produce anti-microbial properties.
Cryptolepis Health Benefits
Cryptolepis offers many benefits. Here are just a few.
- Cytotoxic Properties
Cryptolepis contains Indoquinoline alkaloids that exhibit strong anti-cancer properties. These alkaloids induce apoptosis and interfere with the cell cycle to prevent DNA biosynthesis. The major derivatives of indoquinoline alkaloids are neocryptolepine and cryptolepine, which are often extracted from the herb’s roots. Neocryptolepine and cryptolepine produce cytotoxic effects against several cancer cell lines including HL-60 and P388, which has the potential to hinder topoisomerase activity.
- Anti-Malarial Support
Quinine is regarded as the first herb to treat malaria. Since this development, other natural products such as artemisinin have been found to contain potent antimalarial agents. The most recent addition to this development is the use of Cryptolepis sanguinolenta in the effective eradication of malaria. Direct ethnopharmacological links of Cryptolepis benefits in malaria treatment have been established. According to scientists, the leaves of the herb should best be harvested before the flowering stage. The herb’s anti-parasitic activity against Plasmodium falciparum has proved effective, especially when combined with odiaquine.
- Anti-Diabetic Activity
Type 2 diabetes, commonly referred to as diabetes mellitus, is a global concern with significant mortalities. It also results in other conditions such as nephropathy, neuropathy, retinopathy, and macrovascular disorders. The World Health Organization predicts that the number of diabetic patients will rise to 300 million by 2025. Cryptolepis sanguinolenta contains bioactive compounds that produce potent antidiabetic activities (e.g., insulin secretagogue activity, removing insulin from the pancreas, and increasing plasma insulin concentration). The herb has proven to be able to multi-target and has shown to be effective in helping to control diabetes.
- Cardiovascular and Anti-Atherosclerosis Activity
Another Cryptolepis benefit is its anti-atherosclerosis activity. Cardiovascular conditions are among the leading causes of death globally. In 2016, more than 15.21 million people died of a stroke and heart attack. Cryptolepis may reduce cholesterol levels by lowering low-density lipoproteins (LDL) and increasing the absorption of high-density lipoproteins. The herb may also help lower blood cholesterol and plasma lipids and inhibit platelet accumulation.
Try All-Natural, Healthy Cryptolepis Tea!
Cryptolepis has been the backbone of traditional malaria treatment and offers many other health benefits that researchers are just starting to explore. All-natural Cryptolepis tea is prepared from naturally extracted leaves, stems, and roots of the Cryptolepis sanguinolenta. Learn more by reading the FAQ, and then try this wonderful tea!