In the search for natural alternatives to antibiotic therapy, little effort has been made in recent years. Therefore, the possibilities for using effective natural therapies are correspondingly low.
Because of a research project by the Dr. Rath Research Institute for Cellular Medicine in California, which was explicitly devoted to borreliosis, it has now been possible to demonstrate the possibilities of natural products - especially in combined form - in the fight against this infectious disease.
The research work has been published on one of the world‘s largest internet portals for scientific work (PubMed), which is freely accessible to everyone. The results of the study show that in the early phase of the infection, selected plant substances show effects comparable to antibiotics. In addition, they are able to exert an effective influence on the borreliosis pathogen even in later stages of the disease, where antibiotics reach their limits.
Overview of the essential facts of the study
The antibacterial effect of selected plant substances is of fundamental importance. It was also necessary to increase their potential by combining several plant components. The different forms of Borrelia were also considered (active form/spirochetes, round form, biofilm).
In the first series of experiments, the defined combined plant substances were investigated for their effectiveness in killing spirochetes. This effect was compared with the effect of doxycycline, a common antibiotic used as a therapy against borreliosis.
Figure 1: After an intake period of seven days, micronutrients have a similar effect to the antibiotic doxycycline in the killing of the spirochetes.
Figure 1 shows that the plant substances used have a similar anti-spirochetal effect to antibiotics after an application period of three to seven days. Up to 75% of the spirochetes could be eliminated in this series of experiments.
In the second series of experiments, the same combination of plant substances and the same antibiotic were tested for their efficacy in killing the round form of Borrelia. It was shown that the plant substances studied are significantly more effective than doxycycline.
Figure 2: Plant substances are much more effective than the antibiotic doxycycline against the round form.
As shown in Figure 2, doxycycline is hardly effective at the round-shaped stage and the proportion of killed bacteria is low (black line) under the influence of the antibiotic. In contrast, around 50% of the Borrelia in the round form (red line) died after seven days under the influence of the selected plant substance.
In the third series, the efficacy of the selected plant substances was investigated for the dissolution of existing Borrelia biofilm nests. Again, it turned out that plant substances are significantly more effective in killing the Borrelia cultures than antibiotics. They reduce the percentage of Borrelia biofilm to half (see Figure 3).
Figure 3: Micronutrients are more effective than the antibiotic Doxycycline in eliminating existing biofilm forms of Borrelia.
The studies of the Dr. Rath Research Institute prove that plant substances can be used as an effective remedy against Borrelia species that trigger Lyme disease. This is even more remarkable because plant substances can combat both active and latent bacterial forms.
The selected plant substances are particularly effective when they are used in a synergistic combination and can maximise outcomes with higher efficacy.
For more detailed information, we recommend the complete study documentation at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26457476