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Lyme Disease: Beyond Antibiotics/The Teasel Root Connection

written for Crescent Moon Herbals by C. Bashaw, RN and Senior Herbalist
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As the warm weather begins to once again make its way into our life so does the threat of Lyme, a tick-borne wickedness here in
New England. Lyme disease is a bacterial infection caused by a "spirochete" (spirochetes are long, thin, spiral-shaped bacteria
that have flagella or tails). In the United States, the actual name of the Lyme bacterium is Borrelia burgdorferi. In Europe, another
bacterium, Borrelia afzelii, also produces Lyme disease.

A variety of ticks found on deer protect the bacterium in their stomachs; these ticks spread the Lyme disease when they bite the
skin, allowing the bacterium to infect the body.  Lyme disease is not contagious from one affected person to another, but is known
to cause abnormalities in the skin that begins with a characteristic rash, and may be followed weeks to months later by neurological,
cardiac or joint abnormalities as a result of this tick-transmitted inflammatory disorder.  The spirochetes paralyzes multiple aspects
of the immune system; the organism is then without defenses against many microbes which can cause secondary infections.

Modern medicine often treats this with antibiotic therapy, typically doxycycline (Vibramycin), amoxicillin and/or cefuroxime axetil.  
The standard therapy of 4-6 weeks of antibiotic treatment is not sufficient to treat chronic Lyme disease; the treating of long-
term Lyme disease is often very expensive. Traditionally insurance companies have disputed treatment due to that high cost.  
Chronic Lyme disease is often a life-long illness.

It was 1975 when Lyme disease showed itself to the modern world through a group of children who lived near each other in Lyme,
Conn.; the children were originally diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. Further investigation of this remarkable grouping of infirmity
led researchers to identify the cause as a bacterial source of the children's condition, what was then termed "Lyme disease" in
1982.  Lyme disease has shown up most often in the northeastern United States, but it has been reported in all 50 states, as well
as China, Europe, Japan, Australia and the parts of the former Soviet Union.  In the United States, it is mainly limited to the
northeast from the state of Maine to Maryland, in the Midwest in Minnesota and Wisconsin, and in the west in Oregon and Northern
California.

There are more carriers of Lyme disease than just the deer tick. There is a tremendous misunderstanding regarding the vector
or carrier that passes on Lyme disease.  First of all, the familiar tick vector called the deer tick (Ixodes dammini) and black-legged
ticks (commonly called deer ticks, Ixodes scapularis) are more prevalent and spreading wider than reported.  Secondly, these ticks
are not the only vector able to transmit the Borrelia species.  Several other tick species such as the Lone Star ticks (Ammblyoma
americanum), western black-legged ticks (Ixodes pacificus), and wood ticks or dog ticks (Dermacentor variabilis) can transmit it too.
Unfortunately, health officials to both the public or medical community are not reporting this significant information.  The widespread
distribution of these tick vectors greatly increases the prevalence of Lyme disease well beyond that of official government reports.
It is important to understand the potential danger of all tick bites, not only that from the deer tick.

And though this article is not on how to diagnose Lyme disease, it is recommended that one find a practitioner specializing in Lyme
diagnosis and treatment.

A natural treatment, which can be safely used, adjunctively with modern antibiotic treatment, is the use of Teasel Root.  Teasel is
a common name for some members of the Dipsacaceae, a family of chiefly Old World herbs found mostly in the Mediterranean
and Balkan areas but can range from India and to South Africa.  Species of Dipsacus and Scabiosa have become widely naturalized
in America.  Scabiosa, commonly called sweet scabious, mourning bride, or pincushion flower (for its head of small, lacy flowers)
includes several ornamentals and was formerly used as a remedy for scabies.

Fuller's Teasel (D. fullonum) is a noxious biennial weed whose heads of small flowers bear sharp prongs and have been used in
the textile industry for teasing or raising the nap on wool.  Teasels are classified in the division Magnoliophyta, class Magnoliopsida,
order Dipsacales.  The Chinese Dipsacus japonica and Xu duan Dipsacus asperoids whose names mean “Restore What Is
Broken” truly sum up the powerful healing properties of this valuable herb.

The potential of using Teasel Root as a magnificent partner for individuals with chronic Lyme disease, which is further, outlined
in Matthew Wood’s book, “The Book of Herbal Wisdom”.  Wood writes, “After entering the body through a tick bite, the spirochetes
burrow into the muscles where they settle down to live.  Here they produce chronic inflammation and pain, with destruction of
muscles and joints. People become like the broken-down ‘tertiary syphilitics’ described in old medical text books”.

When combined with prescribed antibiotics to treat the secondary infections, St. John s Wort to heal the actual nerve damage
produced by the infection, and Cat's Claw Bark to help with arthritis symptoms, Teasel Root’s anti-inflammatory effects work on
the spirochete’s damaging consequences arresting the dis-ease process.  (It is important to note that Teasel has also been
successful in the treating of Fibromyalgia, as well).  Teasel root has also been effective in treating canines diagnosed with Lyme
disease.

Each herbalist has his or her own treatment remedy for using Teasel Root and I am no different.  And each remedy, though a little
different, seems to work.  Remember, for each Lyme disease diagnosis there will be an equal number of unique results,  so
before starting a regime of Teasel Root consult a qualified herbal practitioner for an individualized appropriate, and most of
all successful treatment.

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ANDROGRAPHIS
(Andrographis Paniculata) - China
2 oz - $11.00; 4 oz - $20.00;
8 oz - $38.00
ANDROGRAPHIS Extract
ASHWAGANDHA ROOT
(Withania Somnifera) - India
2 oz - $11.00; 4 oz - $20.00;
8 oz - $38.00
ASHWAGANDHA ROOT Extract
ASTRAGALUS ROOT
(Astragalus Membranaceus) - China
2 oz - $11.00; 4 oz - $20.00;
8 oz - $38.00
ASTRAGALUS ROOT Extract
BLACK COHOSH Extract
BLACK COHOSH
(Cimicifuga Racemosa) - United States
2 oz - $ 10.00; 4 oz - $18.00;
8 oz - $34.00
BLACK WALNUT HULLS
(Juglans Nigra) - United States
2 oz - $10.00; 4 oz - $18.00;
8 oz - $34.00
BLACK WALNUT HULLS Extract
BONESET
(Eupatorium Perfoliatum) - United States
2 oz - $10.00; 4 oz - $18.00;
8 oz - $34.00
BONESET Extract
BURDOCK ROOT
(Arctium Lappa) - United States
2 oz - $10.00; 4 oz - $18.00;
8 oz - $34.00
BURDOCK ROOT Extract
BUTCHER'S BROOM ROOT
(Ruscus Aculeatus) - Coatia
2 oz - $10.00; 4 oz - $18.00;
8 oz - $34.00
BUTCHER'S BROOM ROOT Extract
CAT'S CLAW BARK
(Unicaria Tomentosa (Samento) - Peru
2 oz - $11.00; 4 oz - $20.00;
8 oz - $38.00
CAT'S CLAW BARK Extract
CHAMOMILE FLOWER
(Matricaria chamomilla) - Egypt
2 oz - $10.00; 4 oz - $18.00;
8 oz - $30.00
CHAMOMILE FLOWER Extract
CHICKWEED
(Stellaria) - Bulgaria
2 oz - 10.00; 4 oz - $18.00;
8 oz - $25.00
CHICKWEED Extract
CILANTRO Extract
CILANTRO LEAF
(Coriandrum sativum) - United States
2 oz - 11.00; 4 oz - $20.00;
8 oz - $30.00
CINNAMON Extract
CINNAMON
(Cinnamomum cassia) - Indonesia
2 oz - 10.00; 4 oz - $18.00;
8 oz - $30.00
CLOVE
(Syzygium aromaticum) - Madagascar
2 oz - 11.00; 4 oz - $20.00;
8 oz - $38.00
CLOVE Extract
DANDELION ROOT
(Taraxacum Officinale) - United States
2 oz - 10.00; 4 oz - $18.00;
8 oz - $34.00
Dandelion Root Extract
Devil's Claw Root Extract
DEVIL'S CLAW ROOT
(Harpagophytum Procumbens) - Africa
2 oz - $10.00; 4 oz - $18.00;
8 oz - $34.00
ECHINACEA ROOT
(Echinacea Purpurea) - United States
2 oz - $10.00; 4 oz - $18.00;
8 oz - $34.00

**Echinacea and Goldenseal combo
may be found here.
Echinacea Root Extract
ELECAMPANE ROOT
(Inula Helenium) - Hungary
2 oz - $10.00; 4 oz - $18.00;
8 oz - $34.00
ELECAMPANE Extract
ELEUTHERO
(aka Siberian Ginseng) - China
2 oz - $10.00; 4 oz - $18.00;
8 oz - $34.00
Siberian Ginseng Extract
FENUGREEK
(Trigonella foenum-gra) - India
2 oz - $10.00; 4 oz - $18.00;
8 oz - $34.00
FENUGREEK Extract
FEVERFEW
(Tanacetum Parthenium) - United States
2 oz - $10.00; 4 oz - $18.00;
8 oz - $30.00
Feverfew Extract
GARLIC
(Allium sativum) - United States
2 oz - $10.00; 4 oz - $18.00;
8 oz - $34.00
GARLIC Extract
GINGER ROOT
(Zingiber officinale) - China
2 oz - $10.00; 4 oz - $18.00;
8 oz - $34.00
GINGER ROOT Extract
GOLDENSEAL ROOT
(Hydrastis Canadensis) - United States
2 oz - $13.00; 4 oz - $24.00;
8 oz - $40.00

**Echinacea and Goldenseal combo
may be found here.
GOLDENSEAL Extract
GOTA KOLA
(Centella Asiatica) - India
2 oz - $10.00; 4 oz - $18.00;
8 oz - $33.00
Gota Kola Extract
HAWTHORN BERRY
(Crataegus Laevigata) - Poland
2 oz - $10.00; 4 oz - $18.00;
8 oz - $34.00
Hawthorn Berry Extract
HORNY GOAT WEED
(Epimedium Grandiflorum) - China
2 oz - $10.00; 4 oz - $18.00;
8 oz - $34.00
Horny Goatweed Extract
HORSETAIL aka SHAVEGRASS
(Equisetum Hyemale) - Hungary
2 oz - $10.00; 4 oz - $18.00;
8 oz - $33.00
Horsetail Extract
HYSSOP Extract
HYSSOP LEAF
(Hyssopus officinalis) - Hungary
2 oz - $10.00; 4 oz - $18.00;
8 oz - $34.00
JAPANESE KNOTWEED ROOT
(Polygonum Cuspidatum) - China
2 oz - $10.00; 4 oz - $18.00;
8 oz - $34.00
Japanese Knotweed Extract
KUDZU ROOT
(Pueraria lobata) - China
2 oz - $13.00; 4 oz - $24.00;
8 oz - $40.00
Kudzu Root Extract
LEMONBALM
(Melissa Officinalis) - United States
2 oz - $10.00; 4 oz - $18.00;
8 oz - $30.00
LEMON BALM Extract
LICORICE ROOT
(Glycyrrhiza Glabra) - Turkey
2 oz - $10.00; 4 oz - $18.00;
8 oz - $33.00