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Lyme Disease: Beyond Antibiotics/The Teasel Root
written for Crescent Moon Herbals by C. Bashaw, RN and Senior Herbalist
(Copyrighted material. All rights reserved.)
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
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.
Other notable tinctures for use with Lyme include: Agrimony, Astralagus, Siberian Ginseng
(eleutherococcus senticosus), Japanese Knotweed, Nettle Leaf, Olive Leaf, Pau d'Arco, Red Root
Bark, Sarsaparilla Root, Siberian Ginseng, Stephania Root, Sweet Annie, White Willow Bark
Click here to be directed to our main list of tinctures available.
"Unlike many Lyme patients,
I suffer from fibro, memory
lapses and "fibro fog.
At Mary's recommendation,
I started the teasel tincture
and followed the directions
very carefully. Within a month,
I noticed an increase in my
memory and total dissipation
of the fibro fog!
I was able to think more clearly
for motivating me to work on
my Master's paper.
My pain, which occurred twice
monthly, has reduced to about
once or twice a year.
I highly recommend trying
the teasel tincture for
Fibromyalgia, with this
remedies, unlike synthesized
pharmaceuticals (filled with
all kinds chemicals to
expedite the process),
can take up to six weeks
before you experience results,
so be patient. Trust that you
are giving your body the best
treatment you can give it.
Rest and be well..."
"Hi, I was just talking to a
friend and I realized that I
forgot to THANK you!!
As a chronic Lyme
Sufferer... mine came back
after about 10 years... and
with The Teasel... it has
I could tell it was working
because stubborn me,
upped my dosage to 10
drops/3X a day... BAD Idea...
I Herxed very badly...
lowered it back down, and
then took it regularly after
The one thing HERXING does
is to PROVE to you that you
still HAVE the LYME at least.
Again, thanks so much
for a good product and
making my LYME go away!!!"
|Lyme Disease, Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Depending upon your weight or severity of the disease, you may increase to 5 drops 3 times per day.
Likewise, if you are of small frame, you may need to reduce the number of drops per day.
Dipsacus asperoids root
(8 oz comes in glass bottle
with no dropper)
QUESTION: How many drops are in an
ounce of tincture?
ANSWER: In general, most extracts fall
within the range of 1,000 to 1,300 drops per
Note: Some tinctures may appear to be
cloudy or have suspended particles. This is
normal. Herbs will also change slightly in
color and taste from season to season.
Day 1: 1 drop of Teasel Root Tincture in water.
Day 2: 1 drop 2 times per day.
Day 3: 1 drop 3 times per day.
Day 4: 2 drops, then 1 drop, then 1 drop.
Day 5: 2 drops, then 2 drops, then 1 drop.
Day 6: 2 drops 3 times per day.
Day 7: 3 drops, then 2 drops, then 2 drops.
Day 8: 3 drops, then 3 drops, then 2 drops.
Day 9: 3 drops 3 times per day. Continue the 9 drops
per day for 6-12 weeks. Repeat if necessary.
TEASEL ROOT -
DOGS & HUMANS...
BUT HORSES TOO!
Here is an interesting
article for use of Teasel
1. Whole Dog Journal
Horse owners indicate the
same dosage for a human
works well for their horses.
They put the teasel drops
onto/into a favorite treat to
ensure they get the tincture
directly and entirely. With
animals, you need to follow
their signs as to whether the
dosage is correct. Same as
For those who are unable
to do the dosage three times
per day for their horse, one
vet suggested increasing
gradually the dosage to 6-8
drops twice a day.
Some products below have additional information available to customer. Just click on the link.
Please note, the descriptions below are a compilation of historical and modern herbal remedy
suggestions. Many scientific studies are available online supporting herbal and holistic preparations.
The following tinctures offer basic information and are listed for educational purposes only.
This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and is not intended
to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
Please note: 2 and 4 ounce bottles come with glass dropper;
8 ounce container styles may vary and do not come with any dropper.