A newly published study by Feng, Leone, Schweig & Zhang tested several traditional herbs for their potential in treating Lyme disease. The team concluded that Cistus incanus and Scutellaria baicalensis (among others) were effective in killing Borelia burgdorferi bacteria in vitro.
The researchers, led by Prof. Ying Zhang at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health tested fourteen commonly used herbal remedies and found that seven of them had the ability to kill B. burgdorferi bacteria in test tubes :
In contrast, Andrographis paniculata, which is usually effective against microbes , did not show any significant effects against B. burgdorferi.
Dr Sunja K Schweig, co-author of the study said: “Since traditional antibiotic approaches fail to resolve symptoms in up to 25% of patients treated for Lyme disease and many suffer disabling effects of the disease, there is a need for novel treatment proven effective against B. burgdorferi“. Dr Schweig added that: “Because patients are currently turning to herbal remedies to fill the treatment gaps left by antibiotics, this research is a critical step in helping clinicians, as well as patients, understand which ones may offer the most potential benefit“.
The study was funded by the Bay Area Lyme Foundation, a leading sponsor of Lyme disease research in the United States.
 Feng J, Leone J, Schweig S, Zhang Y. Evaluation of Natural and Botanical Medicines for Activity Against Growing and Non-growing Forms of B. burgdorferi. Front Med. 2020;7.
 Singha PK, Roy S, Dey S. Antimicrobial activity of Andrographis paniculata. Fitoterapia. 2003;74(7-8):692-4.
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