The Therapeutic Effects of Herbs vs Lyme Disease

The Therapeutic Effects of Herbs vs Lyme Disease

Lyme disease can be an incredibly debilitating condition. However, there are natural remedies available to help relieve symptoms. Learn more about the therapeutic effects of herbs and how they can help manage Lyme disease.


Japanese Knotweed 

Research studies have shown that Japanese Knotweed can produce a powerful activity against the organisms responsible for causing tick borne diseases. It is specifically effective against the dormant and persistent forms of bacteria that are not killed by the commonly used antibiotics.  The medicinal benefits of Japanese Knotweed can be attributed to a rich amount of Resveratrol present in it. Resveratrol acts as a natural anti-inflammatory and antioxidant agent and reduces inflammation in the joints, brain, and heart thus protecting you against the severe symptoms of this infection. [5] [6]  

Cat's Claw 

Cat’s Claws contains plant sterols and tannins that can support a healthy and strong immune system response. It can strengthen the body’s own defense mechanisms against infectious pathogens and render them ineffective.  This would activate your body's natural anti-infective mechanisms thus clearing the infection in a shorter duration. [7]


Black Walnut

Research studies have revealed that Black Walnut contains phenolic and polyphenolic compounds that can produce an antioxidant effect. This property of Black Walnut can protect the healthy tissues of the body including the skin, bones, joints, heart, gut, and brain against oxidative stress or free radical damage thus allowing you to recover faster. [8]


Sweet Wormwood

Sweet Wormwood is revered for its potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. It would also support the functions of the immune system and help your body fight the infection in a more efficient way. [9]


Chinese Skullcap

This herb has been specifically added to the ZenMen Tick Immune Support formula to inhibit or reverse the damage to the brain caused due to tick-borne diseases.  It would act as a neuroprotective agent and protect the brain and nerves against this infection. This herb would also prevent cognitive impairment commonly associated with tick borne diseases and improve your memory, attention span, and focus. [10]


Cryptolepis Sanguinolenta and Serrapeptase

Cryptolepis Sanguinolenta and Serrapeptase are commonly used for the management of diseases caused due to infections and inflammation.  These herbs can produce antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effects and clear the infection rapidly. These herbs may also shorten your recovery period and allow you to resume your routine activities with ease by improving your energy levels. [11]



The therapeutic action of Gou-Teng on your heart will reduce your risk of cardiac complications during and after recovery. It can control your blood pressure, regulate heart rate and rhythm, and improve cardiac functions.  The vasorelaxant effect of this herb would result in the dilatation of the blood vessels thus lowering your blood pressure and inhibiting complications like hypertension. [12]


Alchornea Cordifolia and Sarsaparilla

Alchornea cordifolia and Sarsaparilla can complement the therapeutic action of other herbs by acting as anti-inflammatory, and antimicrobial agents. These herbs also produce an adaptogenic effect and reduce mental stress and anxiety that are common in patients with tick borne diseases.  Relief from mental stress would help you focus on your diet and improve your outlook towards the infection thus allowing you to feel better in a shorter duration. [13] [14]


Black Pepper Extract 

Black Pepper is valued for the alkaloid called Piperine it contains. It would not just reduce inflammation and oxidative stress in the vital tissues of your body but also provide relief from itching, rashes, and redness of the skin.  Piperine would also stimulate the activities of the digestive enzymes and provide relief from digestive complaints. It may also increase your energy levels by promoting the breakdown and absorption of nutrients from foods and help you feel fresh and energetic during the recovery phase. [15]  


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