S. H. Buhner, in his talk at the 2008 Lyme-Induced Autism Conference, says the general way he thinks is best to treat Lyme is the following:
#1 - Stop the inflammation (caused by the Lyme, die-off, etc.). Recommended herbs are Japanese Knotweed or Stephania).
#2 - Support the immune system (can't get well without the immune system being able to do its job). Eleutherococcus, Cat's Claw, etc. are recommended herbs [be sure to read his book, "Healing Lyme"].
#3 - Collagen support (Lyme destroys collagen). Recommendations include Pregnenalone, Glucosamine Sulfate). I also know Vitamin C is important for collagen support.
#4 - Anti-Spirochetal treatments...such as Andrographis, Cryptolepis, etc. I found it interesting that he doesn't start with antibacterial agents but instead hits the inflammation, immune and collagen issues first...
And he also says to address symptoms with other things (herbs, nutritional supplements, etc.) as you go along, so for example, in his book he recommends Nettles for joint pain.
Having had my gut shut down by his protocol when trying to do it myself at home, I agree with this approach, and also believe it is essential to have the support of someone who knows how to use herbs for treatment of health conditions. Naturopathic physicians may not all be Lyme-Literate, but they tend to be more
open-minded and are usually more experienced in working with herbs than MD's.
Chronic Lyme Disease, Chronic Bartonella (clinical dx only), Gluten & Sulfite Sensitivity, Many Food/Inhalant/Medication/Chemical Allergies & Intolerances, Asthma, Gut issues (dysmotility, non-specific inflammation), UCTD ("Secondary Lupus-Like Syndrome"), Osteoporosis, chronic Lymphopenia, etc.; G-Tube; Currently trying to wean off TPN.
Meds: Pulmicort, IV Ceftazidime, Heparin (to flush PICC line), Claritin, Domperidone, Colloidal Silver (used topically), probiotics, Milk Thistle, Ailanthus, homeopathy.