For me, it has not been through an ILADS certified practitioner - but that's because there aren't any in my state no matter what type of treatment you are looking for. So I've been on my own - but it was still worth it for me.
As for the time it takes, I used abx for a year (2007) and only got much, much worse. Yet when I spent a year on herbs for Lyme and Bart - I was healed. So it was the exact opposite for me - less time for me to heal using herbs only approach.
As for my reasons for going all herbal - it's as I explained above, plus I've always responded a bit better to natural treatments. At this point, I haven't used a pharmaceutical drug since 2010 and hope I don't have to ever use them again. They are there if I really need them, but I'm hoping to avoid them from here on out.
Herb only treatment for Lyme & Bart ended 12/11 - no active symptoms for 2 yrs -Herb only treatment for Babesia ended 12/12www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=30&m=2977364
Had Lyme, Bart, Babs, RMSF, Ehrlichia, Myco, Anaplasmosis, EBV
Back in treatment for new Lyme case 8/2014
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