I'm wondering why I don't hear more about the use of Echinacea Augustifolia (especially in treating Lyme Borrelia)?
Even Buhner doesn't talk about
it much, at least not in the Materia Medica part of his book, Healing Lyme, 2nd Ed.
. But he does mention it on pp. 137-138, where he says that Echinacea has a suppressing effect on Hyaluronidase. Hyaluronidase (HYL) is the enzyme that breaks down Hyaluronic Acid (HA)--the essential chemical widely found in cartilage, synovial fluid, and other connective and neural tissues. Certain bacteria (notably Lyme Borrelia) secrete Hyaluronidase to break down Hyaluronic Acid in connective tissue for their food source . . . and hence, the joint damage. Buhner does mention taking Hyaluronic Acid as a supplement, but then goes on to say (p. 138) that "During inflammatory diseases, such as various forms of arthritis (and Lyme), the use of a Hyaluronidase inhibitor can reduce or even prevent the breakdown of cartilage (and synovial fluids). This increases the amount of cartilage (and fluid) in and around the joints, helping counteract, even reverse, the pathology."
Why isn't there more talk about
using Hyaluronidase inhibitors, instead of jacking up the Hyaluronic Acid artificially, with supplements?As a long-term Lyme patient, with painful joints all over, such as my shoulders, spinal discs . . . and other joints that no longer work as they're intended, shouldn't there be a strong impetus in the Lyme community to supplement with these Hyaluronidase inhibitors?
My Lyme-Literate PA (who works with Dr. J) has hardly mentioned Echinacea to me. Buhner, besides suggesting large continuing doses of Echinacea (p. 138), also suggests Areca catechu, Lycopus lucidus, Scutellaria baicalensis (Chinese Skullcap), and Withania somnifera . . . and any plants containing Rosmarinic Acid. I'd love to hear what y'all's take is, on this, and if there are drawbacks to using Hyaluronidase inhibitor herbs.
Post Edited (BlueRidgeDave) : 11/20/2020 10:04:48 PM (GMT-7)