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Lyme Disease - Japanese Knotweed and Teasel Root - Part I

Updated on July 22, 2014

Lyme Disease - Japanese Knotweed - Part I

Japanese Knotweed, a so-called invasive plant, parallels the epidemic spread of Lyme disease and its coinfections. This plant has the ability to remove contaminants from the water and soil it inhabits, and to aid in the detoxification of the human body. It has been used in Asian medicine for over two thousand years. It has been calling for our attention. (http://greendragonbotanicals.com/invasive-plant-medicines.html) Always seek professional medical help from a Lyme Literate Doctor in administering any Lyme Disease Treatment.

Taken from: Healing Lyme Disease Coinfections – Stephen Harrod Buhner


Japanese Knotweed (Polygonum Cuspidatum), is specific for emerging bacterial infections such as Lyme. The medicine is in the root. Its range of actions include:

  • Antibacterial
  • Immunostimulant
  • Anti-inflammatory – for arthritis and bacterial inflammation
  • Antioxidant
  • Vasodilator
  • Inhibits platelet aggregation
  • Cardio-protective
  • Antipyretic – preventing fever
  • Protects against stress ulcers
  • Hemostatic – stops hemorrhage
  • Astringent
  • Modulates and enhances immune function
  • Protects the body against endotoxin damage
  • Four of its constituents include Resveratrol, Rhein, Emodin, and Polydatin.
  • Protects the body against endothelia (single layer of tissue that lines the heart, blood vessels, lymphatic vessels, and membranes that line certain cavities of the body.
  • Japanese Knotweed crosses the blood-brain barrier and may prevent inflammation in the brain and central nervous system (CNS). It is highly specific for Lyme disease and Bartonella, a co-infection of Lyme.
  • Knotweed also plays a major role in many neurodegenerative conditions such as ALS, Parkinson's disease, Huntington's disease, M.S., dementia, tramatic brain injury. In conclusion, the Resveratrols specifically protect brain cells from both chemical and microbial assault.
  • It is a strong inhibitor of cell division (cytokine cascades) initiated by bacteria.
  • Four of its constituents include Resveratrol, Rhein, Emodin, and Polydatin.
  • In spinal cord injuries Resveratrol reduced deterioration of the spinal cord and stimulated microcirculation to the injured tissue.
  • All Polygonum Cuspidatum (PC) constituents cross the blood-brain barrier where they affect the CNS as an antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and protector against oxidation and microbial damage. They also act as a calming agent to the body.
  • Japanese Knotweed enhances blood flow to eyes, heart, skin, and joints, as well as the gastro-intestinal mucosa. It is used for treating cancer inflammations and neurodegenerative diseases, respiratory infections and repairing damaged skin, acute and chronic hepatitis. It is especially useful for Lyme and its co-infections as it facilitates blood flow to areas where it is difficult to kill organisms. It also works synergistically with other drugs and herbs.
  • In burned skin it acts as a microcirculatory stimulant, encouraging blood flow into burned skin, expanding blood vessels, stimulating the healing of old blood vessels and initiating the development of new blood vessels (angiogenesis modulator).
  • Conversely, it stops the development of new vessels and blood flow in areas where it should not occur, such as tumor formations (angiogenesis inhibitor). It also modulates and protects endothelial cells that line blood vessels.
  • Emodin, another component of Knotweed, protects brain neurons and reduces pain by inhibiting certain receptors in the brain.
  • Knotweed is an immunomodulator. It normalizes immune response, bringing up or reducing autoimmune reactions, such as in Lyme or Lupus. It is especially effective in acute inflammatory diseases.

Dosage of pure Knotweed root may be taken in tincture or capsule form (http://greendragonbotannicals.com), always under the supervision of a Lyme literate medical doctor (LLMD). It should never be used when pregnant or when using blood-thinning medication. It should be discontinued at least 10 days before surgery.

Barbara Adrienne Rosen

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