Lyme disease symptoms are often vague and resemble numerous other infectious disease and autoimmune conditions. Misdiagnosis is common, often it is labeled as the “great imitator” of
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Reiter’s syndrome
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Parkinson’s disease
Treatment of Lyme disease has been a challenge for decades. Considering “there are important similarities between the biology, pathology, and clinical stages of Lyme disease and those of syphilis.’ It had been asked long time before, ‘Should We Try Malariotherapy for Lyme Disease?’ (N Engl J Med 1990).
When turning eyes to Chinese medicine, looks likely there is an answer. Chinese medicine has a long history of treating spirochete related diseases such as syphilis, rat-bite fever and leptospirosis, particularly effective during the chronic stages.
According Dr. Zhang Qincai, Chinese medicine can be applied to the treatment of LD, especially in cases when conventional treatemt failed. ‘Our clinic has treated more than 1,000 cases of LD, mostly in the chronic stages. Most patients have been able to taper off antibiotics and control their symptoms’(Zhang Qingcai, Lyme diseases and Modern Chinese Medicine 2015, page 51).
One of the most important herbs in the treatment of malaria upon which the 2015 award of the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine is based, Qing Hao (Artemisia annua), has been used in Chinese traditional medicine for malaria at least 2000 years. Not surprisingly, Qing Hao is now considered very important in the treatment of Lyme and its coinfections (especially Babesia).
Regarding Lyme diseases, there are several alternative protocol, including Cowden’s, White’s, Zhang’s and other Botanical Therapies. Since Lyme diseases manifest numerous neurological complications, Chinese Neuro-scalp acupuncture is more beneficial -although case by case. In our clinic we recommend Zhang’s Chinese herb protocol in combination with our special Chinese Neuro-scalp acupuncture.