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Up to one in five Lyme disease patients do not respond to antibiotics, stressing the need for alternative treatment. The tick induced illness, which can trigger exhaustion and joint pain, affects as many as 3,000 people in the UK each year.
But a new study into the effects of Japanese knotweed suggests reprieve could be on the horizon.
A paper published by researchers at the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found between 10 and 20 percent of patients still experience symptoms after treatment.
Lyme disease is also notoriously hard to diagnose because initial symptoms are often vague and confused for other illnesses.
But there is hope plant-based drugs could phase out the standard course of antibiotics administered over a two to four-week period.
Lyme disease treatment: Japanese knotweed could be used to treat Lyme disease infections (Image: GETTY)
Lyme disease treatment: The responsible bacteria are carried by ticks (Image: GETTY)
Researchers at Johns Hopkins university studied 14 plant-based extracts and compared their effectiveness against doxycycline and cefuroxime, two antibiotics used to treat Lyme disease.
Of the 14 planets, Japanese knotweed and Ghanaian quinine were found to be the most effective.
Some of the other plants that outperformed the antibiotics include black walnut, cat's claw, sweet wormwood, Mediterranean rockrose and Chinese skullcap.
The plants were found to be effective against B. burgdorferi, the tick-carried bacteria responsible for Lyme disease.
Dr Ying Zhang from John Hopkins said: "This study provides the first convincing evidence that some of the herbs used by patients such as Cryptolepis, black walnut, sweet wormwood, cat’s claw, and Japanese knotweed have potent activity against Lyme disease bacteria, especially the dormant persister forms, which are not killed by the current Lyme antibiotics.
"These findings are exciting as they offer opportunities for improved treatment of persistent Lyme disease, which is not helped by the current standard treatment.
These findings are exciting as they offer opportunities for improved treatment of persistent Lyme disease
Dr Ying Zhang, John Hopkins John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
We are interested in further evaluating these potent herbal medicines through animal studies as well as clinical trials."
The findings were published on February 21 in the journal Frontiers in Medicine .
Japanese knotweed is already used in traditional medicine in India and China due to it containing polyphenol resveratrol.
Japanese knotweed was also found to have anti-tumour and anti-inflammatory effects on the heart and nervous system.
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Lyme disease treatment: Japanese knotweed is a type of invasive plant (Image: GETTY)
Lyme disease treatment: Tick bites can occur virtually anywhere on the planet (Image: EXPRESS)
Ghanaian quinine is a shrub found across West Africa that is known for its antimicrobial properties.
The shrub is used in treating malaria, hepatitis, septicemia, and tuberculosis.
According to the new study, both plants were found to kill micro colonies B. burgdorferi even at low concentrations.
The study also found a seven-day treatment with a one percent concentration of Ghanaian quinine could wipe out the bacteria.
Dr Sunjya from California Center for Functional Medicine said: "Many thousands of Lyme patients today, especially those with later-stage symptoms who have not been effectively treated, are in great need of efficacious, accessible treatment options."
What are the symptoms of Lyme disease?
Lyme disease is a bacterial infection that can be spread to humans by infected ticks.
Many people infected by Lyme disease typically develop a rash where they were bitten by the tick, although the rash can appear up to three months after the bite, making diagnoses tricky.
- Symptoms of Lyme disease include:
- A high temperature and shivers
- Headaches, muscle and joint paint
- Tiredness and loss of energy
The NHS said: "If your GP thinks you might have Lyme disease, they’ll prescribe a course of antibiotics."
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