Unfortunately, with climate change increasing the prevalence of ticks that carry bacteria, we are seeing a greater number of people suffering from the symptoms of untreated Lyme disease (Borrelia burgdorferi) and crypto-infections such as Bartonella, Babesia and others. If you suspect that you may have been bitten and developed Lyme disease, your G.P. will treat you with an antibiotic for 4 weeks. Unfortunately not all people make a full recovery and are symptomatic even after their initial treatment. This is where herbal medicine can often help.
Napiers the Herbalists was established in 1860 and is Scotland’s oldest herbal practice, and possibly one of the oldest in the U.K. Napiers Lyme Clinic is a group of herbalists working collaboratively across all our clinics in Bathgate, Edinburgh & Glasgow, comprised of medical herbalists, naturopaths and a research herbalist.
This focus allows us to develop skills and share knowledge in treating Lyme and other crypto-infections, that are not often available to lone practitioners. For example, we collect data about which herbs are used alongside conventional medicines to ensure that patients don’t experience adverse drug-herb interactions. We keep up-to-date with published clinical research in this area especially in regard to plant medicines, essential oils and nutrition, and attend crypto-infection conferences as part of our commitment to continuing professional development and to our patients
Napiers can help you with the following:
Many of our Lyme patients are receiving antibiotic treatment from their doctor. Taking an integrative medicine approach, we work alongside G.P.s and infectious disease specialists to ensure that the herbs and supplements that you are taking are effective and safe. We are happy to share information about your herbal protocol with your health professionals, with your permission
Some patients are not able, or choose not, to take antibiotics. Many herbs have antibacterial action and certain herbs have been demonstrated in microbiological tests to have biocidal action against Borrelia burgdorferi specifically. We take a dual approach to the treatment of Lyme. We treat the infection itself and we also take a holistic approach to treating your symptoms. A herbal consultation lasts about an hour and we take a complete case history from you, asking questions about your previous health history as well as current health. Each person is different and your herbal prescription will be tailored to you. This is particularly important when treating Lyme as the symptoms can vary so widely, depending on the part of your body that the bacteria have affected. For this reason, we strongly advise you to have a consultation rather than self-prescribing herbs.
We are committed to furthering research in the herbal treatment of Lyme. As treatment is individualised it is hard to assess progress with conventional clinical trials, however validated assessment tools such as MYMOPS are available.
Lyme and Co-infection Testing
We carry Armin Labs test kits which include the Tickplex Basic and Tickplex Plus, as well as a range of EliSpot, SeraSpot and IcG/IgM blood tests for Borrelia, Bartonella, Babesia, Anaplasma, Mycoplasma, Rickettsia, Erlichia, Yersinia, Chlamydia, viruses such as Cocksackie, HSV, HPV, EBV, and also various CD cell levels. The prices vary according to which tests you want. We can help you narrow down the selection by assessing your symptoms and probability of infection. Some tests detect the actual bacteria, some will identify your body’s production of antibodies.
Once you’ve bought a test we’ll send you the test kit. You just need to ask your G.P. to draw the blood for you, or, if your G.P. can’t help, we can arrange for a private phlebotomist. The NHS only uses the ELISA test which has a higher proportion of false negatives and only tests for Borrelia not the other infections.
Each Napiers has a herbal dispensary where prescriptions are made up. We also sell herbs, tinctures, skincare and many supplements in our shops and online through this website based at Napiers Bathgate, supplying customers all over the world.
If you are following a herbal protocol or have been advised to take certain herbs by your healthcare professional we can supply you. Not all herbs are displayed on our website as some have special conditions of sale, or can only be used by a qualified medical herbalist, so it’s always worth asking if you don’t see something that you require.
We are happy to give talks to groups in Scotland (and further away if expenses are covered) on Lyme and the herbal approach to treatment. This can be useful for groups working outdoors, patient support groups and medical practices who are interested in an integrated approach to treatment.
We are committed to sharing best practice and training practitioners in the treatment of Lyme and other crypto-infections. With the rise of antibiotic resistance, plants - with their molecular complexity - can often provide a solution. In May 2020 we are hosting a Lyme training course for practitioners with American clinical herbalist Julie McIntyre. Julie has specialised in the treatment of chronic bacterial and viral infections herbally for over 14 years. She has also collaborated closely with Stephen Buhner, author of Healing Lyme and a further two books on the natural treatment of Lyme co-infections. If you are a practitioner interested in training, please contact Monica Wilde for more information.
As many patients with chronic Lyme can no longer work, we can provide some services and supplements at low cost. This is made possible by donations to our not-for-profit community interest company (CIC).
Please get in touch with Monica Wilde at our Napiers Bathgate clinic if you would like to help support our low income clinics, training programs or research by making a donation.