New remedy for an ancient enemy – Lyme Disease

What Medicine? Magazine, Lymington, England, November 2004

The benefits of cat’s claw are well known. For centuries it has been used as a natural medicine to treat digestive and degenerative illnesses. In the seventies investigators were attracted by the curative properties of this plant. Since that time, it has not stopped surprising everyone worldwide.

A liquid extract of cat’s claw free of TOA (Tetracyclic Oxindole Alkaloids) has just been introduced to the market. A rare Chemotype discovered three years ago that, in contrast to the traditional products, does not contain alkaloids that inhibit its potency and makes it 100% effective in treating more than a hundred illnesses and five types of cancer. According to Luis Romero, President of Humanitas Research Institute, Samento has an effective modulating action of the immune system and in the treatment of degenerative and auto-immune illnesses.

1.Lyme disease was first recognized around 1975, when a mysterious outbreak of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis occurred around Lyme, Connecticut. In 1982, Willy Burgdorfer discovered the causative agent of Lyme disease. It turned out to be a spirochete (spiral-shaped bacterium) from the genus Borrelia, subsequently named Borrelia burgdorferi (Bb).

Originally believed to be spread only through bites by the tiny deer tick, it is now known to be potentially spread by many tick species, as well as botflies, mosquitoes and fleas. There is evidence to support that Lyme disease may be a hidden epidemic, affecting as much as one-sixth of the human race, if not more.

Lyme disease is believe to cause, mimic, manifest as, be misdiagnosed as, or contribute to more than 300 conditions and diseases.

There may be few initial symptoms other than a flu-like syndrome, yet within weeks to years a diversity of symptoms may occur. These may include fatigue, low grade fevers, night sweats, migrating joint pains or arthritis, muscle pains, sleep disturbance, frequent and/or severe headaches, numbness or tingling in hands or feet, nerve pains, brain fog, hypersensitivity to lights, sounds, tastes or smells, memory and concentration problems, speech difficulties, depression, irritability, mood swings, heart, eye, respiratory and gastrointestinal problems, to name just a few. Symptoms may come and go, varying in intensity.

Given the recognized difficulty of successfully treating Lyme disease with standard antibiotic therapy, an alternative treatment that is natural, nontoxic, well-tolerated, effective, and can be taken orally for as many months or years as needed, would be a welcome remedy in the Lyme war.

John Kule, M.D., began using Samento in his practice in March 2002. After treating 60 patients with it, he wrote a report for the British Naturopathic Journal.

He used it to treat a broad range of conditions, including chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, hypertension, irritable bowel syndrome, candidiasis, gastritis, rheumatoid and osteoarthritis, Lyme disease and benign prostatic hypertrophy. Fifty-nine out of 60 showed distinct clinical improvement.

Frequent findings were increased energy, enhanced sense of well-being, lifting of ‘brain fog,’ decreased inflammation, decreased blood pressure in hypertensives, decreased fasting blood sugar in diabetics, reduced fluid retention, and reduced blood pressure medication in hypertensives. He found only few, mild and transient side effects.

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1.Taken from and extract from a report by James South, M.A Vitamin Research News, Vol. 18, Number 6, July 2004