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Naturopathic treatment of Lyme disease.

Written by Stephen Bourne MB BS, MRCGP, Dip Homotox (Hons)

Last updated: Wednesday, 7 October 2020 


A deer tick.

Lyme disease is a tick transmitted bacterial infection (Borrelia Burgdorferi) that may cause typical ‘target’ like skin rashes with associated chronic poor general health. The rashes do not consistently appear and they often do not appear at all, so that Lyme disease tends to be overlooked by the medical profession.  Conventional antibiotic treatment can be effective provided that it is started within a month or two of the tick bite.

Case history

A boy aged ten had been unwell with rashes on his face and legs on and off for about five years. When he was first brought to this clinic during October 2016, he was off school because he was depressed and angry and suffering from acutely painful skin rashes on his face and legs (see photos below).


He had already been taken to five consultant hospital physicians, who had been unable to make a diagnosis (1) and who had between them prescribed four courses of antibiotics, which worsened his condition.

At this clinic with vegatesting, he was diagnosed with Lyme disease. Treatment included Samento, an antibiotic preparation derived from the rain forest herb, Cat’s Claw, modern homeopathic detoxification, probiotics (healthy intestinal microflora) and naturopathic support for the immune system.


By April 2019, he appeared to have made a full recovery (see photo below) and was well enough to go back to school.


After about eighteen months in remission, during February 2018, he had a minor recurrence of the painful rashes on his face and was brought back to this clinic. The rashes cleared up within a couple of weeks with selected treatment along the same lines as previously. This time, however, the selected naturopathic antibiotic was Nano Silver ( molecular silver). At the time of writing this (August 2019) some eighteen months later, he remains well and there have been no further recurrences.

  1. A conventional diagnosis of Lyme disease had previously been made in a full blood test at a private hospital, but at the time, the pathologist overlooked this finding and failed to draw attention to it. The boy’s parents bought the blood test report to this clinic and Dr Bourne noticed the positive blood test result for Lyme disease. However, the conventional diagnosis of Lyme disease was actually noticed several months after Lyme disease had already been diagnosed with vegatesting.

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