Ginseng and the Treatment of Lyme Disease

Lyme disease is an infection that derives from a tick bite. The disease has a variety of symptoms, including changes affecting the skin, heart, joints and nervous system. It is also known as borrelia or borreliosis.

There are a great deal of natural supplements available used to treat Lyme disease like  amino acid supplements or Omega-3 essential fatty acids (EFAs). The working principle of these is to support the immune system and help your body to heal itself. Recently, ginseng has been suggested to treat Lyme disease.

Effects of ginseng


In the East, ginseng has been used as a precious herb to boost energy and treat various diseases for a long time. There are several varieties including Panax ginseng (which is the Chinese version) and Siberian ginseng (Eleutherococcus senticosus). Now it is used widely in the West.

Ginseng is so versatile that once it is in the body it will adapt in a number of different ways depending on the conditions. So it is known as an adaptogen. It is used to help relieve a very wide range of symptoms from depression through to hormone imbalances.

In general, ginseng is able to stimulate the body’s own natural systems. But if you take too much ginseng, it can cause side effects such as palpations, sweating, nausea and headaches.

Ginseng and Lyme disease

Like other herbs, ginseng has ability to boost the immune system. It helps the body to fight Lyme disease naturally and eradicate this infection. If left untreated this infection can spread into the vital organs and cause a number of serious symptoms including impaired mental function and problems with the central nervous system.

It can be combined with other treatments to help defend the body against Lyme disease’s symptoms including fatigue, headaches and joint pain. It boosts the patient’s energy and stamina in order to combat the fatigue. It is able to support brain health and improve mental function.


Take ginseng taken in capsule or liquid form of around 250 to 500mg per day. Or take ginseng root steep ½ teaspoon in a cup of hot water and drink as a refreshing tea once or twice a day. Pay attention, do not take ginseng too much to avoid side effects such as diarrhoea, indigestion and headaches



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