A year ago I wrote about drinking cistus icanus tea in order to rid my body of a form of bartonella, one of the co-infections that often show up in people with Lyme Disease. Every morning for three months I drank most of a cup of this tea. I say most because some mornings, drinking it made me too nauseous to get all of it down. Other days I had no problems at all.
Where I live there is a health professional who will take a drop of blood, put it on a slide for magnification on a huge video monitor and identify the various shapes and types of wriggling bacteria, plus the numbers of each that he sees. He doesn’t diagnose. Instead he gives his client a record of his findings and a memory stick of the video to take to a doctor, who might use the information as a diagnostic aid. This was one of many tools my physician used to diagnose my illness.
After three months of drinking cistus icanus tea, I returned to have my blood checked, and no bartonella was found. In addition, all those nasty symptoms that accompany the bacteria — tremors, high anxiety, depression, mania, pain around the ear and neck, other problems that affect my work and driving — had disappeared a month or more earlier. Since the bartonella did not show up in my drop of blood, I assumed it was gone for good and traded the tea for hot water with lemon.
Now a year, later the bartonella is back. The form that I have is known as “cat-scratch fever” because transmission involves a tck, a cat and a human. It is possible I have been re-infected. Or that it was still lingering, hiding somewhere. As I write this post, I await a delivery of a bag of cistus incanus which I believe did a good job of breaking down biofilms so the homepathic medications could kill off the various bacterias. So, those of you who are searching the internet wanting to know if this tea works? I have to say, yes, for me, it did. But what I have also learned is that I may need to incorporate this into my regular diet as not only a treatment (1 cup a day) but as a preventive measure (1/2 c. a day) in conjunction with other supplements that support my liver during the bacteria die-off.
Many people ask how to make the tea. I followed the directions that came with the bag: Pour not-quite-boiling water over one teaspoon of tea leaves and steep for 8-10 minutes. Also, reuse the tea three times. The benefits increase with brewing.
This is all I have to offer for now, but, please, remember this is my experience and my opinion. I’m not a physician or a nurse, just a seeker of alternative remedies. All of our bodies and ailments are different, and we need to remember that. I don’t believe there is one sure cure for Lyme and all that comes with it. As of now, I don’t know if I believe there is a cure at all. Maybe the best we can do is to manage well.
By the way, another topic making the rounds of LD forums are the skin conditons showing up, ones that are unfamiliar to many dermatologists. I have three types. One is a round keloid scarring with a depressed center that originally started a a white pimple. I think this is bartonella related. More on the skin stuff later. Photographs, too.