Cryptolepis, an herb traditionally used in Africa for Malaria, is a parasitic disease closely related to Babesia, one of the classic Lyme co-infections.
While Cryptolepis has long been used for Babesia by Lyme-literate practitioners, it’s proving to be a helpful aid against Lyme and Bartonella as well. Cryptolepis has found fame in recent years for its promising capabilities of eradicating Lyme, Bartonella and Babesia bacteria in studies comparing the effectiveness of different herbs and antibiotics against these infections.
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