Herbals for treating CFS

A reader wrote a comment and link on my Rifaximin post,

“Herbal therapy is equivalent to rifaximin for the treatment of small intestinal bacterial overgrowth”

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4030608/

The link has a table of 4 different capsules, each with different herbs.  I have a working model that CFS/FM/IBS is a overgrowth of (Klebsiella, Enterobacteria, Enterococcus,Streptococcus) and very low levels of (E.Coli, Bifidobacterium, Lactobacillus) reported first in 1998.

The advantage of having a model is the ability to estimate probable impact from different herbs, spices, antibiotics etc.

Below, I took each of the herbs and attempt to cross-reference them to their impact on the above bacteria families to see if there are specific ones that are really well suited for CFS. The score is done as follow:

  • Overgrowth
    • Effective 1
    • No Info/Weak 0
    • Resistant 0
  • Undergrowth
    • Effective -2
    • No Info/Weak -1
    • Resistant 0

Feel free to use your own formula if you disagree.

Undergrowth is more important because those bacterias as they increase will reduce the overgrowth. Killing the overgrowth will leave a vacuum which may well be repopulated with dysfunctional bacteria. The Ideal Herb or spice would be a THREE (3). The best found was a Zero (0)

You must rotate herbs, I have seen this reported in multiple studies:

“In general, the development of adaptation varied according to the bacterial strain and the essential oil … it is important to use essential oils at efficient bactericidal doses in animal feed, food, and sanitizers, since bacteria can rapidly develop adaptation when exposed to sub-lethal concentrations of these oils.” [2015]

There is a single candidate “super” herb/spice (1) . Has any one tried Thyme oil or Thyme mouth wash? Please comment.

  • Thyme (Thymus vulgaris)

The best ones (0) are:

  • Mastic Gum (Chios Mastic Mastiha) – ideally chewed in the mouth

  • Neem (Azadirachta indica)
  • Oregano (Origanum compactum/vulgare) – used by the person in the letter I published.
  • Olive Leaf (Olea europaea)
  • Pau D’Arco (Tabebuia spp)
  • Tulsi (Ocimum tenuiflorum)

The second best ones (-1) are:

  • Cinnamon ( Cinnamomum verum)
  • Ginger (Zingiber Officinale)
  • Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra)
  • Rhubarb (Rheum rhabarbarum)
  • Sage (Salvia officinalis)
  • Thyme (Thymus vulgaris)
  • Wormwood (Artemisia)

The chart is based on whatever could be found. In some cases, some strains were killed and others were resistant. Your response will likely vary to each of the above.

For CLARITY to the brain fogged

  • 3 VERY VERY GOOD
  • 1 Unusually Good
  • 0 Recommended
  • -1 Acceptable
  • -2 You may be doing more harm than good
  • -3 You are shooting craps — we have no solid information on what will happen
  • -4 You are probably harming yourself
  • -5 You are making yourself worst!

There is an excellent article on more unusual Indian herbs. “The millenarian use of these plants in folk medicine suggests that they represent an economic and safe alternative for treatment of Urinary Tract Infections.” As well as this article.

The Image:

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The Table

Herb

Klebsiella/ Enterobacteria

Enterococcus

Streptococcus

E.Coli

Bifidobacterium

Lactobacillus

Score for CFS

Acacia Catechu

Effective

Resistant

Effective

Effective

no info

no info

-2

Amur Cork Bark (Philodendron bark)

no info

no info

no info

no info

no info

no info

-3

Chinese goldthread (coptis chinensis – berberine)

Effective

Effective

Weak

Effective

Effective

Resistant

-1.5

Chinese Skullcap (Scutellaria baicalensis)

no info

no info

no info

no info

no info

Resistant

-2

Cinnamon ( Cinnamomum verum)

Effective

Effective

Effective

Weak

no info

Effective

-1

Clove (Syzygium aromaticum)

Effective

Effective

Effective

Effective

no info

Effective

-2

Dill Seed (Anethum graveolens)

Resistant

Weak

No Info

Weak

no info

Effective

-5

Garlic (Allium sativum)

Resistant

Effective

Effective

Effective

Effective

Effective

-4

Ginger (Zingiber Officinale)

Resistant

Weak

Effective

Effective

Resistant

Resistant

-1

Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia)

Effective

no info

no info

Effective

no info

no info

-3

Haritaki (Terminalia chebula)

Effective

Effective

Effective

Effective

no info

Effective

-2

Horse Tail (Equisetum arvense) 

Effective

no info

Effective

Effective

no info

no info

-2

Indian Barberry (Berberis aristata – Berberine)

Effective

Effective

Weak

Effective

Effective

Resistant

-2

Lemon Balm(Melissa officinalis)

Resistant

no info

no info

Effective

no info

no info

-4

Lemon grass (Cymbopogon citratus)

Effective

Effective

Effective

Effective

no info

Effective

-2

Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra)

Resistant

Effective

Effective

Resistant

no info

Effective

-1

Mastic Gum (Chios Mastic Mastiha)

Effective

Effective

Effective

Effective

no info

Resistant

0

Neem (Azadirachta indica)

Effective

Effective

Effective

Effective

no info

Resistant

0

Olive Leaf (Olea europaea)

Effective

Effective

Effective

Effective

no info

Resistant

0

Macassar Kernels (Brucea Javanica)

no info

no info

Effective

no info

no info

no info

-2

Oregano (Origanum compactum/vulgare)

Effective

Effective

Effective

Resistant

no info

Effective

0

Pau D’Arco (Tabebuia spp)

Effective

no info

no info

Weak

Resistant

Resistant

0

Picrasma Excelsa 

no info

no info

no info

no info

no info

no info

-3

pinyin (Hedyotis Diffusa)

no info

no info

no info

no info

no info

no info

-3

Pulsatilla Chinensis

no info

no info

no info

no info

no info

no info

-3

Rhubarb (Rheum rhabarbarum)

no info

no info

Effective

Effective

Resistant

Resistant

-1

Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)

Resistant

Weak

Effective

Effective

no info

Effective

-3

Sage (Salvia officinalis)

Resistant

Effective

Effective

Resistant

no info

Resistant

-1

Sida cordifolia

no info

no info

no info

no info

no info

no info

-3

Silver

Resistant

Effective

Effective

Resistant

Effective

Effective

-2

Stemona Sessilifolia

no info

no info

no info

no info

no info

no info

-3

Thyme (Thymus vulgaris)

Very Effective

Very Effective

Effective

Resistant

no info

no info

1

Tulsi (Ocimum tenuiflorum)

Effective

Effective

Effective

Effective

no info

Resistant

0

Winter Savory(Satureja montana)

No in

no info

Effective

Effective

no info

no info

-3

Wormwood (Artemisia)

Resistant

Resistant

Effective

Effective

Resistant

Resistant

-1

Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

Effective

no info

Weak

Effective

no info

Resistant

-2