by N J Howell
Babesia Diagnosis and Treatment
Antibiotic resistant babesia and natural remedies that may help
Natural substances that may help your body combat a babesia infection
If you are unfamiliar with this type of infection, please read About Babesiosis first.
If you have been diagnosed with babesia, you are probably under a doctor's care for this condition and need to consult with your doctor before adding anything new to your health care regimen. If you are on prescription meds for babesia, you already know they are prohibitively expensive. The information on natural supplements with babesia-fighting properties mentioned on this page is educational in nature and not intended to replace your doctor's advice.
One of the natural remedies being looked at for babesia is turmeric. You should note that tumeric is also a natural blood thinner so this would be definitely something to discuss with your heart specialist if you have an existing heart condition. It may not be wise to use tumeric if you are already on a prescription blood thinner and your doctor may have already told you to avoid this herb. Another name for turmeric is curcumin.
The thing I've noticed about herbs recommended for babesia is that many of them really require close monitoring. Artemesia for example. This is an herb that is an effective anti-parasitic but it can also be toxic in doses too high so I'd strongly recommend working with a qualified herbalist if you want to try Artemesia. A qualified holistic health practitioner will be able to lead you to information concerning dosage and other complications that may need to be factored in. As a general rule, if you are under a doctor's care for any condition, it's good to rule out prescription drug interactions or complications that might arise from conditions pre-existing before you became infected with babesiosis.
I found a website put together by a naturopath who has treated their own lyme disease and co-infections, including babesia. You may find some helpful information here: Naturopath self-treatment for Babesia and I see that one of the ingredients used is artemisinin, known as qinghaosu in Chinese Medicine. There are other herbs in Chinese Medicine that may be helpful as well but artemisinin seems pretty popular for that purpose. Artemisinin also has cancer-fighting properties and I found reference to this quality on pubmed . gov. In addition, this supplement is used to fight malaria.
Holistic Wellbeing Disclaimer: Lyme Disease and Babesia both present the potential for longterm complications if left untreated. If you have a tick bite followed by symptoms such as those reported for these diseases, it's vital that you get medical testing to rule out