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About Lyme Disease
Why Chinese Medicine

Many Chinese medicinal herbs are composed of “active ingredients” that are antibiotic in nature. For example, Coptis chinensis is an herb commonly found in formulas for diseases that are often described in modern medicine as bacteria infections, which western medicine treats with antibiotics. The strategic principle of western medicine for infectious diseases is to identify and eradicate the pathogen with anti-microbial drugs. Misusage of this stratagem has resulted in a worldwide crisis, as people realize that over the past 60 years we have conducted a worldwide breeding program of antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria. Yet despite the presence of antibiotic ingredients in TCM formulas that have been in continuous use for thousands of years, no such iatrogenic catastrophe has ensued in China.  

The differences of philosophy and thinking play an important role in the public health consequences of clinical strategy. For infectious diseases, Chinese medicine's approach is termed "fu zheng qu xie", literally translated as "dispel evil (the infectious agent) by supporting the righteous qi (immune functions of the body)." TCM holds that herbal antibiotic ingredients could help in eradicating infectious pathogens. But the final eradication is not simply done by antibiotic herbal remedies; instead, it adopts a balanced approach through eliminating the pathogens and at the same time strengthening the body’s inborn resistance (immunity). Following this principle, Chinese medicine has developed therapies to regulate the immune system. TCM is a constitutional medicine and believes that the body itself is the major healing force. Drugs and procedures can help to heal, but they cannot replace the main healing function of the body. If the aim is to restore the health and wellbeing of the patient, simply killing the infectious agents is insufficient. While eliminating the pathogen, the medical treatment must also help restore the immune functions of the patient. With the help of anti-microbial herbs, the patient's own immune functions can finish the task of eliminating the pathogen.
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About Lyme Disease
Overview
Causes and Transmission

Clinical Symptoms
Diagnosis
 
Treatment Strategies
Conventional Treatment
The Dilemma
Why Chinese Medicine

Spirochete Diseases in China and Modern Chinese Medicine
The Design of Comprehensive LD Treatment Strategy
 
Herxheimer's Reaction