Our dogs in SE Asia had ehrlichiosis or anaplasmosis, contracted from tick bites. It is a nasty disease. If you have tested positive, I think you need to get on and treat it aggressively. From memory, the vet prescribed long courses of doxycycline. Is there a particular reason you want a natural protocol?
When my family got ME/CFS, ehrlichia was something I suspected. We have tested negative, although who knows how accurate the test was against the particular strain we may have been exposed to.
That test through Armin labs was only LTT? Or did you get also serology tests (IgM, IgG)? Also PCR before treatment could be useful.
I was positive only through IgG. It became negative only after more than 4 years after last known tickbite. I took lots of abx meanwhile for suspected lyme which should kill it. I wouldn't bet on any natural treatments if there is ongoing chronic infection though.
Doxycycline seems to be the number one choice. 200 mg/day. He mentions that newer studies suggest 30 days might be better than the standard 7-14. Rifampin 300mg 2x/day for the same period of time can be used if one can't take doxycline. And a combination of chloroquine and doxycycline is apparently more effective than doxy alone, though he doesn't indicate the dose to be taken. I would think it would be in the ballpark of about 250 mg/day.
Thank you millions again!
7-14 seems of course little. I've been on Doxy for 10 days before and while it did help, I'd always relapse after finishing it. So I need at least 4 weeks
I've read a bit about chloroquine and it's perceived as a dangerous drug, that could cause deafness and other dangerous side effects. Being 30 days on it in conjunction with Doxy appears like a risk to me. Pity he doesn't state the exact dose and the suggested time for it.
By the way,
Would you mind writing down his recommendations for Rickettsia, as well? Both the natural and pharmaceutical ones.
This is Stephen Buhner's protocol for anaplasma and ehrlichia, from book on Anaplasma, Babesia, and Ehrlichia:
Tincture combination Salvia miltiorrhiza and houttuynia spp. (equal parts of each) .5 tsp 6x/day. Can increase to 1 tsp 6x/day.
Genistein 250mg 2-3 times per day. Quercetin is a decent substitute.
Tincture combination of Scutellaria baicalensis, Cordyceps spp. Pueraria lobata (equal parts each), .5 tsp 3-6x/day.
Tincture combination Astragalus spp, Angelica sinensis, Glycyrrhiza spp (equal parts each), .5 tsp 6x/day.
Tincture of Withania somnifera .5 tsp 3x/day.
Tincture Panax ginseng .25 tsp 3x/day
Milk thistle see 1200-2400 mg/day
He claims, of all the TBD's infections, these are the easiest to clear. I've spent a fair bit of time on Lyme forums and there is far less bitching about these guys, so this statement is likely accurate. He also suggests a few pharmaceutical protocols for those preferring to go that route. Let me know if you want them.