Banderol is an herbal supplement that may be effective in fighting Borrelia burgdorferi, the bacteria that causes Lyme disease, according to an article entitled "In Vitro Effectiveness of Samento and Banderol Herbal Extracts on the Different Morphological Forms of Borrelia Burgdorferi" in the "Townsend Letter." Banderol comes from the bark of Otoba sp. trees that grow in Peru and other areas in South America. Banderol works as an antimicrobial, antiviral, antiparasitic and antifungal, according to the website Lyme Lighters. Although it may be useful in treating several diseases, Banderol primarily serves as a microbial defence against Borrelia.
Lyme disease is a condition that affects as many as 200,000 Americans every year, according to an article by Suzanne Arthur in "Townsend Letter: The Examiner of Alternative Medicine" entitled "Effectiveness of Samento, Cumanda, Burbur and Dr. Lee Cowden's Protocol in the Treatment of Chronic Lyme Disease." Banderol has been used in Peru to treat malaria for a long time, and now has been found to be effective against Lyme Borrelia. Herbs such as Samento, Cumanda, Burbur and Quina may work too, according to the article. Banderol is a recommended substitute for people who are sensitive to Cumanda, Quina or Samento, or who may have built up a tolerance. Long-term antibiotics often help Lyme disease sufferers, but Dr. Cowden says that recurrences happen often with antibiotics.
Lyme bacteria may also cause cardiovascular disease, multiple sclerosis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, autism, Parkinson's, gastrointestinal diseases, neuro-degenerative diseases and cardiac-arrhythmias, says Dr. Cowden. Using Banderol to fight Lyme disease may prevent these other diseases. Dr. Cowden recommends a detox program and the use of herbal antimicrobial protocols that may include banderol to prevent chronic illnesses caused by borreliosis.
Banderol supplements come in liquid form. NutraMedix makes a liquid Banderol extract that includes 30 ml of Banederol and costs around $40. This product is part of Dr. Cowden's Condensed Support program for Lyme disease. The six-month program also includes supplements of mora, burbur, magnesium malate, enula, parsley, pinella, samento, serrapeptase, sparga and zeolite. Not all of the supplements are taken each month, and the amounts vary. This Banderol supplement does not contain any yeast, gluten, soy, dairy, artificial colors or preservatives. It is suitable for vegans and vegetarians. The suggested dosage is one to 15 drops in 4 oz. of water, but you should consult your physician for your correct dosage. Start with one drop and increase over time.
- Lymelighters.org: Uploads (pdf)
- Townsend Letter - The Examiner of Alternative Medicine: In Vitro Effectiveness of Samento and Banderol Herbal Extracts on the Different Morphological Forms of Borrelia Burgdorferi
- Townsend Letter - The Examiner of Alternative Medicine: The Effectiveness of Samento, Cumanda, Burbur, and Dr. Lee Cowden's Protocol in the Treatment of Chronic Lyme Disease (pdf)