What’s In Your Health Supplement? A Guide to Make Well’s BART Plus

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Rare diseases are often hard to treat due to their limited study, and because they are often much harder to diagnose early on. Some doctors are also not well-versed in all diseases, let alone the ones that pop up in patients at a significantly low rate – so many patients suffering from a rare disease often need to see more than one specialist to get to the bottom of their symptoms.

The problem with false diagnosis is that it can lead to years of trial and error for patients, especially those who have symptoms that mimic common illnesses. In the case of an infection caused by bartonella, several different diseases can arise.

What is bartonella?

Bartonella is a type of bacteria that belongs to the family Bartonellaceae. When a person becomes infected with bartonella, it can lead to different conditions, commonly referred to as bartonellosis. These include cat scratch fever or skin striae.

Bartonella bacteria can also affect many other parts of the body, including:

  • Liver
  • Skin
  • Heart
  • Eyes
  • Blood
  • Brain

Sometimes the transmission of bartonella to a human doesn’t cause any illness at all, which makes treatment and diagnosis of disease much more difficult. People who are asymptomatic can still test positive, but require no treatment. Other levels of infection present mildly and disappear on their own.  Bartonella bacteria can often occur simultaneously with Lyme disease as a co-infection.

What is the BART Plus supplement?

When it comes to Lyme disease co-infections, treatment can be difficult. In some cases it can lead to worsened symptoms as well as longer recovery times. While both borrelia bacteria (which causes Lyme disease) and bartonella bacteria can be transmitted by ticks, the symptoms of the two can overlap tremendously, making both diagnosis and treatment harder.

Make Well’s BART Plus supplement has been created using only natural ingredients, and is designed to support Lyme patients who also have a bartonella co-infection. The supplement’s ingredients include a number of well-known herbs that have been used in relation to bartonella infections.

Let’s take a look at the ingredients in this supplement for bartonella infection.

Gou Teng

The gou teng plant has long been used as a traditional medicine, acting as a spasmolytic and easing flatulence in patients who suffer from gastrointestinal upset. It is usually taken as a powder or in tea form.

Recent studies have also shown that gou teng has the ability to modulate the immune response and can help reduce the symptoms of generalised anxiety disorder.

 

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Image by Maximiliano Gomex19 on Pixabay: Lapacho tree bark is an important ingredient in a supplement that supports bartonella treatment, as it can help ease symptoms with its anti-inflammatory properties.

Lapacho Tree Bark

Originating in Brazil, the bark of the lapacho tree has been used in herbal medicine to help relieve pain. There are many other positive effects that have been reported in patients suffering from a variety of diseases.

Lapacho tree bark is often used in tea form, and can provide:

  • Lowered levels of inflammation
  • Laxative properties for those who suffer constipation
  • Antibiotic properties
  • Increased immune function
  • Decreased gastrointestinal side effects caused by medications
  • Increased red blood cell production
  • Anti-ageing properties

Cistus Incanus

The reason cistus incanus was added to Make Well’s supplement for bartonella is because it has been proven to work as an antiviral and antibacterial herbal medication. There are several active ingredients and high levels of flavanols and polyphenols, both of which can have antioxidant effects.

The bioactive substances in the plant can also lead to recovery from skin diseases and immunodeficiencies. It encourages immune function by limiting the production of cytokines, which can cause inflammation throughout the body.

Other conditions that the Cistus incanus has been used include:

  • Influenza A
  • Other common colds
  • Menstrual symptoms
  • Rheumatism (conditions that affect joints, muscles, bones, cartilage)

 

Usnea barbata

Usnea barbata is a type of lichen that grows on branches and has been applied in many conditions.It can act as a natural antibiotic and may have an impact on bacterial biofilms.

There are a number of uses for usnea barbata, including:

  • Weight loss treatment
  • Pain relief
  • Fever relief
  • Faster healing of wounds
  • Loosening of phlegm within the body
  • Sore throat and mouth treatment

In the case of Make Well’s BART Plus supplement, the antibiotic properties of the plant encourage the ridding of the bacteria from the body, which can help with faster recovery and reduction of symptoms.

Liquorice root

Liquorice root has been used for hundreds of years in Chinese medicine to help treat patients suffering from gastrointestinal issues.

The medicinal abilities of liquorice root stem from the high levels of glycyrrhizic acid found in the plant, which leads to lessened inflammation and increased immune function.

Smilax Parilla

Smilax parilla is used to supplement Lyme disease co-infection treatments due to its anti-inflammatory properties. It also has a cleansing effect throughout the body, acting as an antioxidant to remove toxins.

Due to its analgesic properties, smilax parilla may als help to relieve pain caused by symptoms of both Lyme disease and bartonella infections.

 

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Image by Joanna Kosinska on Unsplash: Garlic has been used in medicine for centuries and plays an important role in this supplement for Lyme disease co-infections.

Clove and garlic

The medicinal properties of both clove and garlic have been well-known for quite some time.

In MakeWell's BART Plus supplement, these ingredients in combination may help to give an extra boost required for recovery.

Featured image by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash

 

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