Carnivora (Venus Flytrap) for Lyme Disease
Letter to Carnivora.Com
Thanks for the articles on Carnivora, I reviewed all of them. I am disappointed that a product that has been used for so long (28 years) has so little research. All of the material that you sent is self referential and not clinically useful for a doctor that is looking for options for patients. The two animal studies given either include IM injection (not legal here) or don't don't give the method of delivery or human equivalent dose. (rat study).
This does not mean that I think that the doctor is not producing great results. I am sure intravenous infusion of this herbal extract would have many benefits, but this is not being done anywhere in the US to my knowledge. It is so helpful when companies put the time and effort into trying to determine how an extract is working and why. I am frustrated that there is no mechanism of action elucidated by the research, and very little actual research. The references the the T1/T2 balance do not quote any studies demonstrating the ideal balance of these cytokines. If we are going to make these statements there should be references to the original article.
Again, I am not expecting the science to be there, any more than I would white willow bark. I would like to understand more regarding how any herb works, but I also don't expect it given the lack of funding for research. However, some of the articles that I have read on the herb lead me to believe that there would be more science behind the product.
If there is something that I am missing in my understanding of the data that you sent please let me know. Individual cases and case studies are not helpful unless understood in a much broader context. Something will work for everybody. Also test tube studies are not very helpful. Carnivora may kill cancer cells in the test tube, but so does a drop of bleach.