Lyme disease treatment: Japanese knotweed offers ‘exciting’ hope of treating Lyme disease –

Lyme disease treatment: Japanese knotweed could be used to treat Lyme disease infections (Image: GETTY)

Up to one in five Lyme disease patients do not respond to antibiotics, stressing the need for alternative treatment. The tick induced illness, which can trigger exhaustion and joint pain, affects as many as 3,000 people in the UK each year.

But a new study into the effects of Japanese knotweed suggests reprieve could be on the horizon.

A paper published by researchers at the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found between 10 and 20 percent of patients still experience symptoms after treatment.

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