Clinical Study Tests Herbal Protocol for Effectiveness in Treatment of Chronic Lyme Disease; Successful Protocol Interests Doctors and Lyme Patients Seeking Alternatives to Antibiotics Clinical trial underway to test effectiveness of specific herbal protocol in the treatment of Lyme Disease. Herbs under scrutiny are Samento, Cumanda and Burbur. Lyme-literate physicians and study director discuss the protocol's success. Study interests doctors and Lyme patients seeking successful alternatives to the use of orthodox antibiotics. ASHEVILLE, NC (PRWEB) March 19, 2007 -- A year-long clinical study is underway to test the effectiveness of an herbal protocol in the treatment of Chronic Lyme disease. Samento, Cumanda and Burbur are under scrutiny, herbs that have long been used in South America in the treatment of malaria and other serious diseases. Study results are encouraging to Lyme experts and patients seeking safe alternatives to conventional medicine. According to the study director, pharmacist Philip Kielman of the Netherlands, the 12 week preliminary report shows a 65% reduction in symptoms in the treatment group, and a 20% reduction in symptoms in the placebo group. "I think that's great," says Kielman, noting that conventional pharmaceutical drugs are often approved with a treatment group success rate of only thirty percent. Physician and medical researcher Wm. Lee Cowden uses Samento to treat patients diagnosed with Lyme disease, and has refined his protocol by adding Cumanda, Burbur and other herbs. Dr. Cowden says the herbs used in his protocol are available through Nutramedix, which imports them directly from Peru to the US and the UK. Jean Reist, RN, of Pennsylvania, recommends that her patients who have been diagnosed with Lyme use Burbur to encourage lymph drainage, which, she explains, is "critical for healing from Lyme disease." Dr Andrew Wright of the UK, has used Samento to treat over 500 patients diagnosed with Chronic Lyme disease. "Samento is safe and well-tolerated in most patients," he says. For additional information about the use of herbal protocols in the treatment of Lyme disease, visit http://www.lyme-disease-research-database.com/lyme_disease_research_press.html. Access to up-to-date news from experts on Lyme disease is available immediately. About LDRD (http://www.lyme-disease-research-database.com): LDRD offers two tiers of service. 1) Free basic information about the disease for visitors to the web site, 2) Membership to the website. Members gain access to Conversations with Experts, a unique audio interview series in which Lyme disease experts discuss all aspects of the illness, including diagnosis, prevention and treatment. Private health and wellness advocates have been gathering information on conventional and integrative approaches to heal from Lyme disease since 2005.