I developed Cutaneous Leishmaniasis while living Buckeye, Arizona, in 2016. It is 30 miles west of Phoenix and is next to Luke Air Force Base. It occurred after I was bitten by sandflies while living in Buckeye, Arizona. An I.D. doctor in Scottsdale diagnosed me. He was a specialist in Vector Bourne Chronic Diseases.
Classic Leishmaniasis sores developed on my upper back, neck and frequently reoccured just above both of my temples on the scalp. The sores were very painful and oozed goo and debris.
The only treatment that completely got rid of them was a treatment I read about in a Brazilian medical article - applying oregano essential oil, neat, multiple times a day (3-8 applications) until the lesions dried up. If I caught the lesion early I could even prevent it from erupting. If I forgot to apply the oil for 1/2 - 1 day the lesion would start to become worse. Eventually, no more lesions appeared on my skin. I have been lesion free for 3 years.
I was not sure which species of oregano oil to apply so I applied two species: oreganum vulgare and oreganum heracleoticum from Greece. Both oils were very potent and stung. Though, the pain quickly subsided.
Later, I also took oregano oil internally, with other anti-leishmanisis essential oils for months. I am not sure if taking the oils internally did anything for getting rid of the lesions.
I had to take a very potent probiotic at bedtime because oregano oil can wipe out the flora in your intestines.... think "stinky" bottom.
My doctor was impressed that I resolved the infection on my own. I think prayer led me to helpful information.
I was looking through the ailments page and did not see a page listing for Leishmaniasis so I thought I would mention this potential remedy in case EC decides to add a page for it and just in case anyone happens to be looking for a remedy. Here is an abstract discussing the potential use of silver nanoparticles as a potential remedy.
Here is a link to a description of Leishmaniasis:
Here is a link to the full study:
Here is the abstract from PubMed:
Int J Nanomedicine. 2011;6:2705-14. doi: 10.2147/IJN.S23883. Epub 2011 Nov 3.
Antileishmanial effect of silver nanoparticles and their enhanced antiparasitic activity under ultraviolet light.
Allahverdiyev AM1, Abamor ES, Bagirova M, Ustundag CB, Kaya C, Kaya F, Rafailovich M.
Leishmaniasis is a protozoan vector-borne disease and is one of the biggest health problems of the world. Antileishmanial drugs have disadvantages such as toxicity and the recent development of resistance. One of the best-known mechanisms of the antibacterial effects of silver nanoparticles(Ag-NPs) is the production of reactive oxygen species to which Leishmania parasites are very sensitive. So far no information about the effects of Ag-NPs on Leishmania tropica parasites, the causative agent of leishmaniasis, exists in the literature. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of Ag-NPs on biological parameters of L. tropica such as morphology, metabolic activity, proliferation, infectivity, and survival in host cells, in vitro. Consequently, parasite morphology and infectivity were impaired in comparison with the control. Also, enhanced effects of Ag-NPs were demonstrated on the morphology and infectivity of parasites under ultraviolet (UV) light. Ag-NPs demonstrated significant antileishmanial effects by inhibiting the proliferation and metabolic activity of promastigotes by 1.5- to threefold, respectively, in the dark, and 2- to 6.5-fold, respectively, under UV light. Of note, Ag-NPs inhibited the survival of amastigotes in host cells, and this effect was more significant in the presence of UV light. Thus, for the first time the antileishmanial effects of Ag-NPs on L. tropica parasites were demonstrated along with the enhanced antimicrobial activity of Ag-NPs under UV light. Determination of the antileishmanial effects of Ag-NPs is very important for the further development of new compounds containing nanoparticles in leishmaniasis treatment.
I've tried all the mentioned remedies for Leishmaniasis and the only one that really did the trick was gum turpentine, but straight, not diluted.
It is going to be difficult to use topical remedies so close to her eye! But internal remedies should help a systemic problem.
If this were my child I would try garlic, turmeric, and black walnut.
Chop up 1/2 clove of garlic and let it sit 15 minutes. Then figure out a way your child will take it. It could be mixed with butter or honey and given on toast. I have mixed that with honey and given it by spoon to a child. It can be added to beans and rice or yogurt or anything you think of, really. It would be best to add it after food is cooked, though.
Try to get 1/2 clove of raw garlic in her 4 times a day.
1/4 teaspoon turmeric would also be a good thing to get into her four times a day. It can be added similarly. It goes down easy in yogurt. (A high probiotic yogurt would be a good addition to your protocol anyway.)
If you can get a hold of black walnut tincture, 10 drops 4 times a day is what I would give a small child.
You could try extra virgin coconut oil or castor oil on the sores directly. Either is safe if it gets in the eyes and has healing properties.
A good diet is important for healing. Avoid sugar and processed foods. A vitamin C supplement will help the immune system to fight better.
Please let me know how it goes.
~Mama to Many~
Dear Sherri, I found your article on Leishmaniasis very interesting. My husband caught it in Saudi Arabia in the '80s and he has Reoccurring episodes of it periodically. His is "old world leishmaniasis, " and is an internal not external manifestation of the disease. Would you kindly be able to tell us who your doctor was in Scottsdale AZ? We would like to contact him. Your solution was fascinating and yes, prayer is powerful. Wishing you the Best! Linda C.
I am sorry to hear about your husband's condition and I hope he is able to resolve it soon.
The physician I saw was Stephen E. Fry, MD. He is founder of Fry Laboratories LLC and the Southwest Center for Chronic Disease. The lab specializes in the vector borne diseases. 14807 N 73rd St. Suite 104 Scottsdale, AZ. 85260 480-292-8560 I hope he is able to help you or to lead to other resources that might. He noticed the bites on my calves and readily recognized sandfly bites which had caused the lesions. Since then, I have researched this condition quite extensively.
Wishing you health and happiness, Sherri
So, if something worked for leishmaniasis, it would be helpful and important to offer more details. What kind of leishmaniasis did you have? Cutaneous? Mucosal? Visceral? What symptoms did you have? How exactly did you fix the leishmaniasis problem? How much of the ingredients? How did you take them? Put them on the skin? Ingest them? How often and for how long? I would appreciate it if you could write more. Thank you.
Hi, any advice would be great, if you happen to see this and feel guided to help.
My 5 year old and I have recently came home from Turkey on 4th December, it is now 14th December. Whilst in Turkey, around 30th November to the 2nd December, I noticed tiny flies in our room only coming on a night time which was near the beach. We all got bitten, but her mostly. Our bites have cleared up, but hers have spread down left side of her body since returning to UK.
Around 6th December she had a night of being sick and shaky, she was ok the following day, although very poorly through the night, the day after this, the red closed spots (look similar to chickenpox) on left side of her face started to spread rapidly around her eyes, face and down her left arm. Initially, I thought chicken pox. I then wondered as she has had chicken pox twice already and my intuition was telling me them flies.
I took her to see our GP ( Doctor in UK) for him to b confused, he got a second opinion and the other GP didnt know what it was either. I mentioned this disease and they said they don't know about diseases from different countries and had a less than a minute google search on one webpage only and said she doesn't think it's this as she was looking at the image. My gut says otherwise, I was refused an antibody test to try to determine the cause of these spreading red spots since returning home from Turkey, to be given an appointment in a few days with a GP in the surgery with a background in dermatology. I am literally sick with worry.
Do you know of any natural remedies I can give my 5 year old please?
Hello, I will like to know more datails on how to use Turpentine gum on the leishmaniasis and where or how to get it, I have it and the intra muscular Glucantine really makes me sick and is what the Doctors recomend to use ... Thank you and pura vida.