Cryptolepis (Cryptolepis sanguinolenta) is a staple of traditional African herbalism that has a proven effectiveness and safety record based on thousands of years of use.  It is used to treat pain and inflammation, infections such as malaria  in people of all ages.  In research labs and in our clinic it is a top herb for the treatment of Lyme and co-infections such as bartonella and babesia.

Based on lab studies and traditional use, Cryptolepis also has antimicrobial effectiveness against:

  • Staphylococcus aureus
  • E. coli
  • Salmonella typhi
  • Staphylococcus aureus
  • Candida albicans
  • Klebisella pneumonia
  • Pseudomonas aeruginosa

This makes it an ideal herb for gut-based and food-related infections.

Cryptolepis also reduces blood glucose, triglycerides and LDL cholesterol.  



Cryptolepis sanguinolenta ** and certified organic cane alcohol.


Recommended Dose: 

1-3 ml / 2x / day in 2 oz water.


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Hlashwayo DF, Barbosa F, Langa S, Sigaúque B, Bila CG. A Systematic Review of In Vitro Activity of Medicinal Plants from Sub-Saharan Africa against Campylobacter spp. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2020 May 15;2020:9485364. doi: 10.1155/2020/9485364. PMID: 32508957; PMCID: PMC7245682.

Zhang Y, Alvarez-Manzo H, Leone J, Schweig S, Zhang Y. Botanical Medicines Cryptolepis sanguinolenta, Artemisia annua, Scutellaria baicalensis, Polygonum cuspidatum, and Alchornea cordifolia Demonstrate Inhibitory Activity Against Babesia duncani. Front Cell Infect Microbiol. 2021 Mar 8;11:624745. doi: 10.3389/fcimb.2021.624745. PMID: 33763384; PMCID: PMC7982592.

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Weight 1 lbs
Dimensions 1.75 × 1.75 × 5.5 in

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