Ormed TBD Tinctures, Terrains, and Essential Oils
Ormed’s three, cutting edge “tick-borne disease” (TBD) tincture blends are anti-microbial combinations that contain an essential oil for extra potency and permeability. The formulas contain wide-spectrum antimicrobials, and the combinations have properties that help destroy bacteria, viruses, fungi, and some protozoa, while providing relief from a variety of symptoms.
Ormed designed its TBD tinctures to treat “terrains” according to the three main types of symptoms suffered by people with chronic infections, including chronic Lyme disease: joint pain, fatigue, and “dementia” (brain fog, depression, cognitive disorders). As noted, each component has multiple antimicrobial properties. It is a mistake, however, to think that specific herbal extracts destroy specific microbes. French research has shown that the results of in vitro studies, while somewhat useful for understanding a plant’s properties, don’t necessarily translate into clinical efficacy. The conclusion of the French in vitro studies was that it is more important to match an herbal extract to a “terrain” rather than a single microbe.
Terrains can be defined in various ways. How would we define a Lyme terrain? Other producers of medications have defined the indications of various medicaments, both botanical and biological, according to target microorganisms. Identifying specific microbes as causal, however, can be problematic, and in the case of Lyme disease, diagnosis of microbial pathogenesis is fraught with uncertainty. Furthermore, the idea of curing a disease by killing a germ is a reductionist 19th century idea that has persisted into the 21st century because of the need of a centralized medical system to have a standardized nosology and simple clinical algorithms. In medicine based on whole-system rather than reductionist principles, resolving an infection is achieved not by attempting to kill microbes, but by changing their habitat so that the terrain is unfit for toxic, pathogenic microbes and supports the growth of probiotic microbiota. The TBD tincture blends are aimed at terrains defined according to a patient’s dominant symptoms:
The TBD-JNT is for an arthritic terrain, TBD-CNS is for a cerebrospinal terrain, and TBD-NRG is for a hypoadrenal terrain. In this sense, the formulas are easy to use, plus the clinician is not faced with the often difficult and unrewarding task of trying to decide between multiple “Babesia formulas,” or if it’s more important to treat a fungal terrain or parasite in advance of using an antibacterial. Each component of the formulas has been used successfully to treat Lyme, chronic viral and fungal infections, and acute bacterial infections. Using the TBD tincture blends still necessitates drainage as well as lifestyle change, detoxification of toxic metals, immune support, and other important facets of transforming an entrenched pathological state. It is also important that doctors and patients understand that the use of these disinfectants with regard to conventional therapy is not an “either-or” proposition. In fact, their use may enhance the effect of antibiotics and result in more favorable outcomes.
The TBD tincture blends each contain an essential oil that enhances their detoxifying and microbicidal potency. Essential oils are effective antimicrobials because they shift the terrain, and work at much smaller concentrations than the doses required to kill microbes in vitro.
Moreover, essential oils are composed of very small molecules of less than 500 atomic mass units (AMU) that have great penetrating power and can pass through the blood-brain barrier (molecules must have a molecular weight of less than 800-1000 AMU to pass through the barrier). They are lipid-soluble liquids that are almost gases, which is why advocates often refer to essential oils as “aromatic.” In contrast, even very small water-soluble molecules don’t usually penetrate into brain tissue. These key properties of essential oils give them tremendous dissolving power as well as the ability to penetrate deeply into the body’s tissues. One important example is that essential oils act as solvents to dissolve biofilms, which can play a key role in the chronicity of an infection.
We’ve all heard of insulin resistance where insulin is not taken up at its receptor sites. Clogging of the receptor sites can result in resistance to any hormone, not only insulin. Essential oils relieve congestion at hormone receptors sites. The Phenylpropanoids provide this cleansing effect. In addition, Terpenes and Sesquiterpenes penetrate deeply into the body’s tissues and can reprogram cells. A summary of essential oils’ key effects on the neurohormonal system include:
• Essential oils can dissolve biofilms, which are the habitat for clusters of microbes. They also can clean receptor sites allowing the proper transfer of hormones, peptides, neurotransmitters, steroids, and other intracellular messengers (Phenylpropanoids do this).
• Essential oils can deprogram or erase the wrong information from cellular memory stored in the DNA. (Sesquiterpenes do this)
• Essential oils can reprogram cells with correct information, allowing them to function properly. Monoterpenes do this. Sesquiterpene lactones also have hormone- like properties.
• Essential oils easily pass through the blood brain barrier.