Borrelia Burgdorferi is capable of transforming into a cyst when it feels its life is threatened. While in cyst form, Borrelia obtains immunity from antibiotics, its host's immune system, and temperature and PH variations. It can also lower its metabolic rate while in cyst form in order to ward off starvation. When conditions within its host become more favorable, it will transform back into its spirochetal form. A spirochete can also have the added protection of a biofilm if it morphs into a cyst while inside a biofilm.
Don't confuse the cyst form of Borrelia for skin cysts that are visible to the naked eye. Borrelia Burgdorferi in cyst form exists on a microscopic level and can only be seen with a microscope.
Cysts and Relapse
Cyst forms of Borrelia are asymptomatic. This means a person will not experience any symptoms from Borrelia Burgdorferi while its in cyst form. Considering that Borrelia is thought to remain in cyst form for a long period of time, the delusion of remission is created in the host. Being that a cyst offers immunity from antibiotics, it can simply wait until antibiotics cease to transform back in a spirochete, leading the host to believe a relapse or reinfection is occurring.
Since Borrelia can't reproduce while in cyst form, it will reproduce when it transforms back into a spirochete after antibiotics have ceased launching what is believed to be relapse. In reality, a relapse is nothing more than the incomplete eradication of the bacteria during the first treatment protocol.
Cyst forms can also become drug resistant just like the spirochete form. The lessening of a herx reaction may not be an indication of remission, but more of an indication of a drug resistant cyst form. It is recommended that drugs being taken for busting cysts be switched up every few months to avoid this delusion.
Antibiotics alone will not eradicate Borrelia as they must work in conjunction with biofilm dissolvers and cyst busters. Cyst busters are used to complete what antibiotics aren't capable of and that is destroying Borrelia in cyst form.
Holistic Cyst Busters
Grapefruit Seed Extract - Grapefruit Seed Extract is a liquid made the the seeds, pulp, and white membrane of a grapefruit. It contains bioactive flavonoids such as resveratrol which give grapefruit seed extract its sought after anti-fungal properties. Grapefruit Seed Extract is probably the most commonly used holistic cyst buster.
Samento - Samento is a powerful antibacterial herbal tincture created by Nutramedix, and is well known for its ability to kill the Lyme spirochete. Aside from killing the Lyme spirochete, Samento is also capable of killing the Lyme bacteria when it's in cyst form, as well as destroy the biofilms they can hide within.
Conventional Cyst Busters
Flagyl - Flagyl is an antibiotic, but it is most commonly used for busting Borrelia in cyst form. Flagyl should never be taken with alcohol.
Tindamax - Tindamax is an antibiotic with not only the ability of busting Borrelia in cyst form, but has also been said to dissolve the biofilm that spirochetes hide in.
More Information on Borrelia in Cyst Form
"Penicillian solution is added to a silde of Borrelia burgdorferi. Normal, straight and cyst forms are seen."
Lyme Disease Research Group, University of New Haven. "In Vitro: Effectiveness of Samento and Banderol Herbal Extracts on the Different Morphological Forms of Borrelia Burgdorferi." Public Health Alert. N.p., 3 Dec. 2010. Web. 18 June 2016.
Disclaimer: The above information is not intended to diagnose, treat, prevent or cure any disease or illness. Always consult with your doctor before adding any supplements to your protocol.