Bartonella can be transmitted through a cat scratch/bite, body lice, flea bites and ticks. Some patients present with a streak-mark rash, that often resembles stretch marks. It is a Gram negative bacterial infection.

Dr. Rawls has an excellent write up on Bartonella here.



Bartonella is traditianlly treated with doxycycline, azithromycin, rifampin, clarithromycin, or fluoroquinolone antibiotics.

Some herbs that used to treat Bartonella are:
Ceanothus americanus- Red Root

Fallopia japonica- Japanese Knotweed
Sida Acuta -Sida
Silybum marianum - Milk Thistle
Crataegus- Hawthorne Tree
Withania somnifera - Ashwaganda
Isatis tinctoria - Woad
Punica granatum - Pomegranate

More info on Bartonella

Tell tale cat scratch rash associated with Bartonella that mimics stretch marks:


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Many people will experience lumps or rashes around the Lymph nodes:


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