Lyme disease treatment is one of the most complicated in modern medical history. Who would have thought that such a little insect could cause such a big problem?
The good news is, once a positive diagnosis is given there are many top holistic treatments that offer hope. In this article, dedicated to my friend Sebastian, we look at the natural remedies.
Diagnosis and Treatments
Lyme Disease is notoriously difficult to diagnose.
Many allopathic doctors rely on a simple blood test to identify it. The issue for sufferers is that in these standard blood tests a positive diagnosis only occurs in approximately 55% of sufferers meaning that 45% of people have a negative Lyme Test.
In many cases it is only diagnosed through a combination of complementary allopathic and holistic approaches.
For many this means allopathic blood testing plus clinical and holistic observatory practice.
Lyme disease is one that requires full clinical observation, evaluation and several tests to positively identify. This is due to its symptoms closely resembling other ailments such as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis and, worryingly, early onset Alzheimer’s.
The symptoms make diagnosis even further complicated due to their often stop start appearance.
Sufferers often speak of symptoms starting, disappearing and then reappearing at odd intervals and for no apparent reason. Common symptoms include:
- Migrating pain,
- Bowel problems,
- Uncharacteristic mood swings,
- Panic attacks,
- Sleep disorders.
Natural Lyme Disease Treatment.
After a diagnosis the sufferer will be given prescription medications, including antibiotics.
These medications should be taken and doctors advice always headed. But there are other alternatives that can be practiced in combination with medications (as always if you decide to use holistic remedies ensure you consult and inform your doctor)
The natural remedies and suggestions included within this article support your body to deal with not only the disease itself, but also the common tick-borne co-infections that accompany it.
Our top holistic treatments provide additional benefits above and beyond antibiotics.
So What Causes Lyme Disease?
The infection is caused by an intracellular spirochete bacterium called “Borrlia Burgdorferi”.
Intracellular means that the bacterium spirochete actually invades and permeates the cell. For sufferers this means the bacteria causing the illness is not always able to be reached by regular antibiotics.
The infection therefore is protected by your own cell membrane and is shielded from antibiotics.
We also know through clinical research that the bacteria can lay dormant for a long time, which is why sufferers experience the coming and going of symptoms.
Adding a holistic remedy, or remedies, to your treatment allows the bacterium to be targeted in both dormant and active states. It also allows the treatment to reach the spirochete bacterium within the cell membrane.
Top Holistic Treatments.
Number 1 – Acupuncture.
Acupuncture, while not a medically proven cure for Lyme Disease, has grown in popularity with sufferers and is recommended by many clinicians.
Acupuncture has shown great success in relieving and reducing the pain symptoms experienced by many sufferers.
Acupuncture as part of Traditional Chinese Medicine assists the Qi energy to regain balance and flow correctly throughout the body. With this improved Qi flow comes relief from inflammation, infection and pain.
Number 2 – Lyme Killing Plants.
There are many herbs and plants that can be used in treatment.
Often these herbal remedies help in pain relief and inflammation, however they also hold naturally occurring insecticides thereby offering the sufferer double the holistic health benefits.
These herbs and plants not only provide health related anti inflammatory and antibiotic properties but they also act as a natural (and safe) pesticide within the body helping eliminate tick borne infections.
The following herbs can be taken steeped as a tea or added to the diet as a food. They can also be purchased as dietary supplements (always ensure quality brands are purchased)
Herbs to add to your diet include:
- Samento is most commonly used by Lyme sufferers for its ability to boost our immune system. It does this by increasing the activity of white blood cells. Our white bloods cells protect our body from attack by foreign matters such as bacteria and viruses. It also contains antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory properties.
- Banderol is a herbal supplement which works as an antimicrobial, antiviral, antiparasitic and antifungal. Its main benefit is as a microbial defense against the Borrelia bacteria.
- Andrographis is possibly the best herb to use in the treatment of Lyme Disease. It is anti-spirochetal and enhances immune function. It also protects heart muscle, is an anti-inflammatory but most importantly it crosses the blood/brain barrier. This means it is an anti-spirochetal helping clear the infection from the body
- Japanese Knotweed is an anti-inflammatory. It also increases micro circulation, is an analgesic, an anti spirochetal and holds antibacterial properties.
- Cat’s Claw, closely related to Salmento, is an immune system stimulant with anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. It should not be used if you have high blood pressure.
Number 3 – Green Tea Supplements.
Green Tea includes many antioxidants and antibiotics. Ensure your green tea is high in curcumin, a derivative of the spice turmeric.
My recommended supplement is:
Number 4 – Be Aware of Deficiencies (Top Holistic Treatments).
Lyme disease recovery can be seriously impacted should you be deficient in Zinc, B, and D vitamins.
I recommend taking quality supplements and ensure your doctor regularly checks for any nutritional deficiencies.
Number 5 – Probiotics.
Probiotic foods may help replenish beneficial bacteria in the gut that are wiped out by antibiotic treatments.
Organic yogurt, kefir, and even fermented vegetables are good sources of probiotics.
Number 6 – Oxygen via Exercise (Lyme Disease Treatment).
Lyme typically exhausts people and the thought of exercise often is “unthinkable”.
However oxygen is proven to destroy Lyme bacteria in the body and so intense anaerobic exercise during and after treatment can seriously help in keeping the disease at bay.
Alternatively if exercise is impossible due to exhaustion you can try oxygen therapy.
Number 7 – Inflammation Annihilators.
By adding foods or supplements that act as natural anti-inflammatory agents can assist hugely in the treatment of Lyme Disease.
For maximum benefit team low glycemic index (GI) foods with foods holding anti-inflammatory properties. This aides the sufferer through reducing the possibility for the Lyme bacteria to grow, spread and maintain it’s natural life-cycle within the body.
Lyme is fueled by carbohydrates so it is important to cut out sugars and processed foods. By reducing and eliminating the food sources for Lyme bacterium aides immune system recovery, better circulation meaning greater oxygen within the body and reduced inflammation and therefore pain.
- olive oil;
- green leafy vegetables, such as spinach, kale, and collards;
- nuts like almonds and walnuts;
- fatty fish like salmon, mackerel, tuna, and sardines;
- fruits such as strawberries, blueberries, cherries, and oranges.
As Lyme disease causes inflammation and pain I also recommend reading my other posts listed below, the remedies can also be added to your treatment plan.
If you do try these remedies please do let me know how they worked for you in the comments section below. If you have further questions i will respond asap or you can contact me directly by clicking here.
I hope this suggested list of complementary remedies for Lyme Disease treatment allows much health and vitality to be restored.