Lyme disease is an unsolved medical mystery that affects about 300,000 people, with approximately 30,000 new cases every year. Unfortunately, Lyme disease is often misdiagnosed and goes untreated, though what we do know, is how it makes those who have it feel. There are many natural remedies that can be taken to alleviate pain and lessen issues of Lyme. Holistic treatments can be less invasive and less harmful side effects than traditional treatments. Don’t let this chronic illness take over your life, read on to learn more.
How It Starts
Lyme disease or Borreliosis is a bacterial infection that typically starts by getting bitten by an infected tick. Most commonly deer ticks are carriers of Lyme, but 4 species of ticks are known to carry it.
Once bitten, a telltale red bullseye typically forms around the site of the bite, but this does not always happen and makes diagnosing Lyme challenging. Within 3-30 days from being bitten, symptoms will typically start to show. Both humans and animals can get Lyme disease.
Other symptoms can also include fever, fatigue, a rash, headache, pain, tinnitus, panic attacks, and even depression. If not caught, diagnosed, and treated in time, the body can go through three stages which are early localized, early disseminated, and late disseminated.
Side Effects of Lyme
Lyme disease is painful, traumatizing, life-altering, and its effects can last a lifetime. If Lyme is not treated, the side effects can be drastic and come in the form of:
- Pain in joints and muscles
- Overall weakness
- Weak limbs
- Liver, kidney, heart, and thyroid issues
- Gut and gastrointestinal problems
- Vision impairment
- Nerve damage
- Poor memory
- Anxiety and depression
Doctors may prescribe one of several treatments for Lyme disease. One treatment for Lyme is a 14-21 day course of antibiotics.
Along with antibiotics, a doctor may prescribe medications to treat the wide array of other symptoms from Lyme and possible co-infections such as depression, panic attacks, headaches, fatigue, and the list goes on and on.
Alternative remedies may be sought after by Lyme sufferers to avoid taking prescription medications or have struggled with medical treatments. Holistic treatments can be more gentle on the body and have less negative side effects.
Holistic Treatments With Herbs
Herbs have been used for thousands of years, far longer than pharmaceutical medications. Herbs are natural and can address the whole person. Some of these herbs might include:
- Japanese knotweed
- Ghanian quinine
- Black walnut
- Sweet wormwood
- Cat’s claw
- Chinese skullcap
- Cryptolepis sanguinolenta
- Cistus incanus
Amongst other things, herbs can help with cellular repair when recovering from Lyme disease. Though herbs are natural, they can be potent.
Essential oils are just that, essential. When fighting a bacterial war like Lyme disease, there are several oils from plants that have been used.
Even with antibiotic treatment, Lyme disease can linger. Detox and knock it out with the power of these plant oils!
These are just a few of the essential oils that have been used, especially if you want to avoid taking prescription antibiotics.
Vitamins and Supplements
Taking vitamins and supplements are part of a healthy lifestyle. When serious bacteria are present such as Borrelia Burgdorferi that can cause Lyme, it can take a toll on many body systems. Vitamins and supplements offer support to help fight the bacteria and get the body back to homeostasis.
Keep an eye on vitamin D levels, as it is common to suffer from a vitamin D deficiency. Vitamin D and D-3 helps the body fight inflammation, strengthens muscles, and bones, too.
Magnesium plays a huge role in cell repair, nerve conduction, and hundreds of enzymatic processes in the body. With Lyme, the body can be depleted of magnesium which causes fatigue, numbness, and muscle cramps.
Low zinc levels are common in Lyme patients. Side effects can be a variety of symptoms including inflammation and insomnia. Zinc is beneficial for any chronic illness as it helps to protect microorganisms in the body.
Supporting the immune system is very important when suffering from Lyme disease. Vitamin C strengthens the immune system, decreases inflammation, and helps aid the body with detoxification.
While some Lyme sufferers turn to probiotics after taking a round of antibiotics because they kill beneficial bacteria as well as harmful bacteria. Probiotics can be found in supplements, yogurt, and fermented foods such as kimchi, and kombucha.
Lyme patients may also experience GI tract issues that could mimic Crohn’s or colitis. Probiotics can help soothe nausea, and diarrhea and balance the bacteria overgrowth.
Inflammation Fighting Foods
Lyme disease is notorious for causing inflammation and joint pain. One of the easiest ways to battle inflammation is through diet. Eating certain foods fight inflammation while other foods feed it.
Foods to avoid when suffering from inflammation are things that we could cut out for a healthy diet, anyway. Foods like sugar, excessive alcohol, fried foods, and unhealthy oils, processed meats, and complex carbohydrates can aggravate inflammation.
Then there are supportive foods like dark leafy greens, nuts, fatty fish, berries, and vegetables. Using oils like coconut oil to cook your foods can be beneficial, while avoiding oils like vegetable or canola.
Want to enhance natural healing? Hyperbaric oxygen treatments have been used to help to kill bacteria, fight infection, strengthen the immune system, reduce inflammation, and repair blood vessels. Bacteria that are associated with Lyme can often not survive in hyperbaric oxygen.
Pharmaceuticals are not the only way to address Lyme disease. Holistic treatments are nature’s way of giving the entire person support with Lyme. Bioenergetic testing with Balanced Health is here for your questions . Reach out to them on the web to see how they can educate you, or call 612-812-9121.