Receiving a diagnosis of Lyme disease can be frightening, especially given that after years of research into the disease – the question “is Lyme disease curable?” still remains unresolved…
Lyme Disease affects people differently depending on their history of health, how quickly they received a diagnosis and started an effective treatment protocol, and which body systems are affected.
Because of this, there can be no “one-size-fits-all” treatment for Lyme Disease. An effective treatment plan for Lyme has to take into account the particular symptoms and circumstances of the patient’s illness.
Many Lyme sufferers have found that with a personalized treatment plan, that incorporates antibiotics (generally at the early stage of Lyme), nutrition, medicinal herbs and an exercise program, they can manage Lyme disease effectively and even become symptom-free.
Is Lyme disease curable with antibiotics?
A course of antibiotic treatment is commonly used for Lyme Disease and if the diagnosis is made quickly after infection, this can be effective.
However, whether antibiotics can completely eliminate the Borrelia microbes remains unknown.
Current guidelines recommend doxycycline, amoxicillin and some cephalosporins (ceftriaxone, cefotaxime, cefuroxime axetil) to treat the early stages of Lyme disease. 
In addition, antibiotic therapy can be useful for some manifestations of Lyme disease:
- Arthritis is treated with oral doxycycline, amoxicillin or cefuroxime axetil
- Neuroborreliosis, recurrent arthritis and heart-related manifestations are treated with ceftriaxone, cefotaxime or penicillin G
- Acrodermatitis Chronica Atrophicans (ACA) is a skin condition which is often treated with amoxicillin, doxycycline, ceftriaxone, cefotaxime and penicillin G 
Treating later manifestations of the disease is more difficult however, because the longer a person is infected by the bacteria, the weaker their immune system becomes and more body systems that become affected. All of these problems need to be addressed in order to facilitate recovery.
Unfortunately, the use of antibiotics during later stages of the disease has been to shown to not only be ineffective, but also to have potentially life-threatening adverse effects. 
The best treatment for Lyme disease takes a multi-layered approach.
Is there a natural cure for Lyme disease?
So lets consider some of the alternatives to antibiotic therapy.
Proper nutrition (such as the Lyme Disease Diet), medicinal herbs for Lyme (in particular those that have antimicrobial, detoxifying and immune boosting properties) and exercise can certainly help relieve the symptoms of Lyme Disease and even help patients to become symptom-free.
In her book, Lyme Disease in Australia: Fundamentals of an Emerging Epidemic, Nicola McFadzean outlines a nutritional program to alleviate the symptoms of Lyme Disease.  She suggests that choosing foods known to reduce inflammation, build immunity, aid digestion and detoxify your system can produce positive results.
- Reduce inflammation by eating fewer saturated fats (red meat and dairy), trans fatty acids (junk food and margarine), gluten (from carbs such as bread and pasta) and foods you already have a sensitivity to. Increase the amount of Omega-3 by taking supplements and eating oily fish or marine micro-algae.
- Build immunity by eating organic vegetables in a range of colors including great-leafy varieties and fruits, high-quality protein such as fish, chicken and eggs, as well as nuts, and seeds. Avoid refined sugar.
- Aid digestion by eating food high in fiber such as vegetables, fruits and whole grains.
- Detoxify your body by minimizing toxins. Choose organic, free-range, hormone-free foods, avoid processed foods, avoid coffee and alcohol and drink plenty of filtered water. Include the following detox-foods in your diet: artichokes, onions, garlic, beets, broccoli, spinach, cabbage, brazil nuts, asparagus, avocado, pawpaw, and cayenne.
In addition to eating well, a personalized exercise program designed to meet your particular needs and challenges is also an effective way of naturally treating Lyme Disease.
The International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS) recommends an hour of gentle, non-aerobic exercise every 4th or 5th day, building up to an hour every other day. Rest days are vital to help the body recover, and it is important to include strength training in a whole body workout, rather than just cardiovascular exercise.
Getting advice from a Physical Therapist who has experience of working with Lyme Disease patients is crucial. 
Regular massages and the application of heat to affected areas of the body may also help to reduce inflammation and alleviate your symptoms.
So, is there a cure for Lyme disease?
While we can’t say that Lyme Disease is curable, recent research supports the argument that Lyme Disease can be treated effectively enough to facilitate recovery and eventually become symptom-free.
An effective treatment plan must be personalized to take account of the patient’s history, how long ago they were infected and the body systems that have been affected.
Antibiotic therapy can have a positive effect in the early stages of Lyme Disease, and to treat certain manifestations of the disease such as arthritis, neuroborreliosis, heart-related disorders, and ACT.
Natural treatment strategies are an essential component of an effective Lyme disease treatment protocol, that can help to alleviate the symptoms of Lyme Disease and can be used as an addition to antibiotic therapy and an alternative during the later stages of the disease.
Good nutrition (including a Lyme Disease Diet) is essential to effectively treat Lyme Disease and can help to reduce inflammation, build immunity, strengthen digestion and detoxify the body.
A personalized training plan designed by a physical therapist experienced with Lyme Disease, will also help relieve your symptoms. Regular massage and the application of heat can also help with detoxifying your body and reducing inflammation.
For anyone suffering from Lyme and looking for answers, it is important to know that there are effective treatment strategies available that can help you to manage the disease and even become symptom free…
At Lyme Disease Advice, our goal is to uncover the safest and most effective preventative and natural treatment strategies, so that you and your family don’t have to suffer any longer…
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