Due to the diversity of symptoms and associated complications that Lyme disease often presents in each person infected, there is no one-size-fits all treatment protocol. However, there are guidelines and plans that can and should be followed.
So how do you treat Lyme disease? Is there a treatment for Lyme disease?
We have listed our some of the most important facts that you should take into consideration below.
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Antibiotic Treatment for Lyme Disease:
The most commonly used and conventional option for Acute or Early-Stage Lyme treatment are pharmaceutical antibiotics.
A brief review is provided below:
- Lyme treatment guidelines indicate that the most common pharmaceutical antibiotics used are doxycycline, penicillins and cephalosporins, depending on the patient and the progression of the disease.
- Lyme disease can go dormant in the body, making it complicated to treat with just a single round of antibiotics.
- High doses of multiple antibiotics may be required and this is part of the reason Lyme disease is so difficult to treat.
- The chances of Lyme antibiotic treatment actually working, are much greater the sooner the treatment is started and becomes harder the further into the body the bacteria spreads.
- Relapse often occurs after the discontinuation of antibiotic treatment. The reason for relapse remains largely unknown, however, studies suggest the possible presence of antibiotic resistant Borrelia round bodies, persisters and attached biofilm forms.
- Pharmaceutical Lyme antibiotics only treat a small part of the disease but not the entire condition, with those who are allergic and pregnant women possibly unable to use them at all.
- The average treatment time for lyme antibiotics in most patients is from 12-24 months and plateaus may occur with long-term use of antibiotics.
- As pathogens are killed, you may experience Jarisch-Herxheimer reactions (‘Herxing’), which are a temporary worsening of symptoms cause by the release of neurotoxins upon the death of the pathogen.
The rapid increase in reported cases of persistent and chronic Lyme disease symptoms, has led many people in search of alternative and natural Lyme Disease treatment methods when faced with the disease.
The best treatment for Lyme disease takes a multi-layered approach and many doctors believe that:
Pharmaceutical antibiotics should not be used without natural therapies that support the use of these aggressive drugs which can weaken your immune system over time.
This will help to ensure that the detoxification pathways are operating efficiently and the kidneys and liver are supported at the time of introducing more aggressive medications.
It’s really about:
Treating the person, not the disease…
Natural Treatment for Lyme Disease:
Lyme disease natural medicine and treatment protocols, play an essential role in overcoming the disease. Some people decide against Lyme antibiotic treatment all together, preferring the use natural treatments only. Natural antibiotics and antimicrobials generally have fewer side-effects than pharmaceutical antibiotics. Others use natural remedies as a second prong of attack against Lyme disease or as way to support the aggressive effects of antibiotics. Some people actually find that their symptoms do not improve after using antibiotics and some people simply cannot tolerate them at all.
Natural treatment for Lyme works by:
- Killing Pathogens
- Supporting Detoxification
- Strengthening and supporting your Immune and Digestive System
- Offseting Herxheimer Reactions
- Balancing your Hormones
- Supporting and Preserving Organ Function
There are many ways to treat Lyme disease naturally but supporting your bodies detoxification pathways is essential, especially for Chronic Lyme disease sufferers.
Natural Medicines and Lyme Disease Treatment Protocols and Therapies include:
- Herbal Antibiotics and Antimicrobials
- The Salt/C Plus Protocol
- Herbal Pain Relief
- Natural Detoxification Therapies
- Natural Supplements
- Nutritional Protocols
- Homeopathic Remedies & Treatment
- Chelation Agents (for heavy metal detoxification)
- Bowen Technique (a manual therapy)
- Immune and Digestive Support
- Lifestyle Medicine
- Therapeutic Essential Oils
- Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)
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Alternative & Holistic Treatment for Lyme Disease:
Alternative and holistic treatment for Lyme disease may include any of the natural treatment protocols and therapies as listed above. As mentioned previously, the conventional way of treating Acute or Early-Stage Lyme Disease is through antibiotics. However, some people can’t use pharmaceutical antibiotics, chose not to use antibiotics or find them ineffective.
Herbs for lyme disease treatment include herbal antimicrobials such as teasel root and cats claw which have long been used in Chinese Medicine for their multiple health benefits. Teasel root is often used as an antimicrobial to strengthen kidney and liver function and cats claw has powerful ant-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. The Cowden Herbal Protocol and Buhner Protocol use medicinal herbs to treat Lyme disease holistically.
Homeopathic treatment for Lyme disease include Hypericum Perforatum which is used in the treatment of nerve pain, depression and as a natural antibiotic, and Arsenicum Album which is often used in treating digestive disorders including mucosal inflammation.
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Dietary and nutritional changes are also effective in the treatment of Lyme disease and we have prepared a Lyme Disease Diet to get you stared HERE:
Lyme Disease Treatment for Children:
Child protocols for Lyme disease treatment don’t vary much from adult protocols. However, you must be more cautious of dosages and aware of all possible side effects. Children are far more susceptible to Lyme disease simply because their immune system is far more delicate and immature and they spend more time outdoors and closer to nature. Antibiotic therapy is often used in addition to other natural and holistic support remedies.
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Chronic Lyme Disease Treatment:
Sometimes following conventional treatment for Lyme disease, a Lyme sufferer can show non-specific symptoms (e.g. joint and muscle aches, pain and fatigue). They are often described as having Chronic Lyme disease, Post-Treatment Lyme Disease Syndrome (PTLDS) or Post Lyme disease Syndrome (PLDS). Chronic Lyme is often used to describe people with different illnesses and some experts do not recommend it be used. A treatment protocol for Chronic Lyme will depend on the co-infections and symptoms present in each individual. Anti-fungal, anti-parasitic and anti-viral treatments along with other natural therapies are likely to be recommended.
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Neurological Lyme Disease Treatment:
If you are experiencing changes in cognitive function such as remembering, thinking, focusing, imagining and reasoning, poor judgement and impulse control, weakness or numbness due to nerve damage or sciatica-like nerve pain, treatment should begin for what appears to be the most dominant infection. Based on your response to treatment, your doctor may adjust the treatment protocol. Lyme disease co-infections may be present and creating the majority of symptoms experienced. For people experiencing infections that have spread through the central nervous system, antibiotics may prove to be ineffective with natural treatment protocols the obvious next step.
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Lyme Disease and Pregnancy:
While there is controversy about the evidence surrounding Lyme Disease and pregnancy, the research suggests that your baby may not suffer from the effects of Lyme Disease if you continue to receive effective treatment.
During pregnancy, hormone changes can reportedly mask the symptoms of the disease, which can mean some women suffer less. After pregnancy, however, symptoms often return and can be difficult to cope with, particularly extreme fatigue.
For further information, please read our detailed article on Pregnancy and Lyme Disease HERE: https://www.lymediseaseadvice.com/lyme-disease-and-pregnancy/
Lyme Disease Prevention:
Prevention and early treatment of Lyme disease are critical in minimising the spread and effects of this increasingly diagnosed disease. As they say, prevention is better than cure.
Lyme disease can be prevented in two main ways: by avoiding tick bites through repelling them off your body and from your immediate environment or by immediate remedy in the case of tick bite to kill the bacterium before it spreads from the point of entry to other parts of the body. The disease is most common in early summer and spring, with the north-eastern area of the United States currently reported as the most affected region. People in areas prone to the disease should take particular interest in the current best practice methods on how to prevent Lyme disease. Using natural protocols to ensure you have a strong immune system is one of the best lines of defence against contracting the disease and developing Lyme disease immunity.
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