The Top 10 Lyme Disease Treatments

treatment for lyme disease in adultsDue 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.

For Acute or Early-Stage Lyme disease treatment, pharmaceutical antibiotics are generally recommended as the first line of treatment. However, when symptoms persist for months, many Lyme disease sufferers begin their search for alternative and more natural Lyme disease treatment methods.

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…

So here they are, our Top 10 Lyme Disease Treatment Options that will help you understand exactly how to treat Lyme disease using both conventional and unconventional treatment methods:

Antibiotic Protocols

Pharmaceutical antibiotics are the most commonly used and conventional option for Acute or Early-Stage Lyme disease treatment, however, there is reportedly no universally effective antibiotic for treating for Lyme Borreliosis [1].

The choice and dosage of antibiotics will vary for each person, based on multiple factors such as the presence of co-infections, digestive function, immune deficiencies, age, weight etc.  They can be administered starting in the first week of contracting and correctly diagnosing Lyme disease. The chances of antibiotic treatment working are much greater the sooner the treatment is started and becomes harder the further into the body the bacteria spreads.

The spirochete Borrelia burgdorferi is a slow growing bacterium, with a 5- to 12-hour generation time in-vitro and possibly much longer in living systems [2]. It may also have periods of dormancy, during which antibiotics will not kill the organism.

Doxycycline, Penicillin’s and cephalosporins are all antibiotics used in Lyme disease Treatment depending on the patient and the progression of the disease [3]. In some cases, intravenous antibiotics may be needed in more progressed case of Lyme disease.

The Salt/C Plus Protocol

This is a popular natural treatment protocol for Lyme disease and its persistent symptoms, that can be self-administered.  It has been found to be particularly effective at permanently alleviating chronic and rapidly degenerative Lyme disease infection, where aggressive antibiotic treatment has failed.

At its most basic level, it involves taking increasingly large doses of pure sea salt and Vitamin C. It is recommended that the salt doses be specifically calculated and gradually increased at a pace set by your body’s response, this is referred to as the ‘scale up method’ for dosing.

While no medical study or hard evidence exists, many people suffering from the long-term effects of Lyme disease have found success by following the protocol for anywhere from 6 months up to several years.

The Salt/C Plus Protocol is designed to eliminate bacteria and microbes throughout the human body, often at a slow and steady pace. Those who have used the protocol have reported that through continuous use, the symptoms of Lyme disease are eliminated little by little, often in a staircase type patter with up, downs and pauses in improvement along the way. Results are sometimes achieved early on but may also be achieved after long-term use.

Herbal Antimicrobials (including Essential Oils)

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Research has shown that herbs (including essential oils) can be a useful tool for the treatment of Lyme disease. Several herbs have antibacterial and antimicrobial properties and can help to fully recover from the disease with the long-term symptoms associated with chronic or persistent Lyme disease.  It has also been reported that some essential oils have anti-biofilm abilities [8].

Specific herbs and essential oils can be ingested (only 100% organic and therapeutic grade essential oils) to target specific symptoms, or they can be used in a local salve to help aid in naturally healing your body from infection associated with Lyme disease. The are also believed to directly inhibit the spreading of specific types of bacteria and in the case of Lyme disease that is Borrelia burgdorferi.

Some recommended herbal antimicrobials include teasel root, cat claw, olive leaf extract and bee venom. Highly active anti-microbial and anti-biofilm essential oils include oregano, cinnamon bark and clove oil.


For more information on using herbs and essential oils for the natural treatment of Lyme disease, download our [DEFINITIVE GUIDE] HERE. 


Nutrition

One of the most common symptoms of chronic Lyme disease is arthritis or soreness and aching around the joints, also known as inflammation. The most natural way to reduce inflammation in the body is to focus on nutrition and what you are consuming. Eating foods that have anti-inflammatory properties is an essential step in Lyme disease treatment.  

A Lyme Disease diet should focus on:

  • Eating fresh, seasonal and organic fruits and vegetables (wholefoods);
  • Consuming healthy fats such as those found in avocados and nuts;
  • More foods rich in probiotic properties such as sauerkraut, kombucha, kefir, tempeh and miso soup;
  • More foods high in fiber such as berries, chia seeds, avocadoes, figs, artichokes, quinoa, chickpeas and lentils;
  • Eliminate processed and GMO foods such as white bread, breakfast cereals, microwave or ready-made meals, pies and sausage rolls, cakes and biscuits;
  • Avoid preserved and factory farmed meats, which contain chemicals that are toxic to your body;
  • Stay away from refined sugars and artificial sweeteners; and
  • Avoid foods high in salt content.

Detoxification Therapies and Support

Enhancing and supporting your body’s ability to detoxify properly is considered to be an essential step in combating the long-term effects of Lyme disease.

Several researchers have now reported that Borrelia Burgdorferi, like several other bacteria, produce neurotoxins that cause an inflammatory response in the surrounding tissue [4]. Endotoxin-like activity has also been associated with Lyme disease Borrelia [5]. Your body needs all of its detoxification pathways working efficiently in order to remove all of the toxins that have accumulated in the body, especially after antibiotic therapy has been used. Detoxification is also used to restore your body’s natural balance after long-term antibiotic Lyme disease treatment.

There are many ways to help your body detoxify, with some being home-treatment options and others requiring the direction of certified health professionals.

Some recommended detoxification methods and support options include:

  • Using a parasite cleanse;natural ways to treat lyme disease
  • Dry-brushing and lymphatic drainage massage;
  • Lemon water and apple cider vinegar to alkalize the body and bring it back to homeostasis;
  • Boosting your glutathione levels to neutralize damaging free radicals;
  • Chlorella to prevent the absorption of toxins in the digestive tract;
  • Activated charcoal to combat endotoxins;
  • Epson Salts used as a bath for muscle relief and in a solution to increase bile production;
  • Reducing exposure to mold that could stress the immune system; and
  • Genetic testing to determine if you have any genetic weaknesses that may impact on your body’s ability to detoxify properly (e.g. the MTHFR and HLA-BRB1 genes).

For more information on using detoxification to treat Lyme disease naturally, download our [DEFINITIVE GUIDE] HERE.


Homeopathic Remedies

Most homeopathic remedies have been around for centuries but are now seeing a high demand and extreme popularity, due to the number of people searching for answers on how to treat Lyme disease naturally. Event though most people do undergo antibiotic therapy for Lyme disease treatment, side effects and symptoms often persist. Homeopathic remedies can be used within hours of finding a tick bite.  Some of the options that may be prescribed to you by a Homeopath or Naturopath, include:

  • Arsenicum Album – used for digestive disorders, mucosal inflammation and arsenic poisoning.
  • Hypericum Perforatum – is believed to have antibiotic properties and is used for nerve pain, depression and wounds.
  • Ledum Palustre – is often used for puncture wounds, insect bites, rheumatic and arthritic conditions.

Natural Supplements

In most cases, the treatment options needed for Lyme disease span far beyond the initial antibiotic therapy that is administered. Natural supplements have offered those suffering from long term, persistent or chronic Lyme disease symptoms a natural option to aid in the recovery from the disease.

Some of the most used and recommended natural supplements for Lyme disease include:

  • Vitamin D3 – helps reduce inflammation, boost the immune system and promotes antimicrobial action [6].chronic lyme disease treatment
  • Medicinal Mushrooms – such as cordyceps, reishi and maitake can lessen autoimmune reactions, improve cognitive function, boost inter-cellular antioxidants, eliminate bad bacteria and aid in digestion.
  • B-complex Vitamins (including Vitamin B-12) – is used for improved neurological health, reduced stress, reduced fatigue, to fight infection and support metabolic and cellular function.
  • Magnesium – helps to support nerve function, bone health, cellular function, increased energy, muscle aches and cardiovascular health.
  • Turmeric – one of the most commonly used natural supplements for its anti-inflammatory properties which help reduce pain such as headaches and joint pain. It is also reported to be beneficial in reducing damage to nerves and blood vessels. Its active ingredient is called curcumin.
  • Probiotics – help to re-establish good bacteria in your gut and bring your microbiome back into balance. This is required due to the damaged caused by antibiotics which kill both good and bad bacteria, and the generation of harmful free radicals and oxidative stress that is associated with Lyme disease [7].

Chelation Agents

Chelation therapy is used to aid the body in detoxify from an accumulation of toxic heavy metals, which is often detected via a urine test.

It is common for those suffering from persistent or chronic Lyme disease symptoms (in particular weak immunity and neuropathic symptoms) to harbor toxic levels of heavy metals [8].

This could be caused by those with the disease having compromised detoxification mechanisms, which results in the accumulation of heavy metals in the body.  High levels of lead and mercury are increasingly being observed in those with the disease and recent research has indicated that heavy metals are often concentrated in the same part of the body where Lyme Borrelia and other co-infections make their home [9].

Chelation therapy is done under the supervision of a suitably qualified health care professional (i.e. detoxification specialist) and consists of a chemical solution (e.g. ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid which is also known as EDTA) being directly administered into the blood stream. It then binds with the excess minerals found and removes them before further imbalance and illness can occur.

Other less invasive chelation protocols that can be used, include consuming a chlorella (a single cell green algae) supplement which binds to the metals and allows removal from the body. Chlorella is also reportedly beneficial in binding up the biotoxins in Lyme disease. Consuming the herb cilantro is also known to mobilize the toxic metals stored in tissues so that they can be removed from the body.

It is often recommended to start slowly with chelation agents so that the body and its detoxification processes are not overwhelmed and symptoms worsened.

Immune and Digestive Support

When going through treatment for Lyme disease, both in the initial stages and persistent stages, it is very important to maintain a healthy immune digestive system. From the initial infection to the many rounds of pharmaceutical antibiotic treatment you may have undergone, chances are they have wreaked havoc on your body’s immune and gut microbiota. Antibiotics don’t just kill the bad bacteria, they also kill the good ones unfortunately.

Some of the many ways that you can maintain, repair and rebuild both your immune and digestive systems include:

  • Probiotic rich foods – such as sauerkraut, kefir, kombucha, tempeh and miso soup and probiotic supplements to support and rebuild the good bacteria in the digestive tract;
  • late stage lyme disease treatmentVitamin C, Vitamin D and Vitamin B-complex (including Vitamin B-12) for immune and digestive support;
  • Medicinal Mushrooms – such as cordyceps, reishi and maitake can lessen autoimmune reactions, improve cognitive function, boost inter-cellular antioxidants, eliminate bad bacteria and regulate gut microbiota [10];
  • Herbs – such as teasel root, cat’s claw, dandelion root, licorice root and astragalus root; and
  • Eating fresh and seasonal wholefoods – that include fruit, vegetables, nuts and seeds. The phytochemicals and micronutrients in wholefoods are also thought to provide an antimicrobial defense against Borrelia Burgdorferi [11].

Bowen Technique

The Bowen Technique (also known as Bowen Therapy and Bowenwork®) is a noninvasive technique that uses a series of precise but gentle hand movements over joints, nerves, tendons, muscles and ligaments to apply pressure and promote relief from musculoskeletal and neurological complaints. It is used to promote cellular repair and regeneration and to aid the body in returning to a state of balance.

It was developed in the 1950’s and is believed to help with a number of conditions including anxiety, stress, allergies, back issues, digestive issues, fatigue, headaches, respiratory health and large joint problems. The Bowen technique is performed by a trained professional and has been successfully used by many Lyme sufferers for the treatment of persistent or chronic Lyme disease symptoms.

So over to you…

Have you tried any of these treatments?

Or perhaps you have some new options to explore?

We would love to hear about your story, so please leave us a comment below.


REFERENCES:

[1] http://aac.asm.org/content/54/2/643.full

[2] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3676011/

[3] https://academic.oup.com/cid/article/31/Supplement_1/S1/327386

[4] http://www.medsci.org/v14p0150.pdf

[5] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3577476

[6] http://www.greenmedinfo.com/article/phytochemicals-and-micronutrients-may-enhance-efficacy-doxycycline-combating-a

[7] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3281207/

[8] https://www.bflrc.com/ljs/documents/burrascano_0905.pdf

[9] McFadzean, N., 2012.  Lyme Disease in Australia: Fundamentals of an Emerging Epidemic. Published by Biomed Publishing Group in the United States, October 2012, 400 pp.

[10] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5618583/

[11] http://www.greenmedinfo.com/article/phytochemicals-and-micronutrients-may-enhance-efficacy-doxycycline-combating-a

Disclaimer: This article is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Views expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of Lyme Disease Advice or its staff.

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