Many of the herbal remedies for Lyme Disease focus on support and improving overall health. A few of them are commonly used to trigger the immune system to help fight off bacterial infections. Consulting a licensed medical practitioner if you suspect you may have contracted Lyme’s Disease is important.
What Lyme Disease Does
Lyme’s Disease attacks knee joints, the spine, nerve endings and heart muscle. It also compromises brain functions leaving sufferers feeling as if they are suffering from a wide range of other diseases.
Testing for Lyme Disease
Blood tests includes testing for the antibodies associated with a B. burgdorferi infection called an ELISA test, and the Western Blot test, which also identifies B. burgdorferi antibodies. The PCR test, which is often used when a person waits until the joints are affected tests for this bacteria in the joint synovial fluid. A positive test result will allow your doctor to proscribe and recommend appropriate treatments, which can include herbal remedies for Lyme Disease.
The CDC and most AMA physicians recommend at least a 14-day treatment with antibiotics with the CDC preferring 30 days. Health insurance companies tend to side with the 14-day treatment plan as it is less costly. However, repeat inflammation is more likely to occur with the 14 day therapies.
While, antibiotics destroy the invading bacteria, they also kill off the good bacteria required for healthy digestion and prevention of certain fungal infections. Modern research is finding that treating Lyme Disease should include holistic and alternative therapies to help rebuild intestinal flora, improve the body’s natural chemistry and to help reduce joint, muscle and nerve inflammation.
Bolstering your immune system using herbal remedies for Lyme Disease may include:
- Echinacea – proven to stimulate the immune system helping the body recognize the invading bacteria and eradicate it.
- Garlic and food that contain this natural antibacterial bulb will also help the T cells to find and destroy the B. burgdorferi bacteria.
- Catâ€™s Claw, Uncaria tomentosa is another herb that like Echinacea bolsters the immune system.
While being treated for Lyme’s Disease it is important to eat a well-balanced diet that includes plenty of fresh foods and fewer foods containing gluten. Modern research has shown that gluten clogs the cell’s ability to discern the invading bacteria from the good. Probiotics like those found in plain yogurt will help repopulate an intestinal tract purged of good bacteria. Probiotics are also available in capsules in many drug stores, online and from pharmacies.
Other Herbal Treatments
Aloe Vera juice, Gingko biloba and grape seed extract can help restore the chemical balance during infection. Unlike some over-the-counter medications, herbal remedies for Lyme Disease contain no harsh chemicals or synthetic compounds. Burdock,Articum lappa, can be used on the tick bit, as well as during treatment.
Treating the Tick Bite
- Other antiseptic, antimicrobial plants that you can use on tick bites to help reduce the bacterial load include Goldenseal, Witch Hazel, and Peppermint.
- Herbal alternatives for treating suspected Lyme Disease carrying tick bites include Elderberry, Licorice, Jewelweed, and Onion.
- Vitamin C is a great antibacterial agent when used on broken skin that may be exposed to harmful bacteria and is found in all wild and domestic fruits, berries, and citrus varieties containing the highest quantities.
Homeopathic remedies that may be helpful in combating the debilitating symptoms of Lyme’s disease include:
- Borrelia burgdorferi nosode created from the bacteria
- Carcinosin which may help combat fatigue
- Arsenicum album used often to help with discomfort and anxiety
- Ledum created from wild Rosemary is often used for painful joints and to fight infection
- Mercurius is often identified as Merc Sol reduces fungal growth and is often used to combat thrush, vaginal yeast infections and other similar Candida conditions
Before considering using one of the herbal remedies for Lyme Disease contact your physician as Lyme’s disease can cause lasting damage if not treated quickly. Herbal and alternative therapies may help lessen the discomfort of this disease, while being treated by prescription antibiotic therapy.