Treating Lyme Disease Naturally
It may begin with flu like symptoms, headache, chills, and body pains. That is, if you’re lucky enough to know you’ve been bitten by an infected tick. However, some people won’t know, because Lyme disease can also be transmitted by contact with body fluids such as urine, tears, semen, contaminated blood and breast milk. Plus, it is not only ticks that now carry the Lyme spirochete, but also mites, spiders, mosquitoes, fleas and biting flies.
Antibiotics, whether administered in a one month protocol or taken intravenously for several years, has been the only way allopathic medicine has treated Lyme disease. For many this form of treatment has successfully eliminated the debilitating symptoms, while for others antibiotics have only offered short-term relief. According to Stephen Harrod Buhner, author of Healing Lyme, 80 percent of blood tests performed to detect the presence of Lyme come back negative. This, he claims, is due to the spirochete’s ability to hide inside cells and body tissues rather than body fluids and blood, to quickly arrange its gene structure in order to hide from antibiotics and fit into the host’s body, all while avoiding their immune system. In addition to bacteria, Lyme ticks can also transmit Babesia species, a small protozoan, which only complicates the disease further.
There are a number of natural protocols, using herbs, diet and energy treatments that have helped many people suffering from Lyme disease. Some are listed here not as a medical cure, but as alternative treatments to help alleviate Lyme symptoms. It is difficult to say what will work for one person and not for another, so it is recommended you work with an experienced health practitioner to determine the right supplements for you to take. It is important to remember that herbs are medicine and should be treated with respect as to dosage and use over time.
Lyme Disease Protocol Herbs and Supplements
- Samento Herbal Tincture (Cats Claw) by Nutramedix
- SPK by Kroeger Herbals
- Immunity Shield by New Chapter
- Magnesium Malate by Source Naturals
- Zyflamend (for inflammation) by New Chapter
- Magnesium oil spray
- Lomation Isolate from Eclectic Institute Herbs
- Garlic (specifically alicilin)
- Szechuan Teasel
- Japanese Knotweed
- Andrographis paniculata
- Immune Boosters- Vitamin, C, D, CoQ10, Body Balance minerals, B vitamins,
- Enzyme Therapy
- Lipid Replacement Therapy with NT Factor
Energy Body Treatments
This list was compiled from actual testimonies of individuals who have found relief from using these treatments. Be aware that you may experience flu like symptoms (Herxheimer Reaction) following some of the treatments.
- Chiropractic Adjustments regularly to open up the central nervous system.
- Hyperbaric Chamber
- Ion Cleanse Foot bath to remove the toxins once the spirochete and other bacteria have been killed off.
- Cold Laser Therapy can be used for neurological symptoms, muscle aches and pain.
- Energy Body Work: Cranial Sacral, Jin Shin Jyutsu, Reiki, Shiatsu.
- Essential Oils Massage
- Aromatherapy oils placed on the bottoms of the feet daily.
- Water Therapy: the ocean, if possible, otherwise a mineral spa or spring. Bring one to your home using herbal body salts and oils.
- Hot Yoga
In Healing Lyme, Buhner makes 3 important points:
- That the severity of symptoms in the host and the degree of infection are directly dependent on host immune strength or weakness.
- A healthy host-immune defense also stimulates antibodies to tick saliva and inhibits future tick attachment.
- The higher the immune response the less able a tick is to attach and feed and the lower the rate of Lyme infection in those who are exposed to an infected tick bite.
The Macrobiotic perspective states that people eating a diet high in refined sweets and poor oils creates a sweet, fatty blood that attracts insects and creates an environment in which the Lyme spirochete can thrive and spread. Consume a more alkaline, whole foods, vegetarian style of diet featuring foods with antibiotic properties. This can help strengthen the immune system so the host body can fight off spirochete and bacterial invasion.
- ELIMINATE all dairy, sugar, wheat and other gluten grains, coffee, soda, artificial sweeteners, and alcohol.
- Have 5 servings of vegetables per day. 1/2 a cup is a serving.
- Increase protein using organic vegetable proteins. Serving size is ½ to 1 cup per serving. Chew well.
- Eat protein within one hour of awakening.
- Include green vegetables on a daily basis: dandelion greens, kale, collards, Swiss chard, salad greens.
- Include live fermented foods with each meal: Kimchi, sauerkraut, live pickles.
- Juice greens: cucumber, kale, celery, parsley, dandelion, etc. 4-8 ounces per day. Dilute half with water.
- Micro-plants: Chlorella, Spirulina, Blue-green algae.
- Miso soup, 1 cup a day using 2-3 year fermented miso.
- 1-2 teaspoons combo Flax or Hemp seed oil per day.
- Sea Vegetables, 1 serving per day. In soup or as condiment.
- Dark green leafy vegetables daily.
- Have gluten-free grains and breads only.
- Regular exercise to heat up the body.