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.