Now that summer is here, you may be spending more time outside. Unfortunately, so are ticks. Discovering that you’ve been bitten by one of these little blood-suckers is bad enough, but your worries might not be over after the tick is removed. In many areas of the country, contracting Lyme disease is a real possibility.
Even if you clearly remember being bitten by a tick — which half of patients don’t! — Lyme disease is hard to diagnose and sometimes even harder to treat since Lyme disease doesn’t always result in the telltale bull’s-eye rash and is known for its high false negative rate in screening tests. It’s also known as the Great Imitator because of the wide array of misleading symptoms it can cause, ranging from chronic pain to musculoskeletal disorders to psychological issues.
The good news is that we’re discovering many innovative ways to effectively combat this ailment. In particular, using natural therapies to remove ‘obstacles to cure’ like toxins, inflammation, and infections can go a long way toward restoring health.
Here are six ways to treat Lyme disease in addition to the standard course of antibiotics:
Botanical Medicine. No matter how advanced medical science becomes, never underestimate the powers of mother nature! Many antimicrobial herbs and herbal formula combinations have been shown to effectively kill Borrelia burgdorferi (the bacteria that causes Lyme disease) and other tick-borne pathogens.
Herbs have an incredibly complex combination of phytochemicals that can be very harmful to certain bacteria, yet are harmless to people. Even top PhD pharmaceutical researchers have a hard time creating such things in the lab! Incorporating botanical medicine into a patient’s overall treatment protocol can help prevent a resistance to medications such as antibiotics from forming.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is incredibly effective at killing Borrelia burgdorferi. In fact, one clinical study has shown that 75 percent of patients with chronic Lyme disease experience improvements in their symptoms while using HBOT. (Of this 75 percent, a quarter experience complete remission of symptoms!)
During HBOT, patients are placed inside a hyperbaric oxygen chamber with an oxygen concentration of 100 percent. The chamber is slowly raised between 1.5 to 2 times the normal atmospheric pressure, allowing more oxygen to enter the bloodstream and cerebral spinal fluid.
Borrelia bacteria are microphilic anaerobes, meaning that they don’t like a lot of oxygen. Under hyperbaric conditions, the concentration of oxygen can become great enough to kill Borrelia, especially in combination with antibiotic and/or herbal therapies. Furthermore, since HBOT reduces inflammation in the brain and other tissues, it can bring healing and resolution to many of the inflammatory side effects of Lyme disease, such as brain fog and other neurological impairments.