Living with Lyme disease can be confusing, overwhelming, and debilitating. Choosing natural treatments for your Lyme disease may be able to help you where conventional treatments have failed.
What is Lyme Disease?
Lyme disease is a bacterial illness caused by a tick carrying the bacterium Borrelia Burgdorferi. The condition was first identified in Lyme, Connecticut in the 1970s when mothers noticed many of their children were coming down with rheumatoid arthritis.
This bacterial illness was officially declared Lyme disease in 1982.
The condition is most prevalent in the Northeastern United States from Maine to Maryland. It has also been shown to be common from Midwest Minnesota to Wisconsin, and West Oregon to Northern California as well as China, Europe, Japan, Australia, and the former Soviet Union.
The Three Stages of Lyme Disease
There are three stages of Lyme disease:
- Early Localized Disease
Early localized disease is the first stage of Lyme disease infection where the virus has not yet spread. This can last anywhere from 1-4 weeks. In this stage, the tell-tale bull’s-eye ring and localized inflammation is noticed. One in four patients, however, does not develop a rash at all.
- Early Disseminated Disease
In the early disseminated disease, the infection starts to spread to the heart and nervous system.
- Late Disease
After several months to years of initial Lyme disease infection, symptoms become more advanced and debilitating, affecting multiple organ systems.
Primary Symptoms of Lyme Disease
The symptoms associated with Lyme disease are so wide and varied they’re often mistaken for other autoimmune and neurological conditions.
- Extreme Fatigue
- Unexplained Low or High-Grade Favors
- Muscle Pain and Weakness
- Vision Changes
- Limb Weakness or Paralysis
- Tingling Sensations in the Body
- Cognitive Impairment
- Burning Sensation in the Feet
- Poor Balance
- Tremors/Muscle Ticks/Shaking
- Increase in Motion Sickness
- Difficulty with Organization and Multi-Tasking
- Pinpricks and Burning Sensations
- Nausea and Vomiting
- Sudden, Unexplained Weight Loss or Gain
- Loss of Appetite
- Mood Swings
- Paranoid Thinking
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
- Bipolar Disorder
- Emotional Sensitivity
- Sensory Processing Dysfunction
- Attention Problems/Easily Distracted
- Mental Disorientation
- Declining School or Work Performance
- Poor Short or Long-Term Memory
- Lack of Coordination
- Mental Confusion
- Brain Fog
- Benign, Tumor-Like Nodules
- Erethyma Migrans (Rash)
Natural Treatments for Lyme Disease
1. Wild Oregano Oil, Garlic, and Lobelia
Both wild oregano oil and organic garlic are powerful natural antibiotics that can help get rid of the bacterium causing your Lyme disease. Wild oregano oil should be taken in oil form (as opposed to capsules) mixed in water for best results. With oregano oil, it is best to start slowly. Place 1-2 drops in a small glass of water and take it through a straw to prevent burning your lips. You should also consume raw, chopped organic garlic in food each day (1 bulb, as tolerated). Lobelia is an herbal remedy known for its anticonvulsant and antispasmodic activity. It should be taken in conjunction with the oregano oil and garlic as it helps guide these antibiotics to the source of the infection so it can be healed. Add 10-15 drops of lobelia with the oregano oil and garlic for best results.*
2. Vitamin C
Vitamin C is a powerful natural antioxidant that enhances your immune system, supports your healthy gut bacteria, neutralizes harmful free radicals, and destroys harmful bacteria and viruses. Taken orally in high doses for short periods of time can help ease Lyme symptoms and help you heal where other treatments have failed. It may surprise you to know that, in the late 1940s, before the polio vaccine was invented, Dr. Frederick Klenner, use intravenous vitamin C to cure the disease!
3. Probiotic-Rich Foods
Wild oregano oil and garlic are natural antibiotics and will deplete your beneficial gut bacteria while getting rid of the Lyme bacterium. That is why it is very important to replenish with a diet of probiotic-rich foods such as organic yogurt, home made milk kefir, kombucha, sauerkraut, kimchi, raw organic apple cider vinegar, and fermented vegetables. Probiotics help treat gastrointestinal symptoms and give your immune system the boost it needs to heal you from Lyme. For best results, eat probiotic-rich foods or take a high-quality probiotic supplement 2 hours after an antibiotic protocol.
4. Healing Diet
When you’re living with Lyme disease, a healing diet is a must. Lyme disease bacterium feed on highly-processed foods containing synthetic sugar and refined flour. Your body needs high-quality nutrients in order to keep your immune system strong and able to fight infection.
To help heal Lyme disease naturally through diet, slowly wean off processed foods and trade them in for healthier fare. I, personally, recommend removing gluten, soy, and corn completely from your diet as they are highly-inflammatory foods.
85% of corn and soy products are genetically modified, meaning they contain harmful pesticides you can’t wash off. If you want to consume soy, eat only organic fermented soy. All corn and corn products should be certified organic as well.
A healthy, whole-food diet filled with organic vegetables, fruit, fermented foods, nuts, seeds, poultry, and wild-caught fish can do wonders to help your body heal.
Acupuncture is an Eastern method of healing, which uses fine, hollow-pointed needles on areas of the body called meridians. It has been shown to stimulate healing in the system by eliminating energetic blocks.
Understanding the Healing Crisis
A “healing crisis” occurs when your body attempts to release toxins faster than they can be disposed of. During your detoxification process, you may notice increased joint and muscle pain, gastrointestinal problems, frequent urination, anxiety, sweating, skin rashes, insomnia, and strong emotional release.
To learn more about the Herxheimer Reaction, click here.
These reactions often happen during the first few weeks of treatment and can come and go as you proceed through the process. When you’re going through a healing crisis, give yourself time to rest, relax, and ease your way through it. In certain cases, you may want to dial back the dosage of natural antibiotics until symptoms subside then gradually return to the previous dosage.
Find a Lyme-Literate Doctor in Your Area
Many people who struggle with Lyme disease have a difficult time getting their doctors to believe and understand them. This is why it’s important to have a Lyme-literate doctor in your corner. The International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society can point you in the right direction and help you find a medical professional that will understand what you’re going through and be able to help you.
Lyme disease is a complex neurological disease millions of people suffer with. If you’re one of them, a combination of conventional treatment and natural treatments can help heal your Lyme disease and get you back on the path to wellness.
*The natural antibacterial agents listed have been shown to thin the blood and cause a drop in blood pressure. Always proceed with caution and consult a naturopathic physician, osteopathic physician, or herbalist for more information on how to use them.
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