What is Lyme Disease
Lyme disease is the most common tick-borne illness caused by a bacteria in the USA. The bacteria (Borrelia burgdorferi) is found in tick’s which inhabit both deer (adults) and mice (larvae) called “Deer Ticks” and also the black-legged tick found in California which is also found on wood rats. Although these ticks are most commoly found on mice and deer they can also be found on birds, chipmunks, cows, horses, cats, dogs, lizards and rabbits. Both these ticks are much smaller than the common dog ticks making them difficult to detect. When these ticks first bite the skin it will wait several hours before feeding on it’s hosts blood. Once it starts to feed on the blood supply, it will continue for three or four days. During this time of feeding is when lyme disease may pass from the tick to it’s host. The longer the tick feeds, the greater the chance it has of passing lymes disease.
Lyme Disease Symptoms
The main symptoms of lyme disease includes a red, circular lesion slowly enlarges as the middle of the lesion appears to clear up. After these symptoms arise a rash composed of small bumps around abdominal area may appear. The patient may generally feel feverish and have chills with nausea.
The symptoms of lyme disease only appears AFTER an incubation period of days to weeks. By the time you start showing symptoms, it has been up to 3 weeks past the time when the tick was feeding. There are generally 3 stages of lyme disease:
First Stage: symptoms appear 3days to 3 weeks after the tick bite. The infected individual will have small raised bumps on the skin with or without a rash which covers the entire torso. The rash and bumps can last as little as a couple of days while sometimes lasting for weeks before fading. During this first stage of lymes disease they may feel a fever with chills, nausea, sore throat and even vomiting in some cases.
Second Stage: Some individuals will have facial paralysis which can occur weeks to months after. Enlargement of the spleen and lymph nodes appear accompanied by severe migraines , muscle aches and myocardial abnormalities.
Third Stage: The last stage of lyme disease. Recurrent chronic back pain may appear including a stiff and sore neck, joint pains and swollen pain in different joints. Even Degenerative muscle disease may be a long term effect from lyme disease.
History of Lyme Disease
Lyme Disease first began in a town called Lyme in Connecticut in the early 1970’s. Lyme disease has increased from 48 reported cases in 1983 to 9,344 reported cases by 1991! It is not only found in Connecticut now but in All states EXCEPT Alaska, Arizona, Hawaii, Montana and Nebraska. Although 90% of lyme disease cases are in the United States Europe, Russia, China, Japan and Australia all report have reported lyme disease cases annually.
Herbal and Nutrient Treatment for Lyme Disease
Herbs For Lyme Disease
Alfalfa – loaded with needed vitamins and minerals for general wellbeing
Dandelion Root – aids rebuilding process of damaged tissue nourishes blood
Echinacea – stimulates immune system (do not take for long periods of time)
Ginseng – aids rebuilding process of damaged tissue nourishes blood
Goldenseal – natural antibiotic
Hawthorn – aids rebuilding process of damaged tissue nourishes blood
Horsetail – aids rebuilding process of damaged tissue nourishes blood
Kelp – contains many nutrients and minerals essential for detoxification of our body
Marshmallow – aids rebuilding process of damaged tissue and nourishes blood
Milk Thistle – aids liver function
Red clover – helps cleanse circulatory system and blood
Nutrients For Lyme Disease
Acidophilus – (if antibiotics have been prescribed) – helps maintain healthy bacteria flora
Essential fatty acids – reduces inflammatory response and helps clear joint stiffness
Primrose oil – helps combat pain and inflammation by reducing prostaglandins.
Pancreatin / Bromelain – helps protein digestion (also reduces inflammatory response)
Multivitamins – general wellbeing
Selenium – helps stop free radicals
Vitamin A – antioxidant properties
Vitamin C – aids immune system
Vitamin E – aids immune system
Diet Changes For Lyme Disease
Eat More: Fresh fruit, vegetables. garlic, barley grass, bee pollen, royal jelly, green drinks
Eat Less: Dairy
Do Not Eat: Sugar, refined flour, deep fried food
Western Medicine Treatment For Lyme Disease
Early Stage Lyme Disease:
Amoxicillin, Doxycycline, Cefuroxime Axetil, Azithromycin
Neurologic Manifestations with Lyme Disease
Bells Palsy like symptoms – Doxycycline or Amoicillin Meningitis like symptoms – Ceftriaxone, Penicillin, Doxycycline, Chloramphenicol
Cardiac Manifestations with Lyme Disease:
Ceftriaxone, Penicillin, Doxycycline, Amoxicillin
Arthritis Like symptoms with Lyme Disease (third stage):
Amoxicillin and Probenecid, Doxycycline, Ceftriaxone, Penicillin
Chinese Medicine Treatment of Lyme Disease
There has been little reference to Lyme disease in Chinese literature for some time, as most of China’s forests have been eliminated.
We at TCM Health Info are currently looking for successful case studies of TCM treatment of Lyme Disease. If you personally have any experiences or know any good resources on Lyme Disease please e-mail us!