We live in an age where many of us that live in a first-world country believe that most diseases have been eradicated, or that there is at least a quick medical fix if not. Lyme disease is one of those diseases that has been around for centuries, and likely will continue to be. However, because it can pose some serious threats to your health and often goes misdiagnosed, it is important to know for yourself what the risks of, symptoms of, and treatments for Lyme disease are.
What is Lyme Disease, and How Do I Know if I Have it?
Lyme disease is transmitted via ticks that have been infected with the bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi, which they usually get from larger creatures such as deer. If bitten by a tick infected with Lyme disease, you will begin to experience symptoms in 1-4 weeks. These symptoms include a rash at the site of the bite and/or flu-like symptoms (fever, chills, fatigue, muscle aches, etc.).
If left untreated, these symptoms will worsen, extending to other parts of the body and eventually affecting the joints, heart, and nervous system. If still left untreated, facial paralysis, poor memory, and frequent headaches can come next.
Treating Lyme Disease Naturally
Because many physicians overlook Lyme disease, inadvertently or not, it is important to know what you can do about it yourself if you believe you have been infected. Below you will find some herbs, natural remedies, and supplements that will help treat Lyme disease and its symptoms.
This herb is well-known for its ability to strengthen the kidneys, liver, and heart. Even better, it also drives pathogens out of the lymphatic system, allowing your body to fight and rid itself of the intruders.
2. Parasite Cleanse
Since the root of the problem with Lyme disease is infection by a parasite, a long-term parasite cleanse will rid the body of the problem.
All B vitamins, but especially B6, B9, and B12, will help support and repair damaged nerves, a symptom of Lyme disease.
This sulfur protein can help with another long-term symptom of Lyme disease, that being joint pain. In addition, it also helps repair damaged nerves.
5. Colloidal Silver
A natural anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and anti-viral agent, colloidal silver is effective at eliminating pathogens from the body. Start with 1 fluid ounce two times per day; once your body is comfortable with that amount you can up the dosage a little bit at a time if needed. When taking it, hold it in your mouth for about a minute before swallowing for optimum results.
6. Sea Salt
A diet rich in unrefined, natural sea salt will also help cure Lyme disease. The kind of salt you want will most likely be found in a health food store; avoid anything that is bright white. This unrefined salt helps mitigate any potential problems from excess sodium, and also creates an environment that is inhospitable for pathogens. The recommendation is not to eat spoonfuls of unrefined salt just because you can, but rather to replace all salt in your meals with the unrefined kind.
7. Healthy Fats
Flaxseed oil, fish oil, walnuts, full-fat yogurt, and goat cheese are all sources of healthy fats, which will help protect the central nervous system from damage.
Well-known for its ability to expel pollutants from the body, Echinacea is a common treatment used for Lyme disease. Make sure not to start with Echinacea until after you’ve determined the appropriate colloidal silver dosage, as it will not be as effective and you may experience some side effects with Echinacea temporarily. This herb should be taken no more than once per day and for a maximum of three weeks at a time.
Chlorophyll helps to increase the body’s absorption of oxygen and also raises the body’s levels of copper; both of these events create a hostile environment for pathogens.
Another important B-vitamin, niacin (B3) will help your body absorb the other treatments listed above. It is not recommended to use more than 100 mg daily, and you should do a little research before taking a niacin supplement. Alternatively, you can simply try to eat more foods that are rich in niacin.
11. Gotu Kola
Used for years to kill the syphilis virus, gotu kola may also be effective in treating Lyme disease.
12. Ginkgo Biloba
Mental fogginess is a common symptom of Lyme disease, and this herb will help treat that. Standard dosage is about 120 mg per day.
13. Bentonite Clay
Making a bentonite clay paste and applying it to the spine is believed to draw out the pathogens that are congregating in that area.
Lyme disease is a serious issue, and is something that should be treated right away. If you notice the tell-tale “bull’s-eye” rash and have potentially been exposed to ticks (i.e. you’ve been outside), then it is safe to assume you have contracted Lyme disease. Before the symptoms increase and spread, utilize some of the natural remedies above to protect your health and eradicate the pathogens from your body.