… What you can do?
What happens if you get Lyme disease? And what options are available for long standing Chronic Lyme Disease? Especially if it is difficult to prove that Chronic Lyme disease is due to the persistent infection by Borrelia type bacteria as well as other possible co-infections and therefore your doctor will not provide you with treatment. The medical treatment for Lyme is antibiotics, usually an oral dose of doxycycline, however this does not work for everyone. Read on for ideas on prevention, acute treatment and natural treatments. The body knows how to heal itself with a little help.
If you have Lyme, or suspect that you do, the following symptoms may seem familiar:
- Severe headaches and neck stiffness
- Arthritis with severe joint pain and swelling
- Fever, chills, fatigue and swollen lymph nodesSome possible long term symptoms:
- Maddening pains
- Sensory hyper acuity
- Panic attacks or nausea from bright or flickering lights
- Hypersensitivity to sound, even someone’s breathing seems unbearably loud
- Abnormally heightened acuity to vibration
- Smells seem overly intense and noxious
- Foods may taste abnormally sour or bitter
- Joint pain, major sleep disturbances, terrible fatigue
- Major cognitive dysfunction, esp. short-range memory
- Patients are labeled as crazy by medical prctitioners
- Patients go out of their minds from falling on deaf ears
- Despair and darkness
- As if the taking away by force of hopes and dreams
A natural way to immunize against Lyme would be to take the homeopathic Lyme disease remedy. The protocol is to take 2-3 doses of the Lyme nosode, also known as the Borrelia nosode, in 200c potency. It is good to do this in the spring spreading the doses out over a couple of weeks or more. Another protocol is to use HTSF complex Trauma and MAM1 before possible exposure.
Lemon Grass essential oil is suggested by Sue Myers to deter ticks. You can make a spray with water and a bit of the oil to put on socks, shoes, pants and sleeves. It would also be safe to put directly on the skin since the oil would be diluted.
There are theories that blood type can make a difference. According to Sue Myers ticks are not attracted to people with a lot of water in their blood. The constitution is easier to discern in children, however a professional homeopath might be able to help determine if you are mainly one type.
- Carbo-nitrogenoid: excess of Carbon and Nitrogen. Related to Psora. Insufficient oxygenation and results in retarded nutrition.
- Hydrogenoid: excess of water in blood and tissues. Sycosis relationship. Main remedy Nat-s. As if bones are of ice. Sensitive to cold and dampness.
- Oxygenoid: excess of Oxygen or exaggerated influence of oxygen on the organism. Relates to Syphilis. Nervous characterized by great physical and mental activity.
If you find a tick that is attached, pull the tick out safely. DO NOT use petroleum jelly, a hot match, nail polish, or other products, they can often make things worse and the chances of leaving a tick body part in the skin is much higher. It also stresses the tick, which may mean greater discharge of toxic materials into the skin. Remove attached ticks with tweezers gently to avoid crushing the tick’s body. Grasp the tick firmly and as close to the person or animal’s skin as possible. With a steady motion, pull the tick’s body away from the skin. Do not be alarmed if the tick’s mouthparts remain in the skin. (Watch this demo Video by expert Kateryn Rochon)
Homeopathically it is good to give a dose of Ledum palustre 200c while removing the tick. I will discuss the use of Ledum in homeopathic protocols later on.
Cleanse the area with an antiseptic or a lavender oil formula. You can put a drop of lavender oil at the site right away. It is antibacterial and antiseptic yet will not suppress any symptoms. Or mix with coconut oil or other carrier oil to dilute the oil so it will not affect sensitive skin. You can also use infused oil with arnica or calendula flowers. Calendula helps the skin to repair and heal without scarring. There are some calendula based wax or cream formulas available that would work as well after the lavender oil has set in.
Another option is to use a Bentonite clay poultice to draw out anything left in the wound. You can add the lavender oil to the Bentonite poultice.
Recovery with Western Medicine
Going to the doctor will result in tests and antibiotics. There are cases where there is no response or an incomplete response to antibiotics. In these cases either oral or intravenous antibiotics are continued for months at a time. Some patients ultimately respond to this aggressive treatment, others do not or suffer extensive side effects from prolonged antibiotic use.
For many with a strong immune system and vitality, the recovery is quick and effective. However, the cases in which the symptoms return after months of an apparent cure or never completely go away with standard or aggressive treatment can cause serious suffering and health deterioration. Patients in this category are said to suffer from Chronic Lyme, or Post-treatment Chronic Lyme Disease. This is not recognized by all medical systems and treatment is often therefore unavailable.
There are problems that can arise with only using antibiotics as a treatment. All Bacteria create biofilms in the body. Sort of like a house or roof, they build a stable place to exist. When under assault by the immune system or antibiotics they form spherical shapes and can thus hibernate in a comatose state like a seed. They then constantly monitor the environment waiting for the opportunity to ‘wake up.’ They more difficult to remove from the body when in this state. It is also well known that it is not advisable to take antibiotics over a long term. This can disrupt the delicate balance of the body’s micro biome and lead to problems with basic body functions. It is possible that using only allopathic treatments can supress symptoms that come back later and we can still carry residual effects for years.
People that do not recover from antibiotic treatment, or who have relapses requiring stronger antibiotics suggests that there is an issue with their immune system response. Although antibiotics can help the body to remove bacteria, without the body’s own adaptive response and immune system response doing that work, there is little chance of a full recovery. There are other treatments that can naturally stimulate the body’s immune and adaptive responses. They can help wake up the awareness of the bacteria causing imbalance, and then the body can remove it gently and completely in most cases.
The herx reaction
A Herxheimer reaction refers to the release of endotoxins where bacteria die off during antibiotic treatment faster than the body can remove the toxins. Symptoms can include fever, muscle pain, and overall increased Lyme symptoms. This reaction can produce symptoms more severe than the disease itself and so care must be taken to help the body clear the toxins or to reduce the intensity of the antibiotic reaction.
Using Homeopathy to support Lyme recovery
It is always better to treat the current symptoms of each individual, however there are protocols that may help for Lyme infections. Keep in mind it is possible to combine the following natural approaches along with the antibiotic use depending on what you feel most comfortable doing. It would be good to have the advice of a professional homeopath however since antibiotics can complicate the body’s response to the natural treatments.
After the tick bite
If it is the first or second day of the bite, use Belladonna 30c or 200k to wake up the vital force and although it is usually used for a viral infection, it can still help rally the immune system to act. Indications are if there is any fever, redness, pain or red swelling. Instead of the Belladonna you could also use the HTSF complex Viral.
Definitely take Ledum 200c or 200k. Use only the Ledum if the bite has been there a while since the Belladonna would no longer be useful once the acute phase has passed. The Ledum is excellent for insect bites and reduces inflammation and itching, redness with swelling and throbbing pain.
In the case that the person is freaking out and worried they might die after the tick bite, you can easily calm then down from fear with Aconite 30c or 200k. Give them one right away, and another dose shortly after if they still need it.
The following protocols are the suggestions of other Homeopaths that have worked with Lyme patients. The best course of action with homeopathics is to individualize the treatment if at all possible. For more details on the protocols, duration and when to switch remedies or which remedy is best for you, contact your homeopath.
Protocol One (Joette Calabrese)
Step 1: Start with Ledum palustre 200c; take every 3 hours for the first day, followed by twice daily for a week. It could then be taken twice weekly for a month and then once per week for another month if it seems needed.
Step 2: Aurum Arsenicum 200, twice daily for one week.
Step 3: If treating older cases, include the Borrelia 30c also known as Lyme Nosode 30c. Take Borrelia once per day for three days and then stop, for a total of three doses. This protocol states that this may need to be repeated every few months if the symptoms remain.
When taking multiple remedies, take one at night, a different one in the morning, or somehow stagger them so they are not taken all at the same time of day.
Protocol Two (Sue Myers)
Take the Lyme nosode 30c and then Silicea 30c to help get the bacteria out of body. This step may also be used after antibiotic treatment, and at any point after the initial infection no matter how long it has been.
Protocol Three (Banerjis from India)
Take Antimonium crudum 6C, twice daily.
After the initial protocol it is possible to use other remedies for particular symptoms as they appear during the healing process. It can be helpful to use remedies inter-currently if they are complementary. With the help of a homeopath it is good to use the core remedy to help the body heal completely and fully.
To lessen the chance of the bacteria evolving, changing the dosages of the homeopathics and herbs on a monthly basis is one approach. This can accelerate the healing process at a much faster rate than using the same homeopathic remedies and dosages over an extended period.
When someone is irrationally afraid of Lyme disease consider Syphilinum. Their fear will often lead to a profound aversion to dirt or to touching dirty things. As mentioned above, an acute state of panic and fear of death can also be helped with Aconite.
It is suggested in the MICH Materia Medica that Ranunculus Bulbosus
is a good first aid remedy for Lyme. Rhus tox is also indicated. Other sources indicateRhododendron and Kalmia to be used along with Ledum. If the symptoms match these remedy pictures, then they might be of use. Lyme is similar to the Syphilis bacteria. There is an acute phase, dormant phase and a Progressive chronic phase where it gets worse with time.
Dr. Cindee Gardner suggests the following remedies depending if they match the symptoms: Sepia, Sulphur, Tellurium, Ledum, Syphilinum, Carcinocinum, Kalmia, Arnica, Rhododendron, Bryonia, Gelsemium, Rhus Tox, Arsenicum Album, Apis, Hypericum, Ruta, Symphytum, Silica, Cimicifuga, Argentum Nitricum, Mercury, Colchicine, Pulsatilla, Lac Caninium, Glycyrrhiza, Lyssinum, Spilanthes, Ixodes, Trombidium, Arbuts, Myristica, Carboneum Sulphuricum, Cimex, China, Psorinum, Toxoplasm, Viscum, Tuberculinum, Natrum Sulphuricum, Candida Albicans, AIDS nosode, Mezurium, Thuja, several different Lyme nosodes, among other remedies.
Pharmaceutical clean up
In the case where antibiotics, or other medications, have been used it can be good to do a drug detox from the system. Sometimes this is required before using natural protocols so the remedies can act fully to initiate the body’s response. This is mostly indicated in sensitive or very fatigued persons, although it can still be helpful for most people.
Luc De Shepper’s method
Nux vomica, Silicea and Arsenicum all in 6c, 1-2 doses a day for 1-2 weeks. Removes drugs and nullifies any suppression.
Dr. J. Compton Burnett’s method
Thuja and Natrum Sulphur 30c.
Nux vomica protocol, given in increasing potencies starting at 5ch up to 30ch, given once a day and then repeated if necessary.
According to Stephan Buhner, there are herbal protocols that can also be used. For new tick bites Buhner typically recommends taking Astragalus – 3,000 mg daily for 30 days, 1,000 mg daily thereafter, indefinitely. Astragalus boosts the immune system and is the primary herb for prevention as well. He also uses Japanese Knotweed, an exceptionally systemic herb, and Cat’s Claw. The details can be found on his site, buhnerhealinglyme.com.
Food and Diet
A whole food supplement can also boost the immune system and help with fatigue. Use them along with the homeopathic protocols and/or antibiotic treatment.
Add Spirulina to your diet. It contains essential amino acids, iron, protein, B vitamins, and vitamins C, D and E and supports the body, boosts the immune system and helps with recovery from fatigue.
Royal jelly is also a whole food supplement, take 1000-2000 ml grams daily. Or take Bee pollen. It contains beta-carotene, lycopene, zeaxanthin, the complete B and E complexes, vitamins C and D as well as protein and trace minerals including iodine, magnesium, and selenium.
Organic alfalfa is one of the most mineral-rich foods with optimal levels of magnesium, calcium, potassium, and trace minerals such as selenium, copper, sulfur, and zinc. These minerals are in balance naturally and promote proper absorption. I prefer these natural whole food supplements to taking specific or multi vitamins that can be synthetic, unbalanced or difficult for the body to absorb and use.
Post Treatment Recovery
It is important to rebuild the neural structures that were affected such as the collagen tissues, where the bacteria get most of their nutrients to survive. To rebuild the affected structures you can use homeopathic supports, nutritional whole food supplements and herbs as well as a strong whole food diet. The areas mainly affected will show up in the symptoms that are expressed in each individual. It might be the brain in neurological diseases, the joints as arthritis, and the heart as heart disease. There will most certainly be a nutrient deficiency. Quinton’s Plasma is a good tonic to restore nutrients in the more serious cases that have lead to long-term fatigue. Mycoplasmas scavenge B vitamins so taking whole food supplements can be helpful along with eating whole foods containing B vitamins. If they have disrupted the GI tract this can cause bowel permeability. Aloe Vera gel can help repair the mucosa and it may also help to change the diet temporarily reducing foods that cause any inflammation or irritation. Homeopathic Bowel Nosodes can also help with recovery in this department.
Homeopathic Tissue Salts can be very useful in a wide variety of functional disorder and physical symptoms. They are based on the 12 essential minerals the body needs to repair and maintain itself and they help to regulate and restore these minerals and their functions.
Other methods to consider alongside conventional medication are the GAPS diet, osteopathy, cranial-sacral therapy, and Traditional Chinese Medicine which uses herbs, tuina massage, bone setting and often cranial sacral.
Natural support for Lyme disease
I offer support for Lyme disease all over the world via Skype or, at my office in Montreal, Quebec. Ask about a free 15-minute consultation by phone or Skype. It is possible to work with the use of antibiotics, medications and other treatment protocols or to use a totally natural approach.
How does holistic treatment support healthy living? Why try homeopathy? Having a life long study in the principles of nature and healthy living, Lauren Trimble is happy to share her knowledge and experience. The art of retuning the body’s natural healing capacity & developing consciousness in a compassionate and gentle way is the gift that homeopathy brings to her current holistic practice. If you enjoyed this article find out more at Birdsong.