The home remedies for Lyme disease include the use of herbs like samento, wormwood, oregano, and clove can be very helpful in eliminating the underlying infection. Garlic, valerian, passionflower, and ganoderma mushrooms are also good for treatment. Increasing the intake of water, eliminating dairy and gluten from your diet, and increasing consumption of lean organic proteins like nuts, avocados, flax seed, and fish oil can help, as well as a high-fiber regimen. Finally, astragalus, elderberry, and olive leaf can also be used to eliminate the effects of Lyme Disease.
Introduction to Lyme Disease
Lyme Disease is an infectious, bacterial disease that can be transferred to humans via the bite of a deer tick, which is the most common method of transfer. It is currently considered one of the most widespread infectious diseases in Europe and the Americas, with more than 10,000 new cases being reported every day. There are three strains of bacteria from the Borrellia genus that are the causes behind this disease.
After being bitten by a tick, symptoms begin to appear. A rash forms at the site of the bite in most cases (70-80%), and this is often accompanied by pain, inflammation, flu-like symptoms, muscle and joint aches, and general fatigue. The disease is quite easily treatable with antibiotics, but if the condition goes untreated for an extended period of time, the disease can begin to affect the central nervous system, the heart, muscle disorders, and neurological issues. Some rare symptoms include meningitis, hepatitis, and coinfections with herpes viruses, due to the weakened state of the immune system.
Although antibiotics are widely used by most patients suffering from Lyme Disease, there are some home remedies that can either naturally fight off the bacterial infection, treat the symptoms, and generally give you relief from this disease without having to resort to pharmaceuticals and antibiotics. Let’s explore a bit more about these home remedies, and why they are so effective against Lyme Disease.
Home Remedies for Lyme Disease
The treatment of Lyme disease at home is interesting, because you can either treat the infection directly, or you can help your body naturally fight off the infection. The approach to remedying this disease at home is therefore split into a few different angles of attack!
Antimicrobial Herbs: Extensive research has been done on the role of various herbs in battling microbial infections and bacteria that can harm our bodies. In terms of Lyme disease, a direct connection has been made between samento, guaiacum, oregano, and clove, since they have anti-spirochete capacities, meaning that they directly inhibit the spread of specific types of bacteria of which the Borrellia genus is a part. Using these herbs in either salves on the site of the bite or including them in your diet can naturally heal your body of the infection.
Co-Infection Prevention: Many people suffer from a weakened immune system when they contract Lyme disease, and subsequently, other viruses take hold, even further taxing the immune system and leaving it unable to heal either the bacterial or viral infection. Herpes is commonly seen developing on Lyme disease patients, so be sure to use olive leaf and cat’s claw, two herbs that have shown themselves to be very effective against that type of virus. Other antiviral and antibacterial vegetables, particularly garlic cloves, should be used as often as possible to kill off the bacteria before it can spread and worsen the condition.
Reduce Inflammation: One of the major symptoms of Lyme disease is inflammation, both at the point of the bite as well as throughout the body as the infection spreads. One way to allow your body to rest and muster a defense against this disease, without resorting to antibiotics, is to reduce the inflammation. Mushrooms have long been used to reduce inflammation, and reducing dairy and gluten-based products from the diet can also lower general inflammation throughout your system. Protein-rich and lean foods like fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and fish oil should be consumed to keep the body packed with nutrients, but avoiding any inflammatory materials.
Detoxification Preparation: As the bacteria are killed off within the body, they release certain neurotoxins that can be very dangerous to your body and can make you ill or weaken your immune system enough to let Lyme disease have a resurgence. Therefore, be sure to eat a high-fiber diet and drink at least 2 L of water per day so you can flush out these toxins and eliminate them from the body before they can do any damage.
Get Some Sleep: Sleep patterns are often disrupted by Lyme disease, and that can unbalance your metabolism and circadian rhythms, upset your neurotransmitter hormones, and weaken your immune system. Try valerian root and passionflower, which are both known to induce sleep and eliminate insomnia.
Immune System Booster: Lyme disease attacks the body and compromises the immune system, so you need to give it a well-needed boost to eliminate the bacterial infection. Consume plenty of vitamin C, but research has pointed directly to the use of astragalus, olive leaf, and elderberry to provide an immediate boost to your immune system so it can eliminate the bacteria directly.
A Few Words of Caution: While the infections and the most important symptoms can be treated with home remedies and a healthy diet that strengthens the immune system, if the Lyme disease is completely untreated for some time, or if the symptoms begin to worsen rapidly, immediately go to see a doctor. The more serious symptoms that occur when the disease is left untreated can be quite severe and have a long-lasting impact, despite the fact that death from this disease is extremely rare.