Lyme Treatment Options
Updated: Dec 23, 2019
Conventional treatment for Lyme usually focuses on antibiotics. However, long-term use of antibiotics can damage the gut microbiome, increase the risk of fungal and yeast infections, and increase your risk of antibiotic-resistant infections. This not only affects your immune system negatively but often stops short of addressing the underlying issues associated with Lyme disease.
There are so many other options out there to treat Lyme that it would be wise to probe the many natural alternatives as well. You can decide for yourself if you prefer antibiotics, natural treatments, or even use both together. You may find the following nutritional supplements useful in addressing Lyme disease:
Andrographis and artemisinin — herbs that treat a Lyme coinfection called Babesia
Krill oil — this omega-3 powerhouse helps reduce inflammation and relieve Lyme symptoms
Astaxanthin — a powerful antioxidant that neutralizes toxins and relieves joint pain
Probiotics — promotes healthy gut flora and boosts your immunity
Cilantro — a natural chelator for heavy metals
Quercetin — an antioxidant known to reduce histamine, which is usually high in Lyme patients
CoQ10 — a potent antioxidant that alleviates muscle pain, boosts cardiac health and reduces brain fog
Resveratrol — this antioxidant helps with detoxification and may treat the common co-infection called Bartonella
Curcumin — the active ingredient in the spice turmeric, which eliminates neurological toxins and helps reduce brain swelling
Serrapeptase — helps dissolve biofilms
GABA and melatonin — two great sleep supplements that will help address insomnia, a common complaint of Lyme sufferers
Transfer factors — help boost your immune function
Grapefruit seed extract — known to kill bacteria, Candida and parasites and may help treat the Borrelia bacterium in cyst form
Whey protein concentrate — may be useful as a dietary supplement
Lumbrokinase, a group of six proteolytic (protein digesting) enzymes derived from earthworms, has been successfully paired with antimicrobial remedies for the treatment of Lyme disease.
Lumbrokinase has been shown to effectively penetrate through thick clumps of gut bacteria known as biofilms. Biofilms are one of the several factors associated with Lyme and where pathogenic bacteria hide. When pathogenic bacteria hide within biofilms, they can feed and replicate out of the reach of your immune system.
By doing so, they remain strong and unaffected by any antimicrobial medications, including antibiotics and herbs, that you may be taking. Lumbrokinase is helpful in breaking down fibrinogen and is an important aspect of Lyme treatment because the pathogenic bacteria use fibrinogen to convert into fibrin, in order to strengthen their network.
Researchers studying the effects of lumbrokinase note that earthworms have been used for thousands of years within traditional medicine in Asian countries such as China, Japan, and Korea. In these countries, dry earthworm powder taken orally has been shown to promote healthy blood circulation.
Dr. Miguel Gonzalez, a functional, integrative and holistic medicine specialist from Thousand Oaks, California, and creator of the Lyme People website suggests lumbrokinase, “appears to assist in dissolving the excess fibrin that covers and hides the bacteria, is involved in the regulation of blood clotting and also eliminates the abnormal proteins that are released as a result of the bacteria’s activity.”
Prevention is always the best option. Whenever going into grassy areas cover your body appropriately. Spray your clothing, not your skin, with an insect repellent. Then upon returning check thoroughly for any ticks. After all, no tick bites, no Lyme disease. Because the ticks can be as small as poppy seeds, you must be vigilant to safeguard yourself, your loved ones and your pets from ticks.
Not all ticks carry Lyme so if possible, keep them alive for testing. For detailed instructions on doing so or anything else discussed here visit www.lymedisease.org
For more options not discussed here check out the following podcast: https://yopistudio.podbean.com/e/treating-lyme-disease-41/