Lyme disease is an infection caused by a bacterium, Borrelia burgdorferi. This bacterium gets transmitted to ticks from white-tailed deer and the western black-legged deer. These ticks spread the infection to humans.
When this tick bites you, this bacterium enters your bloodstream. From the infected site, it settles into different body tissues, which results in different symptoms within the body. Over time, Lyme disease evolves into different stages, resulting in symptoms that can affect the skin, joints, heart, or brain. The stages include:
- Early-stage localized Lyme disease occurring from day 1 to day 28.1
- Early disseminated Lyme disease develops between 3-12 weeks.1
- Late persistent, late disseminated Lyme disease manifests after months to years of initial infection.1
If not treated, this bacteria triggers autoimmune activity, causing debilitating illness and lifelong symptoms. Homeopathy can help you regulate your immune system and help you reduce its severity.
Role of homeopathy in Lyme disease
Homeopathy is the quickest and safest mode for permanently curing Lyme disease. Homeopathic medicines for Lyme disease are prescribed based on the prominent symptoms. For each case of Lyme disease, a different homeopathic medicine is selected based on your unique symptoms that will speed up your recovery.
These medicines provide a natural cure by regulating your immune system.
Top five homeopathic medicines for Lyme disease
Lyme disease evolves through different phases, and the symptoms vary in all these stages. Homeopathy, being a science treating disease constitutionally, has remedies for all the phases. Here are the top 5 homeopathic medicines for Lyme disease.
Ledum palustre (Led.)
Common name: Marsh tea
Ledum palustre is one of the very good remedies for treating Lyme disease with skin rash. This medicine has antiseptic properties and is useful in insect bites.
Ledum pal treats all kinds of insect stings and tick bites. The person often feels a twitching sensation around the skin rash. The area of the tick bite that is too cold to touch is the characteristic symptom of this medicine.
Common name: Deadly Nightshade
Lyme disease with constant headaches can be treated with this homeopathic medicine. Belladonna is indicated for chronic Lyme disease with migraine. Headache is pulsating and throbbing in character, with a feeling of extreme fullness in the head. Belladonna works well on headaches worsened by noise, light, cold air, and a head bath with cold water. Often, these headaches are relieved by hard pressure on the head.
Rhus toxicodendron (Rhus-t)
Common name: Poison ivy
This is a good homeopathic medicine for Lyme disease with arthritis. Rhus tox. works well in case of stiff and painful swelling of the knee joints. These pains are often better by warmth. This remedy is also suited for Lyme disease with joint problems in the elbows and ankles. A tingling sensation in the feet and other places of the body is one of the characteristic symptoms of this remedy.
Arsenicum album (Ars.)
Common name: Arsenious acid
Arsenicum album is a good homeopathic medicine for Lyme disease with chronic fatigue. Extreme weakness with restlessness is the characteristic symptom of this remedy.
Ars. alb. cures Lyme disease in people who complain of limb tearing pains that worsen during the night. These pains often aggravate while the person is at rest and after exertion. A sudden reduction in strength during the second stage of Lyme disease indicates this remedy.
Kalium phosphoricum (Kali-p.)
Common name: Phosphate of potassium
Kalium phosphoricum is a homeopathic medicine for Lyme disease with brain fog. It is indicated in mental fatigue and exhaustion from overwork. The person often feels dullness and a lack of interest in talking. Also, there is a loss of memory and forgetfulness. Low nervous condition with sensitivity is the characteristic symptom of this remedy.
Causes of Lyme disease
Lyme disease is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi. This infection is transmitted to ticks from white-tailed deer and the western black-legged deer. Sometimes bacteria can also transmit when this tick bites sick mice or birds.
This infected tick, when it bites a human, spreads infection in humans. After the tick bite, this bacteria enters into your bloodstream. Initially, it affects the skin. Gradually, it involves vital organs and manifests into a debilitating illness.
Symptoms of Lyme disease
Symptoms of Lyme disease vary depending on the stage of the disease.
Early localized infection
This stage develops within 3-30 days after the infected tick bite.2 In this stage, the infection is limited to the skin area of the bites and does not spread to other body parts.
Erythema chronicum migrans (EM)
The characteristic symptom of Lyme disease is EM. This rash begins to appear at the site of the tick bite. It appears as an outward spreading rash that is often painless, red, and appears like a bull’s eye, with the core part remaining dark red and indurated, the outer part remaining red, and the space between the two remaining clear.
In the early stages of infection, EM is present in 70-80% of infected individuals.2 20-30% of the individuals with Lyme disease do not exhibit an EM rash. Frequent symptoms along with this rash include fever, lethargy, headache, muscle discomfort, and swollen lymph nodes.
Early disseminated infection
After the initial stage of infection, various other areas of the body begin to develop a rash. In this phase, a purple tumor known as a borrelial lymphocytoma can appear on the earlobe, nipple, or scrotum.
This term describes acute neurological problems that develop in 10-15% of untreated individuals.3 The symptoms include:
- Facial palsy
- Inflammation of the spinal cord’s nerve roots
- Mild encephalitis
If not treated, it can lead to irregular cardiac rhythms and atrioventricular block.
Late disseminated infection
At this point, the virus has completely taken over the body. Following a few months, patients with untreated or ineffectively treated Lyme disease may experience severe symptoms involving the brain, joints, eyes, nerves, and heart.
Other symptoms include:
- Muscle aches
- Numbness and tingling sensation in the limbs
- Cognitive difficulties
- A general feeling of being unwell
- Cognitive difficulties
- Brain fog
- Issues in balancing
- Weakness of legs
- Bladder issues
- Pain in back
- Panic attacks
- Arthritis involving joints like elbows, wrists, hips, ankles, and shoulders
Treatment for Lyme disease
In conventional medicine, oral or intravenous antibiotics are administered for several weeks for Lyme disease. The severity of the Lyme disease will determine the duration of the treatment. The sooner you start treatment, the quicker and complete are the chances of recovery.
Diet and lifestyle modification for Lyme disease
Diet and lifestyle management are supportive in managing Lyme disease, although they are not a primary treatment.
- A healthy diet can help support your immune system to fight the infection. Consume a diet rich in whole grains, lean proteins, healthy fats, vitamins, and minerals that aid in immune function.
- Staying hydrated helps your body flush out toxins and maintain overall health.
- To overcome fatigue and exhaustion caused by Lyme disease, take proper rest.
- Stress can worsen symptoms of Lyme disease. Meditation, deep breathing, and mindfulness can help lower stress levels.
If Lyme disease is not treated correctly in the early stages of infection, it can develop into a chronic illness. This results in excruciating pain, extreme exhaustion, neurological issues, and a decreased quality of life.
Lyme disease treatment is possible with constitutional homeopathic medications. A well-selected homeopathic remedy can also cure late-stage Lyme disease and post-Lyme disease syndrome.
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