Natural herbal & homeopathic remedies for preventing & alleviating symptoms of Lyme Disease (Borreliosis, Tick Borne Disease)

Lyme disease
HEALTH HERBS & NUTRITION - REMEDIES - LYME DISEASE

· General Description

· Symptoms

· Causes

· Herbal & Homeopathic Remedies

· Helpful Dietary Habits

· Dos and Don'ts

Natural herbal & homeopathic products for Lyme disease, borreliosis, tick borne disease

General description & overview of Lyme disease, borreliosis, tick borne disease


Lyme disease
, or borreliosis, is an emerging infectious and most common tick-borne disease in the Northern Hemisphere. The bacteria are transmitted to humans by the bite of infected hard ticks belonging to several species of the genus Ixodes. Early manifestations of infection may include fever, headache, fatigue, and a characteristic skin rash called erythema migrans. Left untreated, late manifestations involving the joints, heart, and nervous system can occur. In a majority of cases, symptoms can be eliminated with medications, especially if diagnosis and treatment begins early in the course of illness. Late, delayed, or inadequate treatment can lead to "late stage" or "chronic" Lyme disease that can be disabling and difficult to treat.

Lyme disease is the most common tick-borne disease in the United States, with approximately 16,000 new cases reported each year. The disease is also on the rise in large areas of Asia and Europe.

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Of cases reported to the United States CDC, the ratio of Lyme disease infection is 7.9 cases for every 100,000 persons. In the ten states where Lyme disease is most common, the average was 31.6 cases for every 100,000 persons for the year 2005.

The number of reported cases of the disease have been increasing, as are endemic regions, in North America. For example, it had previously been thought that B. burgdorferi sensu lato was hindered in its ability to be maintained in an enzootic cycle in California because it was assumed the large lizard population would dilute the prevalence of B. burgdorferi in local tick populations, but this has since been brought into question as some evidence has suggested that lizards can themselves become infected.


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Symptoms of Lyme disease, borreliosis, tick borne disease


The Lyme disease bacterium can infect several parts of the body, producing different symptoms at different times.
Not all patients with Lyme disease will have all symptoms, and many of the symptoms can occur with other diseases as well.

One early sign of infection is a circular rash called erythema migrans or EM, which occurs at the site of the tick bite. The red rash, sometimes referred to as a "bullseye" rash, first appears within a few weeks of a tick bite, initially as a small red spot at the site of the bite, expands over a period of several days, reaching up to 12 inches (30 cm) across. Most EM lesions remain red throughout or are redder in the center. Only 9% of EM lesions exhibit the central clearance of the classic bull's eye appearance, however. The rash may be warm but is not usually painful. As the infection spreads, rashes can appear at different places on the body. It is important to note that the EM rash, though considered a "classic" sign of Lyme disease, occurs in less than half of all patients. The disease can progress even in patients who do not develop the rash. Patients may also experience flu-like symptoms of fatigue, chills, fever, headache, muscle and joint aches, and swollen lymph nodes. In some cases, these may be the only symptoms of infection.
    
If left untreated, the infection may spread to other parts of the body within a few days to weeks, producing an array of discrete symptoms, including:

  • Arthritis - 60% of people not treated with antibiotics develop recurring attacks of arthritis, most commonly in the knees, that last a few days to a few months. About 10 - 20% of untreated individuals will develop ongoing arthritis.

  • Neurological symptoms - stiff neck and severe headache (may indicate meningitis), loss of muscle tone on one or both sides of the face (called facial or “Bell's palsy”), numbness, pain or weakness in the limbs (shooting pains that may interfere with sleep), or poor motor coordination. Symptoms can develop weeks, months, or even years following an untreated infection, and can last for weeks or months. Symptoms usually resolve completely, but they may recur.

  • Heart problems - heart abnormalities such as palpitations, lightheadedness, fainting, chest pain, shortness of breath, and dizziness caused by changes in heartbeat are uncommon. Symptoms may appear several weeks after infection and last a few days or weeks. Up to 10% of patients have cardiac manifestations including heart block and palpitation

  • Some patients have been known to get Baker's cysts.

The incubation period from infection to the onset of symptoms is usually 1–2 weeks, but can be much shorter (days), or much longer (months to years). Symptoms most often occur from May through September because the nymphal stage of the tick is responsible for most cases. Asymptomatic infection exists but is found in less than 7% of infected individuals in the United States. Asymptomatic infection may be much more common among those infected in Europe.


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Chronic symptoms

After several months, untreated or inadequately treated patients may go on to develop severe and chronic symptoms affecting many organs of the body including the brain, nerves, eyes, joints and heart.
Some of them include:

  • Shooting pains, numbness or tingling in the hands or feet

  • Problems with concentration and short-term memory

  • Severe weakness

  • Vision problems

  • Intolerance to sound and touch

  • Heart block

  • Psychiatric disorders

  • Swelling of joints

  • Meningoencephalitis (Inflammation of the brain and spinal cord and their meninges)

  • Cardiac inflammation (myocarditis)

  • Frank arthritis

Late symptoms of Lyme disease can appear months or years after initial infection and often progress in cumulative fashion over time. Neuropsychiatric symptoms often develop much later in the disease progression, much like tertiary neurosyphilis.

In addition to the acute symptoms, chronic Lyme disease can be manifested by a wide-range of neurological disorders, either central or peripheral muscle twitching, polyneuropathy or paresthesia, and vestibular symptoms or other otolaryngologic symptoms, among others. Neuropsychiatric disturbances can occur (possibly from a low-level encephalitis), which may lead to symptoms of memory loss, sleep disturbances, or changes in mood or affect. In rare cases, frank psychosis has been attributed to chronic Lyme disease effects, including mis-diagnoses of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Panic attack and anxiety can occur, also delusional behavior, including somatoform delusions, sometimes accompanied by a depersonalization or derealization syndrome similar to what was seen in the past in the prodromal or early stages of general paresis.

Diagnosis

Lyme disease is diagnosed clinically based on symptoms, objective physical findings (such as erythema migrans, facial palsy, or arthritis), a history of possible exposure to infected ticks, as well as serological tests.

When making a diagnosis of Lyme disease, health care providers should consider other diseases that may cause similar illness. Not all patients with Lyme disease will develop the characteristic bulls-eye rash, and many may not recall a tick bite. Laboratory testing is not recommended for persons who do not have symptoms of Lyme disease.

Because of the difficulty in culturing Borrelia bacteria in the laboratory, diagnosis of Lyme disease is typically based on the clinical exam findings and a history of exposure to endemic Lyme areas. The EM rash, which does not occur in all cases, is considered sufficient to establish a diagnosis of Lyme disease even when serologies are negative. Serological testing can be used to support a clinically suspected case but is not diagnostic. Clinicians who diagnose strictly based on the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Case Definition for Lyme may be in error, since the CDC explicitly states that this definition is intended for surveillance purposes only and is "not intended to be used in clinical diagnosis."


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Causes of Lyme disease, borreliosis, tick borne disease
 

Lyme disease is caused by Gram-negative spirochetal bacteria from the genus Borrelia. At least 37 Borrelia species have been described, 12 of which are Lyme related. The Borrelia species known to cause Lyme disease are collectively known as Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato, and have been found to have greater strain diversity than previously estimated.

Until recently it was thought that only three genospecies caused Lyme disease: B. burgdorferi sensu stricto (predominant in North America, but also in Europe), B. afzelii, and B. garinii (both predominant in Eurasia). However, newly discovered genospecies have also been found to cause disease in humans. "There are over 300 strains of Borrelia world wide".

New research has also found that chronic Lyme patients have higher amounts of Borrelia-specific forkhead box P3 (FoxP3) than healthy controls, indicating that regulatory T cells might also play a role, by immunosuppression, in the development of chronic Lyme disease. FoxP3 are a specific marker of regulatory T cells.

The culmination of these new and ongoing immunological studies suggest this cell-mediated immune disruption in the Lyme patient amplifies the inflammatory process, often rendering it chronic and self-perpetuating, regardless of whether the Borrelia bacterium is still present in the host, or in the absence of the inciting pathogen in an autoimmune pattern. This interpretation must however be considered against the evidence (above) for persistence of the 'spore' form of Borrelia in human and animal hosts, and the tendency for relapses to occur after antibiotics are continued. It is possible that whereas some chronic Lyme patients retain actual populations of live spirochaetes, others have symptoms brought on only by an inflammatory or auto-immune reaction.

Transmission

Hard-bodied ticks of the genus Ixodes are the primary vectors of Lyme disease. The majority of infections are caused by ticks in the nymph stage, since adult ticks are more easily detected and removed as a consequence of their relatively large size.

In Europe, the sheep tick, castor bean tick, or European castor bean tick (Ixodes ricinus) is the transmitter.

In North America, the black-legged tick or deer tick (Ixodes scapularis) has been identified as the key to the disease's spread on the east coast. Only about 20% of persons infected with Lyme disease by the deer tick are aware of having had any tick bite, making early detection difficult in the absence of a rash. Tick bites often go unnoticed because of the small size of the tick in its nymphal stage, as well as tick secretions that prevent the host from feeling any itch or pain from the bite. The lone star tick (Amblyomma americanum), which is found throughout the southeastern U.S. as far west as Texas, has been ruled out as a vector of the Lyme disease spirochete Borrelia burgdorferi, though it may be implicated with a clinical syndrome southern tick associated rash illness (STARI), which resembles the skin lesions of Lyme disease.

On the west coast, the primary vector is the western black-legged tick (Ixodes pacificus). The tendency of this tick species to feed predominantly on host species that are resistant to Borrelia infection appears to diminish transmission of Lyme disease in the West.

While Lyme spirochetes have been found in insects other than ticks, reports of actual infectious transmission appear to be rare. Sexual transmission has been anecdotally reported; Lyme spirochetes have been found in semen and breast milk, however transmission of the spirochete by these routes is not known to occur.


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Herbal & homeopathic remedies useful in Lyme disease, borreliosis, tick borne disease


Weakened immunity is usually the reason behind chronic Lyme disease. Hence, remedies are generally focused on the pain relieving part, and specifically on immunity enhancement.

Lyme disease is generally treated with antibiotics. If this disease is diagnosed in its early stages, it responds very well to treatment (14-30 days). To relieve joint pain and stiffness, anti-inflammatory medication may be prescribed. However, if left untreated Lyme disease may spread to the joints, heart or nervous system.

Natural and alternative treatments have had great success in reducing the symptoms of Lyme disease. Treatments such as herbal remedies are safe and effective to use without the harsh side effects of prescription drugs. Two well known African herbs such as Hypoxis Rooperi (extract of African Potato) and Agathosma Betulina (also known as buchu) supports the immune system, act as a natural convalescent, supportive tonic and diuretic.

Other herbal ingredients such as Mentha Piperita, Solidago Virgaurea (also known as Goldenrod) and Viscum Album promote the body’s natural flow of bile, helps to fight infection, and support healthy circulation.

  • Hypoxis rooperi (extract of African Potato) is traditionally used as a natural supportive tonic. Hypoxis contains phytosterols and sterolins, which help to support the immune system. Research has shown the beneficial effect of plant sterols and sterolins on the immune system. Research done on a group of volunteers demonstrated positive effects on the number of T-cells, which are involved in enhancing immunity.

  • Boswellia serrata is an extract of resin from a tall tree found in India. Boswellia has been used for thousands of years in traditional Ayurvedic (Indian) medicine. Modern science has verified its excellent benefits for joint health. With regular use, blood supply to the joints is also maintained, keeping soft tissue nourished and viable. Recent research into Boswellia is at the forefront of developments in the field of natural joint health and studies suggest that this natural substance can help to support the health and integrity of cartilage in the joints.

  • Agathosma betulina (buchu) has been used by the natives of the Western Cape of South Africa for many centuries. The leaves of buchu contain 1.0 – 3.5% volatile oils as well as flavonoids - compounds found in fruits and vegetables that have diverse beneficial biochemical and antioxidant effects. Buchu supports the body’s natural ability to rid itself of toxins by maintaining routine secretion of retained water. Research suggests that the natural action of buchu is due to the volatile oils, of which the primary component is monoterpene disophenol.

  • Harpagophytum procumbens ('Sengaparile,' 'Devil's Claw' or 'Duiwelsklou') is known for the claw-like shape of its fruit. For thousands of years, the Khoisan people of the Kalahari Desert (in Southern Africa) have used Devil's Claw to support healthy joints as well as for a digestive tonic. Clinical  studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of Devil's Claw in supporting joint health. In a study by Brady et al, (1981), serum cholesterol and uric acid levels were shown to be reduced after treatment with Devil's Claw. Scientific studies have also indicated that it is also an effective immune system tonic.

  • Schizandra sinesis is a powerful ingredient which originated in China. Schizandra is also used to assist the body in its capacity to maintain healthy energy levels, and as a general systemic tonic to support feelings of health, vitality and well-being. Schizandra is also respected for its effect on liver health and studies show that this herb can help to support healthy cardiovascular, liver, and kidney functions. 

  • Propolis is well-known for its effects of this bee product on immune system health.

  • Glucosamine is naturally manufactured in the body and scientists know that this simple substance is found in relatively high concentrations in the joints and connective tissues, where its function is to repair cartilage and maintain joint mobility. Although we know that the body can manufacture small amounts of glucosamine, this is not generally sufficient to sustain joint health, which makes supplementation very important. As a supplement, Glucosamine sulphate is derived from the shells of shellfish, crabs and oysters where it is found in high concentrations. Glucosamine is approved for the support of joint health in more than 70 countries around the world and has been the subject of many clinical studies which attest to its benefits. Because glucosamine is naturally occurring in the body it is generally very safe and well tolerated without side effects

   

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Helpful dietary habits in Lyme disease, borreliosis, tick borne disease

  • Some experts believe that dietary and supplemental forms of omega-3 fatty acids, including alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) found in walnuts and flaxseeds, may prove helpful as part of your treatment for Lyme. Gamma-linolenic acid is found in evening primrose oil, black currant seed oil, and borage oil; alpha-linolenic acid is found in flaxseed oil and other oils. Try and eat foods rich an omega-3 fatty acids (such as cold-water fish, flaxseeds, and walnuts). Eating foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids and limiting foods with omega-6 fatty acids (found, for example, in egg yolks, meats, and cooking oils including corn, safflower, and cottonseed,) is generally known as a good practice.

  • Eat antioxidant foods, including fruits (such as blueberries, cherries, and tomatoes), and vegetables (such as squash and bell peppers).

  • Eat foods high in B-vitamins and calcium, such as almonds, beans, whole grains (if no allergy), dark leafy greens (such as spinach and kale), and sea vegetables.

  • Reduce or eliminate trans-fatty acids, found in commercially baked goods such as cookies, crackers, cakes, French fries, onion rings, donuts, processed foods, and margarine.

  • Probiotic supplement (containing Lactobacillus acidophilus), 5 - 10 billion CFUs (colony forming units) a day, for maintenance of gastrointestinal and immune health. You should refrigerate your probiotic supplements for best results. Eat two or three small tubs of bio-yoghurt.

  • Grapefruit seed extract (Citrus paradisi), 100 mg capsule or 5 - 10 drops (in favorite beverage) three times daily, for antibacterial or antifungal activity and immunity.

  • Vitamin C, 500 - 1000 mg one to three times daily, as an antioxidant, and for immune support. Increase intake of vitamin C source rich seed oils, avocados, oily fish must be increased. Most of these foods also contain omega-3 fatty acids known to dilate blood vessels thus reduces the chances of you getting spasms.

  • Coenzyme Q10, 100 - 200 mg at bedtime, for antioxidant, immune, and muscular support. CoQ10 is found primarily in fish and meat. Other sources of this useful compound include soya beans, potatoes, spinach and offal.

  • Alpha-lipoic acid, 25 - 50 mg twice daily, for antioxidant support.


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Dos and don'ts & precautionary measures in Lyme disease, borreliosis, tick borne disease


Prevention

Attached ticks should be removed promptly. Protective clothing includes a hat and long-sleeved shirts and long pants that are tucked into socks or boots. Light-colored clothing makes the tick more easily visible before it attaches itself. People should use special care in handling and allowing outdoor pets inside homes because they can bring ticks into your house.

A more effective, community wide method of preventing Lyme disease is to reduce the numbers of primary hosts on which the deer tick depends such as rodents, other small mammals, and deer. Reduction of the deer population may over time help break the reproductive cycle of the deer ticks and their ability to flourish in suburban and rural areas.
Some of the precautions necessary to avoid Lyme are:

  • Wear light colored clothing such as a long-sleeved shirt, long pants tucked into socks, shoes, hat and gloves when walking in areas where ticks are found

  • Use insect repellant religiously and generously on your skin and clothing when entering high risk areas – remember to always read the directions on the labels. Also, spray insect repellant in your yard if you live in a wooded area

  • Remove brush and leaves in your yard and keep grass mowed

  • Stack woodpiles in a dry area off the ground

  • Check your skin as well as your children’s skin for ticks after spending time outdoors

  • Check your pets for ticks

  • Keep the ground under bird feeders clean

  • Be extra vigilant during the months of May, June and July when ticks transmit Lyme disease


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Removal of ticks

Many urban legends exist about the proper and effective method to remove a tick, however it is generally agreed that the most effective method is to pull it straight out with tweezers, making sure not to squeeze the tick or break its head off. Another method is to wrap dental floss around the tick and then pull up to remove it. Gently pinch the tick and drag. Complete removal of the tick head is important; if the head is not completely removed, local infection of bite location may result. However, an alternative method to remove a tick is covering it and surrounding area with an oil thus causing the tick to suffocate. This method is not recommended over standard removal with tweezers, though, as it can irritate the tick and cause it to burrow deeper or regurgitate its stomach contents, increasing the likelihood of disease transmission.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture may help relieve pain, increase mobility, and reduce fatigue. Chinese herbal formulas, used by many acupuncturists, may help resolve joint, muscular, and neurological symptoms from B. burgdorferi infection after many courses of antibiotics.

Massage

Massage therapy may help relieve muscle pain and increase mobility as part of a physical therapy program.

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