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Lyme Disease – Causes, Symptoms, And Natural Treatment

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Lyme Disease – Causes, Symptoms, And Natural Treatment April 3, 2018

The next time you are involved in activities or tasks that require you to be exposed to nature, you better take extra precautions. The insect or tick bites that you get – be it while trekking or just trimming your lawn – lyme disease also has the potential to take your life. But if you are cautious enough and try some home remedies, you can cut the risk. How? Scroll down!

Table Of Contents

What Is Lyme Disease?
What Causes Lyme Disease?
Signs And Symptoms Of Lyme Disease
How To Cure Lyme Disease
How To Prevent Lyme Disease

What Is Lyme Disease?

Lyme disease is a bacterial disease transmitted through the bites of blacklegged or deer ticks. Your chance of developing Lyme disease usually depends on the kind of tick that bites you and the duration the tick was attached to you.

A blacklegged tick must be attached to your body for at least 24 hours to transmit the disease to you.

Let’s now look at the causes of this disease.

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What Causes Lyme Disease?

Four species of bacteria primarily cause Lyme disease – Borrelia burgdorferi, Borrelia mayonii, Borrelia afzelii, and Borrelia garinii bacteria. While the first two are the main cause of the disease in the United States, the rest two spread the disease in Asia and Europe.

Infected black-legged ticks, also known as deer ticks, are what transmit the disease to humans.

You become infected when an infected deer tick bites you, through which the bacteria enter your skin. They then enter your bloodstream, thereby infecting you.

Nonetheless, it should be noted that a tick must be in contact with your body for more than 24 hours, say 36 to 48 hours, to transmit the infection.

The infected individuals may start showing the following signs and symptoms.

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Signs And Symptoms Of Lyme Disease

The signs and symptoms of Lyme disease depend on its different stages. They are as follows:

Stage 1: Early Localized Lyme Disease

The first symptoms of Lyme disease often surface within one to two weeks after a tick bite. They include:

  • Bull’s eye or erythema migrans (a circular rash that is red in the center and at the edges)
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Stiff neck
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Joint and muscle pain

In a few cases, the symptoms associated with the first stage may be completely missing.

Stage 2: Early Disseminated Infection

If you don’t treat the infection in its initial stage, it may proceed to the next stage and display the following symptoms:

  • The rash expands at the site of the bite.
  • Pain or numbness in your arms and legs
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Poor memory
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Conjunctivitis or damaged eye tissues
  • Pain and inflammation of knee joints
  • Heart problems

Stage 3: Late Persistent Lyme disease

If you leave Lyme disease untreated, it could be dangerous for your body, and these symptoms may persist even months or years after the initial infection:

  • Arthritis
  • Numbness or tingling in your hands, legs or back
  • Fatigue and weakness
  • No control over your facial muscles
  • Short-term memory loss
  • Heart problems that may occur months or years after the initial infection

This stage is the most dangerous, and must be immediately attended to medically.

By now, it must be quite evident to you that the earlier you treat Lyme disease, the faster you can recover from it and avoid its complications. While availing medical treatment is inevitable, you can consider trying the following home remedies to accelerate recovery.

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How To Cure Lyme Disease

  1. Essential Oils
  2. Garlic
  3. Apple Cider Vinegar
  4. Juicing Recipes
  5. Oil Pulling
  6. Vitamins
  7. Turmeric
  8. Berberine Supplements
  9. Astragalus
  10. Grapefruit Seed Extract
  11. Ginkgo Biloba Supplements
  12. Echinacea

Natural Remedies To Treat Lyme Disease

1. Essential Oils

a. Clove Oil

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You Will Need
  • A drop of clove essential oil
  • 1 glass of water
What You Have To Do
  1. Add a drop of clove oil to a glass of water and mix well.
  2. Consume this daily.
How Often You Should Do This

You must drink this 1 to 2 times daily.

Why This Works

Clove oil is widely used for its anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties that can fight microbial infections like Lyme disease. The oil also reduces the accompanying swelling and inflammation (1), (2).

b. Frankincense Oil

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You Will Need
  • 1-2 drops of Frankincense oil
  • 1 glass of water
What You Have To Do
  1. Add a drop or two of frankincense essential oil to a glass of water.
  2. Consume this solution daily.
  3. You can also add two to three drops of frankincense oil to a diffuser and inhale its aroma.
How Often You Should Do This

You must do this once daily.

Why This Works

Frankincense oil is mainly used for its immunomodulating and anti-inflammatory properties that can help stimulate the functioning of your immune system. It also reduces any inflammation within your body. Frankincense oil can also help you relax and sleep better, especially if you experience sleeplessness or can’t sleep properly (3).

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2. Garlic

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You Will Need

10-15 garlic cloves

What You Have To Do
  1. Consume cloves of raw, minced garlic via your diet.
  2. You can also simply chew on them, but because of the strong flavor, it is better to add garlic to your food preparations.
How Often You Should Do This

You must do this daily.

Why This Works

Garlic contains a component called allicin, which gives it its amazing antifungal, antibacterial, and antiparasitic properties. Garlic is also anti-inflammatory and can help with the inflammation caused by Lyme disease. It can also oxidize heavy metals, (to which bacterial biofilms cling), and help expel them from your body (4), (5), (6).

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3. Apple Cider Vinegar

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You Will Need
  • 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar
  • 1 glass of water
  • Honey (optional)
What You Have To Do
  1. Add a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to a glass of water and mix well.
  2. Add some honey as per your requirement and drink this mixture.
  3. You can also soak in an apple cider vinegar bath by pouring a cup of it in your bathwater.
How Often You Should Do This

You must drink this mixture 1 to 2 times daily.

Why This Works

Drinking diluted apple cider vinegar daily can help reduce inflammation. And the antibacterial properties of ACV can also help in fighting bacterial infections (7).

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[ Read: 28 Amazing Benefits Of Apple Cider Vinegar For Skin, Hair, And Health ]

4. Juicing

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You Will Need

A small bowl each of

  • Cut celery
  • Cut cucumbers
  • Parsley
What You Have To Do
  1. Take a bowl each of cut celery, cucumber, and parsley and blend them with a little water.
  2. You can add honey if you wish to for improving the flavor of the juice.
  3. Drink it.
How Often You Should Do This

You must drink 6 to 8 glasses of this mixture daily.

Why This Works

Juicing has been an effective remedy to treat various ailments. The chlorophyll content in green leafy vegetables flushes out all the toxins in your body and suppress inflammation. You can also drink fresh carrot juice to alleviate your condition (8), (9).

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5. Oil Pulling

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You Will Need

1 tablespoon of coconut or sesame oil

What You Have To Do

Take a tablespoon of coconut or sesame oil in your mouth and swish it for 15 to 20 minutes.

How Often You Should Do This

Do this once every morning, preferably before brushing your teeth.

Why This Works

Oil pulling is believed to detoxify your body. It is especially beneficial if you have fillings or root canals inside your mouth. This is because amalgam fillings, root canals, or even crowns may become the perfect hiding spots for infections (like foci infections) that can aggravate Lyme disease. Hence, oil pulling can help in the treatment of Lyme disease (10).

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6. Vitamins

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Increasing vitamin intake (like vitamins B-complex and D) is a great way to recover fast from Lyme disease. While vitamin D suppresses inflammation and boosts your immunity, B complex vitamins improve your cellular and metabolic functions.
Since these vitamins are mainly present in dairy food, which should be avoided by patients with Lyme disease, you can consult your doctor and take supplements for them (11) (12).

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7. Turmeric

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You Will Need
  • 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder
  • 1 cup of water
What You Have To Do
  1. Add turmeric powder to a cup of water and heat it in a saucepan.
  2. Keep heating till you get a slightly thick paste.
  3. Include this paste in your diet, via smoothies or salads.
How Often You Should Do This

You must include turmeric in your diet daily.

Why This Works

Turmeric is mainly made up of curcumin. Curcumin possesses wonderful therapeutic properties, given its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antimicrobial activities that help treat Lyme disease (13) (14) (15).

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[ Read: 25 Amazing Ways Turmeric Benefits Skin, Hair And Health ]

8. Berberine Supplements

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You Will Need

200-500 mg Berberine supplements

What You Have To Do

Consume 200-500 mg Berberine supplements daily.

How Often You Should Do This

You must consume this 2 to 3 times daily.

Why This Works

Berberine is a major constituent in many plants. It possesses anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties that can help reduce inflammation and swelling. Berberine also combats the bacterial infections that cause Lyme disease (16) (17).

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9. Astragalus

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You Will Need
  • 1 tablespoon of astragalus root
  • 1 cup of hot water
  • Honey (optional)
What You Have To Do
  1. Take a tablespoon of astragalus root and boil it in a cup of water in a saucepan.
  2. Simmer for 5 minutes and strain.
  3. Consume this tea daily for effective results.
How Often You Should Do This

You can drink astragalus tea 3 to 4 times daily.

Why This Works

Two of the most common symptoms of Lyme disease are fatigue and weakness. Astragalus is a great way to restore your energy levels and fight fatigue. It also increases your resistance to diseases and boosts immunity while reducing inflammation (18) (19).

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10. Grapefruit Seed Extract

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You Will Need
  • 10 drops of grapefruit seed extract
  • 1 cup of water
What You Have To Do

Add about 10 drops of grapefruit seed extract to a cup of water or fruit/vegetable juice and consume daily.

How Often You Should Do This

You must drink this 2 to 3 times a day.

Why This Works

Grapefruit seed extract possesses anti-inflammatory properties that help fight the inflammation caused by Lyme disease. Surprisingly, grapefruit seed extract also has an anti-borreliae effect – it specifically fights against the Borrelia species of bacteria that are often responsible for Lyme disease (20).

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11. Ginkgo Biloba Supplements

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You Will Need

240 mg of ginkgo biloba supplements

What You Have To Do

Consume 240 mg od ginkgo biloba supplements daily.

How Often You Should Do This

You must consume this once daily.

Why This Works

Lyme disease also can lead to short-term memory loss and loss of other cognitive abilities. This is where ginkgo biloba comes into play. Ginkgo biloba extract is widely used for treating memory loss and improving cognitive abilities. Additionally, it also has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, making it one of the best possible options for treating Lyme disease (21) (22) (23).

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12. Echinacea

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You Will Need
  • 1 teaspoon of echinacea tea
  • 1 cup of water
  • Honey (optional)
What You Have To Do
  1. Add a teaspoon of echinacea tea to a cup of water and bring it to a boil.
  2. Simmer for 5 minutes and strain.
  3. Add some honey after it cools down a bit.
  4. Consume this
How Often You Should Do This

You must drink echinacea tea 2 to 3 times daily.

Why This Works

Echinacea acts as an antibiotic and possesses antibacterial properties. These naturally help combat the bacterial infection that causes Lyme disease. Echinacea also exhibits anti-inflammatory properties and can help treat swelling and other inflammatory symptoms (24) (25).

If you’re in luck and haven’t contracted Lyme disease yet, or if you want to stop its recurrence, all you have to do is keep the following precautions in mind.

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How To Prevent Lyme Disease

  • Cover yourself properly whenever you are in woody or grassy areas. Wear a long-sleeved shirt, full pants, socks, and even gloves to prevent tick bites.
  • Use an insect repellent on your skin – one that contains 20% or higher concentration of DEET.
  • Try and keep your yard tick-proof.
  • Check your kids, pets, and even yourself for ticks after spending time in grassy areas.
  • Shower after spending time in tick-prone areas to remove unattached ticks.
  • Use tweezers to remove ticks that have attached themselves to your skin.
  • Follow an anti-inflammatory diet that includes leafy vegetables and more fish.
  • Avoid foods that contain gluten, sugar, and dairy.
  • Get your body massaged by a professional to relieve pain.
  • Try out yoga poses like the Reclining Mountain Pose, Bridge Pose, Staff Pose, and Lotus Pose to help alleviate the symptoms of Lyme disease.

The effects of Lyme disease may sometimes last for a long time, even upon being treated immediately, and its long-term effects are still unclear.

Like in the case of most diseases, it is best to take precautions and prevent Lyme disease than regret later. Although these remedies can help, medical intervention is of great significance when it comes to treatment. Thus, the next time you are in your yard or any tick-prone areas, be all the more extra cautious.

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Expert’s Answers For Readers’ Questions

What should you not eat when you have Lyme disease?

You must completely avoid eating foods containing gluten, dairy, and sugar. This is because they suppress your immune system and are also highly inflammatory, thereby slowing down your healing process.

How can Lyme disease kill you?

Lyme disease is a fast-spreading infection, and thus, when left untreated, can also kill you in a matter of a few years.

Is Lyme disease curable in humans?

When diagnosed early, Lyme disease can be cured by antibiotics alone, without any complications. It can also be treated in the later stages.

Is there a vaccine for Lyme disease?

There was a vaccine developed for Lyme disease, but it is no longer available because of insufficient consumer demand and also because it did not provide long-term protection from Lyme disease.

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