Lyme Disease: Treatment
The core of any lyme disease treatment is to support the
body first by maintaining sleep, balancing hormones, supporting the immune
system, and fixing micronutrient deficits. These steps often take place
before antimicrobials are used. Treatment, often involves herbal or prescription
antibiotics, can last from weeks to months to years, depending on whether
it is a new or chronic infection. Improvement is usually slow in chronic
lyme cases. (A chronic infection has been present for more than one year.)
An uncomplicated case of chronic Lyme disease requires an average of 6-12
months of high dose antibiotic therapy. The return of symptoms and evidence
of the continued presence of Borrelia burgdorferi indicates the
need for further treatment.
For lyme treatment to be effective it must be multifaceted.
If antimicrobials are used, usually a combination must be utilized to
affect the various forms of Borrelia as well as those of the co-infecting
micro-organisms. This also means that a physician must treat any other
ongoing infections and various organ systems of the body that are involved
to help support health and immune function and decrease total load to
better enable the body to cope with the infection. This can't be accomplished
by relying on antimicrobials alone. This comprehensive whole body approach
to lyme disease treatment beyond relying on pharmaceuticals may include
a whole range of botanicals, natural supplements, diet, intravenous nutritional
therapies, detoxifying, chelation therapy to remove heavy metal toxins,
homeopathy, physical medicine, pain management, specific organ and endocrine
support, as well as other prescribed medications and other approaches
as appropriate for each patient's individual needs.
Learn about the special qualifications of Dr. Marty Ross of The Healing Arts Partnership in dealing with Lyme disease.