It is a common misconception that Lyme disease is primarily an “East Coast” problem. Within the last 10 years, however, the ticks that are known to carry lyme disease have been found in all 50 states in the US and in other countries around the globe. We are now facing a nation wide epidemic of Lyme disease.
Uncovering some of the myths about Lyme disease is an important step in both prevention and treatment. Many organizations are now committed to spreading awareness and education about this illness. One of the biggest challenges with Lyme disease is that it can be difficult to get a confirmed diagnosis without a known tick bite or the appearance of the classic “bull’s eye” rash. There are many different skin rashes that are associated with Lyme disease, however, and some are easily mistaken for skin infections or other insect bites.
It is important not to make assumptions that you don’t have Lyme disease if you don’t have a rash. Some of the symptoms associated with this infection include fatigue, poor memory and concentration, irritability, anxiety or depression, muscle and joint aches and pains, palpitations, headaches, insomnia, and numbness and tingling.
Lyme disease is now commonly referred to as “the great imitator” because the presentation of symptoms can mimic many other illnesses. This can be frustrating for patients in search of answers to explain how they are feeling. Getting a good clinical evaluation of symptoms by a physician is crucial in diagnosing Lyme disease.
The conventional treatment of Lyme disease includes antibiotics in the early stages of infection. At the later stages, it may become more complicated and difficult to treat as multiple systems are often involved and immunity is suppressed. A holistic approach to treatment is very effective in restoring the body back to health by targeting the multiple infections associated with Lyme and simultaneously strengthening the immune system.
The natural approach incorporates a unique variety of different modalities to treat infection while supporting the immune system and decreasing symptoms. Many herbal protocols including Chinese herbs have proven effective clinically in the treatment of Lyme disease. Acupuncture can be used to stimulate circulation and decrease pain. Adequate nutrition and a good detox protocol can minimize the symptoms that occur as a result of “die-off” of the infection.
At Holistic MD, each treatment plan is highly specialized for the individual using a drug-free approach to stimulate the body’s innate capacity to heal and restore balance.