When it comes to chronic tick-borne infections, the most common being Lyme disease, patients seek the treatment plan that will provide the quickest recovery. Your treatment can be a combination of antibiotics with natural medicines in a complementary way or natural medicines alone. Chronic Lyme disease may also take the patient on a journey that implements immunotherapies, heavy metal chelation, stem cells, magnetic therapies, hyperthermia therapy (fever induction therapy), essential oils, energy medicine modalities (eg, Reiki) and oxygen augmentation therapies.
As with any other chronic medical condition, treatments will vary based on individual constitution, patient philosophy, access to care, cost, and ability to tolerate treatment. If there are complications along the way, such as symptom flares due to treatment causing increased inflammation, known as the Jarisch-Herxheimer response, it is important to have a highly diverse holistic approach to reduce the bumps on the road to the recuperation. These outbreaks are often the rule, rather than the exception, in the treatment of tick-borne infections. It is important to support the body, mind and spirit throughout the entire process because it can be a longer journey than anticipated.
Whichever path of treatment is taken, there must be a solid foundation built into the treatment plan that can be taken consistently throughout the entire process to assist the body in its recovery. The Foundational Naturopathic Treatment Plan The one presented below is used with the majority of my adolescent and adult patients who are currently being treated for tick-borne diseases, with and without antibiotics. Pediatric patients under the age of twelve tend to have a more simplified treatment regimen based on ability to swallow medication, compliance with taste sensitivity, and age-based medical suitability. There is one absolute constant, which is the use of probiotics regardless of the antimicrobial treatment chosen.
Changes are made based on individual needs for present co-infections such as babesiosis, bartonella, ehrlichiosis, anaplasmosis, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, brucellosis, Q fever, and more. There are also usually multiple strains of the infections mentioned above, making confirmation with tests difficult. It is important to have the knowledge and tools to aid in your healing journey. The ideas listed below are supportive options, however, they are not a substitute for meeting with a Lyme literate medical professional to help guide you through the process. They are a set of guidelines if you need a place to start or want to streamline your treatment routine.
10 Step Natural Treatment Plan for Chronic Lyme Disease
The examples given here are just a sampling of the options available for treatment. They were chosen because they are the most widely used and the easiest to find on the market.
Get a probiotic supplement that provides 200 to 400 billion colony-forming units (CFUs); Take at lunchtime and before bed. This supplement should be taken at a different time than the antibiotics, at least two hours before or after. It can be taken on an empty stomach or with food. You may need to take higher or lower doses depending on the reaction of the gastrointestinal tract. The goal is to have regular bowel movements every day and without signs or symptoms of a yeast infection. You want it to have a mix of bacterial cultures to support the heavily populated Lactobacillus Y bifidobacteriaas well as beneficial yeast protective support to crowd out non-beneficial yeast microbes such as Candida albicans.
2. Saccharomyces boulardii
This is a form of beneficial yeast in the body that crowds out non-beneficial yeast in your system. It would be best to take it if antibodies to yeast are found in lab work or if you have gas/bloating, itchy skin, sugar cravings, rashes, and uncomfortable vaginal discharge.
3. Herbal Antimicrobial Formulations
The best formula for you is based on your individual needs and can be a single herb form or a combination formula. This can be in liquid and capsule form. Common herbal antimicrobials are allicin (garlic), lomatium, berberine compounds, olive leaf extract, oregano oil, skullcap, sarsaparilla, monolaurin, banderol, grapefruit seed extract, black walnut, astragalus and many more.
4. Detox Support Formula
This is to help the liver and gastrointestinal tract to remove toxins from the body. It is important to have a combination of herbs to help keep liver cells healthy and improve bile flow to release toxins. Bitter herbs (dandelion, burdock root, artichoke), Swedish bitters, and glutathione-enhancing nutrients (cysteine, glutamine, and glycine) will usually be part of the formulation. Detox support can also be in the form of a binder, such as bentonite clay or activated charcoal, but be careful to separate these from other medications as they can significantly decrease absorption.
5. Adrenal Support
The type of support the adrenal glands need depends on whether the glands need to be calmed down or enhanced in order for their function to return to a healthy level. Those that improve the function are the most used; these are taken in the morning. The most commonly seen herbs used in formulations are licorice root, ashwaghandha, holy basil, eleutherococcus, cordyceps and rhodiola.
6. Herbs that destroy biofilms
Examples: turmeric and garlic, or proteolytic enzymes such as serrapeptase or lumbrokinase. Take on an empty stomach and at least two hours before eating, if possible; it is best to take it daily, even if you must take it with food. This formula breaks down biofilm and also has antimicrobial properties. Breaking up the biofilm allows antimicrobials and your immune system to treat your infection more effectively.
7. Combination of anti-inflammatory herbs
Take two capsules a day. The main reason we feel symptoms physically is the body’s upregulation of pro-inflammatory signals, called cytokines. Many natural remedies can reduce cytokine production, which benefits the musculoskeletal system, the neurological system, and the cardiovascular system. Good anti-inflammatory herbal combinations include things like turmeric, garlic, quercetin, boswellia, bromelain, black cumin seed oil, and malic acid.
8. Intestinal protective fibers
Intestinal protective fibers such as konjac glucomannan It is a natural dietary fiber that offers a protective benefit to the intestine with the use of antibiotics. It is more supportive bifidobacteria species (beneficial bacteria) against the use of drugs with penicillin and tetracycline.
9. Herbal antifungals
Herbal antifungals fight the overgrowth of yeast and other non-beneficial fungi in the body. A dosage of two to four capsules per day is typical for most formulas on the market, including gentian violet, caprylic acid, pau d’arco, garlic, monolaurin, and berberine.
Take 2,000–4,000 total EPA/DHA fatty acids per day with food. It is to reduce inflammation, improve blood sugar balance, and improve neurocognition. While EPA/DHA is commonly found in fish oil, fish oil has high concentrations of heavy metals. There are plant-based versions of EPA/DHA that work just as well as those made from algae.