Naturopathic medicine is a system of medicine that utilizes natural therapies such as herbal medicine and homeopathy, along with diet and lifestyle changes. According to Nicola McFadzean, a medical professional in the treatment of Lyme disease, the philosophy underlying naturopathic medicine is to treat the underlying cause of disease, to treat the person holistically, and to start treatment using least invasive therapies first, working up the therapeutic order as necessary.
#Naturopathic medicine is well placed to assist patients with chronic Lyme disease. While #Lyme is a disease caused by spiral-shaped bacteria called Borrelia burgdorferi, it is clear in Lyme treatment that simply trying to #killticks with medication is rarely enough. Some patients who do not tolerate the antibiotics or are opposed to using them most likely will benefit greatly, even reach remission of symptoms, with #naturopathic medicine alone. Others can utilize naturopathic support to offset side effects of medication and allow them to tolerate treatment better.
The major goals of Lyme disease treatment are – 1. Eradicate pathogens 2. Boost #immunity 3. Support affected organs/ systems 4. Provide symptom relief
There are multiple areas to address:
Primary infection – Borrelia burgdorferi spirochete Co-infections – erlichia, bartonella, babesia etc. Nutritional deficiencies General #detoxification Immune dysfunction Systemic inflammation and pain GI infections – parasites, h pylori Gluten intolerance/ food sensitivities Viral infections – herpes, EBV, CMV, HHV-6, measles Yeast overgrowth – candidiasis Heavy metal toxicity Mold toxicity Hormone imbalance (adrenals, thyroid, reproductive) Sleep issues Imbalance in brain chemistry/ neurotransmitters
Clearly, treatment for this disorder is multi-faceted and highly complex. As with any treatment, one should consult a medical professional and implement any plan with their assistance and close supervision. Self-medication has no place in the treatment of Lyme Disease. Take all precautions to avoid ticks is step one.