Effective treatment and management of Lyme disease with herbal medicine

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Lyme disease is a serious debilitating condition that is often undiagnosed and unrecognised in our society. Originally this tick borne disease was discovered in Lyme, Connecticut, USA in 1975 following a mysterious outbreak of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. It is now increasingly common in North America, Europe and now been introduced to Australia via deer ticks.  The current medical model fails to recognise the prevalence of Lyme disease in Australia. Lyme disease infections can be caused by a number of spirochete (bacteria) e.g. Borrelia burgdorferi and other parasites such as Babesia spp. The usual treatment strategy of conventional medicine involves long-term use of antibiotics, which have their own consequences. In my clinical experience as a Naturopath, I have found herbal medicine extremely beneficial in treating Lyme, both on its own and in conjunction with conventional treatment. We are seeing an increasing number of patients being tested positive for Lyme disease in Queensland and throughout Australia. It is imperative that Herbal Medicine practitioners in Australia are educated in recognising Lyme and prepared to treat the disease. Herbal medicine alone can be effective to strengthen the immune system and combat Lyme disease. Lyme can present with a multitude of symptoms that mask its presence, such as chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, arthritis, memory loss, digestive symptoms, chronic cough and depression. It is therefore easily misdiagnosed and the patient's condition worsens. Early diagnosis and treatment is imperative in Lyme disease. The earlier the patient receives the correct treatment the better outcome and recovery.

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