Lyme disease is a type of infection, which is caused by the bacterium Borrelia. The disease is transmitted when a person is unfortunate enough to be bitten by an infected black-legged tick (1). The primary symptoms of the infection include a headache, fever, skin rashes, fatigue, etc. (2). It is essential to treat the disease, as early as possible. If not healed properly, the disease may spread to joints, heart, and even the nervous system (3). Though the disease can be treated with antibiotics, there are many side effects of consuming these medicines. What should be done, then? Well, there are several effective home remedies for Lyme disease that can work wonders. You can try them on your own without any hassle and get rid of the Lyme easily.
- Alternatively, you can also take its extract after consulting a doctor.
Note: It may interact with the drugs that are used for the treatment of AIDS (5).
Turmeric is one of the oldest known ingredients used for countless maladies of the body. It is a powerful antioxidant that keeps several infections at bay by eliminating toxins (6, 7). Lyme is a bacterial disease and can be treated with antibacterial components.
For treating Lyme disease, you can include turmeric in your diet and use it in different dishes, curry, etc.
- Apart from that, you can also apply the paste prepared by mixing turmeric and water on the infected areas, 2 or 3 times a day, regularly.
3. Vitamin D
Reports have shown that in the areas where Lyme is prevalent, there is a deficiency of vitamin D. So, the individuals suffering from this disease must consume this vitamin, as it provides anti-inflammatory benefits (10).
Herbal Remedies for Lyme Disease
4. Reishi Mushroom
Note: People with bleeding disorder must not consume this, as it may aggravate bleeding. Also, pregnant women must avoid this for the safety concern (14).
5. Barberry and Goldenseal
Barberry and goldenseal contain a compound called berberine which possesses antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antimicrobial properties (15, 16). This compound has been found to inhibit the growth of several bacteria in a trial. Since Lyme is a bacterial disease, it can be treated effectively with this herb.
6. Cat’s Claw
This herb is also known as Uncaria tomentose and can be used for curing the disease. The inner bark of this herb is used to prepare capsules, extract, etc. (17). Cat’s claw has been proven effective against the pathogen that causes this disease (18).
Studies have shown that the combination of the herbs at 1:300 dilutions is the most effective for the treatment (20). It must be applied topically over the affected area.
Astragalus is a traditional Chinese medicine that has been used for the treatment of various pathogen-based diseases, including Lyme. It basically strengthens the immune system and is a wonderful antibacterial agent too (21).
8. Stevia Extract
The extract from the leaves of Stevia rebaudiana is also one of the best remedies for treating infection caused due to any type of Borrelia species (22). There are several types of extract, which are categorized as A, B, C, D, out of which, D does not cure the condition (23).
Note: Please note that the tests were conducted in-vitro and to know the doses or efficacy, you must consult a doctor.
9. Grapefruit Seed Extract
The grapefruit seed extract is a natural topical cure for Lyme disease. This extract (concentration between 0.165% and 0.00032%), when applied over the infected area, may provide relief from the itching and rashes caused due to the bacteria (24).
Echinacea is a well-known herb that helps remove venom from the body (25). It has been widely used for various skin problems like boils (26). This herb fights the infection in the body and boosts the immune system (27). The general doses for an adult are 3 times each day for not more than 10 subsequent days.
11. Ginkgo Biloba
This herb does not treat the Lyme disease completely, but is very effective for the symptoms of the infection. As already discussed, a person can get relief in the condition with antioxidant compounds. The herb is useful for Lyme because it possesses such compounds like flavonoids and terpenoids (28). Consume it regularly to improve the symptoms and get relief.
12. Artemisia Annua
Artemisia annua is a Chinese herb that has been used as an antimalarial agent for ages. In clinical trials, it has shown positive activities against the bacteria that causes the Lyme disease (29). Consume the herb daily to cure the disease.
Note: This mixture should not be taken without consultation or supervision, as it may cause several side effects.
Sarsaparilla has been used for decades for various skin and body diseases (31). It is equally beneficial for curing Lyme disease caused by Borrelia bacterium (32). The herb provides protection against anti-androgenic substances and eventually, cures the condition. You can take 1-2 tablets of 500 mg, 3-4 times a day.
Rhodiola is the herb that belongs to cold countries. This herb does not cure the disease, but is helpful in providing relief in fatigue and other symptoms of the disease (33). Just take it in any of the available forms to get relief.
Note: The herb must be used after consulting a doctor.
16. Stephania Root
The root of Stephania is beneficial in curing the disease, which is proven scientifically, as well (34). There are two types of the root, viz., Stephania tetrandra and S.cepharantha. For the treatment, mix the tincture in the ratio of 1:5, respectively.
17. Japanese Knotweed
The herb is also known as fallopia japonica and has been used for decades for Lyme disease treatment. It is anti-inflammatory in nature and works by killing the spirochetes, which is said to be responsible for the disorder (35). Take 3 to 4 capsules of 500 mg every day to get relief.
- Or, you can also consume the herb directly.
Diet for Lyme Disease Treatment
Diet plays an important role in any kind of malady. It is essential to have a proper and right diet to avoid any ailment. If you are suffering from Lyme disease, you must keep a check on what you eat. Let’s have a look on what you should consume to eliminate the problem.
- Firstly, you must include nutritious food and decrease the intake of processed or packaged food.
- You must also reduce the consumption of sugar, caffeine, etc.
- Include anti-inflammatory foods like veggies, bone broth, seeds, coconut, etc.
- Since probiotics are required for the cure of this ailment, include foods rich in these microorganisms (like yogurt) in your daily diet (36, 37).
- A diet is incomplete without water. Therefore, you should drink as much water as possible to flush the toxins out of your body.
- If you think that your clothes are infected by the ticks, put them in a hot dryer for 10 minutes or more.
- If you have been out for long, take a shower instantly after coming back to home and wash all your clothes.
- Use insect repellent sprays and powder to keep the ticks away (38).
- Don’t go in wooded or bushy areas if you suspect the presence of these insects (39).
- Don’t take stress, as it may worsen the condition.
- Do not apply the ointments or repellents near mouth, nose, or eyes (40).