Ayurvedaic Treatment For Lyme Disease

Abstract

Lyme disease is a bacterial disease. Bacterial infections have a great impact on the health of the individual. This infection can occur in any part of the body. It can be caused by the organisms or by the response of the body itself to its presence. It can be spread through water, air, food or any living vectors. Bacteria are living microorganisms that have only one cell. Their shape looks like balls, rods or spirals. There are many bacterial infections such as Tuberculosis, Anthrax, Tetanus, Botulism, Lyme disease, Typhoid, Pneumonia, Gonorrhea, etc. But in this article, we are going to discuss one of the bacterial infections that are Lyme disease and its Ayurvedic management.

Introduction

Lyme disease is a vector borne disease that is caused by the bacteria known as Borrelia bacteria. This bacteria is spread by ticks in the genus Ixodes. This is caused by the four main species of bacteria. Borrelia burgdorferi and borrelia mayonii bacterial species cause Lyme disease in the United States and Borrelia afzelii and Borrelia garinii are the leading cause of Lyme disease in Europe and Asia. This is spread or transmitted by the bite of an infected black-legged tick. This tick is commonly known as a deer tick. You get infected only when the tick bites you and stays attached for 36 to 48 hours. If this tick is removed within 48 hours, you probably would not get infected.

Etiology/Causes

As we discussed above, this disease is caused by the bacteria called Borrelia bacterium. It is only transmitted to humans through the tick bite. This is not a contagious disease meaning it cannot spread from person to person. It is usually transmitted through the bites of ticks that are immature and termed as nymphs. It can take more than 48 hours of attachment to the human body before the spread of bacteria that causes Lyme disease.

Clinical Features/Signs And Symptoms

The first and most common sign of this infection is red rash over the infected site also known as Erythema migrans. This rash is neither painful nor itchy.

There Are Three Stages Of This Disease

  • Early localised Lyme: flu-like symptoms like fever, chills, headache, swollen lymph nodes, sore throat and a red rash.
  • Early disseminated Lyme: pain, weakness or numbness in your arms and legs, changes in your vision, heart palpitations and chest pain.
  • Late disseminated Lyme: These symptoms can happen after weeks, months or years after the tick bite. Symptoms include arthritis, fatigue, dizziness, loss of sleep and confusion.

Risk factors

The Following Are The Risk Factors For Lyme Disease

  • Spending time in wooded or grassy areas
  • Having exposed skin
  • Not removing ticks promptly or properly

Complications

If Left Untreated Then This Disease Might Lend Into The Following Complications

  • Chronic joint inflammation
  • Neurological disorders
  • Cognitive defects
  • Heart disorders

Differential Diagnosis

  • Spider bites
  • Cellulitis 
  • Shingles
  • Viral meningitis
  • Acute coronary syndrome

Diagnosis

Diagnosis is made on the clinical basis that is based on symptoms, physical findings, history of exposure to the ticks and some laboratory tests.

Laboratory Tests Include

ELISA and western blot is widely used in the diagnosis of Lyme disease. Firstly ELISA   should be performed and if it comes positive then the more specific test is performed that is western blot. 

Ayurvedic Treatment Of Lyme Disease

The Ayurvedic approach for the treatment of this disease is Shodhan karma (Detoxification) and shaman karma (conservative management).  In Shodhan karma: Panchakarma therapy comes under this heading. This medicated therapy promotes intensified cleaning and bio purification of bodily tissues that is Rasadi dhatus.

Therapy Includes

  • Snehan (oleation therapy) 
  • Swedana therapy (sudation therapy)
  • Basti (medicated enema)
  • Virechan (purgation therapy)
  • Vaman (induced controlled vomiting)
  • Raktamokshan (Bloodletting)
  • Nasya (nasal irrigation with herbal oils)

These all procedures are not required for all the patients. These are done on the basis of the patient’s body type, disease prognosis, severity of the disease, patient strength and numerous other factors. So it is concluded that it is not applicable on all the patients or the same for every patient.

In Lyme disease, the basti karma is applicable for the treatment. Anuvasna and Niruha basti is given to the patient on alternative days.

Diet In Lyme Disease

Diet has a very important role in treating every disease. Without a proper diet it is nearly impossible to treat a disease. The diet that is advised in this disease is usually a Vata and Pitta pacifying diet.

Lyme Disease Must Include The Following Dietary Regimen In Their Daily Routine

  • Vegetables juices and soup
  • Coconut water or coconut milk
  • Ginger, garlic, beetroot, red pepper, spinach
  • Properly cooked vegetables
  • Coriander, black pepper, ginger, asafoetida, fennel, salfron, turmeric
  • Khichadi (white rice is cooked with moong dal)
  • Warm milk (properly boiled milk)   

The Following Items Should Be Removed In Their Diet

  • Spicy and fried foods
  • Stale food items
  • Street food
  • Very bitter and astringent foods
  • Reduce the quantity of raw foods
  • Excessive black tea, coffee, alcohol, yoghurt, canon, chocolate

Lifestyle Changes

  • Avoid worries, anxiety, fear, stress and grief as much as you can
  • Sleep no less than 7 hours
  • Perform Abhyanga (Massage) with warm Narayan or Vishgarbha oil mixed with sesame oil 
  • Sip hot water frequently throughout the day
  • Anuloma-viloma pranayama for 5-10 min. Daily followed by 15 min

Some Of The Ayurvedic Formulations For The Management Of Lyme Disease

  • Dasamoolarishtam
  • Turmeric churna + Triphala churna
  • Shuddha Guggul
  • Yograj guggul
  • Triphala guggul
  • Lajjalu (Mimosa pudica)
  • Amalaki Rasayan
  • Nagakesara

Herbal Remedies For Lyme Disease

In Ayurveda, this disease is treated very well without any complaints and side effects. Ayurveda has very good and effective herbal supplements for the management of Lyme disease. The herbal products are offered by a leading herbal manufacturing company that is Planet Ayurveda. This company is GMP certified and also known as a herbal company worldwide. The products are very effective because these are made by the standardized extracts of potential herbs and also these are free from chemicals, additives and preservatives. These herbal products are 100% natural and vegetarian.

Planet Ayurveda Provides The Following Herbal Supplements For Lyme Disease

  1. Neem Capsules
  2. Gandhak Rasayan
  3. Boswellia Curcumin
  4. Bone Support
  5. Joint Aid Plus
  6. Coral Calcium Complex

Products description

1. Neem Capsules

This is a single herbal formulation used in the disease of blood borne. This is used as a blood purifier. This is an effective herbal treatment for skin disorders. These capsules are prepared from the extracts of Neem (Azadirachta indica). It has anti-inflammatory properties and is helpful in subsiding the inflammation over the skin. Regular use of Neem cleansing the skin and brings back the glow. Neem is known to have antibacterial, antifungal and antiparasitic properties. It relieves itching, pain and redness on the skin. 

Dosage: 1 capsule twice a day after meals with plain water

2. Gandhak Rasayan

This is a classical Ayurvedic formulation used in a variety of skin disorders. It is a versatile Ayurvedic medicine which has very powerful antibacterial, antimicrobial and antiviral properties. It is prepared from Amalaki (Emblica officinalis), Bibhitaki (Terminalia bellerica), Haritaki (Terminalia chebula), shuddha gandhak (Purified sulphur), Shunthi (Zingiber officinale) and Bhringraj (Eclipta alba). It is helpful in providing relief from itching, rash, small red bumps, fever, body ache, etc. This is a natural herbal supplement for skin rejuvenation.

Dosage: 2 tablets twice a day after meals with plain water

3. Boswellia Curcumin

This is a poly herbal formulation used in the treatment of inflammation and infections. These capsules are prepared from the standardized extracts of the powerful combination of anti-inflammatory herbs that is Shallaki (Boswelliaserrata) and Curcumin (Curcuma longa). Curcumin is the best antiseptic herb and it is helpful in providing relief from various infections in the body. These capsules reduce inflammation and pain in the joints as joint pain is the symptoms of Lyme disease. So it is very helpful in this condition. 

Dosage: 1 capsule twice a day after meals with plain water

4. Bone Support

This is an effective herbal remedy for joint problems. This formulation is prepared from herbal and mineral ingredients such as shuddha laksha (Laccifer lacca), Suhanjan beej (Seeds of Moringa oleifera), Hadjod (Cissus quadrangularis), Arjun (Terminalia arjuna), mukta (pearl calcium compound), etc. It helps in fighting low bone density. This formulation contains Hadjod that is the potent herb to improve bone density and strength. It improves calcium metabolism and deposition in the bones. By these properties it is helpful in Lyme disease.

Dosage: 1 capsule twice a day after meals with plain water

5. Joint Aid Plus

This herbal product of planet ayurveda is a natural herbal blend to fight joint pain and inflammation. It helps to reduce pain and swelling. It is made from the standardized extracts of Nirgundi (Vitex negundo), Shallaki (Boswellia serrata), Shunthi (Zingiber officinale), Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), and Guggul (Commiphoramukul). The ingredients have anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. These capsules help the joints to regain lost strength and help in fighting arthritis of all types.   

Dosage: 1 capsule twice a day after meals with plain water

6. Coral Calcium Complex

This is a poly herbal formulation of Planet Ayurveda. This is natural calcium from corals and pearls. This formulation is prepared from Praval pishti (Coral compound), Akik pishti (Agate compound), Jawar mohra pishti (compound), kamdudha ras (Compound), Mukta pishti (Pearl compound), Giloy satva (Tinosporacordifolia). This is nature’s best formula to improve bone density and strength. It helps to fight low bone density due to this disease. This formulation regulates the body’s minerals retaining metabolism and further makes the bones strong.  

Dosage: 1 capsule twice a day after meals with plain water

Contact my assistant to provide you the costing / ordering and delivery information at – costing.planetayurveda@gmail.com or call at +91-172-5214030 Or Check Website – www.PlanetAyurveda.com

Conclusion

Many patients with Lyme disease are managed by a proper diet and lifestyle along with herbal medicines. To avoid the side effects of antibiotics regimen you must follow a nutritious diet, appropriate and professional detoxification procedures, proper exercise, and lifestyle modification. To improve the intricate connection of these bacteria with the immune and nervous system, then follow the Ayurvedic treatment. It will almost certainly reduce the effect of this bacteria and manage this disease properly. Also the herbal products of Planet Ayurveda show very good results on Lyme disease.   

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Dr. Vikram Chauhan is one of the best Ayurvedic doctor from Chandigarh, North India. Chandigarh is situated in north India about 200 miles north of New Delhi. Ayurvedic medicine is getting quiet popular now a days and Dr. Vikram Chauhan is leading Ayurvedist from Chandigarh having solved many complicated cases from North India as well as rest of the world.