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Lyme Disease (cont.)

Are There Lyme Disease Home Remedies?

Health departments in areas with high rates of infection have undertaken campaigns to raise public awareness and educate the public on facts about Lyme disease.

  • It is known that certain outdoor areas are highly infested with deer ticks and should be avoided if possible -- these include woods and brush areas.
  • Generally, the tick counts on suburban lawns are much lower.

Lyme disease should never be treated with home remedies alone. Antibiotics are needed to cure the illness, however, some home remedies may help ease symptoms as you recover. Consult a doctor before taking an herbal supplement or natural remedy as they may interact with medications you already take or may cause unwanted side effects.

  • Nattokinase is an enzyme made from fermented soybeans that some believe can help treat their Lyme disease symptoms. There are currently no studies to support this.
  • Probiotics (such as Lactobacillus acidophilus) can be taken to help reduce diarrhea or yeast infections that are side effects of prescribed antibiotics.
  • Beta-glucan is a type of fiber believed to stimulate the immune system, though there are no studies that prove this.
  • Garlic oil may be able to repel tick bites. One small study showed it was effective as a tick repellant when used on properties where ticks tend to live. Another small study showed that people who took garlic as a supplement reported fewer tick bites. More study is needed to determine if garlic is an effective tick repellant. It may also interact with several medications.
  • Essiac is an herbal formula that contains burdock root (Arctium lappa), sheep sorrel (Rumex acetosella), slippery elm (Ulmus fulva), and rhubarb (Rheum palmatum) and is reported to help treat Lyme disease, but there are no studies that prove it is effective, or whether it will interact with medications.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/19/2016

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