Understanding the role that Chronic Lyme disease and all of the associated co-infections can have on someone’s life is very important when treating chronic disease.  Lyme has not been well accepted by modern medicine as a cause of long standing symptoms, as a consequence, many doctors fail to consider chronic Lyme disease as an option even when a patient presents with ongoing:

  • Pain
  • Fatigue
  • Neurological symptoms (burning, numbness, tremor, instability, spasticity)
  • Headache/Chronic Migraine
  • Mood disturbance especially chronic anxiety and explosive anger
  • Digestive impairment (especially symptoms as if gut had stopped moving and food was just sitting there)
  • Persistent Insomnia

This non-acknowledgment is a disservice to patients who have been suffering and can lead to years of care without any real direction.

Chronic Lyme disease is real, and by my experience, it can be present in as many as 70-80% of those suffering long standing pain.  However, as it has an amazing ability to survive detection, many of the commonly used tests (western blot) fail to adequately assess its presence in the body and therefore treatment is never initiated for lack of clear test results indicating need.  In my office, I use a complex evaluation process involving the MORA device, allowing me to determine stress in the body indicating presence of Lyme and common co-infections along with other known viral and parasitic agents often found in chronic conditions.

Treating chronic Lyme disease can take years, depending on how significant the symptoms of the individual and other roadblocks to treatment including current prescriptions, use of antibiotics, and lifestyle factors.  Although Lyme is a bacterial pathogen, it cannot be adequately treated with antibiotics unless in the early or rather acute stages.  The reason for this is that Lyme has what can be considered immune cloaking abilities.  It hides its self in areas of the body that have low blood perfusion making it less likely to be detected.  In addition, it coalesces with other organisms to form what is commonly referred to as biofilm, making it all but invisible to the immune system.  Over time, its pathogenicity along with its supreme cloaking ability cause the body to become weak, while the immune system remains unresponsive.  As this persists, the body weakness creates by default greater and greater chances for bacteria to invade new tissues, causing effects in the endocrine, digestive, kidney and liver systems to name a few.

Treatment must involve methods that recognize the sophistication of the organism.  In my practice I use:

 

The herbal prescriptions I use differ dramatically from the commonly promoted products containing Wormwood or Andrographis as they are based off of Classical Chinese pattern of GU syndrome.  In GU, the body has been effectively invaded and taken over by a pathogen or pathogens.  As a result, many processes are no longer under the control of the body, causing Qi to become weak and general immune and organ dysfunction to set in.  To address this, the pathogen must be dealt with but the body must also be made stronger.  Wormwood and its associated partners are cold, bitter herbs which work well for acute conditions but over time, damage the Qi especially the yang Qi, causing weakness and diminishing longevity.  With this comprehensive approach, it is possible to stabilize the body and generate cellular renewal.