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Lyme disease is a bacterial infection spread to humans by infected ticks

Lyme disease

Understanding Lyme disease

Lyme disease
Lyme disease

Lyme disease is a bacterial infection spread to humans by infected ticks. The causative bacterium carried by ticks is called Borrelia burgdorferi. Early treatment for Lyme disease is crucial for a better prognosis. When the disease is diagnosed and treated promptly with appropriate antibiotics or herbs (always consult a professional herbalist) in the early stages, most individuals recover completely. If treatment is delayed or the infection is not recognized early, the bacteria can spread to other parts of the body, leading to more severe symptoms and complications. Lyme is a multisystemic disease that can affect and strain all organs of the body. In some cases, Lyme disease can cause persistent symptoms even after antibiotic treatment. If left untreated, Lyme disease can progress to more severe symptoms, affecting the joints, heart, and nervous system. Early detection and treatment are crucial for a full recovery.

By 2050, 55.7 million people (12% of the population) in the USA and 134.9 million people (17% of the population) in Europe will have been infected with Lyme disease (1).

It’s worth noting that not all tick bites result in Lyme disease, and prompt and proper tick removal can reduce the risk of infection. Additionally, the use of preventive measures, such as wearing protective clothing and using insect repellents, can help minimize the risk of tick bites.

Many herbs are suitable for self-care. However if a health condition does not resolve with home remedies we recommend using the information in Herbal Reality along with your health advisors, especially herbal practitioners from the professional associations listed in our Resources page (‘If you want to find a herbalist”). When buying any herbal products, you should choose responsible manufacturers with independently assured quality standards and sustainability practices. Check the label carefully for the appropriate safety and sustainability information.

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