Lyme Disease: What You Should Know

Lyme disease has received much needed airtime this year with a multi-episode focus on National Public Radio this summer.

What Should You Know About Lyme Disease: 

  • Lyme disease is a bacterium transmitted to humans by a bite of an infected tick.
  • As of 2009, it was the 5th most common notifiable disease (CDC).
  • In 2010, 94% of all Lyme disease was reported from 12 states, Maryland is one (CDC).
  • Symptoms include: skin rash with a red ring “bull’s-eye rash” (70-80% of people), fever, chills, headache, fatigue, muscle or joint aches
  • Serious illness can occur if the infection spreads to joints, the heart or the nervous system.  Symptoms of this may include Bell’s palsy, severe headache, swelling of large joints and shooting pain.
  • 10-20% of patients treated will develop chronic symptoms (CDC)

How to Protect Yourself:

  • Avoid coming into contact with ticks; this means avoiding wooded and grassy areas.
  • As that is not so easy in summer- wear long pants and sleeves, hats, 20%+ DEET spray.
  • Lyme disease bacteria needs 48 hours or more to get into your system, so properly removing the tick in advance helps to reduce your risk. This usually requires a full-body check (don’t forget to check any gear and Fido).

If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with Lyme disease…

  • Numerous Chinese herbs can be helpful to “clear toxic heat” of Lyme.  Consult our office.
  • Acupuncture can help with chronic fatigue, muscle and joint pain, and reduce inflammation.
  • Being diagnosed with Lyme is an incredibly stressful event; acupuncture helps to reduce stress and anxiety, allowing your body its full capacity to fight the infection.

The published research on Lyme and Chinese medicine is very limited; most of it has been done in veterinary medicine.  However, patients all over the country attest to the difference in can make in treating their symptoms and helping them to cope.

The International Journal of Integrative Medicine, May/June 1999 included a piece called “The Integrative Treatment of Lyme Disease” by Steven J. Bock, MD.  Dr Bock says

“A treatment regimen of acupuncture in Lyme disease, combined with physical therapy, can reduce pain, increase mobility, and improve fatigue states. With proper complementary or progressive medical approach, and by combining conventional and alternative therapies, we can hopefully lead patients with Lyme disease toward better health.”

At Wildwood Acupuncture Center–we are a family owned medically based clinic who will work in collaboration with other treatments you are receiving to enhance your treatment results.

Call us today to schedule a consultation: 301-530-5308