A diagnosis of Lyme disease can provide relief for some. Finally, your doctor has identified why you have symptoms like inflammation, aches, pains, and fatigue. Finally, you can begin a treatment plan to fight the disease.
The first treatment for Lyme disease often begins with strong antibiotics and herbal therapies. If these are not effective, a physician specializing in Lyme can recommend alternative therapies with proven track records.
With any new treatment geared to rid the body of toxins and bacteria, you can expect a reaction of some kind. After all, your body is adjusting to the elimination of harmful bacteria.
Rarely, some patients’ bodies react in a way that is temporary, but also very uncomfortable. These are called Herxheimer Reactions.
If you have been researching and studying Lyme disease, you may have read about Herxheimer Reactions already. If so, you have likely read that they present a variety of negative symptoms.
Hopefully, you have also read there are detox therapies that can ease the Herxheimer Reaction symptoms. Before detailing how to manage a reaction during Lyme disease treatment, let’s first establish a good definition.
Herxheimer Reaction Defined
Having Lyme disease means you were infected by a deer tick that was hosting the bacteria B. Burgdorferi. When the tick implanted this bacteria in your blood, it grew and spread in your system. Over time, your symptoms worsened and, at times, felt debilitating.
Ridding your body of this bacteria is difficult because the bacteria itself is tough. It knows how to reproduce itself and even transform into a more powerful source. It can also travel against the flow of your blood and not be washed away.
Because it is so tough, doctors must use even tougher treatments to clean your blood. Traditional and alternative therapies like apheresis work. However, some people experience a reaction when their system is trying to adjust to the elimination of the bacteria. These are known as “herx reactions.”
Further, many people with Lyme disease also have co-infections, all of which will die off with treatments. Rarely, some patients’ bodies will release cytokines in response to the procedures. Cytokines are proteins that can cause inflammation and other symptoms that mimic Lyme disease symptoms.
Why Take A Chance?
You may be thinking, why would you participate in a treatment that can cause symptoms that you already have? Because in the long run, you can be free of all negative symptoms.
Another great reason is that Lyme specialists know how to manage the herx symptoms. So, if you start to react, your doctor can immediately implement a variety of detox methods to ease any pain you may feel.
IV Homotoxicology for Detox
When your body is trying to get rid of toxins, it is easier to do so when the toxins are bound together. They don’t do this naturally. Instead, your doctor can use IV Homotoxicology to make this happen.
The faster you can remove the toxins, the sooner any adverse symptoms, like those with herxheimer reaction, will disappear.
Chelation for Detox
All of us have heavy metals in our system. They are found in our food, medicines, and even water. Common toxins are zinc, copper, lead, mercury, and aluminum. Heavy metals cause inflammation in your body, making it hard for your body to detox. If you have Lyme disease, the inflammation can be worse, and detoxing becomes almost impossible.
Therefore, your doctor can provide chelation to help detox your body and ease any symptoms of a herx reaction. The medicine used in this process surrounds the heavy metal toxins and forces them to become inactive. Once inactive, they exit your body through urine.
Supplements for Detox
Lyme specialists have access to therapeutic supplements that aid in the detoxification process. Activated charcoal provides a double advantage. It acts as a calming supplement to help reduce inflammation. It also binds toxins to help them exit the body.
Your liver works hard to detox your body. It can use all the support it can get. Glutathione is one supplement that provides the liver support needed. Not only does it help ease herx reaction symptoms, but it also has other positive side effects like better sleep.
Drain Your Lymphatic System
Every time you move your body, your muscles go to work. When your muscles are stimulated, your organs, tissues, and cells can do their job to eliminate toxins and waste from your body.
The more you can move during the detox process, the better. This suggestion does not mean you must start training for a marathon. It means to do simple things like walk, stretch, and bend.
If you find this is too painful, stop. You can opt to drain your lymphatic system through massage, which targets specific areas on the body to encourage the body to assist in the detox process.
Additional Detox Therapies
Fortunately, there are even more alternative therapies that minimize herx reactions you may experience during detox treatments. Some doctors may recommend a combination of therapies, or a protocol, created using your individualized needs. Your protocol will be based on your level of pain.
Protocols can include Epsom salt baths, which have been proven to relax your muscles and employs your skin to support your liver as a way toxins can exit your body. Another protocol may involve changing what you eat and drink while detoxing.
A diet that suppresses a herxheimer reaction includes eating vegetables, fruits, and whole grains. For fluid intake, water, teas, and infusions are recommended. Some patients have found relief through coffee enemas, and onion compresses. Nature can provide us with powerful ways to combat pain and inflammation. And they have been used for centuries because they are safe and effective.
With so many methods to help fight off herxheimer reactions, you can pursue treatments that will heal you from Lyme disease. You do not have to live with the negative symptoms caused by Lyme. Go ahead and start your journey, reach out to a Lyme disease specialist today.