Lyme Disease

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    Lyme Disease - Causes, Symptoms and Ayurvedic Treatment

    Lyme disease is transmitted by the bite of a black-legged tick, commonly known as a deer tick infected by a bacteria. These ticks live in grassy and heavily wooded areas. It is caused by four main species of bacteria namely – Borrelia burgdorferi, Borrelia mayonii, Borrelia afzelii and Borrelia garinii. In Ayurveda, there are descriptions about various insect bites. Insects are classified into different groups based on the symptoms produced by its bite. Dr. Gupta’s IAFA is well known for the Ayurvedic management of various allergies and insect bites. IAFA is offering the best treatment for various immune related diseases. Ayurpediatrics is a separate wing in IAFA that offers the most appropriate treatment for every child.

    Causes of Lyme Disease

    Lyme disease is caused by certain bacteria carried by deer ticks. Lyme disease is caused when an infected deer tick bites. The bacteria enter the skin through the bite and gradually pass into the bloodstream. Usually, Lyme disease is transmitted when a deer tick gets attached for 36 to 48 hours. If an attached tick is found to be swollen, it will have transmitted the bacteria. The tick should be removed as soon as possible to prevent infection.

    Ayurvedic reference of Lyme Disease

    Symptoms of Lyme Disease

    The manifestations of Lyme disease may vary. If the following signs and symptoms occur within a month of infection, Lyme Disease can be suspected.

    • Rash Rash appear in a bull’s-eye pattern from 3 to 30 days after an infected tick bite. The rash usually expands slowly. It is generally not itchy and painful.There may be warmth on touch.
    • Fever
    • Chills
    • Fatigue
    • Body aches
    • Headache
    • Neck stiffness 
    • Swollen lymph nodes 

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    Master’s in Health Administration

    Diet in Lyme Disease

    Do’s (Pathya) in Lyme Disease

    • Frequent intake of small amounts of warm water
    • Light and easily digestible food
    • Green gram
    • Take vegetables with bitter taste
    • Cover up body area to avoid bite of tick
    • Use insect repellents
    • Always check dress before wearing
    • Mild exercises
    • Take enough rest

    Don’ts (Apathya) in Lyme Disease

    • Non vegetarian food
    • Fatty and heavy food
    • Cold water 
    • Fried and bakery food
    • Alcohol consumption
    • Avoid areas for sitting which contain tick 
    • Unhygienic place for sleeping

    Yoga and Pranayama in Lyme Disease

    Yoga practice helps in improving strength of body’s immunity. It helps to reduce severity of infection.

    • Savasana
    • Sarvangasana
    • Makarasana 
    • Simhasana
    • Vajrasana
    • Sasangasana 
    • Seetalasana

    Pranayama helps to bring relaxation to mind and prepares mind to face adverse situations like pain.

    Ayurvedic Treatment of Lyme Disease

    Ayurveda put forwards effective treatment for Lyme disease by combining internal medicines and external therapies. 

    Internal Medicines for Lyme Disease

    • Guggulutiktaka Kwatha
    • Thrayanthyadi Kashaya
    • Panchathiktaka Kashaya
    • Dasamoolahareetaki lehya
    • Khadirarishta

    • Nimbamrutasava 
    • Guggulu panchapala choorna
    • Gorochanadi gulika
    • Kaisoraguggulu gulika
    • Guggulutiktaka grita

    Treatment Procedures for Lyme Disease

    • Virechana (Purgation)
    • Vamana (Emesis)
    • Raktamoksha (Blood-letting)

    Single Herbs in the Management of Lyme Disease

    • Vibheetaki (Terminalia bellerica)
    • Haridra (Curcuma longa)
    • Nimba (Azadirachta indica)

    • Nirgundi (Vitex negundo)
    • Guggulu (Commiphora mukul)

    Article Written By: Dr. Sahil Gupta, Ayurvedic Allergist

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Question: How is Lyme Disease caused?

    Answer: Lyme Disease is caused by the transmission of certain bacteria into the bloodstream through the bite of a type of tick called deer tick.

    Question: What are the major symptoms of Lyme Disease?

    Answer: Lyme Disease is manifested by appearance of rashes 3-30 days after tick bite, fever, chills, head ache etc.

    Question: Does Ayurveda provide effective treatment for Lyme Disease?

    Answer: Yes, Ayurveda has detailed description of various medicines and procedures to be done in different insect bites. It is found to be effective in various conditions.

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