Almost 500,000 people each year are treated for Lyme disease. This staggering statistic is one of many and is proof that tick-born diseases are serious matters. Once you find a diagnosis, treatment options are overwhelming. But, this guide is here to help!
Whether you have already been diagnosed with a tick-born illness or you suspect you may be infected, it can be a scary thing to go through. A common tick-borne disease is Babesiosis. Below you’ll find out exactly what this disease is and how you can treat it.
Acupuncture is one of the treatments many seek after a diagnosed illness. Acupuncture benefits are plentiful and can help with a variety of health issues.
Keep reading to find out about Babesiosis treatment and how acupuncture can help!
What is Babesiosis?
Babesiosis is a tick-borne disease. It’s caused after a bite from a tick infected with Babesia microti which is a microscopic parasite.
Anyone can be affected by this disease, but there are certain groups that are more susceptible. The elderly and those with compromised immune systems are the most vulnerable.
Some people do not even realize they are infected, but others suffer extreme symptoms. High fevers, chills, and nausea rank as the top symptoms. Others may experience weight loss or anemia. In the most severe cases, there are reports of erratic blood pressure, blood clots, and even death.
The treatment for Babesiosis varies from antibiotics to anti-parasitics and/or a combination of both. Treatment depends on the patient’s symptoms and the severity of the infection.
Acupuncture is an alternative treatment for Babesiosis and can help alleviate symptoms that may continue to linger after the actual infection is cleared.
In addition to traditional acupuncture treatment, auricular acupuncture is often used to treat tick-borne illnesses. Auricular acupuncture consists of focusing treatment on specific points of the ear.
What is Lyme Disease?
Lyme Disease is the tick-borne disease you probably hear about the most. Caused by a bite from a tick infected with borrelia bacteria. Lyme causes a host of symptoms and many of them are crippling.
Lyme is easier to diagnose and treat than it was several years ago, but it is still a frustrating battle for many.
Fatigue, headaches, and joint pain are common complaints from those suffering from Lyme. If left untreated, the disease can progress to a person’s cardiovascular system and cause damaging effects.
Other Tick-Borne Diseases
Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever is another tick-borne disease. It has similar characteristics to Lyme but is not as common of an infection. RMSF also carries with it a higher mortality rate than Lyme.
Knowing the symptoms of tick-borne illness is important so you can get treatment as soon as possible. With an early diagnosis and treatment, recovery is faster and less intensive.
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Acupuncture can help treat tick-borne illnesses and reduce symptoms. But, there is so much more to acupuncture than tick treatment. Acupuncture helps reduce pain and minimize headaches.
Acupuncture can be used to calm a patient’s nervous system, treat allergies and alleviate pain associated with autoimmune conditions.
Acupuncture Works, LLC specializes in treatments for tick-borne diseases and a myriad of other common illnesses. Reach out today to schedule your first appointment!
Meet Our Expert: Deborah Farley
Founder of Acupuncture Works,LLC in Lynchburg Virginia. Deborah is licensed by the Commonwealth of Virginia Board of Medicine as a Licensed Acupuncturist (L. Ac.).
She is also licensed by the State of Florida as a Doctor of Oriental Medicine (DOM). Deborah is a Diplomate of the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM).
She graduated from the East West College of Natural Medicine with a Master’s Degree in Oriental Medicine and a Bachelor’s Degree of Professional Health Sciences.