It’s summertime, and that means it’s also tick season. It’s the time of year when every hike, walk, and stroll in nature you take has the potential to end up in a tick bite and, even worse, Lyme disease. Each year, the US sees between 20,000–30,000 cases of Lyme disease.
It’s so important to be vigilant in checking for ticks. But what happens if you do get bitten and end up contracting Lyme disease?
Unfortunately, Lyme disease treatment in modern medicine leaves something to be desired. That’s why so many people seek alternative treatments and medicines. Chinese medicine is a popular option.
Today we’re going to be looking at both western and alternative treatments such as Soliman Auricular Allergy Treatment (SAAT) and Alpha Gal treatment. Read on for everything you need to know.
Lyme Disease Symptoms
Before we look at treatment options, let’s take a look at some of the signs you’ve been infected with Lyme disease and what some of the different Lyme disease stages are. A rash is one of the most common symptoms, affecting around 80% of people. Other early signs include fever, chills, headache, fatigue, and aching muscles.
In the later stages of Lyme disease, the symptoms differ. You might experience arthritis, facial palsy, irregular heartbeat, dizziness, or nerve pain.
There are three major types of serious Lyme disease symptoms. There are the aforementioned rash, neurologic Lyme disease symptoms, Lyme carditis, and Lyme arthritis.
Western Medicine Lyme Disease Treatments
The most common western medical treatment for Lyme disease (particularly in the early stages) would be an antibiotic regimen. In later stages, a doctor might also prescribe different medicines like anti-inflammatories and painkillers to treat symptoms like Lyme arthritis. Although antibiotics are the most common treatment, they’re not always successful in getting rid of the infection.
Alternative Lyme Disease Treatment
Western medicine is not always 100% effective in treating Lyme disease. Because of this, many people suffering from Lyme decide to seek out other types of treatment.
Eastern medicine, like herbal treatments, can have some efficacy. Acupuncture is one treatment type that Lyme sufferers report great success with.
Soliman Auricular Allergy Treatment (SAAT), in particular, can be especially helpful with some symptoms. This is a treatment similar to acupuncture but more specialized, often used to treat allergies. It helps with inflammation and other symptoms often associated with allergies.
Alpha Gal treatment can also help. Alpha Gal allergy occurs when a tick injects you with a specific type of sugar humans are allergic to. Acupuncture and SAAT methods are used to treat this type of allergy.
Don’t Suffer in Silence
If you have been diagnosed with—or suspect you might have—Lyme disease, you might feel you’ve been let down by western medicine. But don’t give up hope. There are alternative treatments that can help.
Still searching for an effective Lyme disease treatment? Then why not try acupuncture?
Acupuncture Works in Central Virginia has the expertise to help relieve you of your symptoms. Get in touch to book your appointment today.
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.