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Acupuncture as a Complementary treatment for Lyme disease

Updated: Sep 29

There are 460,000 people in the United States who have been diagnosed and treated for Lyme Disease. It is a bacterial infection caused by the Borrelia burgdorferi bacterium, which is transmitted to humans through the bite of infected ticks. It is most common in certain regions in the United States, including Northeastern, mid-Altantic, and north-central regions. The disease can lead to a range of symptoms, including fever, fatigue, joint pain, and a

distinctive rash is known as a "bull's eye" rash.

The standard treatment for Lyme disease involves the use of antibiotics to eliminate the bacteria. However, some individuals may experience persistent symptoms after completing the antibiotic treatment. This condition is referred to as "post-treatment Lyme Disease syndrome".

Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine practice that involves the insertion of thin needles into specific points on the body. It has been used for centuries to treat various medical conditions. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, Lyme disease is considered a chronic inflammatory immune condition is known as "Gu Syndrome". Practitioners believe that acupuncture can be beneficial for individuals with Lyme disease, helping to alleviate symptoms such as fatigue, pain, and emotional distress.

Dr. Heiner Fruehauf, a prominent expert in Lyme disease, and Chinese Medicine suggests that the approach to treating Lyme Disease, also referred to as "Chronic Inflammatory Disease", can also be helpful in addressing other conditions such as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, and gastrointestinal disorders like IBS. And acupuncture treatments and herbs have been useful in alleviating Lyme disease symptoms.

An acupuncturist would evaluate the individual's condition according to the four pillars of diagnosis in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Then, the acupuncturist will decide on a specific treatment plan that is unique for this person. In TCM, there are four phases for Lyme Disease or Gu Syndrome. These phases are Heat within the Body, Blood deficiency, Phlegm/Dampness, and Neurological. Treatment typically involves a minimum of six weeks of consistent sessions.

If you have any questions or concerns about Lyme Disease, feel free to contact us at Kicotan Acupuncture &Holistic Healing.

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