Using TCM to Treat Lyme Disease


May 20th , 2019 Free Spirit Wellness

For those of us living in western PA, May is one of the best months of the year. Finally it’s safe to say the cold and snow are behind us as we get outside and enjoy the warmer weather. Unfortunately, along with the warmer temperatures comes something not so welcome: Lyme disease. That’s why May is also National Lyme Awareness Month.

For those of you who may not be familiar, Lyme disease is a bacterial infection spread by deer ticks. Although cases have been reported in all states, the vast majority occur in the upper Midwest and Northeast. Each year around 30,000 cases are officially reported; however, the CDC believes the true number of cases is probably more like 300,000. 

Symptoms of Lyme disease can include fever, fatigue, headaches, muscle aches, joint pain, and a skin rash that looks like a bull’s eye. The good news is, if it’s detected early, Lyme disease can be treated with antibiotics. Much of the time, however, it goes unnoticed or misdiagnosed and spreads to the joints, heart, and nervous system, causing a number of other health issues. And because its symptoms mimic those of other diseases, many patients misdiagnosed with things like chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, and depression.

At Free Spirit Acupuncture and Wellness, we harness the power of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) to treat Lyme disease. TCM has been used in the treatment of Lyme-type pathogens as far back as the 3rd Century. 

After a one-on-one consultation, we’ll create a personalized treatment using a variety of natural herbs that reduce pain and inflammation, are anti-pathogenic, and that help to strengthen your immune system. Used in conjunction with antibiotics, these time-tested herbs can help speed healing and prevent long-term, chronic symptoms. We also harness the proven healing power of acupuncture, which uses thin needles to stimulate specific points on the body to painlessly address the symptoms that make Lyme disease such a debilitating issue. 

Of course, the best way to deal with Lyme disease is to avoid it altogether. The CDC’s prevention guidelines can help with that. But if you do contract Lyme disease, Free Spirit can develop an effective, long-term plan to help you deal with the symptoms and get you feeling healthy and well in no time. Call us or stop in today to find out more.

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Sources:

https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/Pages/Lyme-Disease.aspx

https://www.cdc.gov/lyme/index.html

https://www.lymedisease.org/lyme-basics/lyme-disease/about-lyme/