I have tried a few things with some success. Also listed are things I have not tried. We’re all wired differently, so maybe something will work for you. Ask your doctor before embarking on a course of supplements. They’re sold over the counter and seem harmless. Some can inhibit the effects of medications or can aggravate or cause side effects. For example, they say not to take garlic supplements when taking thyroid medications – the real thing is supposed to be okay.
And remember that I do not misrepresent myself when I say that I am NOT a doctor. This is just a list of things you can ponder and maybe ask your doctor about.
* B vitamins – they are supposed to help with fatigue and nerve symptoms (these have helped me tremendously)
* Essential Fatty Acids (Omega 3, Flax Seed Oil, Cod Liver Oil, Fish Oil) – this is supposed to help with the immune system, the heart and joints. (NB: see the blog about mercury poisoning and lyme disease …. fish oil might not be good for us)
* Garlic – they say it is a natural antibiotic/immune booster. It is also reputed to be good for joints. I have an uncle who used to be a lumberjack or sorts and his hands were gnarled with arthritis. He swore by eating garlic raw – this was before the capsules became popular.
* Vitamin A – it is reputed that people with Lyme wind up with Vitamin A deficiencies and that it can exasperate arthritis symptoms
* Echinacea – this is supposed to be an excellent boost to the immune system , more specifically white blood cell support. It is supposed to fight bacteria and viral infections as well.
* Red Clover – supposedly cleanses the bloodstream and serves as a tonic/detox support. This can help thwart the Herx reaction by helping to eliminate the toxins related to die-off. (*Warning: it was once thought to help women with fertility! Use protection! 🙂 Of course, this is not medically proven, but why take chances?* )
* Milk Thistle – supports liver function and may be beneficial during antibiotic treatment. It is a powerful source of antioxidants. It is even thought to regenerate liver cells following damage from free radicals and bacteria exposure. This supplement is even believed to prevent hangovers or squash the intensity.
* Evening Primrose Oil – reduces inflammation and helps with pain . It is thought to help neuropathy, ease PMS symptoms (sometimes we with Lyme can have irregular cycles/symptoms), stabilize blood pressure a little, and is a beneficial source of fatty acids – and this helps assist with brain function/memory.
* Dandelion – Helps balance sugar levels, reputed to help with kidney & liver function, thought to be a tonic/cleansing/detox agent, and thought to help with IBS symptoms – since many of us with Lyme can be “irregular” to the point of IBS being suspect.
* Black Walnut – The Native Americans thought it to expel “worms” from the body. If one reads a lot about the “salt protocol” for treating Lyme, there is a lot of talk about “worms” and co-infection. It could also help in that Lyme bacteria are spirochetes. Cloves may help with this as well as Wormwood.
* American Ginseng – Thought to be more “relaxing” than its Korean counterpart. According to Chinese medicine, it it thought to “clear heat.” In modern medicine, it is thought that this helps with sugar metabolism.
* Hawthorn Berry Extract – it is thought to stabilize collagen and improve joints. Hawthorn Berry is also reputedly good for heart function and is considered a flavonoid. There are also antioxidant properties and it supposedly helps with muscle spasm.
* Kelp – supports cleansing, immune support and is a good vitamin boost. This may also be beneficial to vegetarians
* Marshmallow Root – It is thought to be antitussive (think Robitussin) and to clear mucous membranes. I have seen it listed as something to assist with Lyme quite a bit, but have not seen a coherent argument as to why.
* Horsetail Grass – This is useful for arthritis and as a diuretic. It is also rich in selenium, which is reputed to be good for Lyme Disease as well. It can also boost memory – which is good when we get into that “fog.”
* Horseradish – immune support, antibiotic/antimicrobial/antifungal properties
Minerals (both have warnings everywhere on the web):
* Colloidal Silver – (*Caution – remember that guy that took this compulsively and turned blue!*) “CS does not attack bacteria directly, but rather deactivates enzymes responsible for the multiplication and metabolism of anaerobic organisms especially. Microbes cannot mutate into silver-resistant forms, as happens with conventional antibiotics. CS acts as a catalyst and is not consumed in the process; it is known to be successful against more than 650 illness-causing microorganisms.”
* Geranium – This is popular in Asia, but a lot of caution is advised. Excessive use can lead to renal failure and death . It supposedly helps with arthritis, nervous system situations, autoimmune difficulties, and has been used for immune system support in HIV and AIDS patients in Asia.
Any others? Feel free to add a comment!