Lyme symptoms include fever, rash, and neurological issues. When antibiotics didn’t work, I drank Phyllanthus niruri tea.
It’s tick season, and most of us know to look out for ticks when we’re out in nature (or even in our own backyard for that matter). However, some people get a tick bite and don’t know it. In fact, some people with tick bites have troubling symptoms that linger. Some may have Lyme disease, but they may go misdiagnosed or undiagnosed for long periods of time.
For these reasons, it’s important to recognize common Lyme symptoms and, if necessary, seek out the support you may need in order to get well.
Common Lyme Symptoms
Many people assume they’ll immediately have a rash if they’ve been bitten by an infected tick. However, a bullseye rash, or erythema migrans rash, occurs in roughly 75% of people bitten by an infected tick. And it can take 7 days on average for that rash to become visible.
Symptoms of Lyme disease that you should look out for include fever, rash, facial paralysis, and arthritis. If left untreated, you could experience neurological issues as early as three days after being bit. Alternatively, your Lyme symptoms could start weeks or even months later.
These more severe Lyme symptoms can include:
- Severe headaches and neck stiffness
- Additional rashes on other areas of your body
- Intermittent pain in nerves, tendons, muscles, joints, and bones
- Heart palpitations or an irregular heartbeat (Lyme carditis)
- Dizziness, shortness of breath, and fatigue
- Inflammation of the brain and spinal cord
- Shooting pain, numbness, or tingling in the hands or feet
- Brain fog and short-term memory problems
The two most common diagnostic tests for Lyme are the enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay, commonly called the ELISA test, and the Western blot test. Both of these blood tests measure the presence of antibodies in your body if you are infected with Borrelia burgdorferi. Borrelia burgdorferi is the bacterium that causes Lyme.
If you think you may have Lyme symptoms, get medical help. A doctor can run the ELISA test to detect antibodies against the bacteria and confirm with a Western Blot test to give a diagnosis.
Lyme Disease Support
I had severe Lyme symptoms for almost four years, including brain fog and muscle and joint aches. I fought Lyme disease using prescribed antibiotics for nearly all of those four years without success. After extensive research, I discovered Phyllanthus niruri (also known as Chanca Piedra and Stone Breaker). Phyllanthus niruri is an anti-bacterial, antiviral, anti-plasmodial plant used in traditional medicine to attack the spirochete that causes syphilis.
I drank Phyllanthus niruri tea three times a day for three months. I no longer have Lyme.
To be clear, I’m not suggesting that Phyllanthus cured me. No studies will back such a claim. However, I am convinced that the decoction addressed my Lyme symptoms, supported my immune system, and interacted with the Lyme pathogen in ways that helped my body clear the infection.
Armed with weapons of “stealth pathology,” the Lyme spirochete is a formidable infectious agent. Phyllanthus niruri neutralizes or disarms many of the agent’s weapons, leaving the spirochete vulnerable to the power of the body’s immune response.
Phyllanthus niruri also assists the body’s healthy response. Phyllanthus niruri extract has been shown to block both DNA and RNA transferase. Essentially, the extract may stop the spirochete from replicating. Because the spirochete is blocked or slowed, the bacterial load decreases to a level that doesn’t overwhelm the body’s defenses.
The more I learned about Phyllanthus niruri, the more I appreciated the elegance of the actions of its phytoconstituents. Phyllanthus niruri isn’t a hammer that pounds pathogens. Instead, it offers great support to the body’s immune system. These phytoconstituents are why I consider Phyllanthus niruri the ultimate support for those battling Lyme disease and addressing Lyme symptoms.
Learn more about how to find a trusted source for Phyllanthus niruri here.
Protect Yourself Against Ticks and Lyme Disease
If you’ve been bitten by a black-legged tick that carries Lyme, it usually takes several hours for the bacteria to be transferred to your bloodstream. The faster you get ticks off you, the better your chance of not contracting Lyme. Make tick checks part of your post-outdoor routine.
And if you know you have (or think you may have) Lyme disease, know common Lyme symptoms, seek medical help, and consider drinking Phyllanthus niruri tea.