Approximately 10-15% of patients with untreated Lyme disease develop neuro Lyme. Learn how Phyllanthus niruri may help.
Neurologic Manifestations of Lyme Disease
One scary and extremely challenging characteristic of Lyme Disease is that it can manifest in several different ways within each unique body. Depending on the path the bacterium takes to enter the body, it can affect the heart, joints, and even the central nervous system, causing Neuro Lyme or Lyme neuroborreliosis (LNB).
When a tick bite occurs, Lyme disease bacteria enters the body through the blood stream or the lymphatic system. From there, it looks for tissue in which it is most comfortable. When the bacterium enters through the lymphatic system, it has easy access to wreak havoc on the central nervous system.
Classic Lyme disease symptoms will appear in the body before the bacteria spreads throughout the body and triggers the neurological effects of the secondary symptoms of Neuro Lyme. Symptoms of Neuro Lyme often include nerve pain, numbness, double vision, and facial palsy, but also memory loss, headaches, anxiety, depression, and brain fog.
Early detection and treatment of Lyme disease is not only key to recovery but also crucial in preventing the spread of bacteria into multiple systems in the body. Approximately 10-15% of patients with untreated Lyme disease will develop neurologic manifestations.
Because it is hard to detect and diagnose Neuro Lyme, it is often misdiagnosed as Multiple Sclerosis or Parkinson’s Disease.
Four Inflammatory Conditions of Neuro Lyme
When Lyme borreliosis enters the body through the lymphatic system and causes inflammation in the central nervous system, four inflammatory conditions may occur:
- Lymphocytic Meningitis – A type of meningitis caused by Lyme disease bacteria. When the bacteria attack the central nervous system, it can cause swelling around the brain and spinal cord, causing symptoms similar to meningitis, such as a stiff neck and sensitivity to light.
- Cranial Neuritis – This occurs with inflammation of cranial nerves caused by Lyme disease bacteria. Common symptoms involve facial palsy (Bell’s Palsy), impaired blinking, and smiling and chewing on one side. Sometimes intermittent double vision occurs.
- Radiculopathy – Inflammation of the spinal nerve roots that send signals from the brain to peripheral nerves of the limbs and trunk. Observed as extremely painful especially at night, it often presents as nerve pain, numbness, tingling, and burning sensations.
- Mononeuritis Multiplex – This happens when LNB involves the peripheral nerves, causing extreme numbness and pain, specifically in the hands and feet. Deep aching pain is also experienced in the hips, lower back, and legs.
Phyllanthus niruri for Neuro Lyme Support
Phyllanthus niruri, also known as Chanca Piedra and Stone Breaker, is a small herb found in the tropical Amazonian rainforest of Peru. Popular in South America, it has 100+ identified bioactive compounds. Best known for helping to eliminate kidney stones and gall stones, it is also traditionally used in Andean medical systems and around the world to address a variety of chronic illnesses.
As an adaptogenic herb, Phyllanthus niruri helps the body adapt to different kinds of stress, including physical, chemical, biological, emotional, or environmental. This is essential for maintaining whole body health.
This powerful herb that we have nicknamed “The World’s Healthiest Plant” is loaded with phytochemical that may help combat fungi, viruses, and bacteria.
Because Phyllanthus niruri is rich in phytochemicals and adaptogens, therapeutic uses include support for the renal system, help for the immune and lymphatic systems to combat viruses and bacteria, support for the digestive system, and reduction of stress on the pancreatic system.
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