Which Alternative Lyme Disease Treatments Work? Lyme patients all hope to find the most effective treatment with the fewest side effects.

By Lorraine Johnson, JD, MBA

P atients with Lyme disease use a wide range of treatments to manage the symptoms and complications of their disease. These treatments include antibiotics, other prescription medications, and alternative treatments. Alternative treatments for Lyme disease are popular—either used alone (31%) or in conjunction with antibiotics (38%).

We asked participants in MyLymeData who were using Lyme disease alternative treatments to tell us whether they were very effective, moderately effective, or not effective or if they were unsure. The chart below shows how many patients have tried various types of Lyme disease alternative treatments and their reported effectiveness. If you hover your curser over any particular treatment, the effectiveness ratings and adverse side effects will appear.

The most effective Lyme disease alternative treatments reported

There are two important things to note here. First, the most effective Lyme disease alternative treatment reported is herbal protocols, whereas the least effective reported is stem cell treatments. Herbal protocols, many of which have antimicrobial properties, were the most popular alternative treatment—with 68% of patients who used them reporting that they were either moderately or very effective with a low side effect profile………… Join or login below to continue reading.

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