Alternative treatments for Lyme?
Doing some research online I've come across some herbal treatments, supplements, accupressure, ect.. that may help horses with lyme or help with prevention.
Has anyone tried any of these alternative treatments? Any luck? Any advice?
I may be mistaken but isn't Lyme usually treated with antibiotics? Why not use those?
I actually had lyme disease. Was told it was not treatable by one doctor, so I saw another doctor. The other doctor gave me antibiotics that I took a few times a day for a week or two, then I was fine. I wouldn't trust any other methods of treatments, lyme is not something to mess with. The meds messed me up for a while, but no more lyme. I'm surprised that my horse didn't get it, as when I had him in Saskatchewan he was always covered in them.
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Well to prevent it.. Check your horse multiple times a day and pull out any ticks, ad apply tick repellent fly spray. I have a friend who was on an IV for lymes while she slept at night, but with horses that would be tricky..
Many of the tick-borne diseases are hard to get rid of. The immune system - whether horse or human- plays a large role in the prevention and eradication of disease. Boosting the immune system is necessary, and alternative medicine will help with increasing its function.
Talk to any of the LLMD's (Lyme Literate Doctors) and they will tell you that reduction of the bacteria or other tick-borne pathogen is necessary for your immune system to work. Lyme works to specifically shut down the production of antibodies. Decrease the pathogen load with antibiotics, and increase the immune system function with excercise, diet, herbs, massage, acupuncture, and meditation. Most LLMD's will tell you not to rely solely on Western Medicine, but to use any and all forms of medicine you are comfortable with to fight the disease.
The reverse is also touted: don't rely soley on alternative medicine. You might be able to keep the disease in check, but you won't get rid of it.
Thanks for all the responses.
My horse has had lymes 3 times, each time treated with doxycycline, I've always seen only a slight improvement in his symptoms. He's kinda never been the same since the first time he's had lymes. I know the vets told me once they get lymes it kind of always stays in their system. During the winter he seems to be the worst, achy, lethargic, sensitive to touch. So I would like to try some kind of alternative to see if that may help with his symptoms. I was trying to see if anyone has gone this route and had any luck. But I definitely agree with you EPMhorse.
Lymes disease is caused by the same family of bacteria that causes syphilis and I'm pretty sure if you got that you'd want antibiotics!!! - there's no doubt that keeping your horse healthy will help his immune system but you need to kill the bacteria. Sometimes it takes a different antibiotic to help and a month isn't always enough. I have my horses blood tested once a year now to show up any levels that look too high, we are spraying around the edges of the pasture, doing everything we can to keep deer away and control rodents, Frontline as recomended by our vet is doing a good job.
The whole tick situation is out of control along the north east coast they are a serious a hazard both to our animals and to us. Its time the various States did something to address the problem while they still have half a chance
OP- I have never treated a horse for lyme but our dogs have had it. We always ran a cumulative C6 lyme test that tests for the level of their reaction to the disease. The test is run BEFORE the antibiotics and then re-run again after the antibiotics.
Through this method we figured out that my Shetland Sheepdog hadn't fully cleared the infection the first time- it took care of it but not completely. We gave him another round of antibiotics for a longer period of time and the results of the test the 3rd time showed that he had cleared it that time.
Perhaps your boy just isn't on the antibiotics long enough to fully clear him of the Lyme? I haven't ever heard of anything that got Lyme and didn't fully resolve the symptoms if it were properly treated. I do know it can cause renal or liver damage if it isn't caught soon enough.
Thanks for the responses! Last time he got lymes they gave him a blood test after the last treatment and he tested slightly positive but the vets said that's normal because it's always in there system. He doesn't have lyme now but ever since he got lymes he gets sore, tired, very sensitive in winter so I was looking for to help with that. After posting this, I tried ledum 1M after a recommendation from a friend and he hasn't had any symptoms since. I'm very happy :D
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