Acupuncture and Lyme Disease


Lone star or seed tick on fingerLyme disease is the most common tick-borne infection in the Northern Hemisphere, affecting nearly 300,000 people in the US each year. Despite these numbers, it’s an ailment that’s difficult to diagnose, due to the wide range of ways it can express itself. For example, people with Lyme disease might exhibit any combination of the following symptoms, including but not limited to:

  • Headaches
  • Migrating pain
  • Bowel problems
  • Mood swings
  • Panic attacks
  • Sleep disorders
  • Fever
  • Stiffness in neck
  • Bell’s palsy

In Wilmington, NC, Lyme disease is becoming a greater threat, especially for those who are often outside. As temperatures rise and you spend more time hiking at Carolina Beach State Park or picnicking at Greenfield Lake, take precautions. Wearing light colored clothing, use an all-natural insect repellent, and check yourself for ticks after every outing.

While Lyme disease can be cured through the use of antibiotics if it’s caught early enough, the wide range of symptoms means that many people miss that window. By the time they realize they have Lyme disease, it’s too late for antibiotics. In advanced cases of Lyme disease, people can suffer from a long list of ailments for years. If you’re one of those people, don’t lose hope. Studies have shown that natural treatments and Traditional Chinese Medicine such as acupuncture can offer relief from Lyme disease symptoms.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for Lyme disease takes a different approach than Western Medicine. In TCM, the body is the main healing force, while drugs and herbs are seen as secondary, helping the body heal but not doing the bulk of the work. Western Medicine, on the other hand, focuses on eradicating the infection that causes Lyme disease, often to the detriment of the rest of the body.  In TCM, the body is viewed holistically and treated accordingly. This results in a better balanced Qi and a healthier patient overall.

Acupuncturists treat Lyme disease by reducing inflammation, making it easier for an injured immune system to get back on track.  If you’ve been suffering from the symptoms of Lyme disease, call Acupuncture Associates today and set up an appointment. There’s no reason to feel ticked off about your health when help is just an acupuncture appointment away.


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