PEMF Therapy for Lyme disease
Lyme disease is a bacterial condition that can cause fatigue, skin rash, fever, and joint pain. It is one of the most common vector-borne diseases affecting about 8% of the US population.
The infection is much more than a tick bite. Lyme disease may cause an individual to suffer for years without understanding how to cope with it.
It may also be misdiagnosed and go undiagnosed for years, leaving the patients with hopelessness and frustration.
Chronic pain is a common symptom, but the other indications may take time to appear, making it difficult to detect.
Fortunately, pulsed electromagnetic field therapy (PEMF) is seen to significantly effective for many people suffering from this dreadful disease.
To know how PEMF can help, it is imperative to understand more about the condition and working of PEMF.
What Is Lyme Disease
It is an infectious disease caused by the bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi. This bacterium is transferred to humans through a bite from an infected deer or black-legged tick. The tick can infect itself after feeding infected birds, deer, or mice.
The tick needs to be present on the skin for at least 36 hours to spread the infection. It may be possible that many Lyme patients have no memory of a tick bite.
People residing in wooded areas or have domestic animals that visit wooded areas are at a higher risk for Lyme disease.
People who have Lyme disease react differently, and the symptoms may vary. The condition typically progresses through three stages: localized, early disseminated, and late disseminated. It may be possible for stages to overlap.
It lasts for several weeks, and symptoms may appear one or two weeks after the tick bite. A bull’s-eye-rash is one the earliest and a tell-tale sign of the condition. The rash has a central red portion with a surrounding clear spot followed by redness at the edge.
The rash doesn’t itch or isn’t painful but may be warm to touch. Usually, this rash disappears gradually in most people. The rash is also known as erythema migrans.
It may occur with or without flu symptoms. Some other signs in this stage include fever, sore throat, fatigue, headaches, enlarged lymph nodes, vision changes, and muscle aches.
This stage is usually seen months after the tick bite. You may get rash in areas other than the tick bite and have a general feeling of being unwell. Symptoms of this stage are indicative of systemic infection, meaning the condition has spread to other parts.
Common symptoms include changes in heart rhythm, tingling numbness, and facial palsy.
This stage occurs when the infection goes untreated in stages 1 and 2 and may occur months after the tick bite.
- Arthritis of larger joints such as hips and knees
- Brain disorders such as encephalopathy that may cause short-term memory loss
- Mental fogginess
- Difficulty in concentration
- Sleep problems
- Numbness in the legs, arms, feet, or hands
A Word About Chronic Lyme Disease
It is a condition where a person treated with antibiotic therapy for Lyme disease continues to have symptoms. The chronic condition is also known as post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome or post-Lyme disease syndrome.
About 10% - 20% of the people treated for Lyme disease have disease symptoms, including joint pain, fatigue, and cognitive dysfunction. These symptoms may last for six months or longer. The symptoms may also interfere with the quality of life and cause emotional distress. In many, these symptoms may resolve after six months to a year.
It is not known exactly what causes post Lyme syndrome in some and not in others. Experts believe that it may be due to the persistence of bacteria that weren’t killed by the antibiotics. It is also believed that Lyme disease can damage your tissues and immune system, which responds to infection despite all the bacteria being killed.
Some risk factor that may increase the risk of this condition are:
- Not treated appropriately with antibiotics
- Being infected by the bite of a diseased tick
Symptoms of post-treatment Lyme disease include:
- Restless sleep
- Aching muscles or joints
- Decreased ability to concentrate or short-term memory
- Pain or swelling in the shoulders, elbows, knees, or other large joints
- Speech problems
- Altered cognitive skills and mobility
- Emotional stress
- Decreased quality of life
Let’s summarize some common symptoms of the disease
The diagnostic feature of Lyme disease is the presence of a bull’s-eye or red oval rash on your body.
Other symptoms include:
- Joint swelling and pain
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Difficulty concentrating
- Muscle aches
- Sleep disturbances
If you have any mentioned symptoms, contact your healthcare physician immediately.
Diagnosis of Lyme Disease
Your doctor may diagnose the condition if you have a history of tick bite and corresponding symptoms of the condition. A few blood tests may also help that can pick up antibodies in your blood. However, this test is not recommended in a patient who does not have symptoms of Lyme disease.
About 30% of the infection goes without the appearance of a rash, and the condition may not be diagnosed.
Is This Condition Contagious?
The shorter answer to the question is a no. Till now, there is no evidence that the condition is contagious between people. Besides, pregnant or lactating women cannot pass this infection to their babies.
While the bacteria causing Lyme are found in body fluids, there is no evidence that an infected person can transfer the infection through coughing, sneezing, or kissing.
Lastly, there is no evidence that one can transmit Lyme through blood transfusion or sex.
Can You Prevent The Tick Bite?
Ticks can’t jump or fly but live in bushes or shrubs.
Here are some tips that may help prevent a tick bite and thus protect you from infection:
- Wear a full sleeve shirt, full pants, and socks in the wood, with multiple trees around or while handling fallen leaves
- Use a tick repellent on your clothing or skin, such as lemon oil, eucalyptus, and DEET
- You can also choose to use the chemical permethrin on camping gear and clothing for added protection
- Shower within two hours whenever possible.
- Look out for ticks on hair and skin and wash them out if present
- Use a hot dryer to clean your clothing or exposed gear to kill the remanent pests, if any
Effect of Lyme Disease
It can cause myriad health problems depending on the part of your body infected by the bacteria. Lyme can affect your muscles and joints, brain, heart, lungs, or digestive tract.
Usually, the infection is managed with antibiotics. Some Lyme patients may also need long-term IV antibiotics to combat the disease. The effect of antibiotics also differs for everyone. Some may get cured with antibiotics soon after the appearance of the bulls-eye rash.
However, other patients have ill-defined problems and are diagnosed with Lyme months or years after the tick exposure.
In most cases, Lyme disease becomes chronic. There are various manifestations of Lyme infection, as mentioned below:
- Active infection with the bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi
- Hidden or different forms of the organism
- Autoimmune reaction to the infection
- Actual damage caused by Lyme infection
The first type is an acute phase that settles with antibiotics. The other three manifestations are usually long-term.
Like any other infection, Lyme can also affect different organs and tissues of your body and cause scarring or inflammation.
The chronic manifestation of Lyme needs antibiotics, supplements, nutritional support, and other treatment modalities. These manifestations may be difficult to eradicate.
The good news is…
PEMF can help in such cases!
PEMF can alleviate inflammation, reduce pain, improve circulation, and boost response to other treatments.
PEMF for Lyme
PEMF is a drug-free and non-invasive treatment option that compliments other therapies and aids the healing process, especially when combined with a healthy diet and regular exercise.
PEMF penetrates your body to reach your cells. It provides the energy needed by the cells to heal themselves and impart strength.
So, PEMF helps you improve your performance without other medicines and drugs. Besides, if you are pushing your physical limits, this therapy aids in repairing your muscle cells.
But how does this happen?
Studies have shown that PEMF therapy triggers myosin phosphorylation, a process of energy production by your muscles. Phosphorylation produces ATP, which is vital for cell energy.
Low ATP levels cause weakness. PEMF aids in restoring ATP by triggering myosin phosphorylation.
The use of PEMF devices reduces swelling. And the added energy stimulation aids in repairing the damaged tissues and speeds up the healing process.
Here is how it may help Lyme:
Borrelia burgdorferi multiplies at a rapid pace, and it may not present indications quickly after the attack.
As mentioned before, everyone may experience different symptoms based on the place the infection settles.
Fortunately, PEMF can help regardless of the location and stage of the disease.
Some common benefits of PEM include:
- Improve focus and concentration
- Reduce swelling, inflammation, and pain
- Relieve brain fog
- Better circulation and breathing
Long-term antibiotics may help, but they may have side effects, and management of Lyme is controversial.
Trial of various therapies along with medicines can help people with Lyme disease, and…
PEMF is now one of the best treatment approaches for Lyme.
There are various ways in which PEMF can help patients with this disease.
PEMF and Oxygenation of Cells
The primary mechanism of PEMF is increased oxygenation of your body cells.
Studies have shown that an adequate oxygen level does not support the growth of harmful cells and bacteria.
PEMF and Pain
Another problem a patient with Lyme disease usually has is chronic pain.
For the same reason, people with the condition are addicted to narcotics, making them immunosuppressive.
PEMF uses electromagnetic waves that help cells to contract and expand. This improves blood circulation through cells and offers a better circulation of nutrients.
Improved circulation alleviates pain by regenerating damaged tissue, reducing swelling, and repairing fractured or torn tissues. It also quietens the nerves and promotes recovery from inflammation.
The good part is that PEMF boosts blood circulation, not by elevating blood pressure but by maximizing the energy of your blood cells. It is thus a safe and effective way to manage pain.
PEMF helps with not only pain but also the underlying cause of pain.
But for this benefit, you will have to take PEMF sessions at home daily. Occasional sessions at a doctor’s office might not help.
PEMF and Hidden Bacteria
The most crucial benefit of PEMF for Lyme is that it aids in exposing the hidden bacteria, which escapes the natural immune system.
PEMF aids in opening your cell wall membrane, promoting a better influx of nutrients and efflux of waste.
It also enhances the energy of your cell wall membrane, making them more resilient to the hidden forms of bacteria.
PEMF and Lyme Disease of the Brain
Neuro-borreliosis, Lyme disease of the brain, is challenging to treat. Conventional nutritional and medical approaches cannot reach the hidden bacteria in the brain cells as they do not cross the blood-brain barrier.
PEMF is seen to enhance the diffuse-ability of the blood-brain barrier, improving access to supplements, medicines, nutrients, and herbs into the brain cells.
Lyme is an infectious condition caused by the bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi. The disease may go through three stages, but the symptoms of these stages may overlap. The symptoms may vary from a rash to arthritis to cognitive impairment.
Lyme disease is typically treated with antibiotics, but in some cases, the infection persists, resulting in the post-Lyme condition. It may cause emotional distress or decreased quality of life, and PEMF can be a great alternative in such cases.
It aids in the healing of cells and bringing order to your body. PEMF may also help to uncover the hidden bacteria responsible for a persistent infection. Lastly, it enhances the blood-brain barrier’s diffuse-ability, allowing the supplements and medicines to reach your brain.
All in all, as Lyme disease can be a challenging and stubborn condition, PEMF can be an excellent way to manage it.