Those afflicted by Lyme disease, a bacterial infection caused by a tick bite, often (although not always) exhibit symptoms of the infection days to weeks later, including fever, headache, fatigue, malaise, and join swellings akin to arthritis. In 70% of those infected, a rash may present around the bite location, which sometimes resembles a bullseye.
While many cases of Lyme disease result in a full recovery with the help of antibiotics, others do not, especially if the infection is discovered later on.
When Lyme disease goes untreated, severe symptoms may develop. Some examples include chronic joint pain and swelling, extreme fatigue and memory loss, pain or numbness in the hands or feet, heart palpitations or heart conduction problems, and many others. Consequently, getting tested and receiving treatment is imperative.
A powerful adjunct to Lyme disease treatment is hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT). Through a variety of mechanisms, HBOT can be used to enhance the treatment of an acute Lyme infection, as well as reduce the ongoing symptoms of those struggling with chronic Lyme.
Recent Research Has Seen Positive Results When Evaluating the Effectiveness of HBOT on Patients with Lyme Disease
A 2012 case report titled “Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy as an Effective Adjunctive Treatment for Chronic Lyme Disease” details the mechanisms by which this natural therapy provides relief for patients. It explains that, “inhibiting bacterial metabolic functions by increasing the generation of oxygen-free radicals, enhancing leukocytes to kill bacteria by facilitating the oxygen-dependent peroxidase system, and improving the oxygen-dependent transport of certain antibiotics, have been determined to be efficacious.”
Further, a September 2017 article by StoweToday.com, a publication of Vermont-based media company The Stowe Reporter, LLC, discusses the growing interest in HBOT as a treatment for Lyme disease. The article notes that while the therapy has not yet been FDA approved as an official treatment for the disease, it “speeds up the body’s natural ability to heal because the increase in atmospheric pressure that occurs in the sealed chamber allows the body to absorb more oxygen at the cellular level, which is said to promote healing.”
Promising findings such as the aforementioned have influenced more and more patients to turn to HBOT for help with their ailments.
Dr. Grace Johnstone, a Vermont chiropractor featured in the above article, contracted Lyme disease several years ago. With the help of HBOT and supplements, she began to notice a difference in her condition.
Ultimately, HBOT has the ability to be a powerful adjunct to Lyme disease treatment and help improve other conditions, as well, enabling patients to lead happier and healthier lives.