Those afflicted by Lyme disease, a bacterial infection caused by a tick bite, often (although not always) exhibit flu-like symptoms, including a fever, headache, and fatigue, and experience a rash 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 heart palpitations or heart conduction problems, joint swelling, extreme fatigue and memory loss, pain or numbness in the hands or feet, and many others. Consequently, getting tested and receiving treatment is imperative.
A powerful adjunct to Lyme disease treatment is hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT). HBOT can help directly kill the Lyme bacterium, since it naturally increases the blood's oxygen levels, and directly kill Lyme bacteria, since these bacteria flourish in low-oxygen environments.
STUDIES HAVE BEEN EVALUATING THE EFFECTIVENESS OF HBOT ON PATIENTS WITH LYME DISEASE FOR YEARS.
A 1998 study involving 91 participants who received HBOT for Lyme disease had impressive results.
“Treatment duration was 60 minutes on oxygen, and in most instances, the treatments were administered bid for five days, followed by a two-day rest,” the study explains of its parameters. “Several different series were tried, ranging from 10 treatments to 30 treatments. One subject received 145 treatments over the course of three months.”
Although some participants did not complete their treatments due to other medical issues, “it appears that approximately 84.8% of those treated showed significant improvement by a decrease or elimination of symptoms,” found the study. Only 13.1% didn’t notice a difference in their condition.
RECENT RESEARCH SUPPORTS PAST STUDIES, TOO.
A 2012 case report titled “Hyperbaric oxygen therapy as an effective adjunctive treatment for chronic Lyme disease” also suggests HBOT can be successful in helping naturally treat those with Lyme disease.
While some may not understand this type of “unique intervention,” the report states, “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 acknowledged 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, herself contracted Lyme disease several years ago. With the help of HBOT and supplements, as opposed to the antibiotics she initially took, 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.