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Lyme Disease

Updated: Nov 7, 2023

Lyme Disease


Lyme disease is a bacterial infection that can spread to humans through infected ticks. The rash can appear after three months of being bitten. This infectious disease is caused by the bacteria Borrelia Burgdorferi. The bacteria is transmitted to humans through a bite from an infected black legged or deer trick. The ticks usually become infected after feeding on infected deer, birds or mice. The tick has to be present on skin for around 24-26 hours to spread the infection. Most of the people with lyme disease do not have any history of tick bite. In this article we will discuss lyme disease in detail along with its Ayurvedic management.


Lyme disease was first recognized in the town of old lyme, Connecticut. This incident was recorded in 1975. From the town’s name it got its name and is one of the most common tick borne illnesses in Europe and the United states. The disease is commonly seen in people who live or spend time in wooded areas which are known for its transmission. People who have domestic animals and usually visit wooded areas for animal grazing are also at a risk of getting Lyme disease. Even people after treatment also suffer from post lyme disease syndrome or post treatment lyme disease syndrome whose cause is not known. But the syndrome is potent enough to affect your mobility and cognitive skills. Recovery from this disease can take months or years.

Causes for Lyme Disease

The prime and only cause for the spread of this disease is ticks. Ticks being infected by Borrelia Burgdorferi spread the lyme disease.

Stages of Lyme Disease

There are three stages of Lyme disease. These stages are named according to the spread of bacteria inside the body. These three are as follows:

Stage 1: Earl Localised

In this stage the bacteria has not spread yet throughout the body. This is the most easily treatable stage.

Stage 2: Early Disseminated

In this stage the bacteria starts spreading throughout the body

Stage 3: Late Disseminated

The bacteria has now spread throughout the body.

Symptoms of Lyme Disease

The symptoms of this disease vary from one person to another. Various people respond to Lyme disease differently. Even the severity of symptoms can also vary. Lyme disease is divided into three stages, as mentioned above.

The first stage appears days or weeks after infection. These symptoms are similar to flu and includes:

  • High fever with chills

  • General feeling of being ill

  • Mild to moderate continues headache

  • Joint pain along with difficulty in moment of affected joint

  • Muscle ache, which will be of continues type

  • Neck stiffness along with heavy headedness

  • The bull’s eye rash is also seen commonly in this stage. It’s a flat or slightly raised red spot at the site of the tick bite. It’s a large expansion along with a clear area in the centre. This is called erythema migrans and if left without treatment can last for more than 4 weeks.

The Symptoms of the Stage 2 that is early Disseminated occurs weeks or Months after tick bite and it includes:

The Stage two symptoms generally resemble the symptoms which are commonly seen when a person is suffering from heart or respiratory problems such as

  • Chest pain

  • Shortness of breath

  • Heart problems

  • Skipped heartbeats also called as palpitations In addition,

  • Numbness or pain in the nerve area

  • Paralysis or weakness in facial muscles may also be present

The symptoms in stage three or in late disseminated stage of lyme disease can occur within months or years after the infection. The most common symptom that persists is muscle and joint pain. The other symptoms that are generally associated are:

  • Abnormal or involuntary muscle movement

  • Swelling in the joints

  • Muscle weakness

  • Tingling and numbness in the body, especially extremities

  • Speech problems: Difficulty in talking, sudden stuttering etc.

  • Thinking or cognitive behavioural problems


Blood test is generally done for the check on antibodies that develop in response to the lyme disease causing bacteria. ELISA (Enzyme-linked immunoassay) for Lyme disease is generally done.

For the symptoms that appear in stage two there are certain specific tests which are must to be done like:

  • Electrocardiogram

  • Echocardiogram

  • MRI (Magnetic resonance imaging) of brain

  • CT scan (Computed Tomography)

Population at Risk

There is a certain percentage of the population which is affected more by this condition. This percentage includes:

  • Doing outside activities that increase risk of tick exposure for example gardening, hunting or hiking in the area tick bites are common

  • Having pets and domestic animals at home which increase the risk of infection

  • Walking in grasslands

Treatment of Lyme Disease

Generally after the bite from a tick, an individual is kept under observation or is watched closely for at least 30 days. Rest is as following:

A single dose of antibiotic doxycycline is given to the person whose being bit. But the antibiotic dose depends on certain factors like:

  • Person should have the tick attached to his or her body who can spread lyme disease.

  • The tick should be attached to the individual for at least 36 hours.

  • The person should take antibiotics within 72 hours of tick removal.

  • The individual should be 8 years or more in age and should not be pregnant or breastfeeding.

  • In such cases a days to 4 week course of antibiotics is used to treat people who are being diagnosed with Lyme disease.

Common Choice of Antibiotics

Doxycycline, Amoxicillin, Azithromycin, Cefuroxime and Ceftriaxone.

Some painkillers along with muscle relaxants for joint pain and stiffness are also being used.

Possible Complications

  • Post treatment lyme syndrome

  • Decreased concentration

  • Nerve damage

  • Pain

  • Facial muscle paralysis

  • Sleep disorders

  • Vision disorders

  • Numbness

Ayurvedic Aspect of Lyme Disease

Lyme disease, if understood from an Ayurvedic point of view then lyme disease is caused by some angantuja karanas (bacterial factors) which are further responsible for dosha vitiation and this dosha vitiation is responsible for various symptoms that appear. Like vata vitiation causes musculoskeletal pain and joint pain, lack of concentration, kapha vata vitiation causes shortness of breath, chest pain palpitations etc.The best way to treat these symptoms in Ayurveda Is through Abhyanga. All types of pain, especially vata related, can be managed using simple abhyanga with warm sesame oil. The abhyanga can be done in the direction of hair growth all over the body and in circular motion over the joints. Rest of the symptoms can be managed using potent herbs like haridra (Curcuma longa), Arjuna (Terminalia Arjuna), Neem (Azadirachta indica), Giloy (Tinospora cordifolia) and many others which can enhance the body’s immunity to fight bacterial manifestation as well as manages the symptoms very well.

Herbal Formulations for Lyme Disease by Planet Ayurveda

Plantbased Ayurveda is a leading Ayurvedic firm which deals with the manufacturing of herbal formulations. These formulations are prepared using potent herbs which are really effective in managing many conditions related to lower strength of the immune system and disturbances with its working due to bacterial manifestation. The formulations prepared by Planet Ayurveda do not contain any kind of adulterants, dyes, additives, fillers etc. These medications are really potent to manage various conditions arising due to infection causing agents especially conditions like lyme disease and are very fruitful hence giving positive noticeable results. The medication or formulations offered by Planet Ayurveda for the management of Lyme disease are as follows:​

  • Neem Capsules

  • Gandhak Rasayan

  • Boswellia Curcumin

  • Bone Support

  • Joint Aid Plus

  • Coral Calcium Complex


1. Neem Capsules

Neem (Azadirachta indica) is a very effective herb which can be used for blood purification and also has a detoxification effect on the entire system. The capsules are prepared using potent and standardised extract of neem which is very effective in treating and relieving swelling and tissue damage by bacterial infection. The intake of neem reduces chances of occurrence of stage three of Lyme disease.​

Dosage: One capsule twice a day after meals.

2. Gandhak Rasayan

Gandhak rasayan is a natural preparation and has rejuvenation properties. It has gandhak (purified sulphur) as its content. It improves the immune system and also is very helpful in elimination of harmful toxins. Rasayan is basically a formulation which has cell regenerative effect, repairs partially damaged cells and enhances its body’s aura. It is an excellent formulation for many bacteria related disorders.​

Dosage: Two tablets twice a day after meals.

3. Boswellia Curcumin

Boswellia Curcumin is filled with anti-inflammatory properties as it contains two very effective herbs which are Shallaki (Boswellia serrata) and Curcumin (Curcuma longa). These both are really good as the best agents for reducing inflammatory conditions. Both of them are helpful in inflammation of the muscles, bones and tendons. They work by improving circulation and also contain analgesic properties that help in treating pain in the affected area.​

Dosage: Two capsules twice a day after meals with lukewarm water.

4. Bone Support

Bone support is made from herbs like Shudh Laksha (Laccifer lacca resin), Arjun (Terminalia arjuna), Mukta (Pearl calcium), and many more. This is one of the best ayurvedic combinations for improving the health of the bones and promoting circulation to the muscles. It is very effective in treating any kind of bone or muscle defect. This formulation helps in improving bone density.​

Dosage: Two capsules twice a day with water after meals.

5. Joint Aid plus

Joint aid plus is one of the best herbal combinations containing herbs like Shallaki (Boswellia serrata), Nirgundi (Vitex negundo), Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), and many other herbs. All these herbs help in reduction of the inflammation and management of painful conditions of bones. These capsules are also very beneficial in purifying the blood and also helps in strengthening the bones as well as muscles.​

Dosage: One capsule twice a day after meals with lukewarm water.

6. Coral Calcium Complex

The coral calcium has praval pishti (coral), akik pishti (agate), jawar mohra pishti, kamdhudha ras, mukta pishti (pearl) and guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia). These all ingredients make it a very important formulation which helps in maintaining calcium levels in the body, keeps bones healthy, also has an impact on building a strong immune system and also is helpful inheart functioning due to natural calcium sources which help in maintaining the electric system of the heart.​

Dosage: One capsule twice daily after meals.

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