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Lyme Disease Acupuncture Treatment
Acupuncture can help combat the symptoms and bring your body back to balance. Joint pain is also common when dealing with Lyme disease and acupuncture has specific points that can help with relieving pain and inflammation.
What is Lyme disease?
Lyme disease, the most common vector-borne disease in the United States, is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi and rarely, Borrelia mayonii. It is transmitted to humans through the bite of infected blacklegged ticks. Typical symptoms include fever, headache, fatigue, and a characteristic skin rash called erythema migrans. If left untreated, infection can spread to joints, the heart, and the nervous system. Lyme disease is diagnosed based on symptoms, physical findings, and the possibility of exposure to infected ticks. Laboratory testing is helpful if used correctly and performed with validated methods. Most cases of Lyme disease can be treated successfully with a few weeks of antibiotics. Steps to prevent Lyme disease include using insect repellent, removing ticks promptly, applying pesticides, and reducing tick habitat. The ticks that transmit Lyme disease can occasionally transmit other tickborne diseases as well.
A new study has shown that the bacteria that causes Lyme disease alters the immune system, causing it to attack the healthy cells in the human body. The researchers say that if a person has a genetic predisposition to autoimmune diseases such as lupus or rheumatoid arthritis, infection by Borrelia burgdorferi may trigger their development.