Homeopathic Remedy for Lyme Disease: Animals and People

Homeopathic Remedy for Lyme Disease

According to Stephen Tobin, D.V.M.

Stephen Tobin, D.V.M.,31 is a veterinarian in a Lyme Arthritis

Disease infested region. He's treated many cases of Lyme Disease in

dogs, cats and horses.

After trying a number of homeopathic remedies, he settled on

Ledum (Genus Epidemicus) in a 200 or 1M potency, three times a

day for three days. Dr. Tobin says, "Every animal treated this way

has shown immediate improvement, whether they were only recently

infected or have had the disease for years, treated or not with

antibiotics. A number of pet owners, on seeing how well it cured

their companions, took it themselves, with equally good results.

"As a preventative, I use the Borrelia burgdorferi nosode

60X, giving one dose daily for one week, then one dose per week for

one month, then one dose every six months, the same way I administer

all the nosodes I give in place of vaccinations.

"I have had only one failure in almost two hundred animals so

treated. This is more effective than the vaccine for Lyme Disease

used in dogs, which often has the effect of producing symptoms of

Lyme Disease, including lameness, swollen joints, lethargy,

inappetance (lack of appetite), kidney failure, and cruciate degeneration

(cross-shaped as in the cruciate ligaments of the knee)

"I have seen no side effects from the nosode itself."

Lyme Disease and Homeopathy
by Stephen Tobin, DVM

As a holistic veterinarian, I have treated several hundred cases of Lyme disease in the past five years. After trying various homeopathic preparations with only limited success, I found that Ledum in a 1M potency is about as close as you can get to a specific cure. I have use it in dogs, cats, and horses, and it does not seem to matter whether it is a recent infection, a year old, treated or untreated --- they all respond curatively, I have not had a single case that did not improve. The conventional treatment for Lyme Disease is a course of antibiotics, usually amoxicillin or doxycycline. This works quite well in most cases of recent infection, but hardly at all in long-standing cases.

Homeopathic Treatment Effective
While I do not treat human beings, some of my clients with animals suffering from Lyme disease have taken Ledum 1M for their own lyme disease infections, after seeing the positive result with their animals. The feedback I have gotten is all positive. I have told numerous naturopaths and homeopathic MDs about Ledum. One homeopathic MD runs titers on all his Lyme disease patients, both before and after treatment with Ledum, and has found that there is a consistent decline in the titer after Ledum. I myself seldom run titers, which is a measure of antibody levels, as the disease is so easily recognizable. Usually the dog has been limping for one or two days on one of the front legs, followed by an aversion to moving at all, as all the joints now hurt. There is usually fever and loss of appetite. For treatment, I give one pellet of Ledum 1M three times a day for three days. All signs of the disease are gone by the end of three days, often even by the end of the first day.

Homeopathy for Prevention
I have been using Borrelia burgdorferi 60x nosode, a homeopathic preparation, as a preventative for Lyme disease in dogs. I give one oral dose daily for one week, then one dose a week for one month, then one dose every six months. In the past four years, I have had only two dogs our of over five hundred on this regimen contract Lyme disease; both cases readily cleared with Ledum.

Lyme Vaccine Ineffective
While there is a canine vaccine for Lyme disease, I haven't found it very effective. One vet who uses it extensively told me she feels it provides protection for about a third of the dogs receiving it. I have seen a number of Lyme disease cases in dogs starting five to six weeks after vaccination (these also resolve with Ledum.)

My experiences:

After about a two month trial now, I have found the Ledum to be significantly helpful, although, as I had stated earlier, not a magic-bullet cure. There are implications with the dosage strengths, and I probably mis-took it initially. Even so the effects were almost instantaneous (15 minutes) at times, and the cost is relatively cheap (about $8.50, more or less).

The whole issue has caused me to need to begin to understand the entire healing "science" of homeopathy — something I'd not at all ever investigated before. There are some significant things to consider: It's not a "left field" science (although many today might believe so) — one of the five major traditional teaching hospitals in Philadelphia was founded on the principle of (and bears the name of the man – Hahnemann – who pioneered much of..) homeopathy. It seems that there are two "schools" of thought regarding medical healing: One is to give a treatment that will go to work against whatever is the problem. Antibiotics or antibacterials are classic examples. Homeopathy, on the other hand, works on the principle that similar cures, and treatment consists of giving something like the condition with the purpose of inspiring the body's own defense/repair mechanisms to respond, curing the original condition. Yes, all too confusing yet to me, too, but there you have it. Different, certainly; but not necessarily unsound.

It seems that dosage strengths are also critical ...to match most precisely the level of infection. Furthermore, taking too high of a dose will tend to render the less strong ones less effective. (This was the case for me.) One philosophy is to begin with a low dosage, and gradually work your way to the stronger ones. On this principle, this is wise advice.

In my case, I went to the local health food store and the local homeopathic pharmacy (we have one, amazingly enough – the local health food stores can help with this recommendation, sometimes.). Anyway, neither one had the 1M potency that Dr. Tobin had discussed. Only the much weaker 30c (or 30k). So I bought that one. Within ten minutes of taking it, I got hot (body temperature-wise). Now, one of the effects of the lyme for me is a lower metabolism and body temperature. So this was good news. Also, I occassionally had the reaction within minutes of taking the Ledum (30c) of a kind of like "waking up" — a "Where am I? And how did I get here?" type of reaction. This was significant to me in that the Ledum, in these cases, had a noticeable affect of restoring brain function.

As for doses (and the mistakes I made): I first started out with the 30c because I couldn't find the 1M. I then called Dolisos (below) to mail order the 1M, but they were out of it. I ordered the 10M instead. Mistake. Too strong isn't necessarily better. (It doesn't harm you, but it doesn't do any good.) Further, taking a strong dose will require you to wait a few weeks before the weaker ones will be effective. Oh well. Finally, I took the 1M, and had some positive effects from it. Even so, not so significant as the 30c for me, but this might perhaps have been because of the effects of taking the 10M. If I had it to do over again, this is how I'd pursue it (and I've heard that some good docs are prescribing it this way): Start with a low dose. (30c or even lower) Gradually "work" your way up the stronger doses – up through 200k, and then eventually the 1M. If you find a dose that particularly seems to work for you, "camp" there for awhile. http://cassia.org/ledum.htm