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Are There Any Alternative Remedies for Lymes Disease?

07/23/2002

Question:

The doctor said my mother has Lymes Disease and she needs to take antibiotics for that. She doesn't believe in antibiotics. She believes more in alternatives like homeopathy and acupuncture. Are there alternative remedies for Lymes Disease? My mother is 78. Thank You.

Answer:

There aren't any proven alternatives to Lyme disease, and I wouldn't chance it considering the possible complications if she doesn't take the antibiotics. This is one area of "Integrative" medicine where western medicine wins hands down! -----

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Response by:

Tanya I Edwards, MD, MEd Tanya I Edwards, MD, MEd
Formerly, Associate Professor of Medicine
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University