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The Role of Botanical Medicine in the Prevention and Treatment of Lyme Disease

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dc.contributor.author Raymond, Lori D.
dc.date.accessioned 2016-02-03T16:13:41Z
dc.date.available 2016-02-03T16:13:41Z
dc.date.issued 2015
dc.identifier.citation L.D. Raymond, "The Role of Botanical Medicine in the Prevention and Treatment of Lyme Disease", ND dissertation, College of Naturopathic Medicine, Univ. of Bridgeport, Bridgeport, CT, 2015. en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://scholarworks.bridgeport.edu/xmlui/handle/123456789/1435
dc.description This thesis is being archived as a Digitized Shelf Copy for campus access to current students and staff only. We currently cannot provide this open access without the author's permission. If you are the author of this work and desire to provide it open access or wish access removed, please contact the Wahlstrom Library to discuss permission. en_US
dc.description.abstract Lyme disease is the most commonly reported vector borne illness in the US. The bacterial infection cause by Borrelia burgdorferi is transmitted via tick bite. Symptoms of Lyme disease included the characteristic bulls-eye skin rash erythema migrans (EM), which is only present 50% of the time and flu-like symptoms. As the disease progresses neurologic and/or cardiovascular symptoms may appear. Most cases of Lyme disease eventually result in intermittent or persistent arthritis involving one or more large joints, which may be proceeded by migratory arthralgia. Lyme disease has become a controversial topic as there have been disagreements over diagnosis, laboratory testing, and treatment plan. While the medical community debates these points, patients are left confused, and without proper treatment. Even though the majority of the cases in the US are from 14 states in the Northeast and Upper Midwest, it is important for physicians to be aware of the clinical presentation of Lyme and the possibility that a routine round of antibiotics may not resolve the patient’s infection. Botanical Medicine can have a role in the treatment of a patient with Lyme disease as both supplementary antibiotic capacity as well as allowing the practitioner to customize a treatment plan specific to that patient’s presentation. Botanicals can also play an important role for the patient who wants natural ways to prevents Lyme disease specifically through decreasing exposure to tick bites. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject Naturopathy en_US
dc.subject Lyme disease en_US
dc.subject Borrelia burgdorferi en_US
dc.subject Botanical medicine en_US
dc.title The Role of Botanical Medicine in the Prevention and Treatment of Lyme Disease en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.institute.department College of Naturopathic Medicine en_US
dc.institute.name University of Bridgeport en_US

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