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Lyme Disease Herx Help


A herx reaction is caused by neurotoxins released by microbes when they are being killed off.  A herx usually starts a few days into treatment – starting a new medication or supplement that is killing bugs.  Herx reactions can last anywhere from a few hours to days or even weeks.

To minimize herxing here are some things that I have found helpful:

  • Drink fresh squeezed lemon or lime juice in warm water, 2-3 times daily.  Clean your teeth afterwards to protect tooth enamel as lemon and lime juice are acidic.
  • Drink ionized, alkaline water – 2 liters per day.
  • Eat a clean diet of lean proteins, healthy uncooked oils and vegetables.  Juice greens if possible or drink wheatgrass juice.
  • Take Epsom salts baths as the magnesium sulfate assists with detox.  Magnesium is also relaxing for sore aching muscles.
  • Alka-Seltzer Gold (must be gold, not regular) can be helpful.
  • Try to rest and sleep as much as possible.
  • Use far infra red sauna if possible, but only for short durations as tolerated.
  • Do coffee enemas to help the liver and bowels flush out toxins.

Supplements to take or increase during a herxheimer reaction:

  • Dr Nicola’s Smilax – this herbal tincture helps to neutralize neurotoxins. 1-2 droppersful twice daily in water.
  • Dr Nicola’s Detox Formula (#1 or #2) – herbs to assist the function of the liver and to cleanse the blood.  1-2 droppersful twice daily in water.
  • Dr Nicola’s Nerve Pain Formula – for symptomatic relief of nerve pain such as burning and stabbing pain, and headache/ migraine.
  • TriFortify Liposomal Glutathione – 1 teaspoon in water once or twice daily.
  • Activated Charcoal – 1-2 capsules twice daily 2 hours apart from other meds/ supplements.  Acts as a binding agent in the gut to bind up the neurotoxins.
  • Fiber blend containing soluble and insoluble fiber (such as UltraTox by Douglas Labs) – to help bind and sweep out bowels to get toxins out.