Each year, the Center of Disease Control and Prevention reports over 300,000 new cases of Lyme disease within the United States. Lyme disease in most cases is a tick or mosquito borne infection caused by a bacterium known as Borrelia burgdorferi. This bacteria has a unique ability to change the protein it expresses thereby evading immune detection. However, the immune system recognizes the presence of an intruder and attempts to combat this infection by sending out cytokines (molecules that mediate and regulate immune responses). These cytokines cause inflammation to occur at the sights where the bacteria are concentrated. These sights can be found in the joints, muscles, brain or bones and cause such symptoms as pain, body aches, fatigue and neurological issues. Oftentimes antibiotics fail to fully eradicate the bacteria.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) increases the level of oxygen throughout the body giving symptomatic relief and antimicrobial and bactericidal aid in these concentrated areas. As oxygen levels in the body increase with HBOT, inflammation is reduced, white blood cells are activated, and the immune system is energized. In many different case studies performed with HBOT, all subjects reported improvement in symptoms such as severe joint pain, fatigue, short term memory loss, seizures, headaches or depression. Some subjects reported complete recovery. Proper medication and supplementation in addition to HBOT treatment is vital with HBOT providing an immensely powerful, longlasting effect in your battle against Lyme disease.