I have to disagree with Tickbite - most people won't heal with abx alone, or will relapse right away, although if they add in herbals, they usually have much better results.
I happen to believe that it's a very personal choice. I tried long term abx for 12 months - but I kept getting worse and worse. When the seizures started, that was it for me. I knew that I could no longer do the abx route, but I also knew that I had to get my body detoxing, so my real healing journey started out with learning how to get my body to detox. From there the choice was kind of made for me anyway - I was too sick to travel at least 8 hours one way (by this time my LLMD had passed away and the next nearest one was at least an 8 hour drive each way), and no doctor in my area was willing to take my case.
So I had to turn to alternative medicine - at a time when it was not accepted on these forums. I got support from only one other member - Deejavu. She helped to save my life and I will forever be grateful.
Some are much more comfortable at least trying abx first, others like to jump right in to the alternative medicine treatments, but I usually suggest that those that use abx will find that they will have an easier time if they are willing to add some of the herbs in to help them.
But the choice is most certainly yours!!!
Herb only treatment for Lyme & Bart ended 12/11 - no active symptoms -Herb only treatment for Babesia ended 12/12 - no active symptoms
Healed from tick-borne infections, now healing from the damage they left behind.www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=30&m=2977364
Had Lyme, Bart, Babs, RMSF, Ehrlichia, Myco, Anaplasmosis, EBV
Back in treatment for new Lyme case 8/2014