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Ledum Homeopathic Treatment discussion:
Several months ago, I came across some arresting information about a potential
homeopathic treatment for Lyme called Ledum (pronounced with a long "e", i.e.,
Leedum). Although the original source that I read was not primarily emphasizing humans,
but animals (as this was a treatment of a homeopathic veterinarian doc), it still had some
significant implications for human treatment.
What the Doc had written was consistent with my understanding of lyme, and it was then
worth investigating this treatment for myself, which I did. In short, while the Ledum was
not a "magic bullet", it was a significant benefit, and went a
significant way to cure some of my symptoms. I highly recommend that this area of
potential treatment be investigated by anyone with lyme symptoms.
I am printing below first the letter from Dr. Tobin, and then after it, a discussion of
my own experience with the Ledum.
Understand, though, as you read through this information, that
homeopathic treatments are very patient-specific. In other words,
what may work spectacularly for one, may do nothing at all for another.
Ah, lyme. Even so, for the numbers that it may help, it's worth
reviewing. In the end, if you're considering this or other homeopathic
treatments, a homeopathic doc wouldn't hurt to help pinpoint and resolve
the individual condition..
Lyme Disease and Homeopathy
by Stephen Tobin, DVM
As a holistic veterinarian, I have treated several
hundred cases of Lyme disease in the past five years. After trying various homeopathic
preparations with only limited success, I found that Ledum in a 1M potency is about as
close as you can get to a specific cure. I have use it in dogs, cats, and horses, and it
does not seem to matter whether it is a recent infection, a year old, treated or untreated
--- they all respond curatively, I have not had a single case that did not improve. The
conventional treatment for Lyme Disease is a course of antibiotics, usually amoxicillin or
doxycycline. This works quite well in most cases of recent infection, but hardly at all in
Homeopathic Treatment Effective
While I do not treat human beings, some of my clients with animals suffering from
Lyme disease have taken Ledum 1M for their own lyme disease infections, after seeing the
positive result with their animals. The feedback I have gotten is all positive. I have
told numerous naturopaths and homeopathic MDs about Ledum. One homeopathic MD runs titers
on all his Lyme disease patients, both before and after treatment with Ledum, and has
found that there is a consistent decline in the titer after Ledum. I myself seldom run
titers, which is a measure of antibody levels, as the disease is so easily recognizable.
Usually the dog has been limping for one or two days on one of the front legs, followed by
an aversion to moving at all, as all the joints now hurt. There is usually fever and loss
of appetite. For treatment, I give one pellet of Ledum 1M three times a day for three
days. All signs of the disease are gone by the end of three days, often even by the end of
the first day.
Homeopathy for Prevention
I have been using Borrelia burgdorferi 60x nosode, a homeopathic preparation, as
a preventative for Lyme disease in dogs. I give one oral dose daily for one week, then one
dose a week for one month, then one dose every six months. In the past four years, I have
had only two dogs our of over five hundred on this regimen contract Lyme disease; both
cases readily cleared with Ledum.
|Webmaster's note: While I include the above information for the
purposes of complete information, Bb 60x nosode is a preparation that includes live
spirochete fragments. Besides the fact that this is unavailable except to
licensed professionals, it is very important to understand that the taking of this
preparation can be very dangerous to anyone with a lyme
condition (and very possibly anyone). The introduction into a system of more
spirochetes has the very strong possibility of flaring an
underlying condition. (Also note that the Bb nosode is a very different product
from the homeopathic preparation, Ledum, which carries no known risk.)
Lyme Vaccine Ineffective
While there is a canine vaccine for Lyme disease, I haven't found it very
effective. One vet who uses it extensively told me she feels it provides protection for
about a third of the dogs receiving it. I have seen a number of Lyme disease cases in dogs
starting five to six weeks after vaccination (these also resolve with Ledum.)
After about a two month trial now, I have found the Ledum to be significantly helpful,
although, as I had stated earlier, not a magic-bullet cure. There are implications with
the dosage strengths, and I probably mis-took it initially. Even so the effects were
almost instantaneous (15 minutes) at times, and the cost is relatively cheap (about $8.50,
more or less).
The whole issue has caused me to need to begin to understand the entire healing
"science" of homeopathy something I'd not at all ever investigated
before. There are some significant things to consider: It's not a "left field"
science (although many today might believe so) one of the five major traditional
teaching hospitals in Philadelphia was founded on the principle of (and bears the name of
the man Hahnemann who pioneered much of..) homeopathy. It seems that there
are two "schools" of thought regarding medical healing: One is to give a
treatment that will go to work against whatever is the problem. Antibiotics
or antibacterials are classic examples. Homeopathy, on the other hand, works on
the principle that similar cures, and treatment consists of
giving something like the condition with the purpose of inspiring the body's own
defense/repair mechanisms to respond, curing the original condition. Yes, all too
confusing yet to me, too, but there you have it. Different, certainly; but not necessarily
It seems that dosage strengths are also critical ...to match most precisely the level
of infection. Furthermore, taking too high of a dose will tend to render the less strong
ones less effective. (This was the case for me.) One philosophy is to begin with a low
dosage, and gradually work your way to the stronger ones. On this principle, this is wise
In my case, I went to the local health food store and the local homeopathic
pharmacy (we have one, amazingly enough the local health food stores can help with
this recommendation, sometimes.). Anyway, neither one had the 1M potency that Dr.
Tobin had discussed. Only the much weaker 30c (or 30k). So I bought that one. Within ten
minutes of taking it, I got hot (body temperature-wise). Now, one of the effects of the
lyme for me is a lower metabolism and body temperature. So this was good news. Also, I
occassionally had the reaction within minutes of taking the Ledum (30c) of a kind of like
"waking up" a "Where am I? And how did I get here?" type of
reaction. This was significant to me in that the Ledum, in these cases, had a noticeable
affect of restoring brain function.
As for doses (and the mistakes I made): I first started out with the 30c because I
couldn't find the 1M. I then called Dolisos (below) to mail order the 1M, but they were
out of it. I ordered the 10M instead. Mistake. Too strong isn't necessarily better. (It
doesn't harm you, but it doesn't do any good.) Further, taking a strong dose will require
you to wait a few weeks before the weaker ones will be effective. Oh well. Finally, I took
the 1M, and had some positive effects from it. Even so, not so significant as the 30c for
me, but this might perhaps have been because of the effects of taking the 10M. If I had it
to do over again, this is how I'd pursue it (and I've heard that some good docs are
prescribing it this way): Start with a low dose. (30c or even lower) Gradually
"work" your way up the stronger doses up through 200k, and then
eventually the 1M. If you find a dose that particularly seems to work for you,
"camp" there for awhile.
Here's one other good piece of news with homeopathic treatments: It's largely
understood that whatever the homeopathic treatment, it will either work or not work
within three days. This is good news in a community that commonly spends large amounts on
treatments or supplements that will also commonly require several months to begin
to work. And at $8.50, it's affordable to most everyone. (And the price is the same
regardless of the strength.) Below are listed some sources for Ledum as they were
recommended to me:
|First of all, inquire of your local health food store is there is a homeopathic pharmacy
in your area. The health food store themselves will also commonly carry a 30c strength.
(Not a bad way to start.)|
Mail order companies include:
Webmaster's note: I recently got the following
email from Michael Quinn of Hahnemann Labs. What he says contains a great deal of wisdom
concerning Ledum and homeopathics in general, so I thought I'd include the entire comment
here for your reading.
"Thank you for listing us. We now have a web site with secure online ordering at www.Hahnemannlabs.com Our Ledum 1M is $14.95 for a
1g vial. Please caution that taking too often could exacerbate symptoms or even produce
new symptoms. A 1M is a sharp tool, and must be handled with respect and care. We
generally require a practition's prescription in order to sell 200c, 1M, and 10M
potencies. The uneven response to Ledum 1M is probably due to the fundamental nature of
homeopathic medicines, which is that they are patient specific more often than disease
specific. There is such a great need for help in Lyme Disease that we will sell a 1M to
the public with the caution that they should not repeat it after the first three days
without consulting with a homeopathic practitioner."
--Michael Quinn, President and Chief Pharmacist of Hahnemann Laboratories, Inc.
|Merz Apothecary, Chicago.
Boiron Ledum single dose 200 pellets for $4.35 to $6.95|
depending on strength. 1-800-252-0275
Note the new link to Merz's website
catalog-homeopathics, 250 pellets, $5.00|
|www.1health.com Search Ledum. 250
|(Just for comparison's sake, I'm told that Dr. Tobin makes his own Ledum, $15 per dose,
and sells only to licensed MD's and Vets.)|
(As you can see, much of this list gives you the idea that it's probably also readily
available in your neighborhood. If I've missed any distributors that you believe would be
helpful here, contact me.)
Finally, as I have long wanted to have a way for readers to put
their feedback here either the successes or non-successes that they've had with the Ledum
(and other treatments) — I've finally put up a "Discussion"
page. Any information that you leave there concerning your experiences
would be very helpful to others.
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