Modern Lyme Disease & Vector Borne illnesses & Traditional Gu Syndrome.. with an ounce of Prevention
Lyme Disease & Chinese Medicine This disease is often referred to as the "Great Imitator". It has many of the same symptoms as a variety of neurological and rheumatological conditions including: Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Lupus, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s, Lou Gehrig’s (ALS), Alzheimer’s, and Autism. Lyme is considered a “poly microbial” disease — it is a syndrome tied particularly to different strains of Borrelia but also frequently involves other bacteria, molds, viruses and parasites. Extensive (and expensive) testing can be done to identify the specific microbes involved in each patients’ case; though many of these tests are not yet accurate enough to provide us with a clear and accurate picture of what's happening within the body. Speaking from clinical experience, once we have a diagnosis of Borrelia and begin treating as Gu syndrome (read on to find out more about Gu Syndrome), we always assume the presence of multiple different infectious agents and treat the patient as such. Learn how Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine can help!
From a Chinese medical perspective Gu Syndrome is a chronic inflammatory parasitic infection, or a super-infection potentially involving many different pathogens like funguses, viruses and spirochetes at the same time. These multiple types of infections can all thrive upon each other’s existence and symbiotically assist each other in the process of feeding upon their progressively deficient host while evading their own death by masterfully creating their own camouflage (examples are - biofilm and cellular protein masks) and hiding in the less vascular and fatty areas of their host.
In modern terms, Gu Syndrome is commonly seen as chronic inflammatory diseases with autoimmune complications that often present within Two Major Categories of symptoms. "Brain Gu" encompasses conditions like fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, Lyme Disease, and certain types of mental diseases caused by pathogens infecting the nervous system, primarily spirochetes or certain types of viruses that can inflame the brain and other parts of the nervous system. This can cause symptoms such as exhaustion and body pain - varying neurological physiological aches and pains like moving body and joint pain, sharp shooting pain or numbness and headaches or migraines, anxiety, depression, insomnia, restlessness, compromised mental function, brain fog, emotional volatility, and traumatic fear responses to minor stimuli, i.e. hypersensitivity to smell and noise. "Digestive Gu" is caused by infectious agents that are primarily present in the gut, like certain types of worms, or protozoan parasites, mold or funguses, all of which can coexist and promote each other's proliferation. The existence and overgrowth of these microbes and endotoxins begin to change and remap the internal gut terrian and systemic microbiome of the body. The brain may not be directly inflamed with Digestive Gu, but becomes irritated via secondary metabolic pathways because the gut is inflamed. Symptoms like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), ulceritive colitis (UC) and Crohn’s disease can indirectly affect people’s brain chemistry because the gut-brain barrier has become compromised and certain substances in the body can now pass through the digestive membranes, often resulting in the body developing an autoimmune response to them, which then clouds people’s emotional and mental health. It is quite typical that someone with Brain Gu simultaneously also suffers from Digestive Gu, or the other way around. Using this traditional and effective perspective we are able to offer a holistic approach to these debilitating issues. Here at Firefly we use traditional methods to provide a clear, productive and proven treatment approach to reduce inflammation, support the immune system, clear microbial overgrowth and invasion, promote healing and bring the body back into balance by supporting and fortifying the internal microbiome and strengthening the body's ability to heal from within by making the body's internal terrain inhospitable to invaders in order to regain heath and wellness.
Skin & Clothing Topical Applications & Airborne Sprays to Repel
Ticks & Mosquitoes For Skin Application: Picaridin (mosquitoes, ticks, flies): Effective against the greatest range of insects, this chemical is a synthetic version of a repellent found in pepper plants. Maximum protection is provided in formulations with 20 percent picaridin. Spray versions protect for up to 12 hours against mosquitoes and ticks, and up to eight hours against flies; lotion formulations last for up to 14 hours against mosquitoes and ticks, and up to eight hours against flies.We like Ranger or Avon Brands. Synthesized Plant Oils (mosquitoes, some ticks): Lemon eucalyptus oil can repel mosquitoes for up to six hours. IR3535, a synthetic based on a natural amino acid, can last up to eight hours. Natural (Nonsynthesized) Plant Oils (mosquitoes): Natural oils (soybean, lemongrass, citronella, cedar, peppermint, lavender, geranium or geraniol, et al.) Generally, they’re considered less effective and they have to be reapplied far more frequently than chemical alternatives, reapply approximately every 30 minutes for maximum effectiveness. For Clothing Application: Permethrin (mosquitoes, ticks): Mosquito- and tick-repellent clothing uses this synthetic chemical that acts like a natural extract from chrysanthemums and kills insects that come into contact with it.This method offers always-on protection and you can go on multiple trips before re-treating your clothing. However, repellents applied to clothing are not effective against flies and skin-applied products are still needed for total protection. Airborne Insect Repellent: Allethrin (mosquitoes): Devices that disperse allethrin, a synthetic derivative of chrysanthemum plants, use a small amount of butane fuel or a rechargeable lithium battery and allethrin repellent mats. They create a “zone of protection” for as long as the device is running. Citronella (mosquitoes): Note that citronella candles, which would technically be considered “airborne” options, are far less effective. That’s due to the repelling agent’s performance and the fact that a candle isn’t calibrated to widely and uniformly disperse the repellent.
Featured Chinese Botanical: Shi Chang Pu - Acorus Rhizome
Found in our Microgard Plus, Botanical Foot Soaks, Lightning & Evergreen Pearls
Nature is warm, spicy, acrid, with a lifting and releasing qualitiesIt grows and thrives in very wet conditions and has therefore evolved to balance itself with the environment
Often used for targeting fluid accumulation in the upper body and the brain and liver restriction and congestion
Helpful for mental emotional disorders like anxiety and depression with it's volatile oils Opens the orifices and dissolves and transforms damp - thick fluids, phlegm and mucus in the body and brain in traditional medicine
Promotes neurogenesis and may be beneficial for stroke rehab, dementia, neurological symptoms
May help balance triglycerides and Cholesterol levels
A powerful effect to remove mucus and Bio films, burn fat and increase brain growth via the gut-brain axis (HPA-axis) in modern bio medicine
Anti microbial and anti pathogenic
Respiratory and Immune support, Coughing up phlegm, thick fluid or mucus in mouth, weight gain or fluid congestion
Cloudy minded, can't think clearly, brain fog, indecisive and anxious
Listen to a podcast from our colleagues in which they discuss Shi Chang Pu, Lyme and How the Climate and Our Dietary Habits Affect the Body's Microbiome.