Preventing Lyme & Other Tick-Borne Diseases: Control Ticks in the Home Landscape; Prevent Infection Using Herbal Protocols; Treat Tick Bites with Natural Remedies

Preventing Lyme & Other Tick-Borne Diseases: Control Ticks in the Home Landscape; Prevent Infection Using Herbal Protocols; Treat Tick Bites with Natural Remedies


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Disease-carrying ticks are found in all 50 states in the U.S. and, as their numbers rise and their ranges increase, so, too, do cases of tick-borne illnesses. Alexis Chesney, a naturopathic physician specializing in the treatment of diseases transmitted through tick bites, offers a comprehensive strategy for reducing exposure to disease-causing organisms and boosting the effectiveness of standard treatment protocols. With an overview of the tick species present in the U.S. and profiles of Lyme and other top diagnosed tick-borne diseases, including anaplasmosis and babesiosis, this guide gives concerned readers and medical professionals alike a deeper understanding of how tick populations — and associated illnesses — spread, and how to combat them naturally. In addition to covering landscape-management methods for dramatically reducing tick populations around the home, Chesney outlines prophylactic herbal tinctures that provide an additional layer of protection against tick-borne illnesses — an important strategy for those living in high-risk regions, especially in the event of an undetected bite. Chesney also provides options for treating acute tick-borne diseases, if symptoms develop, as well as herbs that can be used in combination with antibiotics to augment their efficacy.  

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781635862096
Publisher: Storey Books
Publication date: 03/03/2020
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 166,599
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 5.20(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Alexis Chesney, ND, is a naturopathic physician and acupuncturist specializing in the treatment of Lyme and other tick-borne diseases. She serves on the board of directors and as the Naturopathic Medicine Committee chair for the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS). She has been featured as an expert on tick-borne illnesses at the ILADS conference, as well as at other professional and patient-focused conferences, on local talk radio, and in various news publications. Dr. Chesney sees patients at Sojourns Community Health Clinic in Westminster, Vermont, and through her private practice in Northampton, Massachusetts. Find her online at

Richard Horowitz is a board-certified MD specializing in Internal Medicine. He and his wife, Lee, founded the Hudson Valley Healing Arts Center in Hyde Park, New York, which has treated over 12,000 patients for tick-borne diseases over the past twenty-six years. Dr. Horowitz is known for his pioneering work with Lyme disease and is recognized to be one of the country's foremost experts on chronic illness.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Richard Horowitz, MD

Chapter 1: Ticks
     Species in North America: Blacklegged Tick (aka Deer Tick), Western Blacklegged Tick (aka Western Deer Tick), American Dog Tick, Lone Star Tick, Brown Dog Tick, Gulf Coast Tick, Rocky Mountain Wood Tick, Ornithodoros Tick, Asian Longhorned Tick
     Tick Identification
     The Tick Life Cycle

Chapter 2: Lyme and Tick-Borne Disease
     Lyme Disease
     Rickettsial Spotted Fever Group
     Powassan Virus
     Heartland Virus
     Tick-Borne Relapsing Fever
     Colorado Tick Fever
     Southern Tick--Associated Rash Illness
     Tick Paralysis

Chapter 3: Tick Control and Tick Bite Prevention
     Reducing the Tick Population
     Personal Tick Bite Prevention Strategies

Chapter 4: Herbal Prophylaxis for Lyme and Tick-Borne Disease
     Why Prophylaxis?
     Prophylaxis for High-Risk Populations
     The Prophylactic Tick Bite Formulas
     Make Your Own Tick Bite Prophylactic Tincture
     Key Herbs and an Enzyme: Profiles

Chapter 5: After a Tick Bite: What to Do
     Step 1: Immediately Remove and Identify the Tick
     Step 2: Apply First Aid
     Step 3: Have the Tick Tested for Pathogens
     Step 4: Begin the Herbal Prophylactic Protocol
     Step 5: Watch for Symptoms
     Step 6: Get Tested (Maybe)

Chapter 6: Acute Tick-Borne Disease Treatment
     What to Do If You Develop Symptoms
     Beginning Treatment for Acute Tick-Borne Disease
     Acute Lyme Disease Treatment
     Acute Anaplasmosis Treatment
     Acute Babesiosis Treatment
     Acute Ehrlichiosis Treatment
     Acute Rickettsial Spotted Fever Group Treatment
     Acute Tularemia Treatment
     Acute Powassan Virus Treatment
     Acute Heartland Virus Treatment
     Acute Tick-Borne Relapsing Fever Treatment
     Acute Colorado Tick Fever Treatment
     Acute STARI Treatment
     Acute Bartonellosis Treatment
     Pharmaceutical Antimicrobials
     Finding a Lyme-Literate Practitioner

Looking Ahead

Appendix: Quick Reference Charts

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