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Post-Treatment Lyme Disease Syndrome

Lyme disease is an infectious disease that is caused by the Borrelia bacteria. The disease can be spread when ticks that carry the bacteria, bite humans to drink their blood. It is estimated that each year, approximately 365.000 people develop Lyme disease. Most of them are cured after treatment with antibiotics, but some patients have symptoms that persist for months or even years after treatment.

If symptoms persist for more than six months after treatment, this is called Post-Treatment Lyme Disease Syndrome (PTLDS). As there is no proven treatment for PTLDS, relieving its symptoms is of great importance to improve quality of life. A growing number of patients with PTLDS finds relief in the Wim Hof Method. You can try the method yourself by means of our free mini class.

Symptoms of PTLDS

Symptoms of Lyme disease can linger for months and even years after the initial treatment of the disease. About 10 percent of all Lyme disease patients develops Post-Treatment Lyme Disease Syndrome, sometimes also referred to as chronic Lyme disease. It is unclear why some patients develop PTLDS, while others do not. A number of experts believes that the symptoms are caused by a persistent but undetectable infection. Others blame an auto-immune response, triggered by the initial infection.

Symptoms related to Post-Treatment Lyme Disease Syndrome (PTLDS):

  • - A level of fatigue comparable to chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia;
  • - Arthritis and joint stiffness;
  • - Headaches and cognitive problems;
  • - Numbness / loss of feeling;
  • - Heart problems.

Treatment of PTLDS:

When Lyme disease is detected at an early stage and treated with the right kind of antibiotics, related symptoms usually disappear within six months after treatment. Scientific evidence shows that prolonged treatment with antibiotics has no significant positive effects when symptoms persist and a patient has developed PTLDS. Since the cause of Post-Treatment Lyme Disease Syndrome is unclear, there is no consensus on a recommended treatment for this particular condition.

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Lyme disease relief with The Wim Hof Method

The Wim Hof Method is a method that can help you take control over your body and mind. Wim Hof used its principles to achieve extraordinary feats like running a half marathon in snow and ice on his bare feet, and climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in shorts. Scientists have studied Wim Hof and the effects of his method, and have found evidence that it can be used to influence one’s autonomic nervous system, resulting in an augmented immune response.

Many patients with Post-Treatment Lyme Disease Syndrome report that they use the Wim Hof Method to help them manage their symptoms. There has even been a trial with twenty-two PTLDS patients, who were trained in the method for ten weeks, while their progress was being monitored. The patients in this trial reported benefits such as more energy, less pain, and a significant reduction of Lyme related brain fog.

Practice The Wim Hof Method


You can benefit from the Wim Hof Method yourself by signing up for our Fundamentals online video course. This practical video course is specifically designed to give anyone the means necessary to incorporate the principles of the Wim Hof Method into one’s daily life. You can watch the videos whenever and wherever it suits you, as you only need an internet connection and a quiet place where you can concentrate. You get unlimited access to the video course, so you can watch the videos as many times as you like. After completing the course, you will have basic knowledge about the method, the principles on which it is built, and how you can apply the method in day-to-day situations. Watch some of the testimonials on our website to get an idea about what you can expect.

The three pillars

The Wim How Method draws its power from three basic principles. These three pillars are breathing exercises, commitment, and controlled exposure to cold.Together, they have powerful effects that will help you become a stronger, healthier, and happier person. People who have chosen to follow the Wim Hof Method report serious benefits such as less stress, more creativity, a stronger immune system, better sleep, more energy, and even relief from symptoms related to MS, arthritis, and fibromyalgia.
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Wim Hof Method References

Wim Hof Method is assesed on average with an 9.5 out of 10 based on 2147 experiences written by participants

Franco, Testimonial Wim Hof

Franco, USA

Wim I hope to train with you someday. I love to jump into that cold water and climb that mountain with you. Your method has truly helped me with psoriatic arthritis. I am no longer taking Humira injections for my symptoms. I am controlling it with breathing, cold showers and ice baths.
Matthew, Testimonial Wim Hof

Matthew, Australia

I would have paid $10,000 for this, but that would not be enough because this has changed my life. I feel like I have taken Valium yet am supercharged. As a clinical psychologist my days can be very stressful. There is a stillness inside me now, and what I am really amazed by is the peace lasts.
Benjamin Testimonial Wim Hof

Benjamin

I started the Wim Hof method in October of 2018, and now the holes I had in my brain are gone. My neurosurgeon was so impressed by the scans that he told me I don't have to come back anymore. I take this as proof that this method works to regenerate brain tissue.
Per Kristian, Testimonial Wim Hof

Per Kristian, United Kingdom

After 3 weeks of daily practicing my medication (Naproxen) for long-standing sciatica has been cut by 80%, and my arm pain and 'pins and needles' following a neck injury 50 years ago has been halved!
Arthur, Testimonial Wim Hof

Arthur, USA

I got anxiety 2+ years ago, and have had panic attacks every day since. Medicine helped a little. I came across your videos and started to walk my 2 miles a day in only a t-shirt at 20F degrees. Within 2 weeks my anxiety went away! I found it to be a miracle.
James, Testimonial Wim Hof

James, USA

I’ve had astonishing results battling addiction with the Wim Hof Method. It has saved my life and is the only thing that worked on getting clean and healthy. I go ahead and get my suffering over with in the cold showers, so I don't have to suffer throughout the day. Pretty good trade to...
Gregor Testimonial Wim Hof

Gregor

After 8 months of daily Hoffing, puffing and cold showers I can claim to be cured of my 5 year burnout. Not having had a single cold or flu, my sore knee is working perfectly again, which was very painful the last 2 years. It is like a miracle, and I’m really grateful that our paths crossed.
Mino, Testimonial Wim Hof

Mino, Germany

Learning Wim’s method is like studying from one of nature’s best students. My life long fear of cold is history. I now fully enjoy cold immersions, but the benefits are not limited to cold. I am now a better person and a happier being. I smile when facing life challenges.
Monic, Testimonial Wim Hof

Monic, The Netherlands

It’s only been 4 weeks since I started, but the results are remarkable! Thank you from the heart for changing my life, my health, and my understanding about my own power and the influence I have on this. I’m looking forward to a nice cold winter in the Netherlands.
Aivar, Testimonial Wim Hof

Aivar, Estonia

I am 52 years old, and after 10 weeks of the Wim Hof Method I am in the best shape I have ever been. I did 30 push-ups as a test before I started the course, and when I finished I did 100 push-ups for the first time in my life. The Wim Hof Method gives you a good mood, it’s addictive!
Albert, Testimonial Wim Hof

Albert, The Netherlands

For 12 years now I have had rheumatism. Thanks to the Wim Hof Method I have been able to halve the amount of anti-inflammatory drugs. My goal is to completely stop the use of anti-inflammatory drugs after finishing the video course.
Tineke, Testimonial Wim Hof

Tineke, The Netherlands

I have severe arthritis in my left hip. By implementing the Wim Hof Method in my daily life, I can deal with this without getting surgery. I love Wim’s purity. His coaching inspires me and gives me energy. I’m almost 66 years old and by practicing the Wim Hof Method I feel much more...
Georg, Testimonial Wim Hof

Georg, Germany

Cardiac and respiratory arrest began my life. Heart defect and cleft palate pushed diseases. Depression, lack of self-efficacy, and post traumatic stress disorder followed. The Wim Hof Method frees me: I am twenty-nine years old, and I love to live. Thank you!
Grant, Testimonial Wim Hof

Grant, Australia

I was born with Spina Bifida, and was told I would end up in a wheelchair. After incorporating the Wim Hof Method into my daily life I have begun to see results in my pain levels and athleticism. I am no longer looking down the barrel of becoming a paraplegic, and I attribute that in part to the...
Raúl, Testimonial Wim Hof

Raúl, The Netherlands

From the 90s to 2012 I developed hayfever symptoms and had to take daily medications in order to cope. The effect of these medications only lasted for several hours. By using the Wim Hof Method training daily, my body has conquered hayfever symptoms since 2013.