Dr. Bill Rawls

Dr. Rawls’ Lyme Treatment Guide

A-to-Z Lyme Treatment Ratings: From antibiotics to herbal therapy, ozone, and more, find out how Dr. Rawls rates these popular Lyme disease treatments.

Dr. Bill Rawls

Dr. Rawls’ Lyme Treatment Guide

A-to-Z Lyme Treatment Ratings: From antibiotics to herbal therapy, ozone, and more, find out how Dr. Rawls rates these popular Lyme disease treatments.

As a physician, I often get asked my opinion on various Lyme treatments. While herbal therapy is my preference for the majority of those with chronic Lyme disease, I’m always learning and educating myself on different treatments and therapies that might make it easier for people to get their lives back. Based on my research, experience, and medical opinion, I developed a rating system to evaluate potential treatment options according to safety, efficacy, and cost.

Dr. Rawls’ Lyme Treatment Guide

More Treatments Coming Soon!

In the coming weeks, look forward to treatment additions like essential oils, IVIG, peptides, and SOT therapy.

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To evaluate the potential success and pitfalls of various treatments, I use a grading system based on my research, experience, and medical opinion. My criteria includes:

    • Cost: What are the out-of-pocket expenses for a particular treatment?
    • Efficacy: Is there any evidence the treatment works?
    • Safety: What’s the potential for the treatment to cause harm to the person who’s using it?
    • Ways to administer: What’s the route by which the treatment is given to a person?

Using my rating system, I’ve created a treatment guide so that you can learn about and compare a variety of treatments and therapies. You’re likely to hear some success stories with nearly every intervention or modality on this list. But measuring your options according to efficacy, potential risks, and cost, in partnership with your healthcare provider, will go a long way in helping you make the best decisions for you and your recovery.


Bill Rawls, MD
Medical Director and Cofounder of RawlsMD.com

As a physician, I often get asked my opinion on various Lyme treatments. While herbal therapy is my preference for the majority of those with chronic Lyme disease, I’m always learning and educating myself on different treatments and therapies that might make it easier for people to get their lives back. Based on my research, experience, and medical opinion, I developed a rating system to evaluate potential treatment options according to safety, efficacy, and cost.

Dr. Rawls’ Lyme Treatment Guide

Treatment

Antibiotics
Efficacy: 2.5 stars
Safety: 2 stars
Cost: 3 out of 5 dollar signs

Bee Venom Therapy
Efficacy: 2.5 stars
Safety: 2 stars
Cost: 3 out of 5 dollar signs

CBD Oil
Efficacy: 5 stars
Safety: 4 stars
Cost: 3 out of 5 dollar signs

Coffee Enema
Efficacy: 3 stars
Safety: 2.5 stars
Cost: 1 out of 5 dollar signs

Colloidal Silver
Efficacy: 4 stars
Safety: 3 stars
Cost: 2 out of 5 dollar signs

Dapsone
Efficacy: 2.5 stars
Safety: 2 stars
Cost: 4 out of 5 dollar signs

Disulfiram
Efficacy: 3.5 stars
Safety: 1 stars
Cost: 1 out of 5 dollar signs

Frequency Specific Microcurrent NEW
Efficacy: 4 stars
Safety: 4 stars
Cost: 4 out of 5 dollar signs

Glutathione
Efficacy: 4 stars
Safety: 5 stars
Cost: 1 out of 5 dollar signs

Herbal Therapy
Efficacy: 5 stars
Safety: 5 stars
Cost: 1.5 out of 5 dollar signs

Hygromycin A NEW
Efficacy: unproven
Safety: unknown
Cost: unknown

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Efficacy: 3.5 stars
Safety: 2.5 stars
Cost: 3 out of 5 dollar signs

Hyperthermia
Efficacy: 3.5 stars
Safety: 1.5 stars
Cost: 5 out of 5 dollar signs

Infrared Sauna Therapy
Efficacy: 4 stars
Safety: 4.5 stars
Cost: 2 out of 5 dollar signs

Intravenous (IV) Vitamin Therapy
Efficacy: 3 stars
Safety: 4 stars
Cost: 3 out of 5 dollar signs

Ketogenic Diet
Efficacy: 4 stars
Safety: 4 stars
Cost: 1 out of 5 dollar signs

Laser Therapy
Efficacy: 4 stars
Safety: 4 stars
Cost: 3 out of 5 dollar signs

Low-Dose Naltrexone (LDN) NEW
Efficacy: 4 stars
Safety: 4 stars
Cost: 2 out of 5 dollar signs

Methylene Blue NEW
Efficacy: 3.5 stars
Safety: 3.5 stars
Cost: 2 out of 5 dollar signs

Miracle Mineral Solution (MMS) NEW
Efficacy: 1 stars
Safety: 1 stars
Cost: 1 out of 5 dollar signs

Nosodes
Efficacy: 2.5 stars
Safety: 4 stars
Cost: 2 out of 5 dollar signs

Ozone Therapy
Efficacy: 3.5 stars
Safety: 2.5 stars
Cost: 3 out of 5 dollar signs

Phage Therapy
Efficacy: unknown
Safety: 3.5 stars
Cost: 5 out of 5 dollar signs

Probitoics
Efficacy: 3 stars
Safety: 4 stars
Cost: 1 out of 5 dollar signs

Qigong
Efficacy: 5 stars
Safety: 5 stars
Cost: 1 out of 5 dollar signs

Rebounder Therapy
Efficacy: 3 stars
Safety: 4 stars
Cost: 1 out of 5 dollar signs

Rife Therapy
Efficacy: 3 stars
Safety: 4 stars
Cost: 3 out of 5 dollar signs

Stem Cell Therapy
Efficacy: 3 stars
Safety: 3 stars
Cost: 5 out of 5 dollar signs

Stevia NEW
Efficacy: 1 stars
Safety: 4 stars
Cost: 1 out of 5 dollar signs

Transfer Factors NEW
Efficacy: 3.5 stars
Safety: 4 stars
Cost: 2 out of 5 dollar signs

UV Light Therapy
Efficacy: 2 stars
Safety: 3.5 stars
Cost: 4 out of 5 dollar signs

Vital Plan Diet
Efficacy: 5 stars
Safety: 5 stars
Cost: 1 out of 5 dollar signs

Xylitol NEW
Efficacy: 2 stars
Safety: 3.5 stars
Cost: 1 out of 5 dollar signs

Yoga NEW
Efficacy: 5 stars
Safety: 5 stars
Cost: 1 out of 5 dollar signs

Zeolite NEW
Efficacy: 4.5 stars
Safety: 5 stars
Cost: 1 out of 5 dollar signs

More Treatments Coming Soon!

In the coming weeks, look forward to treatment additions like essential oils, IVIG, peptides, and SOT therapy.

Sign up for our RawlsMD newsletter to find out when new treatments are added.

To evaluate the potential success and pitfalls of various treatments, I use a grading system based on my research, experience, and medical opinion. My criteria includes:

  • Cost: What are the out-of-pocket expenses for a particular treatment?
  • Efficacy: Is there any evidence the treatment works?
  • Safety: What’s the potential for the treatment to cause harm to the person who’s using it?
  • Ways to administer: What’s the route by which the treatment is given to a person?

Using my rating system, I’ve created a treatment guide so that you can learn about and compare a variety of treatments and therapies. You’re likely to hear some success stories with nearly every intervention or modality on this list. But measuring your options according to efficacy, potential risks, and cost, in partnership with your healthcare provider, will go a long way in helping you make the best decisions for you and your recovery.


Bill Rawls, MD
Medical Director and Cofounder of RawlsMD.com

About Dr. Bill Rawls

Dr. Bill Rawls is a licensed physician with over 30 years of experience and a leading expert in Lyme disease, holistic health, and herbal medicine. In the middle of his successful medical career, Dr. Rawls’ life was interrupted by Lyme disease. In his journey to overcome it, he explored a wide range of treatments – from conventional medicine to an array of alternative therapies.

In the more than 10 years since his recovery, Dr. Rawls has helped thousands of patients to recover from chronic illness and maintain wellness. He is the author of the best-selling book Unlocking Lyme, and the Medical Director of RawlsMD.com and Vital Plan, an online holistic health company and Certified B Corporation®.

About Dr. Bill Rawls

Dr. Bill Rawls is a licensed physician with over 30 years of experience and a leading expert in Lyme disease, holistic health, and herbal medicine. In the middle of his successful medical career, Dr. Rawls’ life was interrupted by Lyme disease. In his journey to overcome it, he explored a wide range of treatments – from conventional medicine to an array of alternative therapies.

In the more than 10 years since his recovery, Dr. Rawls has helped thousands of patients to recover from chronic illness and maintain wellness. He is the author of the best-selling book Unlocking Lyme, and the Medical Director of RawlsMD.com and Vital Plan, an online holistic health company and Certified B Corporation®.