I am Dr. Qingcai Zhang, an alternative medicine – modern Chinese medicine, practitioner in New York. I have been using MCM to treat Lyme disease for more than twenty years and treated more than two thousand patients. Now 90% of my patients are LD patients. I published a book “Lyme Disease and Modern Chinese Medicine” in 2006, which was a summary of my research and clinical experiences with LD. Since then, thirteen years have passed and I have treated more LD patients. This blog will share with readers my more recent thoughts and understanding of LD, especially chronic LD.
LD, especially chronic LD, is a controversial topic. The largest infectious disease association of the US does not acknowledge the existence of chronic LD. They think Lyme infections can be eradicated with a few weeks of antibiotic treatment. They deny the existence of chronic LD , and instead call the lingering problem of chronic LD patients “post treatment LD syndrome.” Another group of LD literate doctors recognize the existence of chronic LD, but they want to use long term antibiotics. The previous group said that long term use of antibiotics causes more harm than good. Those arguments make patients wonder what the right choice is.
I do not belong to either of these groups, and hope to explain why MCM is possibly a better approach for treating complex LD, especially chronic LD. There is also some disagreement as to what LD actually is, and I will share my thoughts about it in the next post.