Study Suggests Elevated Body Temperature Aids Antibiotics Against Lyme Disease

Lyme Disease & Infrared SaunaFighting Lyme disease? Researchers believe that increasing body temperature may be beneficial, helping prescribed antibiotics do their work in fighting Borrelia burgdorferi – the bacterium which causes Lyme disease.

In 1996, Austrian scientists published a study* which suggests that heat may help antibiotics in their tough battle against Bb bacterium.  They cultured Borrelia burgdorferi at different temperatures, alone and in combination with antibiotics. Their data demonstrated that growth of two strains was impaired at 37 degrees Celsius (98.6 degrees Fahrenheit) and inhibited at 39 degrees (102.2 degrees F) and 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees F). Another strain grew well up to 39 degrees but did not multiply at all at 40 degrees. Two strains died at 41 degrees (105.8 degrees F); all tested strains died at 42 degrees (107.6).

Now, we’re not suggesting that you increase your core body temperature that high! But we were interested to read the scientists’ conclusions about the effect of the elevated temperature on antibiotics.

They concluded the susceptibility of all strains to antibiotics penicillin and ceftriaxone was increased up to 16-fold by an elevation of temperature from 36 degrees C to 38 degrees C (100.4 degrees F). These tests were done in vitro and not in humans or animals. But the scientists were confident that their data suggested that elevated body temperature “may be beneficial during antimicrobial treatment of Lyme disease. This may be particularly important in tissues where high concentrations of antibiotics are difficult to achieve.”

Regular sessions in a Sunlighten infrared sauna can help you comfortably and effectively elevate your core body temperature. Sweating in the infrared sauna also flushes fat-soluble toxins (including heavy metals) out of the body via the skin. This detoxification which occurs at the lower heat available in an infrared sauna assists the immune system and the healing process while increasing circulation, invigorating the body and allowing the meds to reach all parts of the body in a more efficient manner. Infrared sauna therapy also relaxes the muscles and joints, giving the patient some relief from their pain.

It is important to have the guidance of a doctor who is familiar with Lyme Disease. To find a doctor in your area that is “Lyme literate,” call the Lyme Disease Association’s toll free information line at 888-366-6611 or check out their website at Another good site for Lyme info is the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society at

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* Antibiotics and increased temperature against Borrelia burgdorferi in vitro. Reisinger E, Wendelin I, Gasser R, Halwachs G, Wilders-Truschnig M, Krejs G. Department of Medicine, Karl Franzens University, Graz, Austria. Scand J Infect Dis. 1996; 28 (2): 155-7.

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