The Long Recovery Process

Many people believe they can heal from Lyme disease relatively quickly. This is not the case. It can take months or years to heal. This requires a careful treatment plan that utilizes non-toxic therapies so as not to bombard the body with toxic treatments (such as antibiotics) for years at a time. This post is an excerpt from my book Lyme Disease and Rife Machines and it looks at the long recovery process.

Lyme / Rife BookAchieving maximum improvement (remission for some people) typically takes between 6 and 40 months, depending on the severity of the infection and other situation-specific variables.  Significant progress and signs of relief often occur early in the process. 

The long recovery process unfortunately causes some people to abandon rife therapy too early.  These people use the machines a few times, give up because nothing magical has happened in the first few weeks, and move on to try other things.  This is unfortunate because even the people who did get well with rife machine technology say that it took a long time to notice results. 

Treating more often does not accelerate progress.  A person who uses their rife machine twice per week does not recover faster than a person who uses it twice per month.  The healing time frame depends on the lifecycle of the bacteria, not the treatment schedule. 

It is helpful to tell family members and friends about the long road to recovery so they can be prepared to support you.  Many Lyme Disease sufferers are faced with doubt and skepticism from family members who think the patient is “faking it” or “wants to stay sick” or is “too lazy to go back to work.”  These accusations are false.  The fact that you are suffering and feel bad much of the time is not a reflection of your character any more than a tumor is a reflection of a cancer patient’s character.  You are sick and you deserve time to recover. 

Family members should be warned that discouraging, disbelieving attitudes can have a tremendously negative impact on the patient, often causing feelings of isolation and despair.  This book should help provide scientific evidence to show your family that a long recovery process is unavoidable. 



in symptoms



The initial months can be difficult
and discouraging with continuous herx reactions, as
antibiotic-suppressed layers of the infection activate and are killed by
rife machines.  Symptom
improvement can be limited.  Scheduled
rife machine treatments often must be delayed to allow recovery from
herx reactions.  Despite
this, some people do notice improvement right away.



Most dormant layers of the infection
will activate and be killed, and improvement begins rapidly. 
Symptoms vacillate from mild or non-existent, to more severe, but
good days begin to outnumber bad days. 
Herx reactions after rife machine treatments become more
tolerable. This is a good phase of treatment in which to experiment with
other helpful therapies (such as those discussed in Chapter 8) which can
accelerate progress. 



Symptoms continue to improve and herx
reactions become mild and may not occur after every treatment. 
During Spring and Fall, symptom flare-ups are particularly
common.  During these
flare-ups, rife machine treatments produce larger herx reactions and
more significant improvement.  In
other seasons of the year symptoms may be completely gone.  
By this time a person has probably established an effective
treatment schedule utilizing rife machines and other supportive
therapies.  A treatment diary




Some time during this period the
bacterial load

reduced enough that the person may become asymptomatic (or have few
remaining symptoms).  Herx
reactions following rife machine sessions are rare. 
Typically, treatments are continued infrequently even after this
period to ensure that the bacteria does not return. 
But treatments are not an inconvenience because they are only
needed every couple of weeks, and herx reactions are mild if they happen
at all.  If remission has not
been attained by this point, additional months of treatment may provide
additional improvement.  Co-infections

other health problems like mercury

can be cause for slowed progress.


  • Fit2move

    I have been chronically ill with lyme disease and coinfections since a child, now 27.  I did 4 years of very aggressive abx.  I have been rifing now for almost 2 years. (2 years off abx) The first 6 months I was feeling awesome.  Then things started to worsen slowly the next 6 months.  And then bam.  My infection became very active.  It is very difficult.  I was hoping to be better thus far into treatment.  But this is where I am at now.  I know my symptoms of an active infection very well.  I am doing everything right with rife treatment.  I treat about 4 hours per week, lyme and coinfections using a Gb4000 MOPA. Autochannels, 4 hour sweeps.  My herxes have also just started to become more prominent as my symptoms have returned and worsened.

    It has been REALLY difficult to backslide.  I am not sure if rife treatment is really going to get me well.  No one seems to address the fact that it can take a long time for the infection to become active after stopping abx. For me, the whole first year of rifing was really on a dormant infection.  It is a waiting game.

    The timeline I see laid out is usually 2 years to start noticing improvements with rife. But it seems in my situation it may take much longer.  For people who have been very sick, for a very long time, who used long term abx, Im not sure if 2 years of rifing is going to cut it.    Each individual is very different.  I have to remind myself of that when I read of others getting well with rife in the first year or two of treatment. It is discouraging when I’m slugging along.

    There is no guaranteed timeline or effectiveness with rife.  And for those of us struggling to get better and results for longer periods of time their are not many experiences shared.  If anyone has any to share, it would be much appreciated.  There are many of us having this same experience.  I noticed Bryan mentioned it can take 6 to 40 months.  I never see many 40 month experiences with rife shared.  Anyone? Please?
    Wishing everyone with this illness better health.

  • Bryan Rosner

    Have you ever addressed co-infections with other treatments, not just Rife? Especially Bartonella? I believe Bartonella was a major problem in my healing and I do not believe it responds to rife therapy.