Ayurvedic Treatment For Southern Tick Associated Rash Illness (STARI)


Southern tick associated rash illness is an emerging infection which is related to lyme disease. It occurs in the southeastern and central parts of the United states. This condition is also spread by ticks bite and according to a hypothesis the tick bite transfers bacteria Borrelia lonestari through the bite. But there is no evidence to declare that this condition is caused by the borrelia or there is no evidence that states that borrelia strain as a causative agent. In this article we will discuss mainly about the Southern tick associated rash illness and all the details associated with it.

Southern Tick Associated Rash Illness


During 1980’s, the physicians practicing in the southeastern United states described a new illness which is characterized by the presence of a rash which is typical of erythema migrans and a mild flu like symptoms that was temporally associated with the bite of a lone star tick.over the next 20 years, the illness was given variety of names which includes southern lyme disease and masters disease. But the most widely used name is, southern tick associated with rash illness. At present the disease is considered as the syndrome of unproven cause that is clinically diagnosed on the basis of its characteristic skin rash, mild clinical course and occurrence in the areas where lyme disease is uncommon or not present.

Causative Organisms

Southern tick associated rash illness was presumed to be transferred to humans by lone star tick. But available data do not support this but mentions borrelia lonestari as the causative agent.

Signs and Symptoms

The rash that is associated with Southern tick associated rash illness is circular or elliptical in nature. It is a red coloured rash that typically appears within 7 days of tick bite. In addition symptoms include the following:

  • Fever of high grade
  • Headache, which sometimes is present and sometime its absent
  • Stiffness in neck
  • Joint pain of mild variety
  • Muscle pain

The rash is generally like a bulls eye rash at the site of infection and is called erythema chronicum migrans. Thi si similar to the rash which is found in Lyme disease. Though its symptoms are mild and resemble influenza.

Diagnosis of Southern Tick Associated Rash Illness

For diagnosing this condition there is no serological test that exists. The reason is the unknown etiological agent. Therefore, the diagnosis is generally done on typical rash appearance. The southern tick associated with rash illness is smaller, less variable in shape and has more central clearing.

Treatment of Southern Tick Associated Rash Illness

Generally after the bite from a tick, an individual is kept under observation or is watched closely for at least 30 days. Rest is as following:

A single dose of antibiotic doxycycline is given to the person whose being bit. But the antibiotic dose depends on certain factors like:

  • Person should have the tick attached to his or her body who can spread lyme disease.
  • The tick should be attached to the individual for at least 36 hours.
  • The person should take antibiotics within 72 hours of tick removal.
  • The individual should be 8 years or more in age and should not be pregnant or breastfeeding.
  •  In such cases a days to 4 week course of antibiotics is used to treat people who are being diagnosed with Lyme disease.

Common Choice of Antibiotics

Doxycycline, Amoxicillin, Azithromycin, Cefuroxime and Ceftriaxone. Some painkillers along with muscle relaxants for joint pain and stiffness are also being used.

Ayurvedic Aspect of Lyme disease

Lyme disease, if understood from an Ayurvedic point of view then lyme disease is caused by some angantuja karanas (bacterial factors) which are further responsible for dosha vitiation and this dosha vitiation is responsible for various symptoms that appear. Giloy (Tinospora cordifolia),  haridra (Curcuma longa), Arjuna (Terminalia Arjuna) and many others which can enhance the body’s immunity to fight bacterial manifestation as well as manage the symptoms very well.

Herbal Formulations by Planet Ayurveda

Planet Ayurveda is a leading Ayurvedic firm which deals with the manufacturing of herbal formulations. These formulations are prepared using potent herbs which are really effective in managing many conditions related to lower strength of the immune system and disturbances with its working due to bacterial manifestation. The formulations prepared by Planet Ayurveda do not contain any kind of adulterants, dyes, additives, fillers etc. These medications are really potent to manage various conditions arising due to infection causing agents especially conditions like lyme disease and are very fruitful hence giving positive noticeable results. The medication or formulations offered by Planet Ayurveda for the management of Southern tick-associated rash illness are as follows:

  1. Curcumin Capsules
  2. Boswellia Curcumin
  3. Navkarshik Churna
  4. Dashmoola Capsules
  5. Kaishore Guggul
  6. Aller G Care


Product’s Description

1. Curcumin Capsules

Curcumin longa (haridra) is having curcumin which is one of its most effective chemical constituents. Curcumin Capsules are manufactured using this chemical constituent. These capsules potent to prevent or subside any kind of infection. Curcumin also has anti-inflammatory properties and is very useful in dealing with the inflammatory condition which are related to almost all the organs of the body. It also has a very good effect as an antioxidant and bears analgesic properties. Curcumin also acts as an immune system mediator and has very fantastic results in almost all the inflammatory conditions.

Dosage: One capsules twice a day after meals with lukewarm water.

2. Boswellia Curcumin

Boswellia Curcumin is filled with anti-inflammatory properties as it contains two very effective herbs which are Shallaki (Boswellia serrata) and Curcumin (Curcuma longa). These both are really good as the best agents for reducing inflammatory conditions. Both of them are helpful in inflammation of the muscles, bones and tendons. They work by improving circulation and also contain analgesic properties that help in treating pain in the affected area.

Dosage: Two capsules twice a day after meals with lukewarm water.

3. Navkarshik Churna

The herbal formulation is prepared using triphala (amalaki (Emblica officinalis), vibhitaki, haritaki (Terminalia chebula) along with neem (Azadirachta indica), giloy (Tinospora cordifolia) and many other herbs. The navkarshik churna is very effective in skin infections or wound infections and also helps in subsiding the suppurative discharge from the infected area.

Dosage: One teaspoon of churna with lukewarm water twice a day after meals.

4. Dashmoola Capsules

Dashmoola capsules is filled with anti-inflammatory properties as it contains effective herbs like Bilva (Aegle marmelos), Agnimantha (Arani), Shalaparni (Desmodium gangeticum), Kantakari (Solanum xanthocarpum) etc.. These are really good as the best agents for reducing inflammatory conditions. They are helpful in inflammation of the muscles, bones and tendons. They work by improving circulation and also contain analgesic properties that help in treating pain in the affected area.

Dosage: Two capsules twice a day after meals with lukewarm water.

5. Kaishore Guggul

Kaishore guggul has many ingredients like amalaki (Emblica officinalis), haritaki (Terminalia chebula), Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia), Ginger (Zingiber officinale), black pepper (Piper nigrum) and many others. It is a classical preparation which is being used to remove toxins from the body and also supports healthy blood circulation. The formulation tends to show a rejuvenating effect on the body. This formulation is very popular for its fantastic effects. All over the formulation is very good for its anti-inflammatory properties and also gives very nice results in reducing suppurative inflammation.

Dosage: Two tablets twice a day after meals with lukewarm water.

6. Aller G Care

Aller G care capsules are prepared using haridra (Curcuma longa), Neem (Azadirachta Indica), Shirish (Albizia lebbeck) and ashwagandha (Withania somnifera). All of these herbs make it a very useful formulation to be used in the management of symptoms in this condition. The capsules are prepared from the standardised extract of these potent herbs and are really effective. 

Dosage: One capsule twice daily after meals.


Southern tick-associated rash illness  is very common in central Texas across southern  states along the Atlantic coast and for treatment people seek help from Ayurveda. Ayurveda has many hidden secrets and is always open to the world for managing and treating various types of disorders. The herbal preparations which are being mentioned above are totally potent in managing conditions like these. As mentioned before these formulations are totally herbal and do not have any adulterants or preservatives. The formulation has really wonderful results and can be used in any age group even in lactating and pregnant women too. In case of any query kindly visit www.PlanetAyurveda.com. For more queries, you can send your queries to our email id herbalremedies123@yahoo.com.

Dr. Vikram Chauhan


Dr. Vikram Chauhan (MD - Ayurveda) is the CEO and Founder of Planet Ayurveda Pvt. Ltd. He is Author of the Book "Ayurveda – God’s Manual For Healing". He is an Ayurveda Expert Serving People worldwide through all the Possible Mediums, Operating from Main Branch in Mohali, India. With his Vast Experience in Herbs and their Applied Uses, he is successfully treating Numerous Patients suffering from Various Ailments with the help of Purest Herbal Supplements, Diet, and Lifestyle, according to the Principles of Ayurveda. For More Details, visit www.PlanetAyurveda.com.

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