Buhner Protocol – Q&A

How effective is your protocol?

Dear Stephen,

Your book is extremely informative but one piece of information I can’t find…is how effective it is. Have you done any studies or do you have any sort of statistics on how well your protocol works for curing chronic lyme disease? It seems to be fairly new and untested as far as I can tell. Thanks.

Stephen’s response:

I would not consider the protocol untested. I have heard from between 200 and 300 people over the past year and from perhaps 20 practitioners who are treating about the same number of people total.

I have heard from one practitioner of two patients that responded only minimally. All my direct contacts have reported significant to complete relief from lyme symptoms on the protocol. It is exceptionally common for me to receive emails reporting such significant symptom relief that the person is able to maintain what they consider a normal life. All the practitioners report significant help for their patients as well.

I want to stress, as I continually try to do, that the protocol is most effective if it is slightly tweaked for the individual person and his or her symptom picture. However, few people do so. I do expect it to benefit from slight alterations as time goes on and more is learned about lyme and more herbs are directly tested for effectiveness against the organism.

Here are the steps a practitioner following our methods would employ:

Step one: Stop the inflammation brought about by BB, breaking down the collagen throughout the body.
Step two: Support the formation and strength of collagen.
Step three: Design specific herbal interventions for the unique symptom picture of the person.
Step four: Strengthen the immune function.
And only in step five, use herbal anti-spirchetals to control the infection.

Has Stephen Buhner ever worked one-on-one with patients with lyme disease? Stephen maintained a private practice in both psychotherapy and clinical herbalism from 1980 until 2005. He has worked with many people with lyme since the book was published. He no longer sees individual clients.

Most of Stephen’s clients were chronically ill with Lyme and co-infections, who had tried antibiotics repeatedly and had given up on them because they were still not getting better. Long term antibiotics can damage the immune system and make the recovery process much tougher.

Stephen Buhner

For more information and Q&A with Stephen go to: http://buhnerhealinglyme.com/faqs/
and http://planetthrive.com/category/experts/buhner/
and http://planetthrive.com/environmental-illness/lyme-disease-and-co-infections/

What herbs are recommended for babesia?

Stephen generally recommends the use of Sida acuta or Alchornea cordifolia or Cryptolepis sanguinolenta for the treatment of babesia these days. You can get them from woodlandessence.com. His first choice is Sida actua, second is Cryptolepis sanguinolenta. Stephen no longer recommends artemisinin or artemisia for babesia infections. It can work, but whatever you are treating, Sida acuta will work better, especially for babesia or bartonella. Artemisinin use in Babesia treatment was pioneered by Dr. Zhang, a quite brilliant innovation at the time, but it has not resolved all types of Babesia with only about a 50% cure rate in our experience, therefore the switch in our recommendations to focus on Sida acuta as the primary treatment herb. See also: babesia.

Dosages for current Babesia herbs

Dear Stephen,

Please post the dosage for Sida acuta, ailanthius and whatever else you are now recommending for babesia that is not in the book…Thank you.

Stephen’s response:

Sida acuta: ¼-1/2 tsp 3x daily, Ailanthus: from 5 drops 3x daily to ¼ tsp 3x daily. Sida acuta/ Cryptolepis/ Alchornea cordifolia blend: ¼-1/2 tsp 3x daily. You could as well do ¼ tsp of each of these three tinctures 3x daily.

Most aggressive Bartonella treatment

Dear Stephen,

What is the most aggressive treatment for bartonella? Symptoms are leg pain, calf pain, dizziness, eye issues, and chest wall pain. Any suggestions?

Stephen’s response:
Research is ongoing, this is the most up to date protocol:

Sida acuta tincture (from woodlandessence.com or julie@gaianstudies.org) ¼ tsp 3x day for 30 days
Hawthorn tincture, same
Japanese knotweed, (tincture, same dose (from same sources as Sida acuta, above), or capsules from greendragonbotanicals.com 2 capsules 3x daily)
ECGC 400mg +- daily
Houttuynia (Yu Xing Cao – 1st Chinese Herbs, powder – use “LYME” code at checkout for 10% off) 1 tbl daily
Dr. Zhang was the pioneer on the use of Houttuynia for this issue.
L-arginine 5000 mg daily in divided doses
Milk Thistle seed, standardized, 1200 mg daily
All for 30 days.

Neuropathy caused by tick-born infection

Dear Stephen,

Can you advise something for neuropathy which is caused by lyme or some other tick-borne infection? Thank you so much.

Stephen’s response:

Depends. Many neuropathies come from demyelinization or inflammation along the nerve caused by the bacteria. So we usually treat the inflammation and demyelinization after we determine which it is and what is causing it; that is one of the functions of knotweed root as is the collagen protocol which helps restore the sheaths. For symptomatic relief: pasque flower, coral root, cannabis usually.

Klinghardt protocol for Lyme

Dear Stephen,

Are you familiar with Dr Klinghardt’s protocol for lyme disease, and if so, what do you think of it? A brief summary of his approach, taken from an article titled Lyme Disease: A Look Beyond Antibiotics on his website www.neuraltherapy.com:

1. To treat spirochete infection and co-infection: pulsed electromagnetic fields (using KMT technology), niacin in high doses, herbs, minerals, bee venom, and sometimes anti-parasitic medication and antibiotics.

2. To manage die-off symptoms: fiber-rich ground up raw vegetables, CGF-chlorella, cholestyramine, beta-Sitosterol, propolis powder, apple pectin, Mucuna bean powder, and a solid heavy metal detox program (which he details on his site).

3. To treat immune reactions provoked by the presence of both toxins and microbes:

• Anergy: KMT, homeopathics, Rechtsregulat, Enderlein remedies
• Allergy: APN-desensitization, auto-urine therapy
• Autoimmunity: KMT

In addition, focus is placed on filling up the body’s mineral reserves with herbs and other supplements. Much thanks.

Stephen’s response:

Dr. Klinghardt has done a lot of good work in this area, however a lot of his approaches are out of my areas of expertise.

You can probably see from my book that we are in a great deal of agreement overall. In my approach I tried to develop a clear overview of how the organism works and how it affects the body and then to come up with a protocol that would address these underlying dynamics that would also be easy to take and that also had some body of scientific literature behind it that could justify the protocol.
This was necessitated, in my mind, by the audiences the book was intended to reach. There are a great many other things I could have included: Yeast free, sugar free, gluten free diet, fasting, and a number of other supplements – fish oil, vitamin D, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Selenium, Buffered effervescent Vitamin C, Vitamin E, etc… being some of them. I think much of Dr. Klinghardt’s protocol is well thought out and he does have significant practice experience behind it.

Stephen

Heavy metal detox and lyme

Dear Stephen,

Your Healing Lyme book is my bible. The herbs have been so valuable after doing a regimen of antibiotics for a year. Thank you for all you’ve done in this field. As I try to assist my compromised immune system, I want to address the possibility of detoxing heavy metals with herbs. Do you have a protocol for that? I would be interested in any thoughts you have along those lines.

Stephen’s response:

I have heard a lot about detoxing heavy metals and have mixed feelings on it. It seems over-hyped to me though I do understand the rationale behind it. In some instances it is probably warranted but not as often as many think. I, however, like the idea of detoxing in general. It is the timing of when to detox that matters for chronic lyme sufferers.

After someone with lyme is feeling better, stronger and more vital, a fast may be a good way to go. I go into a lot of detail about this in my book The Fasting Path, however, long story short, the human body is meant to fast every so often and during that time it does in fact detox effectively.

The best way to start is a juice fast using juices of bitter vegetables such as dandelion, turnip greens, parsley, celery, burdock root, along with some carrots and carrot top (organic is best). The juice should be at least slightly bitter tasting, because if it is somewhat sweet it will stimulate yeast overgrowth in people with Leaky gut or those coming off long term antibiotics. A water fast produces the best results but is strenuous and needs to be prepared for extensively especially by people with strong immune reducing illnesses. (However, a water fast is the best thing for IBS, Leaky Gut and other GI tract diseases, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and so on and will correct those conditions fairly rapidly and often completely. Do not fast in the wintertime in cold weather, do so in late Spring through late Summer).

Can the heat from Bikram yoga kill Lyme?

Dear Stephen,

First thank you so much for this book, I believe the key to dealing with the disease is educating yourself as much as possible and your book has enabled many to do this. My question is in regards to heat and lyme. I read somewhere that lyme cannot survive in heat but that it wasn’t possible to sustain the length and temperatures of heat needed to kill it. With that being said; how do you feel about hot yoga? I am a avid yoga enthusiast and am wondering how hot yoga would affect the bacteria. Bikram, (which is not something I do) heats the room to 104 degrees. Other hot yoga is about 85-95 degrees. I’m sure the sweating would help detox but other than that do you think there’s a potential to kill any of the bacteria? Thanks again.

Stephen’s response:

The lyme bacteria don’t die until the heat reaches 106 degrees Fahrenheat. They are extremely heat tolerant, this is due to the fact that they live in an ambient temp host (tick) and then adjust to a high heat host (humans) at will; they are very heat flexible. Some of the coinfections are more heat sensitive (bartonella is very heat sensitive) but you really can’t heat the human body high enough safely to kill the lyme bacteria. Nevertheless, hot yoga and yoga itself are very good for nearly everyone for many reasons.
Stephen

Lyme protocol maintenance

Dear Stephen,

I began the full core protocol along with antibiotics immediately after being diagnosed. My LLMD knows of your protocol, doesn’t object to it, but doesn’t advise me with it, so I’ve been self-managing and doing pretty well. I’ve heard that it’s recommended to stay on antibiotics until asymptomatic for 3 months, which I plan to do. How about with herbs? It’s been 7 months for me at dosage of 3 x 3. Though dramatically better, I still have symptoms and ups and downs (herxes?), so I’ve kept the dosage high. Should I be decreasing or continue at this level until symptom-free? I also diligently follow all the recommendations in your collagenous tissue support protocol. My CD-57 has increased from 19 to 44 (still low, but going in the right direction), joint and muscle pain have decreased and energy level is infinitely better. Other than the financial burden, I have had no problems with any of this. How long do you recommend staying on the expanded protocol? Do I wean myself off this eventually or is this a good maintenance regimen? I was so, so sick and now clearly see the light at the end of the tunnel. Thank you so much for your assistance.

Stephen’s response:

Given what you have said, I normally recommend a year on the protocol and that dose seems fine. You can reconsider then. You might consider using eleuthero tincture if you are not; it may help reduce your remaining symptoms.
Stephen

Lyme protocol

Dear Stephen,

After a year of proliferating and debilitating symptoms, I was finally diagnosed with lyme. I started oral doxycycline (and will continue for at least 3 months, I’m told) and taking the 3 herbs in the core protocol as well as sarsaparilla. I’m about a month into treatment and have been able to work my way up to 4 capsules each 3x/day. (I find 4x/day to be logistically difficult.) I have a few questions for you:

1) In your book on page 78 you state that “Andrographis is perhaps the best primary herb to use in the treatment of lyme disease.” However, on page 74 in your update you say that “the single most important herb is Japanese knotweed, secondarily cat’s claw … andrographis is problematic … may produce side effects.” If one is able to tolerate it, do you still recommend andrographis or are the potential risks greater than the potential benefits? I am clearly feeling better for the first time in a long time and was planning to stay at my max dose for all herbs for at least 3 months. Is it best not to stay on this particular herb long term?

2) Should these herbs be taken with or without food? Separately from any other antibiotic/food/supplement (ie. dairy, calcium iron, magnesium, zinc etc.)?

3) Do any of these herbs help break up the encysted forms so they a can be eradicated? I’m also trying to follow the Collagenous Tissue Support recommendations and taking red root for lymph system cleansing. It’s a lot of pills to swallow in a day. Is it possible to condense the collagen protocol? If so, which supplements would be the most important? Thank you so much for your assistance. It’s a challenge riding the ups and downs of this disease and I’m trying hard to stay focused on the solution. I think I’ve looked at every book written on this subject and yours has by far been the most informative and helpful to me. I look forward to your response.

Stephen’s response:

I think andrographis is fine if you do tolerate it. Over time I have come to feel that knotweed followed by cat’s claw are the two best primary herbs followed by eleuthero followed by andrographis then stephania. (In the last book updates I did not notice that andrographis statement.) If you tolerate it (that is, no allergic reaction) there is no reason not to be on the herb long term. If you are feeling better, keep at it. If you experience digestive upset, take them with food, otherwise it doesn’t matter. Yes, andrographis helps break the encysted forms. The red root should be taken as a tincture, not a pill. The most important for the collagen protocol are glucosamine 500mg 3times a day, pregnenolone 200 mg divided doses throughout the day, biosil, 6 to 20 drops in water. If you can add the Effervescent Vitamin C (Stephen Levine brand) that would be helpful as well. The full protocol can be found on the website.

Almost symptom free – what next?

Dear Stephen,

I was finally diagnosed after being very ill with proliferating muscle, joint, neurological symptoms for over a year. I’ve been on antibiotics and your core protocol for nine months and am now significantly better, almost symptom-free. My LLMD wants me to stay on the antibiotics but I’ve reduced the herbs (andrographis, knotweed, cat’s claw) to 1 capsule, 3x day and eleuthero to one dropper-full per day with no increase in symptoms. How long do you think one should continue these herbs? Are there any others that should be added to continue to support my immune system? I also follow your complete collagenous tissue support recommendations and take a multivitamin, magnesium glycinate and vitamin D daily. Is this okay to continue long term? I’m seeing the light at the end of the tunnel and want to make sure I can maintain my health and avoid relapse. Is there someone in the SF bay area you might suggest to help with specific recommendations for me? Many thanks for all you have offered to us.

Stephen’s response:

Yes, these are okay to continue long term; I generally want people to stay on the herbs a year but when you get to the end, the best things to keep taking are knotweed and cat’s claw 1 tablet 3x daily indefinitely. Many people do stop altogether, but those herbs are good for a great many things – including aging; there is no harm in taking them as a part of your diet regularly. If you just pay close attention to how you feel you can begin taking herbs if you begin to deteriorate for any reason. I would suggest keeping the eleuthero close as it is easy to, from time to time, run into life demands that create a lot of stress; that will stress your immune function. That is a good time to take eleuthero again. I keep a close watch on my own health and take herbs whenever I feel the need. As to a practitioner there: try calling the California School of Herbal Studies just a bit north of the Bay Area; they can recommend someone close to you.

Stephen

A thank you from a recovered reader

Dear Stephen,

In late 2006 I obtained lyme disease from a rather generous tick. Thankfully the bullseye rash appeared so self diagnosis was possible. By the second or third month I found your book and began the protocol. Since my son was being breastfed at the time, I knew I needed a treatment which would benefit him too. We ended up using astragalus, knotweed, and andrographis along with some cleanses (magnetic clay baths, Dr. Schulz detox tea and good old yummy cilantro). It took time for the herbs to bring me back to normal, but they did. Of course this is all long story made short, but thank you so much for researching and writing the book. My life (and family’s life) has been made better because of your contribution to it!

Stephen’s response:

You are welcome, so glad it helped.

Questions on your protocol

Dear Stephen,

I’ve been fighting lyme for three to four years. The first year I was on an herbal tincture and then saw an LLMD who put me on minocycline. I feel the collateral damage from the antibiotics are making it not worthwhile to continue them, and my LLMD seems to only want to milk money from me, making it hard to even followup. I am trying to give your protocol a try. What can I take to help deal with the cognitive issues with lyme, as I am a student and this is making it very hard to go off the antibiotics as they did help with the neuro problems. Also I have chronic candida, should I just try the tincture you mentioned. What about Candizyme from Renew Life, and oregano oil, or pau d’arco. Also, in your book you mention probiotics, but any brand, or type? I am taking Culturelle right now. Candida can cause similar problems as lyme in mental fatigue, thus I feel its really important to go after both. Can one take diflucan with the herbs? Also is there any herbalist who you’d recommend in the Hudson Valley area of NY, for guidance on following your protocol. Thank you and blessed be.

Stephen’s response:

Knotweed (resveratrol) is the best primary thing for cognitive problems in lyme. The protocol I mentioned in an earlier post to someone with giardia will help with candida, especially the desert willow and chaparro amargosa tincture. Kate Gilday in Cold Brook, NY is a good practitioner and you might try her. She also may know of someone closer to you. All the things you mention have been used by many for candida, I just prefer the desert willow mixture.
As to diflucan – you would need to read the contraindications for the herbs that I list in the book and look over the contraindications for that particular antifungal. From a quick glance it seems that it should be fine to mix them but I would look over that material more closely before I did so. I would also highly suggest the use of eleutherococcus tincture to help with the fatigue.

Stephen

CORE PROTOCOL
Japanese knotweed (Resveratrol) | Cat’s claw | Eleuthero | Astragalus

ADDITIONAL HERBS
Ailanthus | Andrographis | Artemisinin | Ashwagandha | Autumn crocus | Boneset | Cordyceps | Cryptolepis | Devil’s claw | Hawthorn | Huperzine A | Khella | Nettle | Periwinkle (Vincamine) | Red Root | Rhodiola | Sida acuta | Smilax (Sarsaparilla) | Stephania root | Teasel root

Below are herb sources for the treatment protocol outlined in the book Healing Lyme by Stephen Harrod Buhner. Sources indicated with an asterisk (*) refer to those specifically recommended by Buhner in the book, in past Q & A columns, or in email communications.

Important: All indications noted with herbs in this section are excerpted from Healing Lyme, which should be read in full before proceeding with any treatment. The assistance of a qualified health care provider familiar with all dosage outlines, contraindications, and herb/drug interactions outlined in Healing Lyme, and familar with your personal health history and current symptoms is also strongly suggested.

Japanese Knotweed (Resveratrol) – CORE PROTOCOL
indications: prevention, acute onset, Bartonella co-infections, antispirochetals, neuroborreliosis, Lyme neurotoxins, memory and cognitive dysfunction, Lyme arthritis, dermatoborreliosis, Lyme carditis (with palpitations and shortness of breath), immune modulation, headaches, reducing Herxheimer reactions

450 mg capsules, wild-crafted: Green Dragon Botanicals*
purchase it from: Green Dragon Botanicals

*Recommended by Stephen Buhner. He says, “I’m working to shift people to the Green Dragon Botanicals Japanese knotweed root and away from the Source Naturals resveratrol. The Source Naturals will work but I really do prefer the whole wildcrafted root as a medicine.”

100 mg capsules, wild-crafted: Paradise Herbs*
purchase it from: iHerb.com (*Get $5 off your 1st order with coupon code “GEN582″ at checkout), other online vitamin shops or your local health food/vitamin store

*Recommended by Stephen Buhner. He says he likes this and the Source Naturals brand equally. Although they are two different mgs, he says “the two formulations are very difficult to compare, so I would stay with a max of 4 tablets 4x daily of each brand.”

500 mg tablets: Source Naturals*
purchase it from: vitanetonline.com, other online vitamin shops or your local health food/vitamin store

*Recommended as a tablet form source of Resveratrol in Healing Lyme. According to the book, it contains 500 mg of Polygonum cuspidatum and resveratrols, standardized to 8%, and 10 mg resveratrol (piceid, resveratrol glucoside). Stephen says he likes this and the Paradise Herbs brand equally. Although they are two different mgs, he says “the two formulations are very difficult to compare, so I would stay with a max of 4 tablets 4x daily of each brand.” [Editor’s note: As of September 2011, we have received reports that some people have had bad reactions to Source Naturals brand Resveratrol but have done fine with Paradise herbs. Sometimes the brand makes all the difference.]

bulk, wild-crafted: Monteagle Herbs
purchase it from: monteagleherbs.com

Wild-crafted Japanese knotweed, sold in both powder and cut/sifted forms.
bulk, wildcrafted: Woodland Essence*
purchase it from: woodlandessence.com

*Recommended as a wildcrafted bulk source for Polygonum in Healing Lyme.
bulk: 1st Chinese Herbs*
purchase it from: 1stchineseherbs.com (*Get 10% off your order (except for book sales) with coupon code “LYME” at checkout)

*Recommended as a bulk source for Polygonum in Healing Lyme. 1st Chinese Herbs sells the whole powdered form of Polygonum Cuspidatum (Japanese knotweed) as the Plum Flower brand of “Hu Zhang powder.” This whole form has no additional additives and should be gluten free. Plum Flower also offers Hu Zhang as a 5:1 concentrate, which has some starches used in processing and is not guaranteed gluten-free. One Planet Thrive member asked customer service at 1st Chinese Herbs if these versions contained filler ingredients and they told her:

The Plum Flower(r) Brand 5:1 concentrated extracts are spray-dried from a liquid state directly into a fine powder. Some herbs require a carrier such as dextrin (a corn product) or microcrystalline cellulose. In the past cornstarch, maltose, and maltodextrin were all used as carriers. As most of the 5:1s contain some starch or other excipient, were commend that gluten sensitive patients use raw herb decoctions or pills instead.

Cat’s Claw (Uncaria tomentosa) – CORE PROTOCOL
indications: prevention, acute onset, immune modulation
500 mg capsules: Raintree*
purchase it from: Rain-tree.com

*Recommended by Stephen Buhner in Healing Lyme: “I strongly recommend the use of Raintree’s Cat’s claw only. It is the primary supplement on the market that I know is of high quality and ethically wildcrafted.”
bulk, sustainably harvested: Raintree Cat’s Claw
purchase it from: Rain-tree.com

*Recommended by Stephen Buhner in Healing Lyme: “I strongly recommend the use of Raintree’s Cat’s claw only. It is the primary supplement on the market that I know is of high quality and ethically wildcrafted.”

Eleuthero (Siberian Ginseng) – CORE PROTOCOL
indications: acute onset, chronic fatigue, brain fog, neuroborreliosis, depression, immune modulation, sluggish thyroid, Post Lyme Disease Syndrome (with weakness and fatigue)

485 mg capsules: Nature’s Way*

*Although recommended by Buhner for Siberian ginseng in Healing Lyme, page 137: “I suggest Nature’s Way, which contains 250mg of standardized extract and 200mg of the whole herb,” when asked, Buhner said “I only put this in the book for people who do not want to use tincture. However, I strongly suggest the tincture and would not generally recommend the encapsulated herb.”

250 mg capsules: Nature’s Way
purchase it from: iHerb.com (*Get $5 off your 1st order with coupon code “GEN582″ at checkout)

Herb Pharm Eleuthero Extract**
purchase it from: Herb Pharm 1oz – alcohol-based | Herb Pharm 1 oz – glycerite (alcohol-free) (*Get $5 off your 1st order with coupon code “GEN582″ at checkout) | Herb Pharm 4 oz

**Herb Pharm Eleuthro (Siberian ginseng extract) is the form Buhner recommends to start with. Herb Pharm Eleuthero is the only form available in very high potency of 2:1. For first 30-60 days, 1 teaspoon 3 times a day (page 137), then discontinue for 2 weeks.

***NOTE: The glycerite version is a lower potency, only 1.25:1 (instead of 2:1 like the alcohol version). That makes the glycerite more costly for same amount, and it means you’ll have to adjust the dosage up by 38%.

Astragalus – CORE PROTOCOL (FOR NEW TICK BITES ONLY – NOT FOR CHRONIC LYME)
indications: prevention, acute onset, Erlichia co-infections, neuroborreliosis, Lyme carditis (with angina, palpitations, and shortness of breath), immune modulation

500 mg capsules: Planetary Herbals
purchase it from: iHerb.com (*Get $5 off your 1st order with coupon code “GEN582″ at checkout)

500 mg capsules: Nature’s Answer
purchase it from: iHerb.com (*Get $5 off your 1st order with coupon code “GEN582″ at checkout)

Contains BOTH extract AND whole root, which is recommended by Buhner.
bulk, certified organic: Mountain Rose Herbs
purchase it from: mountainroseherbs.com

Ailanthus altissima
indications: specific for air hunger, giardia, good also for weak organs, as an adaptogen, helps thyroid
tincture: Blue Wind Botanical*
purchase it from: bluewindbmc.com

*Recommended by Stephen Buhner.

Andrographis paniculata
indications: prevention, acute onset, antispirochetals, dermatoborreliosis, immune modulation, headaches, chronic fatigue

CAUTION: To date, 3 people have reported allergic reactions to Andrographis. Primarily the reaction shows as a rather severe skin rash. This will resolve if you stop taking the herb, though it might take a week or so. Anti-inflammatories such as cortisone creams are not necessary; it will clear up on its own. Please pay attention to any skin reactions you might have to the herb and discontinue it if you have a reaction. If you are one of the very few that does experience a reaction, you can continue the rest of the herbs in the core protocol, simply deleting Andrographis.

400 mg capsules: Nature’s Way*
purchase it from: iHerb.com (*Get $5 off your 1st order with coupon code “GEN582″ at checkout), other online vitamin shops or your local health food/vitamin store

*Recommended by Stephen Buhner; meets his criteria outlined on page 88 of Healing Lyme for andrographis: “I suggest the use of the standarized herb in the treatment of lyme disease. These preparations normally contain 300mg of standarized constituents and 100mg whole herb—400mg total.”

400 mg tablets: Planetary Formulas Full Spectrum*
purchase it from: iHerb.com (*Get $5 off your 1st order with coupon code “GEN582″ at checkout), other online vitamin shops or your local health food/vitamin store

*Stephen Buhner recommends this brand in his Planet Thrive Q & A column.

400 mg, wild-crafted: Paradise Herbs*
purchase it from: iHerb.com (*Get $5 off your 1st order with coupon code “GEN582″ at checkout), other online vitamin shops or your local health food/vitamin store

*Recommended by Stephen Buhner. He says “I think the andro is worth a try. I am unsure about the efficacy of the other herbs in this combination but the isatis would be excellent for immune function.”

bulk: 1st Chinese Herbs
purchase it from: 1stchineseherbs.com (*Get 10% off your order (except for book sales) with coupon code “LYME” at checkout)

Chuan Xin Lian (Andrographis)

Artemisinin (Artemisia annua)
indications: Babesia co-infections

200 mg capsules: Allergy Research Group / Nutricology
purchase it from: iHerb.com (*Get $5 off your 1st order with coupon code “GEN582″ at checkout)

500 mg capsules: Zhang Clinic
patients can purchase it from:

Zhang clinic (212) 573-9584, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday 10am-6pm EST
Each Capsule contains 500mg (contains 33mg arteannuin) of the extract of Artemisiae annua L. Herba, Astragalus membranaceus and Codonopsis pilosula.

Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera)
indications: take 1,000 mg at night just before bed for insomnia, brain fog

250 mg capsules: Paradise Herbs
purchase it from: iHerb.com (*Get $5 off your 1st order with coupon code “GEN582″ at checkout)

Autumn Crocus (Colchicum autumnale)
indications: Erlichia co-infections
no herb sources listed currently

Boneset (Eupatorium perfoliatum)
indications: Babesia and Bartonella co-infections
no herb sources listed currently

Cordyceps
indications: increases NaturalKiller cell activity, reduces cytokine cascade
tincture: Sage Woman Herbs*
purchase it from: sagewomanherbs.com

*Recommended by Stephen Buhner.

Cryptolepis sanguinolenta (Periplocaceae)
indications: Babesia co-infections
tincture: Green Dragon Botanicals*
purchase it from: 2 oz | 4 oz

*Recommended by Stephen Buhner.

tincture: Woodland Essence*
purchase it from: woodlandessence.com

*Recommended by Stephen Buhner in his Planet Thrive advice column. From Woodland Essence as of 3/2/07: Yes, we do sell the Cryptolepsis extract. The cryptolepsis is the root of a shrub which is wildcrafted in Ghana. It is a new herb extract for us to be selling, having been asked by Stephen Buhner to carry this, after his research showed what an excellent choice this herb is for Babesia co-infections with Lymes. We carry an alcohol extract (1:5, 65% alcohol) prepared with the dry herb. Dose ranges from 1/2 – 1 teaspoon 3x/day. The cost is : 1 ounce bottle $9.00; 2 ounce bottle $17.00; 4 ounce bottle $32.00. Folks can call to order @ 315.845.1515, or printout order form and mail, or order through email via our website or simply woodland@ntcnet.com. We are not set up for pay pal or credit cards online yet…we do take credit cards as payment via phone and mail though.

Devil’s Claw (Harpagophytum procumbens)
indications: Lyme arthritis
no herb sources listed currently

Hawthorn (Crataegus oxyacantha)
indications: Lyme Carditis (with angina and arrhythmia)
no herb sources listed currently
Huperzine A (Huperzia serratum)
indications: neuroborreliosis, memory and cognitive dysfunction, Post Lyme Disease Syndrome (with memory deficits)
no herb sources listed currently

Khella (Amni visnaga)
indications: Lyme carditis (with angina)
no herb sources listed currently

Nettle (Urtica dioica)
indications: Lyme arthritis

If you prefer your nettles as an infusion, you can buy bulk, cut and sifted. For healthy bones, Susun Weed suggests 1 oz dried nettles to 1 quart boiling water, let steep overnight. Drink 2 cups per day. Buhner suggests up to 2 oz per quart for high doses of vitamin C.

bulk, organic: Mountain Rose Herbs
purchase it from: MountainRoseHerbs.com

bulk, organic: Frontier Natural
purchase it from: mothernature.com

bulk, organic: 1stChineseHerbs.com
purchase it from: 1stchineseherbs.com (*Get 10% off your order (except for book sales) with coupon code “LYME” at checkout)

bulk, organic: Red Moon Herbs
purchase it from: RedMoonHerbs.com

Periwinkle (Vincamine)
indications: memory and cognitive dysfunction, eye involvement (Ocularborreliosis), headaches, Post Lyme Disease

Syndrome (with memory deficits)
no herb sources listed currently

Red Root (Ceanothus americanus or equivalent)
indications: Babesia and Bartonella co-infections, swollen lymph nodes / sluggish lymph glands
bulk, wildcrafted: Mountain Rose Herbs
purchase it from: MountainRoseHerbs.com

Red root is one of the few herbs that Buhner recommends in tincture (1:5 50% alcohol) rather than as whole herb (see page 186). Note that red root is contraindicated in people using blood coagulants or anticoagulants and in pregnancy.
tincture, wildcrafted: Eclectic Institute, Red Root
purchase it from: iHerb.com (*Get $5 off your 1st order with coupon code “GEN582″ at checkout)
tincture, wildcrafted: Herb Pharm
purchase it from: iHerb.com (*Get $5 off your 1st order with coupon code “GEN582″ at checkout)

Rhodiola rosea
indications: energy, endurance, stamina
tincture, wildcrafted: Herb Pharm
purchase it from: iHerb.com (*Get $5 off your 1st order with coupon code “GEN582″ at checkout)

Sida acuta
indications: babesia, bartonella
tincture, wildcrafted: Woodland Essence*
purchase it from: woodlandessence.com

*Recommended source for Sida acuta on BuhnerHealingLyme.com.

Seeds for growing yourself
purchase it from: e*species Tropical Seeds

Smilax (Sarsaparilla)
indications: neuroborreliosis, Lyme arthritis, dermatoborreliosis

CAUTION: Sarsaparilla may interact with Aloe

425 mg capsules: Nature’s Way
purchase it from: iHerb.com (*Get $5 off your 1st order with coupon code “GEN582″ at checkout)

Stephania Root (Stephania tetrandra, S. cepharantha)
indications: anti-spirochetals, Bell’s Palsy, neuroborreliosis, memory and cognitive dysfunction, eye involvement (Ocularborreliosis), Lyme arthritis, Lyme carditis (with angina and arrhythmia), immune modulation, headaches
CAUTION: New research has shown stephania unsafe for use in pregnancy

1st Chinese Herbs*
purchase it from: 1stchineseherbs.com (*Get 10% off your order (except for book sales) with coupon code “LYME” at checkout)

*Recommended source for Stephania Root in Healing Lyme.
tincture: Woodland Essence*
purchase it from: woodlandessence.com

*Per Stephen Buhner on 3/09/09, Woodland Essence is now selling a Stephania (Stephania tetrandra) root tincture that he thinks is pretty good.

Teasel Root (Dipsacus sylvestris)
indications: Lyme arthritis
tincture: Herb Works
purchase it from: stores.ebay.com/Herb-Works

This eBay store is maintained by Dr. Philip Fritchey, N.D., a naturopath with Lyme, who wildcrafted this organically grown teasel in New York State, 2008 season.
tincture: Walker Farms
purchase it from: walkerherbs.com

Walker Farms uses brandy instead of grain alcohol as the extraction medium to produce a tincture that is less harsh to the body.
tincture: Woodland Essence
purchase it from: woodlandessence.com

How many people have recovered from chronic lyme on the Healing Lyme protocol?

There is no way to tell the numbers of people that have used part or all of the protocol as there are many physicians and other healing professionals using it in one form or another, nor do all the people who use it contact Stephen. He has heard from a thousand or more people using the protocol in the past 6 years. The majority of them regained their health.

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