I don’t have Lyme, but at one time thought I might have a Lyme co-infection, so I researched it. Below are some of my notes on it:
Japanese Knotweed, cat's claw, teasel and colloidal silver –
Lyme Disease Research Database
herb sources for the treatment protocol outlined in the book Healing Lyme by Stephen Harrod Buhner.
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.”
Teasel Root Tincture - Lyme Disease, Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Lyme survivor allied with Teasel Root
Lyme_Aid_Buhner@yahoogroups.com (Recommend Free e-group, very informative !!)
Japanese Knotweed tincture
Stephen spoke about that in the book. He says the study on TOA free cats claw was poorly done and there is no evidence that TOA free is better. Usually Stephen believes in using the whole plant.
Stephen Buhnher recommends TOA FREE Cat's Claw
http://www.myherbs.net - good prices
Samento! Authentic and optimally-fresh NutraMedix Samento TOA-Free Liquid Extract in the BIG 1-oz bottle (don't be fooled by companies selling the half-ounce
Susan Ambrosino and www.MyHerbs.net
Fish Oil: Use "Marine Omega" by Pharmanex. Use four daily, taken on a full stomach (this brand is required because it is made not from fish, but from Krill and is certified to be free of any measurable amounts of heavy metals and organic toxins).
Also, have any of you heard of Dr. Eva Sapi?
Google her. She had Lyme and said, she cured herself with Samento, Banderol, Burbur & Pinella and NO antibiotics. I know that is the Byron White protocol, but it is definitely worth mentioning and maybe incorporating some of it into the Buhner protocol.
Buhner protocol (based on it)
I'm boiling for one hour
60 grams of cat's claw,
40 grams of Japanese Knotweed,
30 grams of Red Root,
40 grams of Sarsaparilla/Smilax,
and 80 grams of Stephania Root.
After one hour, I'm supposed to simmer it for another hour. My doctor said she was basing this on Dr. Buhner's protocol. She gave me this recommendation after I said I couldn't afford the tinctures I was taking, saying that drinking tea is a much cheaper way to go.
Magnesium Malate & Aspartate - don't feed Lyme Z- you should look for good magnesium malate to take. other types can feed lyme type infections, a real issue. AOR has a really good product, and there is a cheaper (less potent brand) but the name escapes me right now...
John is right, the only safe Mag is Mag Malate and Mag Asparatate all else feeds L-Form bacteria which is pretty much Lyme and co-infections..
Colloidal Silver will help some...
Because Mag speeds the reproductive cycle of L-Form bacteria. Same reason most are Mag deficient, also why Salt Treatment can aid in Lyme by removing the Mag.
Mag in properly made Mag Malate (Source Naturals, AOR) cannot be used for that. Mag Asparatate, usually bundled with Potassium also will not be used for that...
Are These Things Crawling Through Your Body?
The Salt and Vitamin C Treatment
IMO better than all ABX treatment but falls short
Japanese Knotweed (Polygonum cuspidatum) is considered to be one of the main herbs that can help lower, or even eliminate, lyme (specifically leptospira and treponema denticola) spirochetes loads in the body, support the innate immune function to help respond to the borrelia infection, and treat some of the symptoms of Lyme disease including central nervous system confusion, arthritic and bacterial inflammation, protects against endotoxin damage, reduce Herxheimer reactions and is a cardio-protector.1
Also, knotweed enhances blood flow to difficult-to-reach areas and helps other herbs and/or drugs, and the body's own response to kill the spirochetes that reside in these specifically difficult-to-reach areas.
excerpt from an interesting and well written blog:
Japanese Knotweed in the Treatment of Lyme Disease
Lisl Meredith Huebner, Dipl.CH (NCCAOM), RH (AHG), CMA
…Lyme disease is caused by the Borrelia burgdorferi spirochete, a microorganism carried by ticks and other biting insects such as mosquitoes, biting flies, mites and fleas. A spirochete is a gram-negative bacterium that “screws” itself into tissue -particularly collagen- and can encapsulate quickly under adverse conditions, going dormant until its environment becomes more hospitable. Spirochetes are notably clever, and easily adapt to elude antibiotics; they can then exchange resistance information within their community and to other co-infections, making treatment ever more difficult. A close cousin of this spirochete is one that causes syphilis, and consequently there is strong evidence that Lyme can be transmitted sexually as well as through mother’s milk, saliva and in utero.
Japanese Knotweed is a native of Asia, but was introduced in Britain in the nineteenth century. The clones introduced in Europe reproduce through their rhizomes, not via seeds so all the plants there (and likely here in the US also) are in essence, one giant female. Known as the King of Weeds (Let’s change that to Queen, shall we?), the hardy Japanese Knotweed is the best known source of resveratrol and trans-resveratrol, naturally occurring compounds that are antibacterial, antifungal, antioxidant and anti-spirochetal and have a myriad of other health benefits as well.
Plants like Knotweed produce resveratrol in order to combat disease and to become more tolerant to environmental extremes. Not long ago, red grape skins were the primary source of resveratrol in supplements, and the impetus behind the theory of the “French Paradox” which implied that the generous inclusion of red wine with a high fat diet prevented heart disease. Research has found that Polygonum cuspidatum, abundant and readily available, contains much more concentrated resveratrol and trans-resveratrol than grapes, making Knotweed a much preferred commercial source of this valuable antioxidant. It’s unlikely that the French predilection for pinot noir will be replaced by Knotweed anytime soon, so don’t throw away your wine glasses just yet.
Resveratrol can help lower cholesterol and regulate blood pressure and has shown promise for the treatment of certain cancers, breast cancer in particular; as a complimentary treatment it can raise white blood cell levels during chemotherapy and radiation. During menopause and senior years, resveratrol can help protect bone density levels and increase the mineral content in bone tissue.
Japanese Knotweed is effective against a variety of organisms including the Lyme co-infection bartonella, leptospira, gonorrhea, and meningitis; its strong antifungal qualities make it especially inhibitive toward Candida albicans. It is also a powerful antiviral agent, effective in the treatment of herpes, ECHO viruses and various strains of influenza such as SARS and Asian flu (which in my opinion, is a far more attractive option than vaccinations of questionable origin).
What makes Knotweed so valuable when it comes to treating Lyme disease is that it not only inhibits the spirochetes, it is also markedly anti-inflammatory, reducing joint pain, swelling and fever. The anti-inflammatory effect helps to regulate the immune system and prevents it from being over burdened; its modulating effect makes it useful for many autoimmune ailments. Knotweed supports the central nervous system and protects the heart, making it especially valuable in the treatment of Lyme-related carditis.
Lyme disease affects more than the joints; symptoms can range from pronounced fatigue, fever and aches to foggy thinking, memory lapses, muscular spasms, rashes and vision problems. The spirochetes that cause Lyme make a meal of collagen tissue, and their favorite restaurants include your joints, skin, eyes and brain. Knotweed has a strong ability to protect those tender areas, stimulating microcirculation and directing other herbs to otherwise difficult to treat regions of the body. The constituents in Knotweed are also able to cross the blood brain barrier (BBB), protecting delicate cerebral tissue and harmonizing blood flow. Regular supplementation of Polygonum cuspidatum during or after an active infection will help sharpen mental function and relieve pain throughout the body.
During effective treatment of Lyme disease, patients frequently experience what is known as a Herxheimer reaction. A “Herx” response is a healing crisis of exacerbated overall symptoms; fevers spike, joint pain becomes more pronounced, fatigue may increase –basically the patient feels absolutely awful. The reason for the aggravated symptoms is a massive die-off of the pathogenic spirochetes creating a high volume of toxicity in the blood. Believe it or not, this is a good sign: the treatment is working. It doesn’t seem like good news to anyone experiencing it however, and this is another instance where Japanese Knotweed can come to the rescue by reducing Herx symptoms and aiding in systemic detoxification.
Lyme expert and Master Herbalist Stephen Harrod Buhner recommends a core protocol of four to five herbs in the treatment of Lyme disease: Japanese Knotweed, Andrographis, Cat’s Claw, Smilax and Astragalus. Since the publication of his book, Healing Lyme in 2005, thousands of people have reported significant improvement if not complete relief from their Lyme symptoms using this basic protocol. Treatment works best when an experienced herbalist adjusts their healing strategy according to each individual’s needs and be aware that Knotweed is contraindicated with pregnancy and blood-thinning medications...more
Effective Protocols for
Lisl has had tremendous success treating patients previously diagnosed with Lyme disease since she began her private practice 15 years ago. She draws on her own professional experience, as well as incorporating treatment methods pioneered by Stephen Harrod Buhner, Dr. Zhang, Matthew Wood, and Lady Barbara Telesco. Safe, anti-spirochetal and immune-enhancing herbs are carefully prescribed for the individual, and address each stage of a patient's recovery.
Chronic Lyme symptoms such as fatigue, muscle and joint pain, visual impairments, inflammation, skin issues, headaches, brain fog, and palpitations are persistent and often difficult to remedy with antibiotics alone. When treating people that have been dealing with Lyme disease, Lisl employs powerful strategies such as herbal medicine, auriculotherapy, medicinal aromatherapy, and even Reiki and dietary guidance. Lisl’s patients have experienced great improvement with their range of symptoms and when maintaining a protocol for preventative health care, rarely experience any recurrence.
Migraines & Fibromyalgia
In our modern culture, people frequently ignore problems or take suppressive drugs until serious illness becomes inevitable. Serious pain issues like Migraines and Fibromyalgia can develop when the subtler signs of imbalance go unnoticed for a long time. To get to the root of a problem, Lisl conducts a thorough interview as part of a differential diagnosis, as well as an in depth examination of the tongue and pulse. - both ancient and extremely accurate methods of discerning the condition of the interior organs and metabolic systems according to Traditional Chinese Medicine. With herbs, diet and auriculotherapy, Lisl’s patients achieve significant pain relief in a short amount of time!
"...To my utter astonishment less than a minute and a half into the treatment my stomach was no longer flipping. When Lisl was done I felt 95 percent better. What was left went away within the hour. A full blown migraine attack had been avoided.
Lisl used a combination of Auricular Therapy and Chinese Herbal Medicine to balance my system and stop the migraines. Since I have worked with her the migraines have stopped!" -D.H.; New Hartford, CT