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Healing Lyme
Herbal interaction with Klonopin
with Stephen Harrod Buhner, master herbalist


Dear Stephen,
Do the herbs andrographis, red root tincture, or smilax interfere with Klonopin (Clonazepam)? I have Lyme disease which causes myoclonic seizures and the only drug that seems to somewhat control them is Klonopin. My other symptoms include imbalance, high ear pressure, inability to handle stimuli such as noise and crowds (and weather changes), mild tingling in hands and feet, muscle twitches, and fatigue. I have no pain. Currently I take Diflucan, Nystatin, and caprylic acid for yeast and Mycelex for thrush. I also take milk thistle, a vitamin supplement, magnesium, and zinc. I plan to start the andrographis slowly with the red root and smilax. Then perhaps I will add in Japanese knotweed and/or cat’s claw. Does this seem appropriate?

Stephen’s response:
There is no material in the literature suggesting that there are contraindications for using these herbs with that medication. In general, you should find help with the ear and imbalance problems from knotweed. Muscle twitches respond well to B-12 intake daily. Fatigue is best treated by eleutherococcus. Yeast problems, I have found, are effectively treated with an equal combination tincture of desert willow and chaparo amargosa, 1 tsp 3x daily for 5-14 days.

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