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Healing Lyme
with Stephen Harrod Buhner, master herbalist


Dear Stephen,
I am being treated for Lyme disease (neuro) since October. I have made some progress on Doxycycline and Ceftin, but when I try azithromycin or Flagyl I get terrible herxing—emotional, physical, etc. In June I had some blood microscopy done by a ND. She and I both saw big-time mycoplasma, and I was wondering if that was hindering my recovery. I was surprised because I had been on doxycycline almost 7 months. On the azithromycin I feel so toxic and I just start crying. I’ve tried resveratrol which makes me so dizzy. Is there something I can take naturally for mycoplasma that isn’t quite so toxic? Olive Leaf? Lauricidin? Raintree Myco? What do you suggest? Dosing? How long? Thanks for your help.

Stephen’s response:
Mcoplasma can indeed slow down recovery. It is a growing problem among lyme infected populations. I haven’t yet done as much research on this as I need to, however the best thing that I am aware of for that is fermented wheat germ (there are a number of animal studies finding it VERY effective against mycoplasma). It is however VERY expensive. I would suggest a three month regimen. I think the best price is from Just follow the manufacturer’s directions.

I would also suggest the invasive weed houttuynia, Artemisia herba-alba and Artemisia arborescens, and cryptolepis tincture. Other herbs that are effective against mycoplasmas are: Radix Isatidis, Radix Angelicae Dahuricae, Cortex Phellodendri, Radix et Rhizoma Rhei, Fructus Kochiae, hyssop, and Melaleuca alternifolia essential oil (i.e tea tree oil).

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