with Stephen Harrod Buhner, master herbalist
I have been dealing with chemical sensitivity, Epstein Barr and Lymes and am using herbs, Rife, Carnivora, and flower essences. But have still kept getting worse. Recently got a diagnosis of porphyria which may be genetic and/or may be triggered by infections, chemical sensitivity or metals. A week later I was diagnosed with chlamydia pneumoniae. This infection can produce secondary porphyria. All the practitioners I’ve seen – even the alternative ones – say that the only way to treat the chlamydia p. is with antibiotics for 6-18 months. I have avoided antibiotics for the last 20 years – except for 1 ten day course. Also many drugs, including some antibiotics can trigger pophyria attacks. Have you worked with chlamydia pneumoniae, and do you know of herbal, nutritional or homeopathic treatments? Do you know anything about natural treatment for porphyria? I am in bad shape, live in a rural area, and have doctors who do not know anything about porphyria and not much about treating multiple infections. Any advice would be appreciated.
I would recommend…
Luteolin 200-400 mg daily, cryptolepis 1/2 tsp 3x daily.
Adenosine monophosphate (AMP) 200 mg daily for min 30 days, EPA/DHA blend (cod liver oil, fish oil) 10 grams daily for a minimum of 60 days.
The luteolin is ridiculously expensive, nevertheless it does work.
400 mg tablets: Nature's Way
<400 mg tablets: Paradise Herbs
400 mg tablets: Planetary Formulas Full Spectrum
Japanese Knotweed (Resveratrol)
Green Dragon Botanicals
100 mg tablets: Paradise Herbs
bulk, wildcrafted: Woodland Essence
bulk and Source Naturals 500 mg tablets: 1st Chinese Herbs [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.]
Cat's Claw (Uncaria tomentosa)
500 mg capsules: Raintree
bulk, sustainably harvested: Raintree
tincture: Woodland Essence
Eleuthero (Siberian Ginseng)
Herb Pharm tincture - alcohol-based
Herb Pharm tincture - glycerite (alcohol-free)
250 mg capsules: Nature's Way
Caution: New research has shown stephania
unsafe for use in pregnancy.
1st Chinese Herbs
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