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Healing Lyme
Core protocol causes insomnia?
with Stephen Harrod Buhner, master herbalist


Dear Stephen,
I have been doing the core protocol from your “Healing Lyme” book for about 4 weeks now. I have noticed that since starting the program, sleep has become increasingly difficult. Before embarking on this protocol, my sleep was consistently good. I was wondering if any of the herbs in your protocol (andrographis, Japanese knotweed, cat’s claw) could cause or contribute to disrupted sleep. Or is it more likely that my insomnia is cause by a die-off of lyme bacteria? I have not noticed an increase in or emergence of any other lyme symptoms since starting this protocol.

Stephen’s response:
No one has ever mentioned this before but that doesn’t mean it can’t occur from the herbs. Sorry to hear this, you might try some of the herbs in the book for insomnia and perhaps they can counteract whatever is happening.

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  • Anne

    May 2, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    B vitamins are energizing, so I think it is advisable to take the core in the morning, thereby reducing it’s effect on sleep. Also, since kpu basically results in lack of nutrition for the nervous system, I would think disruption of sleep when one has kpu should not be surprising, or rare. And insomnia is a common problem encountered with lyme disease.

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  • pamela tuttle

    October 1, 2018 at 11:36 am

    Many people have mentioned insomnia on the protocol. How is it that you haven’t heard of it. I can’t sleep at all now. Despite prescription sleep meds, melatonin, massage, sauna, hours of reading. NOTHING Works! Motherwart, valerian and many others have been tried. Sleeping is out. I am getting sicker because of insomnia. What do I do?

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