Dear Stephen,
My sister and I have lyme, and our mother has Parkinson’s, which I suspect might be lyme related, but she hasn’t been tested yet. Her condition is atypical in it’s very fast progression. I’m looking for suggestions for my mom. Do you know of any useful herbs?

Stephen’s response:
It has been unfortunately somewhat common for physicians to misdiagnose neuro-lyme as Parkinson’s, MS, Lou Gehrig’s disease, Alzheimer’s, and as various psychological states from depression to bipolar to various psychotic states. There is also some emerging evidence that is suggestive that Parkinson’s, MS, Lou Gehrig’s, and Alzheimer’s might have a spirochete basis in some instances as spirochetes have been found in the brains during autopsy. Testing her is a good idea, bearing in mind of course that the tests are only partially effective. However, given her state it makes sense to try Japanese knotweed to see if it will help her condition. Knotweed, stephania, vinpocetine, huperzine A, ginkgo, and possibly andrographis should all be of help no matter the genesis of the disease.

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