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Healing Lyme
Herb for lyme insomnia
with Stephen Harrod Buhner, master herbalist

Dear Stephen,
I saw a video of you speaking at an autism meeting and you mentioned an herb for sleeping, I believe you said it was a liquid and that you took too many drops. I think it might have been ashwagandha, but wanted to ask you if you remember what herb it was. I am having a problem with sleep, I have lyme and I am menopausal which is not helping! Thanks.

Stephen’s response:
I use a liquid melatonin, the most expensive one of course, but I have found it exceptionally good. I take it just as I get into bed and it puts me to sleep, reliably, in an hour. If I wake up at 3 in the morning, I just take it again. Start with one drop. Put it on the back of your hand and take it that way, NOT directly in the mouth as I did the first time I tried it. I generally use two drops but start with one and see how it goes. The brand is Melatonin nano-plex by Premier Research Labs and one bottle lasts a really long time. [Editor’s note: At the time of publishing, Stephen is now also recommending the Ayurvedic adaptogenic herb ashwagandha for sleep problems and brain fog – take 1,000 mg at night just before bed.]

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  • Maria

    January 24, 2011 at 9:50 am

    I have learned the benefits of taking an anthelmintic for Lyme Disease, I have taken IVERMECTIN drops and that has saved my life and wanted to share this with you and your readers. Which is your approach for parasites in blood and in the body? Ivermectin is strong and cannot be obtained everywhere, maybe there are herbs that could do the same benefit and not so strong?

    Thank you and deeply appreciate your information, it is truly helpful for all!

  • Eva

    January 25, 2011 at 6:45 am

    Hi Maria, all,
    As you probably know, Ivermectin may work if the tick that bit you and caused Lyme disease carrried nematodes and they were also transmitted via the tick bite. Filariasis can be contracted in many different ways, other than a tick bite and many people are asymptomatic and probably can go through life without concern. However, when tick-borne diseases ravish the body, if Fialria is present, who knows, but it may complicate the healing or perhaps prevent healing and recovery. Studies have shown that in Connecticut and New York, particularly, up to 40% of ticks carry nematodes.

    Until this issue is studied in other parts of the US and the world, besides Connecticut and New York states, we don’t know what the percentages are for ticks carrying nematodes in other regions.

    You can see our website for more information, and of couorse, there is also quite a lot of great info on the web. Not necessarily for the squeamish, though. :)
    Eva Haughie
    Empire State Lyme Disease Association

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