Cistus incanus

by | Sep 3, 2007 | Columns, Healing Lyme, Herbs, miscellaneous

Dear Stephen,
What do you think of Cistus incanus for lyme? I am drinking Cistus incanus tea (Dr. Pandalis brand) that my friend sent me from Berlin. In Berlin they saw a TV program about a lyme patient, severely afflicted, partially paralyzed, who greatly improved by drinking a lot of tea of Cistus incanus. Probably Rock Rose in English, Zistrose in German. Long European tradition. Hardy to 10 degrees F. Sold as pills or tea on 3 German “Naturheilkunde” websites.

Stephen’s response:
The plant is well known because it exhudes a sap or gum that is highly antibacterial and antifungal. It is sometimes thought of as being the Balm of Gilead spoken of in the bible. In truth, most herbs will help to some extent for lyme. This is because lyme affects so many systems of the body and resides in so many places in the body.
Lyme sufferers have used a huge number of different antibacterial herbs, all of them with some success. However, in my opinion only those antibacterial herbs that are strongly systemic, that is, ones that are carried in the blood to all parts of the body, are likely to work for most people with lyme. So, this herb will help, but I am doubtful that it can reach lyme spirochetes that are sequestered in hard to reach parts of the body.

  • Stephen Harrod Buhner

    Stephen Harrod Buhner was an Earth poet and an award-winning author of twenty-four books on nature, indigenous cultures, the environment, and herbal medicine including the acclaimed book Healing Lyme: Natural Healing & Prevention of Lyme Borreliosis & Its Co-infections.

    Stephen came from a long line of healers including Leroy Burney, Surgeon General of the United States under Eisenhower and Kennedy, and Elizabeth Lusterheide, a midwife and herbalist who worked in rural Indiana in the early nineteenth century. The greatest influence on his work, however, was his great-grandfather C.G. Harrod who primarily used botanical medicines, also in rural Indiana, when he began his work as a physician in 1911.

    Stephen’s work has appeared or been profiled in publications throughout North America and Europe including Common Boundary, Apotheosis, Shaman’s Drum, The New York Times, CNN, and Good Morning America. Stephen lectured yearly throughout the United States on herbal medicine, the sacredness of plants, the intelligence of Nature, and the states of mind necessary for successful habitation of Earth.

    He was a tireless advocate for the reincorporation of the exploratory artist, independent scholar, amateur naturalist, and citizen scientist in American society – especially as a counterweight to the influence of corporate science and technology.

This protocol was incredible. After only a few weeks most of my symptoms were gone. After six months all my symptoms were gone… it has given me my life back.

– Amazon review by Joseph

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