Dear Stephen,
I have interstitial cystitis and have been in a flare for the last 6 months. I have been unable to take most supplements. I can’t take vitamins or minerals. Do you have experience with patients with interstitial cystitis? What herbs can they handle on your protocol? Are some manufacturers better than others?

Stephen’s response:
I would treat the interstitial cystitis first. I would use the following tinctures: 1/2-1 tsp of uva ursi 3x daily, corn silk 1/2 tsp 3x daily, black haw 1.25 tsp 3x daily, Japanese knotweed 1 tsp 3x daily, for up to one month. If it does not clear after 30 days I would then use tinctures of: 10-20 drops juniper berry tincture 3x daily, corn silk 1/2 tsp 3x daily, marshmallow 1/2 tsp 3x daily, knotweed 1 tsp 3x daily, for 7 days. Hopefully that should do it.

  • Stephen Harrod Buhner

    Stephen Harrod Buhner is an Earth poet and the award-winning author of twenty-three 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 comes 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, has been 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 lectures 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 is 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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