Dear Stephen,
Sixteen years ago I had a tick. There was a big erythema and after that 2 weeks of antibiotics. Then there was a examination which excluded borreliosis. Now I know that there was too little of the antibiotics and the examination was too early and that I do have borreliosis. Symptoms that I had were: joint and hip aches, but most especially pain in right hand and right wrist, heart palpitations with anxiety attacks, and the feeling that my blood doesn’t flow freely through my heart, but that it was stopping somewhere. Also fainting, cold attacks with shivering (periodically), one time there was a pain propably of kidney, but the examination didn’t show anything. There was also a spine ache, particulary between scapulas. It all happened rarely and didn’t make living difficult.
In the last 2 years I’ve been ill more often and I was feeling weak more often, especially after stress and when there was a lot of work. And then “something” happened in my mouth (something like tiny papules, I think it’s getting bigger). I’ve had ill salivary glands (I’ve got sialolithiasis and I had my canals cut). In spite of that, on the right side, where I had my salivary gland ill, my neck hurts below the ear. I also often feel my ear is somehow stuck and then I feel discomfort in my right eye. Once I had persistent pain at the back of my head, at the bottom, but it passed away after a massage of the cervical spine. For a month now I’ve been taking antibiotics. There is some improvement, especially in my mouth, but now there are also pins and needles and stiffening of the limbs, especially my right hand. Chlamydia, mycoplasma and bartonella were all excluded in examination. The rest of the coinfections haven’t been diagnosed yet. I want to stop the antibiotics after 3 months and start taking resveratrol, cat’s claw and andrographis. What else should I include in my treatment? Could I start taking herbs while still taking antibiotics? In what doses? Do the herbs break cysts? Do these herbs also treat fungus or should I add something else?

Stephen’s response:
Yes, you can take the herbs with antibiotics, no problem there. They can affect cysts. They may be active against some fungal strains but I would need to know what kind you mean. Given your symptoms, I would also include 1 tsp eleuthero morning and afternoon, teasel root tincture, and pasque flower tincture (10 drops 4-6x daily). The dosages for the other herbs are in the Healing Lyme book. Boneset tea often will help with cold attacks and shivering.

  • 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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