Dear Stephen,
I have had neuro lyme for about six months – tinnitus, headache, stiff neck, fullness/pressure in my head etc. Several months of oral antibiotics combined with your protocol helped and contained things but did not end it. Recently my doctor said that I should stop the oral antibiotics as they weren’t really effective anymore. She offers the possibility of IV antibiotics if I want to try them, but I am hesitant of going down that road. I have been off the orals for about three weeks now and the symptoms are gradually accelerating. Along with everything else I can feel sensations in my ears- slight transient pains, congestion, stronger tinnitus – much like I had several months ago. My intuition is to stay with your herb protocol long term and give up on the antibiotics, but I would like to try and address the ear symptoms more directly. Any recommendations? Also, any recommendations for a practitioner near me – I’m in the Hudson Valley in NY State. Thanks.

Stephen’s response:
As to a practitioner, try Kate Gilday in Coldbrook, NY or Tim Scott in Brattleboro, VT. I am curious as to your dosage on the herbs; it sounds as if they should be ramped up to higher levels, especially knotweed (you might try Tim Scott’s blend; it’s very good). As for tinnitus: ginkgo (standardized) 40-80 mg 3x daily; vinpocetine 5-10 mg 3x daily; vitamin B-12 2,000 mcg 2x daily for 30 days, 1,000 mcg daily thereafter; zinc 40 mg daily; magnesium 200-400 mg daily.


  • 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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Stephen Buhner is no longer living and this Q + A column on Planet Thrive is closed to new questions. It will be kept on our website so readers can access vital information in the archives, communicate with each other in the comments section, and find herbs, books + lyme adjuncts in our directory. If you want to read more of Stephen’s writings, please see his website at:

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