Inflammation caused by lyme

by | Aug 7, 2010 | Columns, Healing Lyme, Herb Reactions, inflammation | 0 comments

Dear Stephen,
I am curious as to how we get better from lyme when all the inflammation pathways are shut down with knotweed? Are we essentially starving the buggers by not having them feed on the destruction of the inflammation process? Would some acute inflammation be warranted in your opinion or is this just too hard to control? I am on a high fats diet that suggests going off of everything except some essential vitamins but I am not convinced at this point that I should get rid of your herbs as I got tons of symptoms soon after I did (swollen glands, ear aches, joint pain, bloated head feeling/inflamed meninges, pin pricks, liver/kidney pain). I have no way of knowing for sure at this point whether they were herxes or not.

Stephen’s response:
Well, that would be one way to describe it but I tend to think of it as stopping the inflammation that causes most of the symptoms. If you do want to reduce the herbs I would stay on knotweed, red root tincture, and eleutherococcus tincture given your symptom list.


  • 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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