Dear Stephen,
I was diagnosed with lyme disease about ten years ago, and was on your herbal protocol for about eight months. My energy and cognitive ability have improved, but I have a constant sinus issue, and am always congested in my nose and throat. The mucus production is so miserable and I have developed acute respiratory symptoms and allergies. I am wondering if this is candida, or some type of fungus infection. Do you have any suggestions for treating this, and is it a common symptom of lyme when one develops reactions to so many things?

Stephen’s response:
I have only heard of this once before so am not sure if it is lyme related or not. You might try the following:
Lomatium dissectum, ½ dropper in liquid (taste is intense) 3x daily
Coleus, standardized extract, 50 mg 2-3x daily
Tylospora, 200 mg daily
Desmodium abscendens tea daily, a couple of times
Ginger juice tea 2-3x daily (fresh ginger juice from piece the size of your thumb, 1/8 tsp cayenne, lime section, squeezed and dropped in, 1 tbl honey)
This should help.

  • 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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