Dear Stephen,
I have followed your herbal protocol for a while. Now I have added stephania root as a tincure, 1/2 teaspoon 3 times a day for late stage neuroborreliosis. I can’t find anything in your book about how long one safely can use stephania or how long you recommend on this dosage.

Stephen’s response:
You can safely take it long term from what I can see in the literature. My normal approach for myself is to take something like this until my body begins to tell me not to do so any longer or if side effects occur.

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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  1. Lesley

    If, i am not having eye symptoms, do I need to add Stephania.
    I have chronic Lyme & Bartonella, EPV & Chlamydia P. antibodies.
    I am currently taking Cat’s Claw, red root, andrographis & reservatrol.

  2. David Whitten

    1st Chinese Herbs currently has organic powder in bulk. It is doing wonders for my eye problems.

  3. healing lyme admin

    Hi Lesley, Stephania is not part of the core protocol, so no, you do not need to add it. Please see the book for the uses of stephania and if you feel you’d like to add it, you can. Best, Julie

  4. Keith Pearce

    Hi David,

    I found that I needed to be very carefull taking stephania tetrandra because year in year out the color, odor, and texture of the powder changed. I changed to the cut root instead and carefully inspected and sorted each piece to verify that the cross section of the root matched as closely as I could verify visually the cross sections shown in the link below. After inspecting and sorting, then i ground the root to a powder and encapsulated it. Upon inspection, most all the pieces (about 3-4 years ago) were ok and few if any pieces were discarded. The smell was almost of a subtle sweet burnt wood smell, the texture was slick, soapy or talc like, the color was very very light brown; maybe like a darker navajo white. View the photos at the link. As I recall, for stephania, all the brown streaked biological structures in the cross section radiated out of the very center of the root, not starting awayfrom the center and radiating from there to the edge. Wish you hte best!

  5. Jolana

    Hello, could you please advise me, which stephania tetrandra is the best to buy. My daughter 13 years suffers from neuroborrelioses, her face and eyes were the worst. She could not move her face, close her eye. I think the best is to buy the root, then cut with blender. Could you please advise me. I am from Europe, Czech Republic. Thanks a lot Jolana

  6. soptik

    Hi Jolana,
    I live also in Czechia. I order most Buhner herbs from Bristol Botanicals in UK. They have stephania, too. How is your daughter?

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