Dear Stephen,
My 21-year-old son was diagnosed in 12/09 with lyme and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. He only has neuro lyme symptoms, nothing physical. He’s completely lost, confused, speaks only one word sayings, and you can’t even ask him a question because he can’t answer. He’s been on multiple antibiotics and IV since. My question: He’s not getting better, any herb that might help the antibiotics? He came off 9 months of IV doxycycline, and is currently on rifampin/bactrim/bicillin shots.

Stephen’s response:
Knotweed, rhodiola, ashwagandha, eleuthero. The knotweed is essential. But I would highly recommend work with an individual practitioner, my partner Julie McIntyre is excellent (

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. Linda Stoffel

    A month ago I was diagnosed with ehrlichia and also at the same time informed I had rocky mt spotted fever in my system for quite some time. 1 1/2 yrs ago I got about 20 tick bites, no typical reactions; about 2 weeks of roaming itching, all over my body. Changed constantly, then subsided mostly except sporadically; but did not associate with tick since no common reactions. Now I think it was the RMSF. For 1 month taking tinctures 3x/day of Knowtweed, Teasel, Sweet Annie. The muscle, joint pain better but not gone. Fogginess, memory loss is worse. Sometimes itching. Am I taking the right herbs? Thank you so much for any advice you could send me.

  2. Linda Stoffel

    Hello again
    I forgot to mention that I am taking Astragalas also. Was suggested at health store. Is that ok?

  3. virginia borrelli

    I would like to know what could help the chest burning from babesia also what do I take for rocky mountain fever thanks G

  4. Alysia villanueva

    I’ve been informed whole time I’ve had rickettsia more than lyme. I can’t find any info at all online on what herbs to take for rickettsia or rmsf?? Are rickettsia and rmsf the same??

  5. Maria

    Yes. I was cofused about that too but rmsf is one of the rickettsia.

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