Dear Stephen,

I want to make a tincture from Stephania tetrandra (powdered) that was bought about 10 month ago. Can I use powdered herbs to make tinctures? What proportions in this case should be applied? Thank you in advance for reply.


Stephen’s response:

Yes, you can use powdered herbs. Use one part herb to 5 parts liquid. The liquid should be 65% alcohol and 35% water.


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.

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  1. amelia

    Hi Stephen :been to dr. with negative tests (WB and PR) no rash sign but most debilitating symptoms since tick bite 8 months ago. I want to do this protocol as I am having very debilitating neuro symptoms. Should I still find a physician that treats with antibiotics then do the protocol or begin the protocol in conjunction with antibiotics or no anitbiotics as I fear taking excessive antibiotics. Thank you so much for giving me hope as I am at my wits end since my physician has told me lyme doesn’t exist in Georgia and just keeps ordering tests…..EXPENSIVE with negative findings. She will not prescribe any antibiotic since test negative. Please let me no your thoughts. Thank you from a most grateful heart. xo Amelia

  2. Willow

    How are you feeling my dear?

  3. Robyn

    You will probably find chinese herbal vendors who would stock it under the name Han Fang Ji

  4. Chris Dunn

    How to make a decoction with stephania tetandra powder for use as an eye wash?
    Many thanks

  5. Anirudh

    you can buy stephania root tincture at Hawaii Pharm website – they deliver to Australia

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