Dear Stephen,
I have been treating lyme for two years now with some progress. Currently I am on the core protocol. My last blood test came back positive for brucella. Are there any herbs recomended for brucella? I did see a study that Oliveria decumbens was active for this infection but did not see any place to purchase it. Thanks.

Stephen’s response:
Oliveria is native to Iran, so since it is not petroleum it is hard to get here. I would love to be able to use it myself but as a substitute I would recommend that you use a mixture of Lomatium dissectum and Ligusticum porterii (osha) – along with Sida and Isatis, to treat it. It will respond to some extent to those first two plants. It is also susceptible to juniper berry, I would try 10 drops of that 3x daily for 10 days and see if it helps. The first mix can be used 30 drops 3-6x daily for a few months.

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  1. Ans

    It has been shown Isatis has no activity against Brucella and Juniper had such a small effect that the MIC90 didn’t show any inhibition. Only MIC30 did. Which means you probably cannot get sufficient levels of Juniper inside the body.

  2. April P

    I also believe I have brucella from raw cow milk now should I be getting sida acuta leaf because I cannot find the root would that work? I also have red root and juniper berry but I’m thinking about ordering Sida leaves ….. Alchornea cordifolia leaf ……. crytolepsis daguinolenta root ….. teasel root …. osha root……. lomatium root ……japanese knotweed ….. and Isatis….. hoping those herbs will kill brucella once and for all because I refuse to take antibiotics I have been struggling with this for two years if anyone has information please share it with me I’m desperate thank you

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