Cat’s claw and tendonitis

by | Jul 17, 2012 | cat's claw, Herbs, muscle/skeletal/joint, SLEEP, Symptoms | 5 comments

Dear Stephen,
I am on the protocol and I am now experiencing something that I used to experience before treatment; a kind of tendonitis – big pain and such a strange sensation of melting at the level of the ligaments in my hands (palm), in the sole ligaments (thenar), and also intercostal, the left-bottom side, starting all the time in the night, as soon as I get to bed. I have read in your book Healing Lyme about the controversy regarding cat’s claw and tendonitis as a possible effect. What do you suggest to improve my health? I am in doubt of using cat’s claw (3*3 /daily), but am more concerned about addressing my pain and insomnia. Thank you.
Stephen’s response:
Sida acuta tincture for the sole and palm pain as well as glucosamine/msm mixture. For insomnia: melatonin liquid drops just before bed, ashwagandha (1 tsp day of tincture, just before bed), and Chinese skullcap root tincture ¼-1/2 tsp 3x daily.

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. jessica herling

    Hi I am so lost I been taking Olive leaf for my lymes bought cats claw and aloe my stomack is huge and my joints are unbearable lots of knee pain and neck pain can you help me i don’t know where to start i been doing great on the olive leaf as well as oregano but i am getting discouarged…. thank you

  2. Linda Cairns

    I am the same I have just started Stevia and my pain levels are really bad( which is a good thing as I am really herxing) making my own tincture too. I am hopeful it will kill it.

  3. Xavier

    I am a bass player. I have had so much problems with my right hand (plucking hand). 2 Years ago, during a gig, my right hand collapsed on itself. I could not open it up. Doctors said it was Arthritis. One said I have Tendonitis, another said it was Carpel Tunnel.
    Well, since then, my fingers get stiff and my wrist (palm, inside)feels like hard bubbles in there popping. Sucks. I have used all kinds of Herbal stuff. Nothing works. Could Cat’s Claw help?

  4. Sabine

    Very interesting. I had rickettsia and it is chronic. Had achilles tendonitis now in my thumbs. I am thinking of trying teasel root externally. Anyone have experience with this?

  5. Roy Tuggle

    Irish sea moss will strengthen tendons, bones,joints

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