Dear Stephen,
I am the mother of a 4 year old. He had a bite and bull’s eye last summer and was treated with amoxicillin for 2 weeks only…with no herbs, just a whole foods diet. This summer he had a bite, without a bull’s eye, but a Western blot test showed 7/11 antibodies present. He is currently on amoxicillin again, but I don’t know how long to treat. It’s been 2 weeks….do I push for a full 30 days? Also, if I wanted to incorporate astragalus, Japanese knotweed, and cat’s claw…are all these 100% safe for a 4 year old, and if yes, do I do them all in one day or alternate days? One herb per day on a rotation schedule? Lastly, I was told to get the lumbrokinase to break down the biofilm, wait an hour do the antibiotic, and then after another hour do the pectin to help the body release the toxins. Is this helping or a waste of $$? Thanks so much in advance for your time. I’m a desperate mother wanting to do what’s best!!

Stephen’s response:
I would just use astragalus now, every day, 1000 mg daily. It is often useful to use homeopathic ledum and homeopathic apis at the beginning for three days as in the book. Not sure the other things are needed right now.


  • Stephen Harrod Buhner

    Stephen Harrod Buhner was an Earth poet and an award-winning author of twenty-four books on nature, indigenous cultures, the environment, and herbal medicine including the acclaimed book Healing Lyme: Natural Healing & Prevention of Lyme Borreliosis & Its Co-infections.

    Stephen came from a long line of healers including Leroy Burney, Surgeon General of the United States under Eisenhower and Kennedy, and Elizabeth Lusterheide, a midwife and herbalist who worked in rural Indiana in the early nineteenth century. The greatest influence on his work, however, was his great-grandfather C.G. Harrod who primarily used botanical medicines, also in rural Indiana, when he began his work as a physician in 1911.

    Stephen’s work has appeared or been profiled in publications throughout North America and Europe including Common Boundary, Apotheosis, Shaman’s Drum, The New York Times, CNN, and Good Morning America. Stephen lectured yearly throughout the United States on herbal medicine, the sacredness of plants, the intelligence of Nature, and the states of mind necessary for successful habitation of Earth.

    He was a tireless advocate for the reincorporation of the exploratory artist, independent scholar, amateur naturalist, and citizen scientist in American society – especially as a counterweight to the influence of corporate science and technology.

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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Stephen Buhner is no longer living and this Q + A column on Planet Thrive is closed to new questions. It will be kept on our website so readers can access vital information in the archives, communicate with each other in the comments section, and find herbs, books + lyme adjuncts in our directory. If you want to read more of Stephen’s writings, please see his website at:

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  1. Wendi

    As a mother of 2 young children who have both become infected I appreciate this post and multiple people have referred me to it. How long is it recommended to treat with astragalus?

  2. Crystal

    my daughter age 4 was recently bitten by a tick and wasnt on her more then 24 hours before i removed it. As soon as i removed it i kept the tick and called my pediatrician. To my surprise they wouldnt see her nor give her any meds. They told me i had to “sit and wait” 30 days! i was furious lyme disease is very serious and the fact doctors arent taking it serious especially with our children theres a problem. So i followed my mommy instincts did some research and found a lyme literate MD in my area which was NOT easy hardly any which is crazy. The dr immidately tested the tick and sure enough it came back positive for lyme! HUGE scare because her own pediatrician wouldnt do anything! Thank god for the lyme literate MD we found she put her amoxicillian right away abnd for a full 30 days as soon as its out of her system we will be doing a western blot to make sure nothing is still in her. People and especially doctors need to WAKE up this is serious and were supposed to be protecting our children who dont have a voice.

  3. Janice

    My 4 year old has had to tick bites in the last 30 days. Two weeks ago he was diagnosed with “allergies” now he has a “virus” according to his doctor. He’s had a low grade fever for three days, complaining of a headache, chills, loss of appetite and totally distracted and inattentive.

  4. Deb

    Get the book Primal Panacea by Dr. Levy. It can be a life saver.

  5. Maya Pealer

    Janice, unfortunately that is exactly how Lyme presents in the early stages. I would follow Buhner. We didn’t antbx for my 4 year old right after bullseye confirmed and it does not cure Lyme as so falsely believed.

  6. Carmen

    My 4 month old daughter just got bite by a tick a week ago. It was on her less than 2 hours on her belly. Doctor say she should be fine just watch her for the next 30 days for a rash or fever. Can I do anything for her? This momma is paranoid

  7. healing lyme admin

    Hi Carmen,
    Stephen does not answer questions here anymore. We have never had a question about a child this young. You might try asking him on Facebook, or finding a skilled herbalist familiar with lyme and infants to ask. In a past response from Stephen ( he wrote “I rarely give anything to children and then only if they can’t seem to shake it by themself. Their immune systems are pretty strong and so it takes less to throw off an infection and less to support immune health.” I also would wonder about taking something yourself if you are still breastfeeding. Please try contacting Stephen via Facebook or his website Let us know what you find out, it can help others who come to this website for answers. Best wishes! Julie

  8. Monique

    My family just moved to a Lyme hotspot yet each pediatrician I’ve visited for my 3.5 Year old treats it as if it’s the least worrisome issue.
    My son was bit beginning of August, we got him on 14 days of doxycycline because of a twitch that he developed after we noticed a bullseye rash (never saw a tick THAT TIME) so we did doxycycline and a whole intensive herbal detox protocol, nothing helped with the twitch until we met with a Doctor Who prescribed a nano silver it helped lessen the twitch but then on opening day of hunting season my husband harvested a deer brought home a tick and the tick found my son! His twitching symptoms intensified the following night! I have him on astragalus and everything else I know to do…does anybody have any insight any recommendations?

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