Green Dragon Botanicals’ LB Core Protocol

by | Nov 16, 2012 | Columns, CORE PROTOCOL, Healing Lyme, Herbs | 18 comments

Dear Stephen,
Do you have an opinion on Green Dragon Botanicals’ LB Core Protocol? It looks like a boon to me; I’m having a hard time wrapping my head around getting all these different herbs, and having everything in one would make getting started so much easier.

Stephen’s response:
I think it a good blend and I do recommend it.

  • Stephen Harrod Buhner is an Earth poet and the award-winning author of twenty-three 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 comes 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, has been 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 lectures 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 is 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

Please note:

Stephen Buhner has retired from answering questions here, but this Q + A column on Planet Thrive is kept open 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 reach Stephen, please try contacting him through his personal website at

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  1. shawn

    My wife has started the green dragon core protocol 3 pills 3X daily. It has made her feel like she has lead weights all over her body, and she cannot stay awake. Could the dosage be too high? She is 5’3″ 145lbs and has had Lyme’s for years. Either she is massively herxing or the dosage is really high. what would be the recommend dosage? thank you

  2. Andrew

    The recommended dosage is work yourself up from what you can handle, to 12 pills x 4 times daily for a total of 48 pills per day. Yes, you read that correctly.

    I imagine your wife is mega herxing. Start out at 1 pill and if that is too much do 1/2 a pill, 3x daily. The LB Core Protocol is a powerful remedy to heal Lyme, it has worked for many. It’s no surprise it’s so intense to begin with for her. We all have differnet reactions to it.

    Good luck!


  3. Kate Carroll


    Do you have the 2015 Healing Lyme Book? I only have the earlier one, but I believe it was there that I learned to start slowly. Try 1Xday for a week and
    then up it to 2 Xday for a week, etc. I have been taking it for 5 months and have added extra herbs for bartonella and still when feeling”Herxy” skip a dose, or if I am feeling really bad (herxy) I skip a day. I don’t skip 24 Hrs.unless I have been compliant for at least a full week. I am much heavier (have mucho trouble loosing weight) so I add some extra. I know I have read that Dr. Buhner has said that
    “You are the best one to judge because it is your body and you know how you feel.”
    GOD BLESS HIM! I am also feeling so much better. Today my sons took me for a mothers day brunch and they were astounded that I could walk to the restaurant four blocks away! We were all so happy. I am 67 and have had Lyme (chronic) since 2003. Don’t give up. All the best wishes to you in
    your recovery. To: Shawn May 1,2016 at 11:04 a.m.
    P.S.-“Herxy” is my short-cut for Herxheimer

  4. Kate Carroll

    I meant 1 pill 1Xday for awhile and build up to 1 pill 3Xday and then start with
    2 pills 1Xday and 1 pill 3 or 4Xday, then 2 pills 2Xday and 1 pill 2 or 3Xday. ETC.
    Here again you will begin to know how it affects you specifically so go at your own pace. It has been awhile and I forgot how I did it. It also took me too long
    to type that 1st sentence. Geez. Altho I thought my brain fog has also gotten
    better? Again, Good Luck and a full recovery.

  5. sara

    Hello Kate, would you mind sharing which herbs you added to treat the bartonella and your succes since Im dealing with the same issue?

  6. Leesha

    I purchased the Green Dragon botanicals LB protocol but the dosage for 500mg of the Knotweed and of the cats claw is 3 pills. At the max dosage then would I take 9 pills 3 to 4 times a day? If so the bottle will only last 9 days.

  7. elaine gillespie


    Does the tincture lb protocol from green dragon botanicals, Have the same effect?Or would you need a higher dosage As this website mentions pill form from this seller?What dosage would you need As at present I’m taking 2000mgx3daily in pill form I am thinking of swapping to tincturesAs I have numbess and swallowing problems

    best regards

  8. Donna

    Does dragon botanials have any drug interactions with prescription meds. Recently dx with Lyme disease was recommended to try.

  9. Damian A Pace

    What is the difference between the LB Core and LB Tonic? Do i start the Tonic at after a certain time using the Core.I do start with the Core right

  10. healing lyme admin

    According to Green Dragon Botanicals’ website, LB Core contains:

    Japanese Knotweed root – 500 mg (Polygonum cuspidatum)
    Cat’s Claw vine bark – 500 mg (Uncaria tomentosa)
    Andrographis herb – 430 mg (Andrographis paniculata)
    Sarsaparilla root – 110 mg (Smilax spp.)
    Dandelion herb – 110 mg (Taraxacum officinale)

    and the LB Tonic contains:

    Japanese Knotweed root – 500 mg (Polygonum cuspidatum)
    Cat’s Claw vine bark – 500 mg (Uncaria tomentosa)
    Eleuthero root – 430 mg (Eleutherococcus senticosus)
    Sarsaparilla root – 110 mg (Smilax spp.)
    Dandelion herb – 110 mg (Taraxacum officinale)

    They are exactly the same EXCEPT that one contains Andrographis and the other has Eleuthero root. I believe the most updated Buhner Healing Lyme protocol has Andrographis and not Eleuthero. So you would take the LB Core alone. If you want to add Eleuthero I would take it separately, in addition to the LB Core. But you wouldn’t take both the LB Core and Tonic together. That is my understanding. You might ask the people at Green Dragon which one is better suited for your symptom picture.

  11. healing lyme admin

    You would have to ask Green Dragon Botanicals that question.

  12. linda andresen

    Does LB Tonic Protocol have an expiration. I bought it last year and then stopped it but I’m starting to get a few symptoms back and wanted to start taking it again.

  13. healing lyme admin

    You need to ask the company that you bought it from.

  14. Nancy paulus

    I have been taking the lb protocol for two months in the liquid form
    From green dragon botanicals along with making the arthritis tea
    That Buhner recommends. Also taking collagen I am so much better it is hard for me to believe I have suffered with Lyme for 14 years,it has giving me my life back;
    So so grateful for Buhner an his book on healing lyme

  15. healing lyme admin

    That is amazing to hear Nancy! Congratulations!

  16. Meg

    Dose Dr. Stephen Buhner ever recommends taking the antibiotics and LB core together for Lyme?

  17. healing lyme admin

    Hi Meg,
    He doesn’t recommend it himself but he has said it’s okay to take both together. You can search our archives to find past Q + As where he has mentioned this. Best, Julie

  18. brenda Powers

    Hi. I am taking 6 or 7 lb core protocol for my immunity and lyme a day. I hate swallowing all those pills if I take the liquid form how do I take it. Straight in a shot down the batch cheers type or in tea a drink water ?

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