I haven’t posted on this column in quite a long time. I hope to get back to it this winter. I wanted to share that I am finally doing a full-on lyme treatment!! After all these years of not tolerating herbs and supplements! Woo hooo!!! And it feels so good! I did a one hour consult with Stephen Buhner‘s herbalist partner Julie McIntyre. It cost $100 and she provides email contact for the month afterward to help fine-tune things. Here is what I am taking:
3x day I take the following tinctures (see glass cup): 1/4 tsp red root, 15 drops each of cryptolepis, sida acuta and alchornea cordifolia. I am also taking Bidens tincture for 2 weeks and 1-2 drops rhodiola 2x day. I put it all together in one glass of water, with some boiled water to help steam off the alcohol.
3x day I also take 1/4 tsp cat’s claw and 1/4 tsp knotweed in a cup of boiled water. I also add 1/2 tsp raw cacao and this time I threw in some goji berries to make a nice yummy mug of hot cocoa for my lyme treatment. So nice! In the morning I also add in 1/4 tsp of ashwagandha.
This all feels so nourishing to me. I am especially drawn to the color/taste/essence of cat’s claw. I looked it up on Raintree’s database and it says:
Cat’s claw (U. tomentosa) has been used medicinally by the Aguaruna, Asháninka, Cashibo, Conibo, and Shipibo tribes of Peru for at least 2,000 years. The Asháninka use cat’s claw to treat asthma, inflammations of the urinary tract, arthritis, rheumatism, and bone pain; to recover from childbirth; as a kidney cleanser; to cure deep wounds; to control inflammation and gastric ulcers; and for cancer. Indigenous tribes in Piura use cat’s claw to treat tumors, inflammations, rheumatism, and gastric ulcers. Other Peruvian indigenous tribes use cat’s claw to treat diabetes, urinary tract cancer in women, hemorrhages, menstrual irregularity, cirrhosis, fevers, abscesses, gastritis, rheumatism, tumors, and inflammations as well as for internal cleansing and to “normalize the body.”
Cat’s claw has been used in Peru and Europe since the early 1990s as an adjunctive treatment for cancer and AIDS as well as for other diseases that target the immune system. In herbal medicine today, cat’s claw is employed around the world for many different conditions, including immune disorders, gastritis, ulcers, cancer, arthritis, rheumatism, rheumatic disorders, neuralgias, chronic inflammation of all kinds, and such viral diseases as herpes zoster (shingles).”
But the real kicker for me is: “Dr. Brent Davis, D.C. has written several articles on cat’s claw and refers to it as the “opener of the way” for its ability to cleanse the entire intestinal tract and its effectiveness in treating stomach and bowel disorders (such as Crohn’s disease, leaky bowel syndrome, ulcers, gastritis, diverticulitis, and other inflammatory conditions of the bowel, stomach, and intestines).”
I really feel sure that cat’s claw is going to heal my intestinal tract, which has been damaged by Crohn’s disease for the past 30+ years. The first time I drank it, at night in bed I felt my right side opening up and clearing. I thought I was already healed! I expect to be on this program for 12-18 months or longer.
In addition to the lyme herbs, I also take supportive things like royal jelly, nettle and oatstraw infusions, vitamin B complex, etc. plus I am also taking activated charcoal and zeolite powder 2x day in between meals (90 mins before or after meals/supplements) per my mold doctor. This too, feels really healing to me. I feel so much better and my bowel movements are much more regular when I take the binders.
I am just really happy to finally be on a program that feels good and has a lot of potential. I am also doing physical movement – stretching, yoga, pilates, rebounding, dance, walking – more than ever before as the last 8 years I was just sitting on my bum and not moving much at all. Yay!!
The reason I can now tolerate all the herbs and supplements is because I completely overhauled my diet in 2002 and have eaten a very pure restricted diet since then, did a 4 day rotation diet for a bit which really helped, and of course the brain retraining was the last piece for me. Doing EFT with the DNRS™ program really was the last bit of help I needed with that. I also did some shamanic healing sessions that appeared to help me a lot too but no way of knowing for sure if I was healed before the sessions. All I know is I tried alcohol on the 4th day of the sessions and could drink a whole glass of wine, when for the past 14 years just being in a room with an open bottle of alcohol would make my throat paralyze.
Please note that my lyme protocol was customized to my own circumstances, including my lyme and co-infection diagnoses, physical symptom picture, and history. The doses I share above are my starting doses and I will be increasing slightly each week. Each person who does a consultation with the herbalist I am using gets a completely customized program based on their own symptom picture and history. It is important to note that cat’s claw is contraindicated for women who wish to become pregnant or who are pregnant, as it can induce abortion.
I just hope things continue to go well for me in my treatment and that the plants help me to heal my physical body this winter.