Green Dragon Botanicals’ LB Core Protocol

by | Dec 20, 2012 | Columns, CORE PROTOCOL, Healing Lyme, Herbs | 17 comments

Dear Stephen,
Green Dragon Botanicals is selling “LB Core Protocol” which they claim is “practitioner formulated, and based on Stephen Buhner’s book, Healing Lyme.” However, the five herbs included in each capsule are different than the four herbs listed on your website as your core protocol. And two of the core protocol herbs listed on your website (eleuthero & astragalus) are missing from the Green Dragon formula. Do you recommend purchasing the Green Dragon LB Core Protocol?

Stephen’s response:
I think the Green Dragon blend a good one. It is based around my suggestions and Tim Scott of that company does get good results with the people he treats.

  • 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

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  1. Leila

    How much is the daily dose for the green dragon lb protocol?

  2. Jay Nielsen MD

    I have been using LB Core for Lyme for nine months on all my patients before starting Jemsek protocol
    Now the website is dead. “Raintree’ is closing I see, IS that Green dragon? Does the product exist.
    jay Nielsen MD

  3. Courtney

    Confused, Buhners protocol has several herbs listed, but LB Core Protocol is Buhner too, so do i just take LB core or LB and buhners proticals? like what other supps do i take with LB. I have had lyme for 22years, but i just recently got diagnosed and I want to begin intermediately.

  4. Sherry Slabik

    A friend gave me her LB Core Protocol tincture but I don’t know what dose to start with. Please help, I’ve had Lyme, chronic fatigue, parasites and fibro for almost 30 years. I want to get my life back.

  5. healing lyme admin

    I’m sorry Sherry, I am not familiar with the dosage for the tincture — please ask Scott at Green Dragon who makes/sells it for dosage info. Best, Julie

  6. anggibbss

    My doctor started me on 1-2 tabs twice a day

  7. Ryan

    Dr Nielsen can you please email me? I am doing research on your protocol for a Lyme Facebook group and would love you input.

  8. Chris G

    Based on Stephen’s dosage recommendations in the book and captured elsewhere on this website, I have worked my way up to double the dosage noted on the Green Dragon LB Core Protocol bottles, so I’m taking 6 capsules 4x daily to get 1000mg Knotweed, 1000mg Cats Claw, and 800mg Andrographis 4x daily. My inflammation has gone way down (CRP went from 30 to 0.8 within 2 months) and I feel much better. My calf muscles and leg muscles are still twitching as much as before but I’m hoping that will subside over time as well.
    I just ordered my 7th and 8th bottles of the LB Core capsules. I’d recommend ordering ahead before finishing a bottle since orders take a couple of weeks.
    The one thing that has been problematic with that higher dosage recently has been digesting that much bitter herb all the time has caused some symptoms consistent with low stomach acid or GERD (burping, slight burning when lying down), so I started doing one Betaine HCL 700mg tablet with meals (about 3 total daily) and that has helped significantly.
    I’d strongly recommend Green Dragon LB Core Protocol capsules as an easy and cost effective way to follow Stprotocol core protocol.

  9. Kimmi

    I am 28 yesrs old. I recently have gained 10 lbs in 5 weeks. I have had chronic fatigue on my file for 10 years. Consistently exhausted consistently irritable and tired. I have seen 8 specialists in 10 yesrs and EVERY ONE OF THEM SAID I WAS “FINE”. Basically I wanted my life back and I was tirdd of feeling awful. I started seeing North Hampton integrative medicine clinic a week ago. They suggested trying this due to the symptoms I have been having. I took the protocol one pill Friday night, this morning, and tonight. I had enough energy today to do 6 loads of laundry, and clean my bedroom, and grocery shop. A week ago I was on the couch sleeping 10 hours just last Saturday. It is seriously an immediate change in inflammation and headache symptoms. I typically have headaches all day long today I only had one for 1 hour or less. I am astonished. I will touch base again soon! Good luck guys. Definetly try it if u are at a loss. There is help out there.

  10. Chris

    Does the green dragon LB Core Protocol work for bartonella?

  11. Kathleen

    I was wondering this myself; and came across came across his reply On Stephen Buhner Quote:
    “ for LB Core protocol, containing
    Japanese knotweed & Catsclaw
    Take 9-12 capsules 3 x per day
    Not 3 capsules 3-4 x per day because they contain multiple herbs, you must increase due to
    Dilution”. I’m upping my doseage now as well.

  12. Gwendolyn

    My son is a dentist in Pa and was diagnosed with chronic Lymes Disease. The strong dose of antibiotics has done nothing at all for him. A friend called me this morning with your company name and works with someone taking this and is feeling great. Please advise me as to what I can pass on to my son. Thank you for your time.

  13. healing lyme admin

    Hi Gwendolyn,
    If you’re looking for Green Dragon Botanicals, their website is here:

  14. Sandra

    How to I order LB Tonic from Green Dragon Botanicals? Why is the website down (Green Dragon Botanicals)?

  15. healing lyme admin

    We are not affiliated with Green Dragon Botanicals so I have no idea why the website is not working right now. I would guess that there is some technical issue that they will fix as soon as they can. I would give it 24 hours and check back again to see if the website is up.

  16. Sam

    Are there other companies i can research other than green dragon that formulate buhners protocol? I just want to see all options for this protocol. I am a 25 year case of lyme and confections. I have been treating for 2 years now. 8 months of antibiotics, 8 months of quina for babeisa, and then transitioned to samento and banderol for the remaining 16 months and on A-bart for 14 months and counting for bartonella. A couple months ago, went back on the quina for babesia again. I am still symptomatic after this regiment for 2 years total and counting and am looking for other options. I do nutrient ivs with high dose vitamin c and ozone therapy too and i just don’t feel better so want to look at different avenues. Thank you

  17. Robert Satterfield

    Interested! I was tested positive for Lyme disease (western blot) I also have symptoms of mold, babesia, and bartonella.

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