I have been taking cat’s claw, knotweed, and teasel root for the last 4 months, and am now at the highest dosage. In the last month I also began taking smilax, periwinkle, and andrographis, still at pretty low doses. About 2-3 months ago my symptoms worsened greatly, mostly muscle/joint pain and sometimes headaches. I assume this was a herxheimer reaction. Then I started to feel better, but within the last month some of my symptoms have worsened again (muscle/joint pain, now much more frequent and worse head aches, eye pressure, and much increased fatigue issues). Is this a second wave of herx I am experiencing or is it just natural for there to be ups and downs with symptoms?
There are often ups and downs during the process. You might try adding cordyceps (2000 mg 3x daily – sagewomanherbs.com) and Chinese skullcap root tincture (1/4 tsp 3x daily – elkmountainherbs.com) and see if it helps.