Is it possible to cure lyme?

by | Feb 8, 2013 | Columns, Healing Lyme, Lyme & Co-Infections, lyme recovery | 3 comments

Dear Stephen,
Can someone ever completely cure lyme or go into remission?


Stephen’s response:

  • 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. sonia roy

    Dear Stephen,

    I was clinically diagnosed with lyme because I started having severe joint pain in my right knee on June 1st 2015. Within a week it moved to my shoulders and by the third week when I saw my doctor my fingers were all bent. My GP immediately started my on antibiotics because he found a bite mark on my back waist but after stopping my antibiotics after 6 weeks all my symptoms slowly started to come back. Strangely my lyme results are still coming out as negative.

    I am currently helpless and have nowhere to go because my GP said that he has no further treatment for me and fingers are starting to become numb. Please help me.

  2. Maria

    Hi Sonia, I just came across this site. Most ‘hospital” blood test will come up negative. They arent as accurate as a blood test if you went to a lyme doctor. it needs to be sent to a lab like Igenix in California. I hope this is helpful.

  3. marla mcneely

    Stephen, I have been treated 4 times with antibiotics over the last three years since 2013 (diagnosed). She can’t tell me she got it 100% but my PCR is showing no Lyme. Should I still follow your protocol if I am have symptoms (crawling skin, pain in joints and muscles

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