Klebsiella pneumoniae with lyme

by | Feb 4, 2013 | bacterial infections, Co-Infections | 13 comments

Dear Stephen,
I have been treating chronic infections that went neuro for the past three years. After ten years of tick bites in national parks in Australia I got very ill. I finally tested positive to lyme, babesia, and bartonella brucellosis. I also found out I have klebsiella pneumoniae. I am very worried about the kleisbella as I have osteomyelitis and severe neuro symptoms. I’m on samento banderol and am herxing on this. Will this help kill kleisbella, too? I really need your advice, thanks.


Stephen’s response:

I have a depth protocol for klebsiella in the new edition of Herbal Antibiotics. It is treatable. Here is how I would start,  I would suggest: 1) tincture combination (equal parts) of cryptolepis and alchornea, ½ tsp 3x daily; 2) reishi, licorice, red root, echnacea angustifolia tincture combination (equal parts) 1 sp 3x daily. All tinctures can be mixed in water, together. The dosage can be increased considerably depending on severity of symptoms.

For the neuro: I would use:

Cordyceps tincture and Chinese skullcap tincture – ¼ tsp of EACH tincture in juice or water 3x daily.

Cordyceps tincture can be hard to find, you can also use 2000 mg (capsules) 3x daily.

Try elkmountianherbs.com for the Baikal (i.e. Chinese skullcap root tincture NOTE: do not use American skullcaps, they will not work for this)

If you can’t get the tincture, try 1st Chinese herbs for the cordyceps capsules (Plum Flower brand) (Note from editor: If you click on the 1st Chinese Herbs ad below this post, you can get the code for 10% off this brand)


Kudzu root tincture: ¼ tsp 3x daily http://www.herbalremedies.com/kudzu-supplement-tincture.html.

Lion’s mane tincture: ½ tsp 3x daily (http://www.beneficialbotanicals.com/products/v-TINC-TINCTURE_LM.html, as yet I cannot suggest any other brands BUT this one).


We don’t make or sell herbs, but try to recommend the best companies we can find.


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. Kristina


    I have also problem with klebsiella.
    I had masive infection the tonsils in the throat with with necrotic tissue.
    But i had no sypmtoms, no pain in throat and no fever.
    Inffection has already gone, but the results of throat swab klebsiella is still positiv.
    I eat second antibiotics now. I would like to find method how to kill this bactery as soon as possible.
    I wanna try the tincture, i am not sure if i am able to get in czech republic all ingredients…
    I am a bit stressed, i know it s hard to heal it. And i was never sick like flew… I live really healthy, take a care about food and also a lot of sport. So i suppose there is something wrong with my imunity system.
    Thank you very much!!!

  2. Peggy

    I have a long standing Klebsiella Pheumoniae urinary tract infection, that is now resistant to all antibiotics except for one that can cause deafness, not an option I am comfortable with. I have just ordered your new book on Amazon and am waiting for it to arrive. Does it tell me where to buy these ingredients ?? I live in Canada, but can order from most of the web sites you mention in some of your posts. Where can I get berberine tincture ? Many thanks in advance,

  3. anon


    have you tried high-dose D-Mannose for your UTI? its pretty inexpensive and has quite a few excellent reviews on Amazon as having helped cure folks’ UTIs. Another option of course is dried cranberry powder or juice.

  4. ruth

    i did swap test recently i discovered that my result show mixed growth of klebsiella and scanty candida albicans, what can i use for the klebsiella

  5. Lynnsey perruchon

    Hi there. I was recently told that I have klebsiella as well…but it was found in a comprehensive stool test I took in January. I tried grapefruit seed extract and it gave me terrible uti symptoms and am now looking for a treatment that is more gentle on the bladder. Berberine is also too strong for my bladder. Will these herbal antibiotics have a negative effect on my bladder? What would you suggest? Thank you!

  6. Heidi

    I had pneumonia 10 years ago. Since then I’ve had chronic cough and sticky mucus affecting airways. Inhalers do not help as it is not asthma. Full stool analysis revealed high number of Klebsiella Pneumonia. What can I do? A 4 months diet with no sugar, starch, grains, fruit & alcohol and then antibiotics improved condition. However the cough & mucus have now returned and are getting worse. What can I do? I live in London.

  7. cindy

    how do you get all these tests for parasites and coinfectios ?How do you get hair analysis ?What doctor to go to to get tests ?What do you ask for ?

  8. Jane Thomas

    You mentioned where to get herbs for Stevens neuro symptoms but not tinctures for the klebsiella. Got a place that has those herbs already in tincture form?

  9. Mona

    I had the same UTI Klebsiella problem after a tick bite with nothing holistic nor dietary being able to dampen it, in 6 weeks I lost 20 lbs, ended up herxing and in the hospital with extreme sodium imbalance, then Dr prescribed antibiotic which was very reactive while taking it, and then tested that Klebsiella was gone, although I felt the same, if not worse… but 1 1/2 years later experiencing on and off UTI trouble and extreme fatigue while I battled this, I feel like I’ve almost got it licked. I suggest to anyone dealing with Klebsiella/tick bite, to try Allimax( allicin garlic caps) I take 3 a day and sometimes pump up to three, 2 x day until the 180 cap bottle is finished, then I take a break or change to something else for a few weeks or month. I also drink one container of rice milk Bio-K liquid acidophilus, if I feel the UTI starting to come on. I drink a homemade cashew kefir each morning. I took the Bio-K every day for about 10 days when UTI was still acute, along with the garlic 2 x day in between. That is what first gave me some headway about 10 months after antibiotic. I also take one cap of astragalus every day. I switch around to other bug killers, such as essential oils and pau de arco, but the allimax makes me feel the best and has been the thing that has started to kick the bug into submission. I’m now working on healing the damage done, with a protein supplement and chicken broth and lots of veges, and feel like I’m on the final frontier. I started with the vegan Isagenics, but am now able to use the Whey Isagenics with an extra vegan protein added in.( My homemade ginger, turmeric orange morning smoothie helped, but wasn’t healing, as I think I needed a more balanced nutrients and protein profile.) Other than Reishi and astragalus, I have found most other herbs too reactive for my system. The allicin is gentle and soothing and kicks but!

  10. ews

    Move out of \london – come to Margate – the fresh air will cure you – it did cure me !

  11. Roberta

    Good morning just been diagnosed as having klebsiella pneumoniae from a sputum test as i have been finding occasional blood in my sputum . i have no fever , no cough, no cold; xray and mri of the lungs show them as healthy . i also did an endoscopy of the trachea and larynx all normal . the sputum however showed sensitivity to KP. i was prescribed antibiotics but i am reluctant to take them . so was looking to an alternative remedy. i live in bahrain . your recommendations would be highly appreciated. thank you

  12. Danielle

    Can I ask what prescription you were given to treat this

  13. David

    Once klebsiella colonized your got and got very comfortable there, it’s gonna be freakin hard to reduce its population and get it under control. Klebsiella is monster and it will make you suffer. You will slowly start developing autoimmune diseases, one after another. Take this bug seriously! It’s much more scarier than infamous candida.

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