Chronic lyme and high blood pressure

by | Mar 6, 2013 | chronic lyme, Columns, Healing Lyme, heart/lung, Lyme & Co-Infections, Symptoms | 54 comments

Dear Stephen,
I just finished your amazing book and am working with my lyme doc and will be adding some of your core herbs. Thank you so much for writing this book and for your detailed account of what happens with these bacteria and what goes on in our bodies. Really, what you wrote is remarkable and I now see my illness in a totally different (and manageable) light. I am writing because I believe I have chronic lyme. From 2004-2008 I was severely ill, but no doctor was able to diagnose me … not until I was tick-bitten THIS year and had many of my symptoms reappear. My biggest symptom–and the primary one that NEVER resolved from 2008–is high blood pressure. It is mostly normal when I am still, but when I move around or get busy, it goes 140s over 90s. I know this is NOT good, but I have adverse reactions to blood pressure medications. Have you come across any patients who have had HIGH and variable blood pressure issues due to chronic lyme, and what would you recommend to normalize it? I’d be most grateful for your suggestions.

Stephen’s response:
Juice fasting can help that immensely, alternatively I would recommend the use of motherwort tincture, ¼ tsp 3x daily for a month and see if that helps.

  • 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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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. Elly

    Fred, you sound extremely informed about this topic and I am very appreciative for your input can you please give a little information on how you’ve come to know this? Are you a doctor? Specialist? A Lymes survivor that’s been through the ringer? This questions is not meant to be offensive in any way. I’m just curious. Thank you sooo much!

  2. Fred

    Hi Elly,
    If you want to be quite competent regarding Bartonella bacterial infection, prevention and treatment, check this out:

  3. Kate Lindemann

    Teasel…..started teasel for the lyme and my systolic blood pressure dropped at least 20 points. ….I was advised to go slow adding a drop a day…I am have been doing 15 drops morning and evening for several months….but if I stop the teasel, lyme itch returns and the systolic blood pressure soars again. So grateful for teasel.

  4. Stephen

    My first symptom of tick borne infections was severe chest pain and spasms with very high BP. These episodes would last for hours, and the high BP would make my legs heavy and cause tunnel vision and ringing in ears. I thought I would die. Docs could not figure it out. After a year, I was dx with Lyme, Bart, and Babs. I have had substantial improvement with IV abx and many other meds, but still have episodes of very high BP. I am able to treat these quickly with Labetalol, Clonidine, and a little Lorazepam. It seems like many people get this. I have read that the immune response can damage nerves so that they grow more receptors for epinephrine and norepinephrine.

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