Dear Stephen,
I’ve read that knotwood has blood thinning properties. Can it be taken with lumbrokinase? My husband currently uses it for breaking up biofilms along with samento and banderol. He has pressure headaches, dizziness, and eye pain. Antibiotics helped some initially but not so much any more. Thanks for the work you do.

Stephen’s response:
Yes it can.

  • Stephen Harrod Buhner

    Stephen Harrod Buhner was an Earth poet and an award-winning author of twenty-four 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 came 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, was 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 lectured 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 was 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. Brian Edwards

    Hi Stephen, I have been taking Green dragon lb Tonic for limes disease symptoms from a tic bite that happened over a month ago today. I just started on Lb tonic last Wednesday, and got relief right away in a 6hour span from chronic eye twitching in one eye. I had been taking 3 pills 3 x day since then. Today is first day, I did not take dose and twitching started to come back. How long should I stay on this protocol before I can come off.. also, is there anything else you would recommend, since I am not working with a lyme literate Dr at this time?

  2. Michael B

    The recommendations I have heard is you should be symptom free for at least two months before stopping treatment. But don’t take my word, discuss with a professional.

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