Dear Stephen,
My husband has a new symptom, not sure if it is related to his lyme disease. His gums are red in certain places and swollen. Could this be from lyme? If so, what should he take? We have been on your protocol before.

Stephen’s response:
I don’t know what this is from but when I get that I use a gum toner blend of tinctures to treat it: Echinacea angustifolia, oak bark, red root, usnea, (and others but that is core). Mix all the tinctures together, add the same amount of liquid (water) to dilute it by half, then take a mouthful and swirl it around and let it sit in contact with the gums for a few minutes then swallow or spit out, your choice. It can often help.

  • 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.

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  1. Deb

    Red Swollen Gums in places can be a symptom of high blood sugar, although my dentist did not know this and neither did my GP. Please have your blood sugar checked and if you pass the morning fasting test, have them test you 1.5 but less than 2 hours after a meal. If you have type II diabetes risks or are overweight or have water retention /bloating issues or other edema issues with this- get yourself tested to avoid other complications.

  2. Integrative Lyme Center R.I.

    Swollen inflamed gums as well as other dental problems are seen in patients with Lyme disease. My experience has been that they are frequently related to infiltration by Lyme organisms, especially Bartonella

  3. couragegirl

    Iodine gargling. Three drops Betadine to some water, spit out.

  4. epiphany

    Yes. Very common in us – spirochetes love this tissue.

    Try soaking gums in RED ROOT, just use it straight, let it sit under your tongue and swish around in your mouth whenever you think about it. Keep a bottle with you, dilute with a bit of water and use your toothbrush to massage it into your gums.
    If you can afford a water-pic, put this herb in the water and ultra stream it deep into the gum line.
    Myrrh is another imp. mouth herb.
    I cured an absece with Red Root and hygeinist was amazed that I also decreased my gum pockets in only four weeks. I still require deep scaling.
    Other: research oil pulling, and colloidal silver as well.

  5. Diane Bonser

    Can a person get sore gums and sensitive teeth from lyme’s disease? I’ve had it for over four years. Right now I’m on an antibiotic. Will it help my teeth?

  6. Melania Ushak

    It is true there are many factors that may contribute to red swollen gums but I have late Lyme and a plethora of coinfections now residing in my connective bone joint tissue and fasciae and complicated by heavy metals exposures including radioactive and mercury. With that said, and I’m not an affiliate, but using Supreme Nutrition Products BFBs and mouth rinse oil after brushing with Ozoned Organics Remineralizing Tooth Powder and Ozonated Coconut Brushing Oil and not forgetting to floss gently well and brush the tongue and cheeks where meet gums and not swallowing any of the stuff always spitting out especially with flossing has helped greatly with enflamed gums. Also notice what feels okay to eat… some foods and spices can cause irritation and need be set aside for a time.

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