Do herbs affect test results?

by | Aug 20, 2016 | Columns, Healing Lyme, Herbs, Lyme & Co-Infections, lyme testing, teasel root | 6 comments

Dear Stephen,
I read that teasel root extract draws the lyme out of tissue and joints in to the blood stream. Does it make sense to take teasel before a Western Blot test to prevent false negative results?

Stephen’s response:
Not that I know of, in this instance.


  • 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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Stephen Buhner is no longer living and this Q + A column on Planet Thrive is closed to new questions. It will be kept on our website 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 read more of Stephen’s writings, please see his website at:

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  1. Susan Butterfield

    What is the best source on learning how to make tinctures and use whole herbs ? I have a known spot I can find Japanese knot weed and wondered how to prepar and use the fresh herb. I would like to start growing herbs you recommend ..

  2. Ben

    Stephens books give the basics on sourcing seeds and cultivation

  3. Cyndee Grace

    I can’t find sources for seeds in the books I have. Also would like to purchase wholesale bulk Lyme herbs to tincture. Can you tell me which books? I am a nutritionist/herbalist/pilates business owner and thought I knew herbs until I was diagnosed with Lyme and Babesia. Humbly searching for sources. Incredibly grateful for this work Stephen has done.

  4. Ray

    Buhner’s book, Herbal Antibiotics, contains information on how to make tinctures and other herbal preparations at home. Other sources are also available.

  5. MDelia

    1)Strictly Medicinal Seeds (root stock, seeds, info)

    2)Mountain Rose Herbs
    Responsibly sourced herbs and info

    3.) Pacific Botanicals
    Fresh Herbs, dry herbs

  6. Erik Kolbenheyer MD

    Mr. Stephen Buhner

    Dear Stephen,

    I have got neuroborreliosis (more than 20 years ) and I tried lot of antibiotics and herbs! Actually a try the teasel root tincture and it’s very effectiv! How long can I use it, and can I combine other herbs ( f.e. cistus incanus)! I’m 52 years old!

    Thank You!

    Best regards ( from Hungary)


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