14 year old with Bell’s palsy

by | Sep 21, 2016 | Children's Health News, Herbs, Lyme & Co-Infections, stephania root | 1 comment

Dear Stephen,
Thank you for your book and for trying to help people. I am reading Healing Lyme and have a question. My son has had Bell’s palsy since July 2013. While it has improved, he still has never regained complete movement on the left side of his face. He tested positive for lyme as recently as last month. He is mostly non-symptomatic at this point save some periodic lethargy and the residual paralysis from Bell’s palsy. He is active and does well in school and plays two sports. I read in your book to use Stephania tetrandra for treatment of Bell’s palsy. Do you think after having it for more than 2.5 years this treatment can still possibly help? Especially since he is positive for IgM. I want to treat him but not use antibiotics. Thank you so very much for having this site and your book, and being available to spread positive energy.

Stephen’s response:
There are more suggestions for treating Bell’s palsy in the second edition of the Healing Lyme book. Yes, it can correct, even after all this time.


  • 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

Please note:

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: stephenharrodbuhner.com.

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1 Comment

  1. Amy Kelley

    Dear Stephen,
    I am a gazillion year lyme patient. I was well for nine years and have been dumped back into a relapse hell.

    I have a friend insistent that ayahuasca is a great way to treat lyme. My friend’s Shaman (Anthony – not a very Shaman like name!) says that he does treat people for lyme with Ayahuasca (also San Pedro, and Ibogaine). Anthony says that ayahuasca is antiinflammatory, antimicrobial, anti parasitic and detoxifying, etc. When I try to find out more, it seems like the “medicine” and the “ceremony” are shrouded in secret. The only thing that I can find out is that it somehow affects the pineal gland. I am not feeling like it is smart to jump in for a test drive without some real info.

    Since you are a plant medicine guy, I am wondering if you can tell me what the mechanism for healing lyme with ayahuasca might be, if any? In your opinion, might be any value to this.

    In my mind, it seems that there a psychic effects that people seem to experience but I don’t know of the physical benefits,,,,I have read stories of brain tumors disappearing and other magic. Do you know of the value is Ayahuasca for general physical healing…..?

    Thanks so Much

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