Protocol for Zika virus

by | Sep 26, 2016 | Co-Infections, Columns, Healing Lyme, viral infections | 4 comments

Dear Stephen,
Do you know of an effective herbal remedy for the Zika virus?

Stephen’s response:
What I recommend for Zika:

Zika Treatment Protocol
Andrographis panniculata: 1-2 600 mg capsules 3-6x daily
Glycyrrhiza spp (licorice): Tincture, ½ tsp 3-6x daily for 30 days
Isatis spp.: Tincture, ½ to one tsp 3-6x daily.
Houttuynia: Tincture, ½ to one tsp 3-6x daily.
Scutellaria baicalensis: Tincture, ½ to one tsp 3-6x daily.
Astragalus: Tincture, ½ to one tsp 3-6x daily.

Zika, with neural complications, add:
* Polygonum cuspidatum (Japanese knotweed): 1 TBS root powder 3x daily in liquid or 1 TBS tincture 3x daily or resveratrol tablets made from knotweed root 1000 mg 3-6x daily.
* Pueraria lobata: Tincture, ½ to one tsp 3-6x daily.
* Polygala tenuifolia: Tincture, 30 drops 3x daily for 30 days.
* Hericium erinaceus: Tincture, 1 tsp 2x daily.

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:

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  1. Zoe

    Thank you very much, Stephen, for this protocol. I’ll be saving it in case I need it for myself — or for a friend. I already have many of the suggested herbs on hand (for Lyme and the co-infections). And I’ll be checking out the ones I don’t already have. Thank you!!! You are such a gift to the planet!!!

  2. callum dalgoutte

    Dear Stephen.

    I have bought the plum flower brand powdered form of Chinese cats claw(gou teng). Can you advice please what mg dosage do I put into the empty capsules?I can only see your instructions for the tincture form of this herb in your new book Can you advice also How you calculate your body weight against dosage amount?thanks for helping lyme sufferers world wide

  3. healing lyme admin

    Hi Callum,
    On page 355 of Healing Lyme, second edition, it says to use 1 tsp of Cat’s Claw powder, 3-6x daily in juice or water, starting slow and working up. It also says dosage can be decreased or increased as necessary. I’ve never encapsulated the herbs myself so I’m not sure how much fits into a capsule. But I would try to put 1 tsp in, if possible.

    The standard capsule dosage is based on a 150 lb adult. So to figure out dosage, you divide by 150. For example, if the recommended dosage is 3 capsules and you weigh 150, then you take 3 capsules. If you weigh 50 lbs then you take 1 capsule (50/150=1/3 of dose=1 capsule). If you weigh 90 lbs, dose is 2 capsules (100/150=0.6 of dose=1.8 capsules).

    Hope this helps! Julie

  4. James

    Are the above safe if you are pregnant?

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