Dear Stephen,
My 3 year old was diagnosed with lyme last May while living in Connecticut. She had three bull’s eye rashes approximately 27 days after being bit. She ran a fever with the rash, developed a cough and would complain of a belly ache, too. Doc gave her 10 days worth of amoxicillin and sent us on our way with “we see this all the time – antibiotics take care of it.” About five months later she started complaining of belly aches a lot and occasionally her leg would hurt but not consistent enough to say there was a problem until 2 weeks ago she couldn’t walk and was limping and falling down. Now almost every night she curls up in a ball and winces in pain. She says it’s her knees and her stomach. Doc confirmed lyme disease antibodies exist at our appointment last week and she tested negative for Crohn’s disease. Her lab work indicated high sed rate and low hemoglobin. I want to start with the teasel root as you suggested to another concerned parent with a similar situation. I have your book on the way! Thank you for being the only trustworthy resource it seems!! My one question is, to nip this in the bud early on would it be suggested that my 3 year old stay on herbal therapy? I just don’t want to under treat to find out later in life she has new symptoms! Especially since symptoms can be serious.


Stephen’s response:
Astragalus is a good herb to use regularly, as well as knotweed root. As her knees hurt, teasel is a good one to use, too. As she is young, the doses should be small. If Kratom is legal where you live, I’d recommend giving that a try as well. Start small: I recommend dosing with kratom tea or low-dosage capsules as she is young, but it has shown promise in my (albeit small sample size) trials.
See here for my recommended Astragalus source:
See here for my recommended kratom source:
With young children it is a slow, step-by-step process, adding things slowly and paying close attention to symptoms to help them feel better.


  • 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. Debra

    Hi Stephen
    I’m writing from Australia and would love some much needed advice, think I was bitten about 2 years ago and started getting symptoms slowly at first but have became chronic in the last 8 months, I was diagnosed with Lyme and all co- infections through testing in America 5 months ago, I’ve done everything possible with the limitations in Australia, my LLD which there are not many had had me on ozone therapy, Hyperthermia hocat,IV Vit C, PC and against my belief but I suppose desperate antibiotics very small doses which didn’t work anyway but have been grateful for help, our last visit I explained my joints are so sore I pretty much am struggling walking, feet, hands, knees and now hips are so inflamed as they have always been but progressively getting worst he then suggested seeing a RA for my joints and he would still treat my Lyme this is were I draw the line NO STERIODS, he said just short term, I feel so deflated he said he was just concerned about the damage already done to my joints, anyway Stephen since I can remember I have your name jotted down everywhere in my house and have read your articles this is where I am now I really want to start on herbs as i believe they will help, my question its never to late is it and where do I start, thank you so much.
    Debra ??

  2. Aleksander Pyrkowski

    Hello. I have a 5 years old, bit and got lyme disease. Now we are curing using antibiotics. This is according to praescriptions from a doctor who uses ILADS treatment recommendations ( After almost 2 months treatment, the liver, kidneys, pancreas don’t seem to be impacted by these antibiotics. ILADS doctors cure also with herbs. I would recommend You consult an ILADS doctor with no delay, as the bacteria is probably difficult to eradicate by 10 days antibiotic treatment. Also very good herbs may be not enough.
    Best regards, and a lot of health, Aleksander Pyrkowski

  3. Karen

    how much tinctures for 3 year old? how many drops of Banderol?samento, grapefruit seed extract and for how long after the abx?

  4. Evelyn

    We live in an area where our children regularly get ticks during the spring/summer months. Is astragalus safe to use as a preventative measure for children as young as 2 years. If so, what dosage?

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