Jun 272007

As I mentioned before, with Lyme I anticipate taking many more alternative treatments. While waiting to begin treatment (which seemed to take forever), I grew increasingly frustrated by my mental state: flash anger (disproportionate to the issue), mental haze, fatigue, reasoning ability, etc. After reading a couple of books on Lyme treatments, I decided to go with the Buhner protocol (Healing Lyme: Natural Healing And Prevention of Lyme Borreliosis And Its Coinfections). The book presents a very scholarly analysis of Lyme and alternative treatments for Lyme (which can be taken along with antibiotics). Buhner presents a case for three core herbs (there are others for specific issues): Andrographis, Japanese Knotweed (resveratrol), and Cat’s Claw. I settled on taking the first two since they are naturally occurring antibiotics, cross the blood-brain barrier, and have cognitive benefits. After about a week I saw significant improvements, and within two weeks I was effectively mentally back to normal (or very close). Of course, as I mentioned, once beginning the Rosephin I saw a significant decline in my mental function. Unfortunately, the doctor didn’t do an assessment before beginning Rosephin so it is impossible to determine how much the Buhner protocol helped. Also, I decided to skip the Cat’s Claw for now since it’s primary function is to boost your CD-57 counts, and while I can see where that could help I was concerned that my doctor would use CD-57 counts as a measure of my progress (and I was right). Currently, I combine the Buhner protocol with the antibiotics.

  5 Responses to “Buhner Protocol”

  1. Thanks for mentioning your experience. I generally look for Resveratrol experiences on the internet as we have a small business that exclusively is focused on it.

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  2. Erik, I am delighted that this is showing such promise for you. You are one tough cookie!

  3. Mouse,
    Thanks, but I don’t think I’m doing anything special. Just trying to get better like everyone else.

  4. Enjoyed the post on Buhner Protocol. One site I read daily is “Sham vs. Wham: The Health Insider” at http://shamvswham.blogspot.com, and it has several mentions of Andrographis (the best brand is Swedish, from “Swedish Herbal Institute” – it is called Kan Jang. Also, for Lyme, read about the Rhodiola cure in the book “Rhodiola Revolution” by Brown and Gerbarg. There’s also a Swedish version of that, called Arctic Root. Good luck!

  5. Erik,

    Thanks for posting all of this information for us. As someone who’s been dealing with Lyme for the past 6 years, I’m familiar (as I’m sure you are) with many herbal and conventional protocols. But it’s always nice to hear how a protocol is working for someone firsthand.

    One side note: While immunologists and Lyme specialists do use the CD57 count as a marker for progress, there is a lot of research that suggests that raising the number of CD57 lymphocyte counts directly relates to the patients symptomatology, regardless of the actual Lyme burden still present. So, raising them in any way possible seems to be a viable option for reaching a level of manageable or complete resolution of symptoms and a stronger constitution.

    Just thought I’d share how it was explained to me by my specialists, and what my research has returned.

    Thanks again for the info. I hope this finds you feeling stronger and healthier. After all, we “pioneers” are all in this together.

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