Japanese knotweed whole herb powder dosage

Dear Stephen,
I’m an Ayurvedic practitioner in France. We are uncovering a major epidemic of lyme in Dordogne. I have neuroborreliosis and will be experimenting with your protocol personally and professionally while also applying Ayurvedic detox (pancha karma) techniques. I have a question about dosage for whole powders: when you say in your book, for those who want to use the whole Japanese knotweed powder, to fill 8 – 16 ‘00’ size capsules and take in four equal doses daily, I am trying to determine how much this is in grams for those who don’t like using capsules. In my view, for those with weakened digestive fire, a lot of capsules tends to create a gluey substance, and possibly more Ama, or toxic residues). Am I correct in thinking that since ’00’ capsules hold approximately 950 mg, the powder dosage would be 7.6 grams – 15.2 g of powder in four equal doses – that is, approx. 2 g x 4/day to 3.8 g x 4/day at the higher dosage? Thanks for your help in confirming the powder dosage. And thank you for the vital knowledge you are sharing with us for increased health of body, mind, heart and planet. Through your work and compassionate presence, you are helping me heal lyme in myself and others far more effectively. It would be wonderful if my colleagues and I could organize a lyme conference in Dordogne someday and invite you as guest speaker! We are very behind the U.S. and Germany in treating this disease and many medical professionals, lyme patients and undiagnosed lyme sufferers are feeling quite lost at the moment. What would you say to a trip to southwestern France? With gratitude.

Stephen’s response:
Yes, you are right in your estimation. The Chinese high dose is about 30 grams per day. However, in general I prefer just using one TBS 3x daily mixed in juice and increasing it to 3 TBS 3x daily over time. That is a rougher way to do it but a bit easier than trying to measure it all out, especially for those with lyme. And I would love to visit and teach there. I do get quite a few emails from Europe regarding lyme, a number of them from France, and it would be fun to talk about lyme there. Thanks for asking.
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posted on November 25, 2011 in dosage info, Herbs, japanese knotweed, The Basics

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  • Lisa

    January 6, 2013 at 2:50 am

    Dear Stephen,

    Thank you for everything you’re doing for all of us. Your knowledge is a Godsend!

    I have a question, I’ve been ill and until recently undiagnosed and untreated for Lyme, bartonella and babesia. It’s wreaked havoc on my thyroid and endocrine system. That being said, I read your books and poured over the website ordered my herbs from woodland essences and took my first dosage yesterday.

    I may have gone overboard with my enthusiasm to get well and taken too much. My stomach and breasts are so swollen and sore I’m not sure which herb did it and if it’s a good sign or not. I look like I’m 7 mos pregnant right now. On the bright side, I’ve had this non stop swollen lingual tonsil that’s been shutting off my airways for the last 6 mos and that’s finally going down. Something abs weren’t doing.

    Here’s what I took: boneset, Japanese knotweed, cordylepsis, sida acuta, hawthorn. I’m estrogen dominant and have an alcohol sensitivity. These were all tinctures. Alcohol doesn’t make my stomach swell, oh I’m also gluten free. Other than that I can’t believe what’s happening. My night sweats stopped. So should I push on and this will resolve itself or is there an herb that I can’t handle?

    Thank you,

    • Caitlin

      January 14, 2013 at 9:18 am

      Lisa, I’m not a doctor, but I would honestly stop all of them, and add one back at a time, giving a few days in between.. To figure out your reaction issues. :) Good luck!

  • Julia Berhens

    October 22, 2014 at 10:31 pm

    I am a medical herbalist and am currently working with a Gp in the Uk . I would like to do some research on Japanese knotweed and was wondering if you could send me some links to any research that would be relevant in connection with Japaneses knot weed and lyme.

    Some of my client have been on Japanese knotweed for over 3 years and im wondering how long to keep them on it without a break?
    I would really appreciate and links of research on this.
    Thanks again for your great work , were would we be without you?
    Im also wondering how to monitor the use of your protocol as this is the one i am using , im sure many are too how could we return the feed back as is has been great?
    all the best
    Julia Behrens

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