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

  • Brandon

    July 17, 2015 at 4:14 pm

    I know this is late to the game, but I wanted to mention a possible dosing problem with the 3 Tbs 3x a day. I have a package of the Nuherbs Japanese Bushy Knotweed Root, 1lb Bulk Herb. 1 loose tsp of this is just under 2 grams. A Tbs is 5.6 grams. 3 Tbs 4x a day would equal over 50 grams of the powder.

    Maybe this is more in line with the Chinese 30 gram dosage when using wild home-crushed herb? Or is 50 grams better than the 30?

  • Brandon

    July 17, 2015 at 4:15 pm

    I meant 3 Tbs 3x a day would equal over 50 grams.

  • sAM

    July 21, 2015 at 1:07 pm

    Hey Brandon I was looking over at his Core Protcol when he recommended the Source Naturals Resveratrol. It says 500mg of Knotweed is in it. He recommended 1-4 tabs 3-4 times a day. So at his max dosage I am gathering 10 grams of knotweed per day. So 2-3 TBS per day should be enough. I’m not sure why he said increase up to 3 TBS a day. I personally think 3 tbs of cat’s claw and 3 tbs of knotweed per day is a good amount to work up to and stick with for a while.

  • epiphany

    July 25, 2015 at 2:10 pm

    Look at the references in his books, you will find lots of info there – and then using these references, search their references.
    SH Buhner has specified certain herbs not only bec. they work, but also on the basis of the scientific research done on them. This is useful for those needing to substantiate “science” to allopathic minded folk and those who wish to standardize doses, which when self treating and not very knowledgeable about herbs is the safest recommendation.
    There are so many herbal websites, it should be easy to learn more and gather your own links. I have so many and it would be very time consuming to cut and paste them all — in Europe the one I appreciate is “Henrietta’s” Amazing resource and she needs assistance in transcription from herbal communities – she has several classic texts that need tending in order to preserve the knowledge.

  • epiphany

    July 25, 2015 at 2:11 pm

    Really good and important addendum Brandon. Thank you from me!!

  • epiphany

    July 25, 2015 at 2:16 pm

    Julia –
    IMO – Knotweed, in smaller doses could be of health benefit in general for most of us, if not all, not just those who are borrelia infected.
    Resveratol, the major constituent in Knotweed is quite healthful.
    Look around to see the countra-indications.
    I would not dose at therapuetic levels for a long time. As always it will be the individual’s terrain which will determine this. Tapering off at times, and watching carefully for individual reactions/results is always a good idea, as is adding one herb at a time in this protocol.

  • Elise W

    August 24, 2015 at 7:32 pm

    Hi Julia. I am an herbalist working with Lyme patients and using Buhner’s protocol too. You can contact me at Elise Weisinger on facebook or at elisegoose@gmail.com. Thank you so much Buhner, you have helped so many people! This is an epidemic for sure. I would also like an opportunity to give feedback.
    Brandon: That is 8g of knotweed per day at the max dose… so just weigh out 8 grams and take in divided doses if you can. How does that taste, btw?

  • JS

    October 10, 2015 at 10:12 am

    3 tbs of dry herb 3x day would be 50.4 grams

    1 level tsp = 1.2 grams
    3 tsp = 1 tbs = 5.6 grams
    3 tbs = 16.8
    3 tbs 3x day = 50.4

    1-4 tablets = 500mg – 2,000mg per dose
    3-4x = 1,500mg – 8,000mg daily

    comparable dry herb to tablet daily dose would be approx.
    1 tsp (1.2g) – 1.5 tbs/4.5 tsp (8.4g) daily

    Please correct if I missed something.

  • Andrew

    May 14, 2016 at 6:12 pm

    Yes you’re correct. I’m currently taking the Green Dragon Botanicals LB Core Protocol and taking 10 capsules (with 500mg/3 capsules) 3 times per day = 4,500 mg per day. Working up to 6,000 mg per day ideally…

    Most symptoms are handled quite well by the product. this is the one Stephen recommends.

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