Stephania okay to take long term?

Dear Stephen,
I have followed your herbal protocol for a while. Now I have added stephania root as a tincure, 1/2 teaspoon 3 times a day for late stage neuroborreliosis. I can’t find anything in your book about how long one safely can use stephania or how long you recommend on this dosage.

Stephen’s response:
You can safely take it long term from what I can see in the literature. My normal approach for myself is to take something like this until my body begins to tell me not to do so any longer or if side effects occur.
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posted on October 30, 2011 in dosage info, Herbs, miscellaneous, stephania root, The Basics, tinctures/decoctions

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  • Lesley

    October 30, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    If, i am not having eye symptoms, do I need to add Stephania.
    I have chronic Lyme & Bartonella, EPV & Chlamydia P. antibodies.
    I am currently taking Cat’s Claw, red root, andrographis & reservatrol.

    • healing lyme admin

      November 18, 2011 at 12:43 pm

      Hi Lesley, Stephania is not part of the core protocol, so no, you do not need to add it. Please see the book for the uses of stephania and if you feel you’d like to add it, you can. Best, Julie

  • David Whitten

    November 18, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    1st Chinese Herbs currently has organic powder in bulk. It is doing wonders for my eye problems.

  • Keith Pearce

    February 5, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    Hi David,

    I found that I needed to be very carefull taking stephania tetrandra because year in year out the color, odor, and texture of the powder changed. I changed to the cut root instead and carefully inspected and sorted each piece to verify that the cross section of the root matched as closely as I could verify visually the cross sections shown in the link below. After inspecting and sorting, then i ground the root to a powder and encapsulated it. Upon inspection, most all the pieces (about 3-4 years ago) were ok and few if any pieces were discarded. The smell was almost of a subtle sweet burnt wood smell, the texture was slick, soapy or talc like, the color was very very light brown; maybe like a darker navajo white. View the photos at the link. As I recall, for stephania, all the brown streaked biological structures in the cross section radiated out of the very center of the root, not starting awayfrom the center and radiating from there to the edge. Wish you hte best!

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