Dear Stephen,
I’ve been diagnosed “probable” or “possible” Multiple Sclerosis (MS). I’ve also been diagnosed with lyme disease….positive Igenex WB, many weird symptoms, mostly neurological, especially peripheral numbness in fingers, hands, up arms. I’m taking 3 antibiotics. I’m also taking andrographis (Planetary Herbals, 400mg). Gradually upping the dose per your recommendations in Healing Lyme. I’m currently at 2 pills, 3 times a day. The bottle says “do not take for more than 10 days” – please advise. The Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database states andrographis (and cat’s claw) should not be taken if you have an autoimmune disease, such as MS. Can you please comment on this. Much thanks.

Stephen’s response:
I would primarily suggest the use of knotweed and stephania for your symptoms as well as the use of vitamin B-12 and eleutherococcus tincture. I don’t necessarily agree with the database here but understand their point with cat’s claw. Nevertheless, it is not so cut and dried. Again, I no longer feel that andrographis is the most important herb for treating lyme. Knotweed, cat’s claw, and eleutherococcus are the most important in that order.
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