Dear Stephen,
Hope this finds you well. In your book you recommend red root as one of the adjunct therapies. Many, if not most, lymies suffer from hypercoagulation, a condition in which the spirochetes coat the blood vessels with fibrin, which effectively acts like a goo and keeps nutrients from getting to the cells, whilst thickening the blood so that it clots too easily. Red root encourages blood clotting—and most lymies actually need blood thinners (in my humble understanding…). What do you think about this?

Stephen’s response:
I have seen a few references to this and the issue is not well delineated, at least to me. I am not convinced about hypercoagulation and lyme, primarily because I can find no scientific papers acknowledging the condition at all. Some of the research material I have seen actually indicates the opposite. So, I would really like to see some material, not from one or two lyme physicians but researchers, on the issue.

However, although red root does increase coagulation, in the doses I suggest it should not be a problem. Additionally, many of the herbs—andrographis and cat’s claw for example, are reliable blood thinners that inhibit blood clotting. Knotweed also facilitates blood flow through other mechanisms.

These herbs are more than enough to counteract any clotting actions of red root and should easily—if hypercoagulation does indeed occur—reverse that condition in the doses listed.

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