Protocol for young children


Dear Stephen,
I’ve read your book many times over. It’s a great source of information for me and my family. My 3 year old daughter was recently diagnosed with lyme and has been on antibiotics (abx) for about 3 months now. Because of her age I don’t feel comfortable keeping her on abx for more than 6 months total. I would like to transition her to herbs. She has tried another protocol where the main ingredient is allicin. Due to the taste, that protocol was rejected. She’s a very fussy eater. Which herbs would you recommend for a child of that age, keeping in mind that the herbs would have to be sprinkled on her food, so taste is big factor. Also, would it be safe to keep young children on a herbal protocol for an extended period? Thank you.


Stephen’s response:
I would primarily focus on astragalus and eleutherococcus. You can get both of these in powder form and they are fairly tasty. Astragalus is used as a food additive in Asia and both can be taken in this form long term, adults or children. If I had to choose any other herb to give her it would be Japanese knotweed; you can try herbalists in the NE for the whole root and give it as a tea or on food. The young shoots are often eaten in the spring like asparagus.
Stephen
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posted on December 28, 2007 in children/teens, Lyme
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