I know I’ve read from your column that you needs to titrate your dosage depending on how your body reacts. I tried taking cat’s claw – only 1/4 of one pill – and had a very strong reaction. My herx reactions are the glands swelling up huge in my neck and extreme pressure and fluid in my ears. The swelling is so bad that I need to take benedryl. I’ve experienced this time and time again with medications so I knew to take a little of the herb to start. My question is: How do I proceed? I want to follow the protocol but I think it will take a while for me to be able to take a whole pill 3-4 times a day. Can you advise on how to proceed and if the protocol will still be effective at such a low dose?
I would switch to tinctures so you can control the dosage better. Some people only need a few drops to treat their condition. They tend to be tremendously sensitive and yes, that low of a dose does work for them. Just begin with 5 drops or so of the herbs (especially cat’s claw, eleuthero, knotweed) and then slowly work up to the point side effects begin and then back off a bit. They will work at this low a dose for you.