Dear Stephen,
I have just started taking sida acuta as per your recommendation for bartonella and babesia. I have severe brain numbness (24/7), failing and blurry vision with floaters, a host of emotional issues, chronic fatigue, migraines, etc. I have been using the other recommended plants in your protocol but to date there has been no change in my condition. Here’s the thing. Since taking the sida acuta I have noticed that my urine is much darker. I am still drinking the same amount of water that I have been for years. Could it be that the plant is beginning to work and the darker urine is a possible “die off” effect? I feel no differently, as of yet, but as I said I just started taking the sida acuta for only a few days. Again, the urine is glaringly darker, otherwise I would not have posted this question.
Stephen, I would also like to thank you for providing hope and for being a guiding light for those of us afflicted with this condition. I know that I speak for more than just myself when I say that overcoming the fear that is inherent with having this disease is daunting to say the least. It’s comforting to know that we have a friend and an ally to help us in our struggle as we try to regain our health. Thank you.

Stephen’s response:
Every so often people experience darker urine on herbs. I don’t know why and have not seen anything in the literature on it. Sometimes, when people are sick, their body does process a lot of the disease in the urine and for a while it will be darker, that is perhaps the reason. I would highly suggest you add some herbs for the neural problems you are experiencing, these may help:

• Chinese skullcap tincture ¼ tsp in juice or water 3x daily. Try for the Baikal (i.e. Chinese skullcap root tincture. NOTE: Do not use American skullcaps, they will not work for this.)

• Cordyceps 2000 mg (capsules) 3x daily. You can purchase the cordyceps capsules (Plum Flower brand) at 1st Chinese Herbs. (Note from editor: If you click on the 1st Chinese Herbs ad below this post, you can get the code for 10% off this brand)

• Kudzu root tincture ¼ tsp 3x daily. You can purchase at

• Lion’s mane tincture ½ tsp 3x daily. You can purchase at As yet I cannot suggest any other brands BUT this one.

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