Dear Stephen,
I’m very interested in your approach to treating chronic stealth infections with herbs and have just ordered your book Healing Lyme. I understand that you look at other co-infections in your book and I would be very interested to know if you have any experience of treating infections particularly mycoplasma and chlamydia pneumonia with herbs? Many thanks.

Stephen’s response:
These kinds of bacteria respond well to lomatium, a very strong antibacterial and antiviral plant. Normally though, herbs work best in combinations; they are not silver bullets like antibiotics. So, normally for lung infections that these kinds of bacteria cause I would use a tincture combination something like:
• lomatium 1 part
• licorice 1 part (antiviral, antibacterial, stimulates interferon production, soothing to lung tissues)
• inmortal 2 parts (stimulates lymph drainage from the lungs, strengthens tissues)
• elephant tree 2 parts (antibacterial for lung tissue, strengthens tissues)

But normally I design each tincture around the particular symptom picture the person has. There are literally hundreds of combinations that will work for lung infections, mild to severe in scope.

I would generally suggest the use of red root tincture and a general immune tonic such as eleutherococcus or astragalus when treating such lung infections.

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