Dear Stephen,
The core protocol in 2nd edition is quite different than what is presented on your website. As the website protocol is much easier for patients, can you comment on each?

Stephen’s response:
Actually the website is not mine but is something developed by Julie Genser of simply to support the Lyme community. (I have no connection to the similarly named sites on Facebook either.) In general, the root protocol would be very similar to the first edition: knotweed root, cat’s claw, andrographis. I would guesstimate that around 30-40% of people use this reduced protocol with good success. The problem is that as our expertise has grown we have found that with neuroborreliosis (most of the people who seek deeper help from us have neuroborreliosis) that simple protocol, though helpful is simply not enough. As with most things, we have tended to get a bit more complicated over time. Nevertheless, I still recommend using the reduced core protocol to begin with and THEN adding more stuff to deal with the complexities of the broad symptom picture. I think that Green Dragon Botanicals formulation is a good place to begin.

Note: the core protocol has since been updated on with the below:

Please note: Here is a brief look at the stripped down core approaches to treating Lyme and some of its co-infections. Stephen highly suggests buying his relevant books so that you can see the full expanded protocols. This is just a starting place; the full protocols are much more sophisticated, especially the listings for the many accompanying symptoms that often need to be addressed.

1. Japanese knotweed root (Polygonum cuspidatum)
• Powder: 1 tsp – 1 TBS of the root powder 3x daily. Start at the lower dose and work up, OR . . .
• Tincture: ¼ – 1 tsp 3-6x daily, OR . . .
• Tablets (Green Dragon Botanicals): These are normally labeled as resveratrol on the bottle. They are in fact knotweed root standardized for resveratrol content. (Note: Don’t use grape resveratrol; it won’t work very well.) Some comments on tablet dosages below:

2. Cat’s claw bark (Uncaria tomentosa)
• Powder: 1 tsp 3x daily, OR . . .
• Tincture: ¼ – ½ tsp 3x daily, OR . . .
• Tablets/capsules (Green Dragon Botanicals): 1–4 500 mg tablets/capsules 3x day.

3. Andrographis (Andrographis paniculata)
• Capsules: Begin with a small dose and work up. I would recom­mend 600 mg (1 capsule) 3x daily to begin with, for one week. Then, if there are no side effects, increase the dose to 2 capsules 3x daily. Please check the side effects on this herb: Unpleas­ant allergic reactions can occur.

4. If you have neuroborrelliosis, add: Gou-Teng (Uncaria rhynchophylla)
• Tincture: ½ – 1 tsp 3–6x daily, depending on severity of brain infection.

5. Collagen support protocols (see book) are often essential, as well.

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