Regular Houttuynia such as ones found at www.1stchineseherbs.com or elsewhere are not made the same way as the stuff that www.hepapro.com imports for dr zhangs herbs. In my opinion, zhangs is way overpriced. 15-20 capsules per day should work great but who could afford that. I happened to stumble upon their supplier in china and they are the only outfit that makes this herbal 1:9 extract the correct way. They preserve every chemical that the plant contains, mainly the crystalline aledehyde that forms on the outter surface of the leaves. This is where the fish smell comes from.
All other companies making this herbal extract lose all of the important compounds. You can even smell, taste and feel the difference of other forms of yu xing cao versus hepapros. So to answer your queston, i have not found an alternative to zhangs version. They are the exact same plant extract but missing key componants that are lost due to different extraction processes. If you find an alternative to zhangs that tastes like dead fish on the beach and makes you want to throw up. let me know. All the other ones i've found taste more like cinnamon.
I'm kind of up in the air for this. HH seems like a good choice for treating Bartonella based on the reseach I have done. That being said, I keep reading that the Bartonella specific ABX are questionable at least. Anyone have more input on this...based on history of use for either the bart ABX or HH for bart?
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