I started Buhner's Core Lyme Protocol by adding 1 of the 3 main herbs at a time. I did fine with the cat's claw and andrographis, but after 1 week of the resvaritrol, my gut shut itself down and I haven't been able to eat since (this hit me in June of 2008 - I've been on TPN (food through a vein) ever since, and still cannot get my esophagus or stomach to work...). 2 LLMD's plus 1 LLND thinks this is from a Lyme/Bartonella herx response from the herbs. So be careful with these herbs. I also had a flare-up of joint pain just prior to the gut shut-down, and did find Buhner's recommendation of Nettles for this to be very, very helpful. The few days of nettle capsules I was able to swallow gave me pain relief that lasted over a month after I could no longer swallow the nettles capsules...I was quite impressed. And later, after the joint pain returned, I tried topical application of a nettles poultice, and it too helped reduce the joint pain in the joints that were treated.
Most who try the herbal protocols don't go through what I have gone through; it is suspected that I've had Lyme at least 30 years, so it has had a lot of time to do plenty of damage to my body.
Chronic Lyme Disease, Gluten & Sulfite Sensitivity, Many Food/Inhalant/Medication/Chemical Allergies & Intolerances, Asthma, Gut issues (dysmotility, non-specific inflammation), UCTD ("Secondary Lupus-Like Syndrome"), Osteoporosis, Pancytopenia, chronic malabsorption/malnutrition, etc.; G-Tube; Currently TPN-dependent.
Meds: Zofran, Pulmicort, Heparin (to flush PICC line), Claritin, Colloidal Silver (used topically), IV Milk Thistle, probiotics.