I didn't notice any herx when I started with that low of a dose. I went up to 20 drops -3x a day pretty rapidly starting at 5 drops, 3x a day. Not that everyone of course will have the same reaction. Once I got up to 20 drops, I had some coughing and chest compression. I think about ~25 drops is = to 1/4 teaspoon when I checked. I'm kind of keeping all dosages at the same level right now. I have an appointment with herbalist on Thursday and will see what she recommends.
opugirl - How did you do with cryptolepis? After 7 months on sida 1/4tsp 3x daily my daughter and I have started using WoodlandEssence's CSA tincture (cryptolepis/sida/alcornea). We have increased to 1/4tsp 2x daily with sida 1/4 tsp 1x daily. We immediately saw some impressive gains in executive function and mental clarity, but now our daughter is complaining of intermittant tightness/pain in her sternum which is alarming her. She has not had this symptom before. She has had panic attacks before, first occurring before treatment for lyme/bart and then again with herxing with high doses of houttuynia. This is not the type of panic attack she is familiar with.
What did you associate your above mentioned chest compression with? And can you describe the feeling for me. Thanks so much.
2008 - insect bite (bruise-like rash) - motor/vocal tics, emotional lability (including rage), age regressive behaviour, low level OCD, urinary frequency, diminished fine motor ability, insomnia. Waxed and waned with strep/viral infections.
2010 - Dx ADHD, motor tic disorder, high functioning aspergers, motor delay, probable PANDAS.
Jan 2011 - shin/forearm pain, cyclic IBS, foot (sole) pain, dizziness, palpitations, chest pain, anxiety/panic attacks, pick-like skull pain, pain and stiffness at base of skull, tingling in extremeties, chills and hot flashes, nightly fever.
June 2011 - Igenex PCR positive bartonella, IND lyme. CD57 18. Positive ANA (speckled type), heterozygous A1298C MTHFR. Multiple Abx, herbal, homeopathic treatment with LLMD.
Jan 2013 - Bartonella IgG titers have decreased from 160 (Jun 2011) to 80. CD 57 remains low.
April 2013 - Weaned from abx treatment. Continuing wth Buhner, Byron White, Zhang, methylation/detox protocols, Terry Wahls gf/cf/sf diet. Minimizing EMF exposure