Well, Tickled, I would say we are both in trouble!!!
Hi Prayingforamiracle - I bought my Houttuynia from my Practitioner, but when I asked her about
other sources that I could recommend, she told me to just be sure they are a reputable herb source and to only get the cut leaf herb, not the powder. The powdered herb will generally contain parts of the whole plant (above ground and below ground parts) whereas she wanted me using only the above ground parts. Different parts of this plant do different things, as is with most plants.
As for the measurements, using grams is most accurate, and actually easier since you can get fairly inexpensive scales that measure in grams now. But, for those that need to know, the closest measurements are below. If anyone knows this to be wrong, please
1.5 grams = 0.05 ounces
3.0 grams = 0.11 ounces
And since I didn't answer all of Healing's questions yet (sorry!!!), here are my symptoms that flared the most when I herxed from taking the Houttuynia:
-Liver swelling (I felt pressure around my liver area)
-Spleen swelling (Again, I felt pressure in the area)
-More fatigued (ugh!)
-Restless (LOL! I would pace in the house)
-Increased fogginess and other cognitive issues
-Increased headaches of all types (from ice pick to dull aches)
-'Lumps and bumps' as I called them -under the skin and sometime on the bones.
-Rashes of all types, but the typical 'cat scratch' one the most.
-Swollen lymph nodes in various places in my body.
-Eye soreness, a few small hemorrhages in the eye.
-Bone pain that at times was absolutely excruciating. Oxycontin didn't even touch this pain level, & I refused to try anything stronger, although believe it or not, acupuncture was able to help.
I think that's about
it. I know I was miserable the first three weeks - but then things started improving pretty fast for me. I saw each day that any of my symptoms were less obvious as a triumph and I refused to stop the treatment - much to my practitioner's frustrations with me!!
I pushed through the 3 week herx because even though I was herxing, I could tell that I was still improving. At the end of my 3 week herx, I never looked back. My symptoms were getting less and less severe all the time - a victory in my book!
Again, anyone who has questions (please ask!!!), I promise to do my best to answer them. You can post here or email me directly.
I would love nothing more than to have this work for everyone!! But, that will not be the case. I wanted to make all those that wish to try this more comfortable about
going this route. I do hope that it helps many though!
Lyme herbs used: "Chronic Tonic" from www.mistymeadows.org/wendydocs/Lyme Disease.pdf
for 9 months
Bart herb - only Houttuynia for 6 months
tx ended 1-2013
Had Lyme, Bart, Babs, RMSF, Ehrlichia, Myco, Anaplasmosis, EBV
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