Low and slow for all herbs and meds. You want to see how you react to the herb and if it causes a huge herx. Herxing can be detrimental to your health, including life threatening. Toxins are no joke. They are poisons.
The aim of the game is to balance meds or herbs in with toxins going out. When you have balance, you will not herx. If you herx you can either cut back on the meds or herbs or detox more. But it all has to be done gently. No radical moves in detoxing or taking of meds or herbs. - Balance young grasshopper -- that is for the oldies that saw the original Kung Fu tv series.
PeteZa - thanks for this!
I think perhaps what the thing to do is, if you test something, and it causes a herx, know that it IS working, and cut back a bit, and know that if one is cutting back, even if you aren't herxing, you are still getting the benefit.
I needed the reminder to slow down a bit.
I haven't tried side acute yet - my intuition is saying wait - working with hottuynia first.