I have not been on this web site for over a year but in support of my dear friend Evianangel I would like to add on my testimonial on the Buhner herbs and my progress as well.
Having a "lyme buddy" to communicate and share ideas, frustrations and feelings on a daily base was also part of my protocol of getting better. Evian and I shared protocol ideas and gave feedback to each others day after day. At times the support we gave each others was just as beneficial as the herbs.
I was on Buhner Lyme protocol (neuro-borreliosis protocol) for 11.5 months. I took very high doses 4 times a day then decreased to 3 times a day because of cost. To give you an idea of how high was the dosage I was taking....several tablespoons full each day. I would go through a 1lb powder bag from 1stChineseherbs.com every 20 to 30 days. I took an average of 70 to 80 capsules a day (type "00") that I filled myself with custom blend. I followed the Buhner Lyme book to the letter but went far beyond the dosages suggested by Buhner and pushed dosages at high doses like in Chinese medicine.
My dosage of herb powder was 9000 mg to 11000 mg a day. I also did not to go slow as suggested by many on this site. I tried a lot of supplements and still take many supplements as well. Some worked some did not.
I took stevia for 10 months. Did not do a thing but helped reduce the sugar intake.
For me to notice the benefits of the herbal Buhner protocol it took a long time. I was focusing only on lyme, and I did treat other infections but never had signs of herxes.... I want to say that results came in about
7 months. Then from there it was a little bit of a roller coaster with many lows. By May I was 80% better but still unable to get out to go running every day and going to the gym consistently. I still was on the 2 miles a week run and still having bad days 30% of times
I decided to try the Willy Wiegman protocol and begun also to take bitter Apricot Kernel supplementation. The Apricot kernels contain cyanid and definitely boosted my immune system. I still take 40-50 mg of apricot every day.
Willy Wiegman protocol abx combination (pulsed), helped me get over a hump I could not get over with Buhner. This is because, as I found out, my main infection was never lyme, but bartonella. It is in fact possible that by the time I got to the abx protocol my lyme was in remission. I think Bartonella instead had been my main infection all along without that tell tale signs (except pain under the sole of one of my foot). I probably had it before lyme. But did not show on test since Bartonella CDC test is for 2 strains. I also had mycoplasma which has been resolved now.
I am currently on Bartonella Buhner protocol. My symptoms are very mild and random at the moment and I have been treating Bart since July.
I am back to running 10 to 15 miles a week and going to the gym. I am hoping to feel well enough to get ready for Vancouver marathon (or half marathon) in May, and hopefully meet my friend Evenangel.
Going back to regularly exercise (but not 100% like before lyme) was for me another milestone. I take very high doses of vitamin B3 Niacin (4000mg ) to help me detox, every time I go running.
Exercise helps me definitely to get my immune system to fight these infections.
My protocol was 80% Herbal and 20% abx (I never done abx more than 30 days).
I did also a parasite cleanse with Invermicin and constantly and consistently fast. These things work for me but might not work for you.
Some curious fact, after doing the Willy Wiegman protocol I regained some eyesight. Meaning I needed glasses to txt on phone but now I do not.
I hope this can give hope to some of you.
Do not be scared to try new stuff. I did not discriminate and I tried many things. I did not listen to what others told me to do, if something just did not feel right. I also took risk. You need to stay on herbal protocol for a long time if you choose this road. Consistency is the key, like for everything else. I have been treating for 18 months and never stayed away from more than 36 hours without treating.
I can consider myself 95% -99% improved in a year.
Best of luck.