Awww, Saphirebaby!! I'm still around -and you can email me still or come visit me on the new forum! I'm not "completely gone"! And, I leave this forum in very capable hands. As you said, there are many experienced people here, including Girlie!
You've presented with a tough problem though. Which protocol is right for you is not an easy thing for others to decide - but maybe we can be of help to help you decide? Let's take a look at what you did and the results and some possible reasons. You decide if it's right or not.
The Buhner's protocol was likely effective for you, and that's why you were having troubles. But, not everyone needs every herb in his protocol. It may be that one or more herbs you were trying to get back up on wasn't right for you, or you experienced a pretty bad herx due to trying to go back up to full doses right away.
Once you stopped the treatments, the bacteria saw it's chance to start 'building' again, so when you restarted everything at the same dose, it was just too much too fast.
So, when you went on to Cowden's, it was easier to tolerate - which is nice! But my understanding is that Cowden's mainly works for Lyme (same as the Chronic Tonic - but it doesn't mean either is ineffective), even though they do have some herbs in them for the other infections, for most people it doesn't seem to be the right combination of herbs to treat other infections.
It's really quite common that as we treat one infection, say Lyme (for the sake of the explanation), and as the bacterial loads from Lyme are lowered, we feel the symptoms of the other infections more. This is because the other infections, say Bartonella, become the 'top' infection - the one with the most 'active' bacteria.
Can you stay on Cowden for Lyme and incorporate other herbal protocols for the other infections? If you can afford to do that, it may be a good way for you to go at this point.
So, if you choose to stay on the Cowden, the houttuynia addition may be enough to lower the amount of foot pain you are experiencing, so it's another option you can try.
Also, I have discovered, at least for me, that when my foot pain gets 'over the top', I can use an Essential oil blend called 'Thieves oil' and it will take that foot pain away. I'm not sure if the foot pain is from Lyme or Bart, but it did work for me.
Now, wormwood is known by other names too - in the chronic tonic it's called sweet annie, but it's real name that many of us now recognize is artemesia annua, which is used to treat Babesia, which can cause some serious air hunger, so you may have had a serious herx when you tried to use it. Some people can be so very sensitive to some of these herbs that they must start at less than one drop. That's what I had to do this time to start on Japanese knotweed - and that was 6 months ago, and I'm still not up to the full dose!
Also, do you know if you have the gene mutations that make it harder for us to detox(MTHFR)? What does your detox routine look like? Is it possible that you aren't doing enough to help your body detox? I know I'm guilty of that too from time to time.
I'm sure that others will be along to also add their thoughts, and then you can start trying to see what you might should do.
Again, thank you for your very kind words.
Herb only treatment for Lyme & Bart ended 12/11 - no active symptoms for 2 yrs -Herb only treatment for Babesia ended 12/12www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=30&m=2977364
Had Lyme, Bart, Babs, RMSF, Ehrlichia, Myco, Anaplasmosis, EBV
New set of infections 8/2014 - still treating.
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