Thank you. I just ordered Buhner's book. Can I leave out any of the herbs? I'm trying to figure this out but I think either the japanese knotweed or doxy has been making my brain fog much worse. I stopped doxy yesterday and just taking ceftin for a week but also realized it may be the knotweed causing my symptoms to worsen. I think I was also taking too much underestimating it. I didn't take any last night and only took a couple drops today.
Last night I noticed the fog lift just a little bit more then usual. Today too although it's off and on but not nearly as bad as it's been lately. So I'm writing this down and trying to figure out.
My brain still isn't working normally nor my memory. Not even close but it's a little improvement from the severity the last couple weeks. A couple of my other major symptoms seem a little bit lighter today too.
So, if I find it is the knotweed can I cut it out completely if I decide to try the protocol or just continue taking it at lower levels even if it makes things a little worse? If it turns out to be that and not the doxy? Japanese knotweed is one of the only herbals my llmd suggested from the beginning but never explained why really or what it does.
Also, I received my pinella burbur tincture already today. Since I haven't received my copy of healing lyme yet, how should I take it? Start off low and slow and take it with my other supps everyday?
Hope I'm not asking too much. Just not sure how to use all this stuff just yet. I guess I still have a lot to learn about herxing, detox, diet, etc etc.
This is where my old brain would come in handy!
Thank you all sooo much.
You're welcome! All of us here are pretty happy to help when we can. Consider us an excellent support system!
You can take or leave out anything, and he encourages it. The key is to start one at a time at very low doses and SLOWLY increase. I couldn't tolerate 1 drop of JK each time I tried, so I moved on to the other parts of the protocol. I took eleuthero for a few week, and then began having heart palpitations so I stopped taking that one too. I also chose to not take licorice root as well. Last night I decided to try 1/4 drop of JK, and I am definitely feeling it and herxing, but this time it is tolerable, and I expect that I will be able to slowly take it after all, but we will see. Point of all that -- the protocol is not one size fits and, and Buhner welcomes you to add and subtract and change it as necessary. All of it is just a suggestion, but a really good one!
Writing it all down is such a helpful thing. I have a notebook where I track what I take daily, and my symptoms. That way I can try and see if the herbs cause anything that gets worse. Its a routine that takes some time to establish, but well worth the effort.
Burbur-pinella is actually a part of the Cowden protocol, so you wont find information about
it in the Buhner book. A lot of people can just start taking it full dose and it makes them feel better right away. I tend to be on the sensitive side so I took a slower approach with 5 drops once a day, 10 the next, etc. But after 3 days it was clear that it was helping not making me worse so I went quickly to 20 drops 3x a day. Its also suggested if you have a strong neuro herx or brain fog or similar to take 20 drops every 10 minutes I think, until it goes away. Its a pretty safe tincture.