This is from Buhner's bartonella book:
Cytokine Cascade Intervention: Japanese knotweed, EGCG with quercetin, and cordyceps. Chinese skullcap, NAC, and Vit E are also of benefit. Chinese skullcap should definitely be added if you are experiencing CNS problems.
Suggests mixing herbs in pomegranate jusce.
Organ Protection: Sida acuta for the red blood cells, hawthorn for the heart, milk thistle for the liver, red root for the lymph system and spleen, and EGCG (with quercetin), l-arginine, and Japanese knotweed for endothelial cell protection.
Immune Support: rhodiola and ashwaganda
Antibacterial Regimen: Alchornea cordifolia, isatis, and houttuynia, and sida acutaBASIC PROTOCOL:
Japanese knotweed: tincture, 1/4 - 1/2 tsp 3x daily
EGCG with Quercetin: 800 mg EGCG plus 1,200 mg quercetin daily
L-arginine: 500-1,000 mg 3x daily
Cordyceps: tincture, 1/4 tsp 3x daily; or powder, 1 tablespoon 3x daily, or capsules, 2,000 mg 3x daily
Sida acuta: tincture, 30-60 drops 3-4x daily
Red root: tincture, 1/4 - 1/2 tsp 3x daily
Milk thistle seed: standardized extract, capsules, 1,200 mg daily
Hawthorn: tincture, 1/4 - 1/2 tsp 3x daily
Rhodiola/ashwaganda combination: equal parts of each: tincture, 1/2 tsp 3x daily
Isatis/houttuynia/alchornea combination: equal parts of each: tincture, 1/2 tsp 3x daily
Vit E (alpha-tocopherol): 200 IU or 150 mg daily (optional)
Pomegranate juiceSPECIAL NOTES:L-arginine:
do NOT take this if you get chickenpox or shingles or have herpes viruses. EGCG:
Buhner gives some pretty detailed instructions on this. EGCG has to be stored in the refrigerator. Don't expose it to the air for any length of time. Taking it with hard water affects its absorption. (Take with distilled water.) Taking it with milk will inactivate it and make it useless. Try to get a supplement with at least 80 percent total catechins, at least that amount of polyphenols, and 50 percent or so of EGCG. Dosage range is 400-800 mg daily. Take it with 1,200 mg quercetin daily - both at the same time in the morning. If you don't want to take EGCG supplements, you could instead drink green tea throughout the day.Doses:
Buhner's doses tend to be very high. Some of us never even close to his starting doses because we are too sensitive. If you turn out to be one of the sensitive people, don't despair. Just take whatever dose you're able to.
I don't follow the above protocol exactly. Instead of tinctures, I take Japanese knotweed in powder form and I take capsules of hawthorn, rhodiola. I've taken both capsules and powder forms of ashwaganda. I take rhodiola capsules only twice a day - morning and afternoon and ashwaganda once a day at night. (Rhodiola can give you energy and ashwaganda can make you sleepy.)Extras:
With severe brain/CNS involvement:
1. Chinese skullcap tincture, 1/4 tsp 3x daily, plus . . .
2. Greater celandine tincture, 1/4 tsp 3x daily plus . . .
3. Kudzu root tincture, 1/4 tsp 3x daily
He also recommends greater celandine and kudzu root for neural (nerve) pain.
1. Pasque flower tincture, 10 drops each hour as long as necessary or
2. Motherwort tincture , 1/4 -1/2 tsp up to 6x daily or
3. Coral root tincture, 30 drops (one dropperful) up to 6x daily or
4. Chinese skullcap tincture, 1/4 tsp 3x daily
There's much more, but this is more than enough to get you started. I would advise getting the herbs in the basic protocol plus Chinese skullcap and either kudzu root or greater celandine. I would advise taking the Chinese skullcap along with the basic protocol if you have any CNS or psych symptoms and keep the kudzu or celandine or one of the herbs listed for anxiety/hysteria on hand in case you need it. The last thing you want is to get hit suddenly with intense psych symptoms and have to go run to your local herbal supply store (if you have one) trying to find one of these herbs while you're in that state of mind.