I wanted to add that the only supplements that have thrown me in the hurt locker that bad were lymeplus transfer factor and houttunyia...you can search my initial posts on the lymeplus which my dr gave me for provocation before testing.
I know transfer factor stimulates the immune system but can anyone confirm houttunyia is immune stimulating or "modulating" (that term is my favorite /sarcasm)
So i will have a duscussion with my dr about how immune stimulating my gram negative infections is NOT good monotherapy for me, whereas the azithro had an immediate calming effect on my bart? Flare
I don't know what cats claw goes after but thats what he has me increasing. He wants me on rifampin now but i dont see how i can start that one unless i get settled into medicaid and a "van down on the river" as chris farley would say...lol
Per Buhner's bartonella book on p.344, houttuynia is an ANTIMICROBIAL. It is not an immune stimulating/modulating herb.
For what it's worth, I am extremely sensitive. I've been on Buhner's bart prorocol for 12 months now. I have been able to take normal doses or at least large droppers full of the immune supporting and cytokine remodulating and organ supporting herbs.
The herbs I can only take in tiny doses are the antimicrobials: Sida acuta, houttuynia or IHA, and bidens pilosa (babs/CPN protocol).
The only exceptions for me have been cat's claw (an immune stimulator), to which I am most sensitive. The other is Japanese knotweed. Although it is presented as a supporting herb, it does have some antimicrobial actions and causes increased bartonella symptoms (herxes) for quite a few people. I am sensitive to it, but after many months I did get up to 3/4 tsp of the powder 3x day.