i have been using Buhner herbs including Cryptolepis for 5 years - and also making my own tinctures for 3years - so will pass on a bit of a brain dump on Cryptolepis
Cryptolepis is very strong tasting, like strong soil / earthy and strong woody taste together - unmistakeable once tasted.
the roots are used and should be long and spindly with a brittle pale yellow cork like outer half that cracks off the inner tougher higher lignum containing inner half.
its very tough to grind down fully - due to the tough inner
the tincture should also be bright yellow - yellow enough to die cloth with a pretty bright colour
a ratio of 5 parts liquid to 1 part dried finely ground(important) herb to liquid is recommended and the liquid should be 40% water 60% alcohol. it is also important to be slightly acidic. as many of the active compounds in Cryptolepis are only highly soluble in acidic media. so add 15ml of apple cider vinegar per 500ml of menstruum or similar.
the tinctures are typically macerated for 4 weeks - and should be shaken vigorously every day - to stop a kind of sediment forming and preventing further extraction of active compounds.
Buhner's dose for Babesia is 5ml 3x - and he reports others who failed this regime have had success at high dose Cryptolepis tincture at 3x 15ml a day
so although herx / flare might be a limiting factor - i think if it were me i would want to get to at least the recommended dose.
for info / reference - i have this issue also - and started on 10 drops( 0.25ml) 4x a day of a combination tincture including - sida, alcornea, Cryptolepis, houttuynia and mahonia (a berberine herb) and had flares - some quite severe - but over time (18months) have built up to pretty much max Buhner doses - a total of 5ml 4x a day (so 20x more than when i started) - and now that i have stopped ramping up the dose - the flares seems to have stopped and symptoms seem to be gradually improving
Post Edited (Garzie) : 4/29/2021 7:48:29 AM (GMT-6)