Teasel root tincture

Dear Stephen,
I was diagnosed with lyme disease 2 years ago by an alternative therapies doctor having spent the previous 5 years up and down at my local G.P. who didn’t seem to have a clue what was going on. I took a course of antibiotics (about 3 weeks) and was advised that I was cured albeit that my symptoms seemed to worsen. I am 100% certain that I still have this disease. But having had such a bad time with the antibiotics, I have decided to take a holistic approach. I’ve read your book with interest and Matthew Wood’s book as well. I am currently being treated by a great herbalist and am taking teasel root tincture. In the last week and a half, I’ve increased the dose from 1 drop 3x daily to now 10 drops 3x daily and can’t really see a great effect and haven’t herxed at all. I’ve read that teasel root tincture does not work for everyone and I’m wondering if that might be the case for me or whether it is too soon to tell. My symptoms are predominantly inflammation in the pelvic area and especially my pelvic bone with pain in my abdomen. I was originally bitten on the top of the leg and the inflammation seemed to travel from there to my pelvic area. I’ve also experienced problems with my periods lessening and shock-like pains in my head and neck. When I took the antibiotics I also experienced a lot of hair loss and extreme pain in my head but this seems to have lessened in the last 2 years. I’m from Scotland so unfortunately there doesn’t appear to be a lot of information on this disease or a lot of lyme literate doctors. Any assistance or advice would be much appreciated.

Stephen’s response:
I would urge you to try both Japanese knotweed and stephania as well as cat’s claw. Teasel root does generally help with arthritic inflammations; it sometimes helps those with the disease itself though from my experience this is pretty hit and miss. Some people do respond to low dose teasel tincture, many do not. I generally start people off at the 3 drop dosage but if after a week there is no improvement I up the dose and continue to do so for a month or so. My preferred dosages for most herbs are high and I think that up to 1 tsp of teasel 3x daily is fine for most people and often the higher dose is necessary. You might also have GI tract lyme in which case I would highly suggest the use of grapefruit seed extract for a week or two to see how you respond while at the same time taking something like Pepto Bismol as the lyme spirochetes are very sensitive to bismuth.
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posted on October 7, 2011 in Herbs, teasel root

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  • Anna McCarthy

    October 9, 2011 at 10:50 pm

    However Pepto Bismol can cause deafness with repeated use, as it says on the package. My own mother went quite deaf with it and a good friend was doing Teitlebaum’s protocol and started going deaf when she read the package. I would like to do more but am now very leary….But thanks so much for all your good ideas.

    • Marie

      February 11, 2013 at 11:00 pm

      I’m not sure but I think the issue with Pepto Bismol is more in the additives and aluminum it contains and there are cleaner more pure forms of bismuth that could probably be used with less risks? I know Thorne formulas has one that contains Bismuth.

  • Michael

    April 27, 2012 at 7:34 pm


    I’m interested in starting the teasel root tincture. I’ve had lymes for 1.5 years now and while I’ve responded well to antibiotics for short periods of time, I just can’t kick it. I’ve stopped antibiotics for the most part and I’ve been on the vitamin C/salt regimen for about 6 months and I really started to improve but as of late it seems to have become less effective.

    1. What is the success rate of teasel root?
    2. How long do I have to take it?
    3. Are there any precautionary measures?

    I saw lady barbaras YouTube vid and I’m willing to try anything at this point. I’ve all but given up on life and can’t count on any doctor. Please help me.


    • Jody

      June 26, 2013 at 9:49 am

      Dear Michael,
      You are ahead of the game when you looked to alternative medicines. 10 years ago I first contracted Lyme Disease and had the rounds of antibiotics. Pronounced CURED! Now I get sicker and sicker with what doctors call: Thyroid disorders, Fibrmyalgia, MS, Cronic Fatigue syndrome. I have not been able to find anyone to recognize cronic Lyme, until now. Teasel was recommended to me and I found this website! This is the first HOPE I have found after all these years.
      So my message to you friend, don’t give up. There is so much more out there than there was 10 years ago. Lyme is terrible to suffer with, I know.
      Our bodies are designed to repair themselves and when we give them the right medicines, natural, of course, we can heal despite all.

  • Mom

    August 19, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    Dear Michael,

    I’m so sorry you are struggling with this rotten, rotten disease. Don’t give up, honey. Don’t give up. Keep learning, studying, and believing you get get the help you need. The terrible thing about Lyme and its co-infections is everyone responds so differently.

    The doctor I’m currently seeing is in the process of starting a clinical trial with Ozone therapy. This is quite exciting as it does not consist of antibiotics which we all know messes up our gut. Instead a portion of your blood is taken out, infused with pure oxygen (which kills the bad guys) and then is put back into your body. This helps your immune system to wake up and recognize the bad guys. I told the doc, “Count me in!”

    Unfortunately, due to the political/medical climate of Lyme, we patients are struggling against a current that is much stronger than we are – especially when we are already weakened physically, mentally, and even spiritually.

    FYI, while waiting weeks to be seen by a Lyme literate doc, I followed an herbal protocol from a friend who is a master herbalist. I went on a completely raw diet and downed 16 cloves of crushed garlic/day (depending on garlic, however, listen to your body some is much stronger than others, your body will tell you how much you can handle). Then I discovered virgin organic coconut oil which I would make a ball with the garlic and it helped the digestion much! It also has excellent antiviral/fungal/microbial properties. Then I began a parasite cleanse with bitter herbs (tinctures). I also took an herbal bowel mover to get the bad guys out of my colon. I would try to drink 2-4 Tbs of green drink/day as well – which had all manner of things in it including chlorella. All of my worst symptoms disappeared (heart flip/flops, encephalitis type pain, lightning flashes in my head). However I suspected the spirochetes were in hiding – and rightly so! As I started a pulse-type antibiotic therapy I herxed after the first dose, so I know they had to be lured out. All that to say that we need to constantly change up our regimen to hit them and catch them when they least expect it. They are smart little buzzards.

    You can win this battle dearie. Don’t quit.


  • Theresa Lee

    November 1, 2013 at 10:38 am

    I a a 57 yr old woman who was infected in 1974 at age 18. I got deathly ill, but in 1974 no one knew what it was. It was “mono”.
    I “appeared” to get over it and was ok till age 40. I totally collapsed. Not one conventional doctor could diagnose me . “You have chronic fatigue. Go home and take a nap.” ” you have low blood pressure. Wear really tight hose.” “It’s menopause. Get over it.”

    I am now 57 and totally bedridden. Any symptom you’ve ever read about lymes, I have. Please, is there any help ? Please.

    • Sonja

      December 18, 2013 at 11:45 pm

      Dear Teresa,
      It helps a lot. However, minerals and vitamins are needed to support our immune system. The probiotics are needed every day as well. The diet is very important. Please read http://www.recipesforrepair.com/diet.html
      If you want to contact me ask the web provider to give you my email address. Good luck. Sonja

  • Betsy

    November 12, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    Good luck everyone! I have 2 friends that “have” it and now my dog is lame and arthritic and suffering from it….after 30 days of doxycycline…which is so bad for bones….ready for anything and everthing alternative…thanx for some ideas and keep your head(s) up…here are some others:”Spirochete” from Kroeger Herbs, D-Lenolate olive leaf extract and the homeopathic Ledum palustre 1M, bee Propolis Formula, Lomatium Formula and Waltheria Formula, Green Terrestrial’s Auntie Lyme tea…and then immune stimulating herbs, echinacea, goldenseal, and chaparral…Chinese astragalus and Ayurvedic Ashwaganda………….Happy healing and blessings!!

  • Jinj

    January 15, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    Prima Una DeGato 2x daily has been a huge help. Slowly work up to 5 drops to not get herx reaction. I use with Graprfruit seed extract 1x daily to sour blood and force spirochetes out into blood for cats claw to kill. And Colloidal Silver…Invive 1100 ppm 2x daily

  • Astrid

    June 29, 2014 at 4:42 am

    I really don’t know if I have lime, bud I’m having health problems my whole life. I was diagnosed with severe mercury poisoning when I was 42 (confirmt with labtests). I developed that when I was 23 (a dentist poisoned me). I did get the diagnose CFS (confirmt with a nitrostresstest). After All my amalgams where removed I started feeling better, but seven years ago my health took a new dive after something that look as a severe intestinal infection. At the same time I had severe pain in my hip, but I thought this was unrelated. I cannot remember any tick-bite bud when I was 17 I developed ulcers on my arm and the docter thought it was from a hornet. I’m 62 now and my brother pointed me at possible Lyme so I asked a test by my dokter. It came back negative but I know these tests are not good (my dokter disagreed). I wend to I health practitioner who did a Life blood analyses. He pointed me to only one spirogate, bud also one L Form, and a cyst form. We also saw a little black parasite climb out of one of my red blood cells, he thought it was probably babesia. The health practitioner thought I had Lyme but he is not a dokter so he cannot officially diagnose me. His priscription was arthemesia, Teasel and later serrapeptase. He did say it was tricky because of my history with mercury-poisening.
    After reading your book I decide to tray very carefully the teasel tincture (i’m very sensitive and cannot even take most vitamins and homeopathics drive me nuts).
    I started last Saturday with two drops in the morning and two in the evening. Tuesday night a started feeling cramps in my intestines. Wednesday I took the last dose because the complaints where to severe. Anxiety, laying awake whole nicht, burning intestines and stools (with some blood), depressive thoughts, leverpain, a to active brain in combination with brain fog, palpations, neckpain and headage. Dead feeling in my face and pain in my eyes. Loss of appetite. I stopped the Teasel at Wednesday and still have al the symptoms, neck-pain and liver-pain are more severe, bud I did steep 5 hours.
    Is there anywhere a good test that can confirm if lime is the cause. Can you have such a severe reaction from teasel if you don’t have lime. I live in the Netherlands and here there are no good tests at al. Hope for an answer. Is there anything I can do to stop this reaction.

  • Diana

    July 13, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    I was originally diagnosed with MS in 2011. When I got worse every day, and NEVER got better, I started researching if my health issues might be caused by something else. I kept seeing the word “Lyme” – so in April, 2014 I got my blood tested. Positive for Lyme! And, it horribly turns out, the MS meds I was so diligently taking made the Lyme worse. I start treatment with my LLMD on 7/24/14. I hope I can recover to start living my life again!

    • Ashley

      July 26, 2014 at 5:34 am

      I am so glad you found the correct diagnosis. You are a smart one:) I am sorry you have been sick. Good luck with treatment! You will get better it just takes time. So be patient:) and be POSITIVE! Very important.

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