Can you cure Lyme disease with an invasive weed?

February 13, 2012
Volume 3    |   Issue 09

As you may know, Lyme disease is growing epidemic in the U.S. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says “Lyme disease is the fastest-growing infectious disease in the U.S., with more than 20,000 new cases reported each year.” That’s “reported” cases. There may be up to 200,000 cases each year, as the CDC estimates that only one in ten cases is reported.

Unfortunately, most doctors don’t know how to treat Lyme disease. Their first inclination is antibiotics, which can work if you catch the disease early. The Lyme bacterium is a spirochete, much like a corkscrew. If it’s in the bloodstream, antibiotics can kill it. But once it digs into tissue, the antibiotics can’t reach it.

What’s more, Lyme is tough to diagnose. The spirochetes can dig into a variety of different tissues, which can cause a variety of different symptoms. It can masquerade as a variety of different illnesses as well.

Some herbs are very effective at treating Lyme disease, including Cat’s Claw and Andrographis. But herbalists are now focusing a lot of their attention on the healing abilities of Japanese knotweed.

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You see, Japanese knotweed is an extremely beneficial plant (unless you’re a gardener, of course). Surprisingly, this invasive weed is loaded with resveratrol. That’s right! It has tons of this wonderful bioflavonoid that’s great for your heart, your brain, and your immune system. In fact, many resveratrol supplement manufacturers use Japanese knotweed as their source for resveratrol rather than grapes. Both are excellent sources.

So, can this invasive weed really cure Lyme disease? Well, Stephen Buhner, an herbalist and author of Healing Lyme, recommends a protocol using Japanese knotweed, Cat’s Claw, Andrographis, and other herbs. “From what I have seen over the past years,” says Buhner, “about 70-80% of people clear their Lyme completely using the protocol, 10-20% continue to need some sort of supportive protocol, that is, the symptoms are gone while on it but return to some extent if it is discontinued completely, and about 5-10% don’t respond to the protocol.”

If you suffer from Lyme, consider picking up a copy of Buhner’s book and trying his protocol. It’s worth it, as modern medicine has little to offer. Please let me know how it works for you. I’d love to hear your story.

Don’t have Lyme? You can still benefit from Japanese knotweed. Japanese knotweed is completely safe to eat and take as a supplement. You can find the plant just about anywhere, and there are recipes for preparing it on the Internet. Most involve steaming it like you would asparagus. It’s best to harvest the shoots in early spring when they are especially tender.

You can also find plenty of Japanese knotweed supplements as well. They’re at most health food stores and on the Internet. If you’re taking Advanced Resveratrol Formula or Advanced Greens Formula, you’re already getting the great benefits of this invasive weed.

Your insider for better health,

Steve Kroening

Steve Kroening is the editor of Nutrient Insider, a twice-a-week email newsletter that brings you the latest healing breakthroughs from the world of nutrition and dietary supplements. For over 20 years, Steve has worked hand-in-hand with some of the nation's top doctors, including Drs. Robert Rowen, Frank Shallenberger, Nan Fuchs, William Campbell Douglass, and best-selling author James Balch. Steve is the author of the book Practical Guide to Home Remedies. As a health journalist, Steve's articles have appeared in countless magazines, blogs, and websites.


Buhner, S.H. Healing Lyme: Natural Healing and Prevention of Lyme /borreliosis and Its Coinfections. Silver City, NM Raven Press. 2005.

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