As I mentioned in a previous post, I started taking a new herbal antimicrobial tincture called Quintessence from Bio Pure (Dr. Klinghardt’s company). This tincture contains five herbs popularized by the herbalist Stephen Buhner:
1) Andrographis (modulates autoimmunity, protects heart tissue, and is anti-inflammatory for the central nervous system)
2) Japanese Knotweed (antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, immune modulating, antioxidant)
3) Ceanothus (for coagulation problems, sluggishness in the spleen, liver, and lymphatics. Also antimicrobial for certain coinfections like Bartonella.)
5) Stephania (powerful for eye and ear involvement, balance problems, Bell’s palsy, anti-inflammatory,
I started at 1 drop per day and am slowly working my way up to 30 drops 3x per day as directed. I’m happy to say that it didn’t disagree with me for the first few weeks. Then as I approached 20 drops 3x per day, Wham! The fatigue and malaise hit me like a city bus. I assume that I’ve hit a therapeutic dose and am experiencing die-off, aka, a Herxheimer reaction.
When you tell healthy people that you have fatigue, they say, “Oh yes, I get tired sometimes, too.”
Ahem. I politely try to explain to them the fatigue associated with Lyme Disease and die-off. I say, “Remember when you had the flu? Remember how you couldn’t get off the couch for more than a few minutes and then you had to lie down again? And you felt like crap? Yah, it’s like that… but for days and weeks on end.”
Usually, my fatigue is mild. I have about 4 productive hours a day, then I have to rest in the afternoon, take a short nap, and then I have some functionality in the evening again. But this time the fatigue is crushing. I may have a few mildly productive hours in the morning, and then I’m through. I HAVE to lie down. Ugh. I know some of you out there have it way worse than me, and my heart goes out to you.
I know that low thyroid and poor adrenal function also contribute to the fatigue. Unfortunately, when I take T3/T4 thyroid meds or certain herbs for adrenals, they are far too stimulating for me and exacerbate the heart palpitations. I’ll write more on this subject next time.
So what to do now?
- Back off the Quintessence
- Step up the detox with binders and vitamin C, use a sauna, etc…
- Start taking Eleuthero (Siberian Ginseng) for adrenals and fatigue (given to me by my doctor)
- Take Co Q 10 and L-Carnitine for cellular energy production and cardiovascular support.
- Have a Bioset treatment. This can really calm a bad Herx reaction for me.
And when I feel bad enough I take Tramadol as needed. Tramadol is one of my rescue medications. Not only is it great for acute headaches and body pain, but it works wonders for feelings of general malaise and misery.