In 10-20% of those infected with Lyme disease a normal course of antibiotics (doxycycline is most commonly used) isn’t effective. And even when antibiotics are effective, they can leave you with disturbances in your gut biome. So it’s worth considering if there are effective alternatives.

A recent study tested fourteen different botanical extracts to see if they would kill the bacterium responsible for Lyme. Most effective of all were two herbs: Ghanaian quinine and Japanese knotweed.

Need to find quality source for these or other herbal products? Send me an e-mail and I may be able to help you.

Dr. Lavine has been an innovator in the use of movement and touch to promote health since 1981. He practices in New York City and Princeton, NJ.



  1. Ken Mosley

    Could you give me a good source for these herbs and the recommended dosage

    • Ron Lavine, DC

      The scientific name for quinine is Cinchona officinalis. The scientific name for knotweed is Polygonum cuspidatum. Neither of these is available from my most reliable herbal suppliers. You can find them for sale online. But I can’t vouch for the integrity of any supplier randomly chosen from an online search. Dosage – start with the equivalent of approximately 5 gm per day of raw herb for each of the herbs. But the dose you’ll need will depend on how the herb is extracted and how concentrated the extract is.


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