Buhner Core Protocol – Mycoplasma

August 5, 2014

In his book Healing Lyme Disease Coinfections, master herbalist Stephen Buhner recommends a protocol that is used by many Lyme patients for the treatment of Mycoplasma infection.

He gives detailed rationale and instructions for both the basic protocol and the supplementary herbs that should be taken for specific symptoms caused by the mycoplasma infection.

In his book, he stresses the protocol should be used only as a starting point and the doses should be adjusted at the discretion of the individual and treating physician.

In fact, many Lyme patients tweak his recommendations depending on their tolerance and individual disease courses.

Many patients have difficulty tolerating the full doses recommended by Buhner and as listed below. They typically use a strategy where they start “low and slow” and gradually ramp up the dose while sequentially initially new herbal medicines.

Core Mycoplasma Protocol

Cordyceps – tincture, 1/4 teaspoon 3X daily; or powder, 1 tablespoon 3X daily; or capsule, 2000 mg 3X daily.

Chinese skullcap – tincture, 1/4 teaspoon 3X daily; or powder, 1 teaspoon 3X daily; or capsules, 1000 mg 3X daily

Isatis – tincture (2/3 root, 1/3 leaves, optimal) – 1/2 teaspoon 3X daily

Houttuynia – tincture, 1/4 teaspoon 3X daily

Sida acuta – tincture, 30 drops 3X daily

N-acetylcysteine – 2000mg in morning, 2000 mg at bedtime

Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol) – 200 IU and 150 mg daily

Olive oil (infused with olive leaf if possible) – 1 oz. in morning and 1 oz. at bedtime

Combination tincture of rhodiola, eleutherococcus, schisandra – 1/2 teaspoon 3X daily

Nutrient foods – daily intake optimal

  • eggs
  • calf or beef liver
  • oysters
  • Brazil nut (one)
  • sesami seeds/tahini
  • avocados
  • chlorella/spirulina/seaweed green drink (1/4 cup mixed in water or juice)
  • pomegranate juice through the day
  • fermented wheat germ extract (very expensive)

There are no peer-reviewed, scientific studies to support the use of the above protocol for treatment of mycoplasma.