Japanese Knotwood

December 14, 2019

Japanese knotwood is widely used by clinicians in the treatment of Lyme disease and coinfections. While generally considered safe, it should only be used under the care of a physician. According to master herbalist Stephen Buhner some of the known side effects are:

  1. Loss of taste that resolves one week after stopping the herb
  2. dry mouth
  3. nausea and vomiting
  4. bitter taste in mouth
  5. diarrhea
  6. abdominal pain

The herb is contraindicated in pregnancy.


Healing Lyme, Buhner, p. 339.