Japanese Knotweed (100 caps)


In traditional Chinese and Japanese medicine Japanese knotweed has been used to resolve inflammation and poor circulation, as well as being valued as a supportive herb, to counter debility and immune fatigue.  It has maintained a reputation for prolonging the length and quality of life, a quality now supported by Western research due to it’s being an excellent source of Resveratrol which performs the unusual function of mimicking caloric restriction.  Preliminary findings in vitro have indicated that resveratrol also has beneficial actions in reducing the incidence of cardiovascular disease and elevated LDL-cholesterol, and the risk of cancer.

Japanese knotweed, like astragalus, has an adaptogenic or immune-balancing quality, which makes this an effective ally in balancing the body’s immune responses; it can stimulate immune cells, as in Lyme disease, or modulate them, as in an autoimmune disease. This herb is particularly helpful for Lyme disease because of its ability to effectively cross the blood-brain barrier, and address the myriad central nervous system symptoms associated with chronic Lyme disease. By supporting the blood flow to difficult-to-reach regions of the body, Japanese knotweedʼs antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory actions can reach the eyes, joints, and brain. The whole plant, except for the root, is used for the treatment of Lyme disease in many protocols including Stephen Buhner's.

Japanese knotweed is considered to be a safe herb, but it should be avoided during pregnancy. In large doses it can cause gastrointestinal symptoms, such as diarrhea or abdominal pain. The concentrated roots contain emodin, which is used as a laxative.

Dosage: 2 to 3 capsules - twice per day.