Researching ways to improve my own Lyme symptoms, I learned about Stephen Buhner’s Healing Lyme protocol, in which Japanese Knotweed (polygonum cuspidatum) plays an important role.
Notably, Japanese Knotweed has become a prevalent presence in the northeastern landscape, arriving about the same time that Lyme disease became epidemic. Coincidence? Somehow, I trust the wisdom of nature as it continually rebalances and heals. When a plant “invades”, it makes sense to look at the bigger picture and explore what the plant has to offer.
And it turns out Japanese Knotweed has so much to offer. I have personally experienced the benefits of this plant with much reduced inflammation in my joints, and fewer and milder “flare-ups”. I’ve also become hugely impressed by how effectively this Japanese Knotweed tincture has been at knocking out any signs of a cold or flu, simply by taking extra doses at the first sign of a sniffle or scratchy throat.
Honoring the healing properties and gifts this plant offers, I mindfully harvest old growth rhizomes from pristine locations near my home in the heart of Vermont. Timing of harvest is crucial to capture maximum medicinal properties. I hand shave nutrient-dense “flesh” from the rhizomes, and pulp this for tincturing. Making the tincture brings me great joy, as I truly sense the healing power of the plant.
I am honored and humbled to play a role in sharing the healing qualities of this plant.