Teasel Root - Xu duan Dipsacus asperoids root.
Teasel Root Tincture is prepared on-site with 2:1 ratio with distilled grain. (Alc 40% by volume.) The dried, first year root is allowed to steep for several weeks in the time-honored way. No heat is used in the process, thus capturing the optimum potency of the Teasel Root. It is said that herbal tinctures are more easily absorbed into the system than tablets or capsules.
Day one: 1 DROP of teasel root tincture in warm water or tea.
Day two: 1 DROP 2X
Day three: 1 DROP 3x
Day four: 2 DROPS, then 1 DROP, then 1 DROP
Day five: 2 DROPS, then 2 DROPS, then 1 DROP
Day six: 2 DROPS 3x
Day seven: 3 DROPS, then 2 DROPS, then 2 DROPS
Day eight: 3 DROPS, then 3 DROPS, then 2 DROPS
Day nine: 3 DROPS 3x
Continue the 9 drops per day for 6-12 weeks.
PLEASE NOTE: If the above dosage does not seem to be strong enough (whether by your weight or severity of the disease) you may increase to 5 drops 3 times per day. Do not go over 15 drops, three times per day.
Below is an article written by the Senior Herbalist (and Registered Nurse) at Crescent Moon Herbals on the uses of Teasel Root.
Lyme Disease: Beyond Antibiotics/The Teasel Root Connection
by Chris Bashaw, RN
As the warm weather begins to once again make its way into our life so does the threat of Lyme, a tick-borne wickedness here in New England. Lyme disease is a bacterial infection caused by a "spirochete" (spirochetes are long, thin, spiral-shaped bacteria that have flagella or tails). In the United States, the actual name of the Lyme bacterium is Borrelia burgdorferi. In Europe, another bacterium, Borrelia afzelii, also produces Lyme disease.
A variety of ticks found on deer protect the bacterium in their stomachs; these ticks spread the Lyme disease when they bite the skin, allowing the bacterium to infect the body. Lyme disease is not contagious from one affected person to another, but is known to cause abnormalities in the skin that begins with a characteristic rash, and may be followed weeks to months later by neurological, cardiac or joint abnormalities as a result of this tick-transmitted inflammatory disorder. The spirochetes paralyzes multiple aspects of the immune system; the organism is then without defenses against many microbes which can cause secondary infections.
Modern medicine often treats this with antibiotic therapy, typically doxycycline (Vibramycin), amoxicillin and/or cefuroxime axetil. The standard therapy of 4-6 weeks of antibiotic treatment is not sufficient to treat chronic Lyme disease; the treating of long-term Lyme disease is often very expensive. Traditionally insurance companies have disputed treatment due to that high cost. Chronic Lyme disease is often a life-long illness.
It was 1975 when Lyme disease showed itself to the modern world through a group of children who lived near each other in Lyme, Conn.; the children were originally diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. Further investigation of this remarkable grouping of infirmity led researchers to identify the cause as a bacterial source of the children's condition, what was then termed "Lyme disease" in 1982. Lyme disease has shown up most often in the northeastern United States, but it has been reported in all 50 states, as well as China, Europe, Japan, Australia and the parts of the former Soviet Union. In the United States, it is mainly limited to the northeast from the state of Maine to Maryland, in the midwest in Minnesota and Wisconsin, and in the west in Oregon and Northern California.
There are more carriers of Lyme disease than just the deer tick. There is a tremendous misunderstanding regarding the vector or carrier that passes on Lyme disease. First of all, the familiar tick vector called the deer tick (Ixodes dammini) and black-legged ticks (commonly called deer ticks, Ixodes scapularis) are more prevalent and spreading wider than reported. Secondly, these ticks are not the only vector able to transmit the Borrelia species. Several other tick species such as the Lone Star ticks (Ammblyoma americanum), western black-legged ticks (Ixodes pacificus), and wood ticks or dog ticks (Dermacentor variabilis) can transmit it too. Unfortunately, health officials to both the public or medical community are not reporting this significant information. The widespread distribution of these tick vectors greatly increases the prevalence of Lyme disease well beyond that of official government reports. It is important to understand the potential danger of all tick bites, not only that from the deer tick.
And though this article is not on how to diagnose Lyme disease, it is recommended that one find a practitioner specializing in Lyme diagnosis and treatment.
A natural treatment, which can be safely used, adjunctively with modern antibiotic treatment, is the use of Teasel Root. Teasel is a common name for some members of the Dipsacaceae, a family of chiefly Old World herbs found mostly in the Mediterranean and Balkan areas but can range from India and to South Africa. Species of Dipsacus and Scabiosa have become widely naturalized in America. Scabiosa, commonly called sweet scabious, mourning bride, or pincushion flower (for its head of small, lacy flowers) includes several ornamentals and was formerly used as a remedy for scabies.
Fuller's Teasel (D. fullonum) is a noxious biennial weed whose heads of small flowers bear sharp prongs and have been used in the textile industry for teasing or raising the nap on wool. Teasels are classified in the division Magnoliophyta, class Magnoliopsida, order Dipsacales. The Chinese Dipsacus japonica and Xu duan Dipsacus asperoids whose names mean "Restore What Is Broken" truly sum up the powerful healing properties of this valuable herb.
The potential of using Teasel Root as a magnificent partner for individuals with chronic Lyme disease, which is further, outlined in Matthew Wood’s book, “The Book of Herbal Wisdom”. Wood writes, “After entering the body through a tick bite, the spirochetes burrow into the muscles where they settle down to live. Here they produce chronic inflammation and pain, with destruction of muscles and joints. People become like the broken-down ‘tertiary syphilitics’ described in old medical text books”.
When combined with prescribed antibiotics to treat the secondary infections, and St. John’s Wort to heal the actual nerve damage produced by the infection, Teasel Root’s anti-inflammatory effects work on the spirochete’s damaging consequences arresting the dis-ease process. (It is important to note that Teasel has also been successful in the treating of Fibromyalgia, as well). Teasel root has also been effective in treating canines diagnosed with Lyme disease.
Each herbalist has his or her own treatment remedy for using Teasel Root and I am no different. And each remedy, though a little different, seems to work. Remember, for each Lyme disease diagnosis there will be an equal number of unique results, so before starting a regime of Teasel Root consult a qualified herbal practitioner for an individualized appropriate, and most of all successful treatment.
Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, prevent or cure any disease. Customers are reminded that it is entirely of their own accord, right and responsibility to make educated choices with their own, and their family's, health care. Always consult a physician prior to the use of any herbal product or service.)