The Buhner Protocol

Using Herbs to Stay Healthy


Take tinctures #1 through #3 to help stay healthy. For this 1:2 concentration, the precautionary amount is 1 and 1/4 tsp 3 times per day. If you are unwell, take double the precautionary amounts of all three tinctures. 
Children's Amount:
Take the child’s weight in pounds, divide by 150, then multiply by the adult amount.
Alcohol Content:
The herbs are extracted in 50% cane sugar alcohol. You can dilute the alcohol if desired by mixing the tincture in a bit of water or juice. A second option is to mix it with boiling water and let sit to allow the alcohol to evaporate.
Another method is to set out the recommended daily amount overnight in a mug and the alcohol will evaporate, leaving the herbal residue behind. Then add a a cup of water and stir. Drink 1/3 in the morning, 1/3 in the afternoon, and 1/3 in the evening. Refrigerate between doses.
Store the products out of direct sunlight. The extracts will preserve indefinitely if stored properly. The loose leaf tea will lose effectiveness after a year.

Contraindications & Side-effects

Formula #1

Side effects are mostly gastric discomfort and diarrhea. Do not use if pregnant.  Skullcap increases potency of drugs. Exercise caution, especially Type 1 diabetics.

One percent of the users experience a loss of taste. Rare side effects include dry mouth, bitter taste in mouth, vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, and abdominal pain.

None known.

If taken by itself in large dosages or for an extended period can cause pseudoaldosteronism. If used in combination with other herbs it is generally safe. Should be avoided if pregnant. 

In TCM it is contraindicated for those with a deficiency of the spleen with diarrhea.

Formula #2

Cordyceps is a synergistic with cyclosporin A and antidiabetic medications, therefore dosages may need to be reduced.

Contraindicated in pregnancy. May soften bowels.

Some people experience jitteriness if taken at night.

May increase the effects of interferon and acylovir. May decrease the effectiveness of cyclophsphamide. Exercise caution.

Formula #3

Rarely may cause itch, upset stomach, and reduced appetite.

Should not be used with pharmaceutical coagulants or anticoagulatns. Avoid if pregnant.

May irritate the bladder and kidneys in high doses.