Does anyone have any thoughts on drinking alcohol while taking various herbs like Cat's Claw, Japanese Knotweed, Andrographis, etc?
The reason I ask is because it seems most of these herbs thin the blood, and if you're taking several herbs at a time, which I assume most people are who are trying to treat their Lyme with herbs, it would seem the blood would be pretty thin. Of course, I have heard that most herbs are mild blood thinners only, and not having such a strong effect like an actual blood thinning pharmaceutical medication would, but anyway, do you think it's safe to drink occasionally while taking a combination of herbs being that alcohol is also a blood thinner?
-------------------- Kameron Williams Posts: 3 | From CA | Registered: Apr 2021
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many herbalists including Buhner often prefer tinctures - so there is significant alcohol in those already if taking the kind of extensive lyme protocols he advises. so i think that demonstrates the interaction is minimal
still with Lyme or any inflammatory condition I would be wary of drinking much alcohol as it all adds to the inflammation problem - and causes more load on your liver - which generally in these conditions is already struggling.
a glass of wine once in a while socially will be fine
but getting hammered or just using alcohol regularly to dull your senses as an escape - not good idea.
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Check that with a doctor. Your body might act completely different than the others could. I was taking some pills for my stomach and decided to grab a drink with one of my old friends. The worst decision ever. I was puking all night long afterward and got a massive intoxication. My doctor said that I am an idiot.
The effect of alcohol is that only the first stage dilutes the blood. Hence there is a feeling of lightness and even euphoria. But the next day, the blood becomes twice as thick as it was after drinking alcohol. This stage is well known to many as the hangover syndrome. Therefore, the use of alcohol as a medicine is very doubtful. I was an alcoholic for a long time despite my medical education. It's easy to get bogged down in this swamp, but it's not easy to get out of it. Now I'm a volunteer of the sober support network , and I've been on the hook for a year. My advice is not to hope that alcohol will act on you as a medicine.