Houttuynia cordata is a Chinese medicinal herb that is found throughout Eastern Asia. It has been used
traditionally to treat various types of infections, inflammation, hypertension, sinusitis, pulmonary
tuberculosis and more.
In my clinic I prescribe Houttynia tea for my patients with bartonella and bartonella-like symptoms.
Start by using houttuynia as a weak infusion: 1 tablespoons in 2L freshly boiled water, steeped 15mins and then strained and taken throughout the day, observe for signs of herxheimer reaction (effects of ‘die-off’ from houttuynia’s antibacterial action against a myriad of bacteria). Increase strength of infusion as tolerated.
Decoction: this preparation method allows more phytochemicals from plants to be released into the infusion. Houttuynia leaf also contains parts of woody stems, the slow simmering ensures the important constituents in these woody parts to become available. Directions: Cover 1-2 tablespoons of houttuynia into a stainless steel or glass saucepan, cover with 2-3L of pure cold water, bring to boil, cover with a well fitting lid and simmer over a very low heat for 20-30mins. Once cooled, strain off the herbs and collect the decoction into a suitable jug with a well fitting lid, this decoction can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 48hrs. Take 3-4 cups per day as tolerated.
Not for use in pregnancy or lactation