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Japanese Knotweed, The Enforcer

In the playground of the body, knotweed says "play fair or go home"


Japanese Knotweed, Polygonum cuspidatum, is considered a highly invasive plant with all sorts of groups trying to eradicate it. We always need to take note…perhaps mother nature is trying to tell us something. Japanese knotweed may very well end up being a plant we cannot survive without! It has many powerful properties that protect the human body from emerging infections such as:


  • Anti-viral

  • Widely anti-microbial

  • Anti-fungal

  • Anti-inflammatory

  • Anti-oxidant

  • Protects the heart - inhibits platelet clumping (blood clots)

  • Balances inflammatory reactions so they stay under control (cytokine cascades)

  • Penetrates biofilms*(see below)

And more…


Bacteria and virus use the body to create extremely organized patterns of inflammation. They actually take over cell functions to suit their needs. The cells are ‘held prisoner’ so to speak to perform only the duties directed by the microbes.


Japanese knotweed, along with other herbs are able to stop these invasions and takeovers . "Knotweed shuts down the pathways the bacteria use to generate the most damaging cytokines and shields the brain from the effects of this inflammation. Knotweed also seems to be able to reduce local immune overstimulation such as with arthritis pain."

Buhner, Herbal Antivirals, Viral Encephalitis page 166 with listed references.


*Breaking up biofilms (gelatinous coatings) is critical in order to eradicate certain bacteria that like to hide out and protect themselves from antibiotic medications. Japanese knotweed is one of the herbs able to accomplish this amazing feat.

Another informative article from Dr. Axe discussing the benefits of Japanese Knotweed as well as the mushroom Cordyceps


Perhaps turning our efforts to utilizing this extremely hearty and useful plant instead of trying to destroy it would benefit not only the human population but the planet as well.




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