There is a host of herbal remedies for mononucleosis that can accelerate your recovery and keep the Epstein Barr virus that causes mono at bay in the long term.
Let’s have a look at the most popular herbal remedies for mononucleosis:
For the acute, initial stage of mono when symptoms like a sore throat, swollen glands, fever and fatigue prevail, the herb of choice is Olive leaf extract. This herb can penetrate infected cells and stop viruses from replicating. It also stimulates phagocytosis, the process by which white blood cells ingest harmful microorganisms and foreign matter.
Another good remedy for mono, particularly in children, is echinacea. This herb has been shown to stimulate the white blood cells to help kill the virus. Echinacea is available in child-friendly versions which are palatable to kids of all ages.
The cheapest and most accessible of the herbal remedies for mononucleosis is garlic. Garlic is a renowned cure-all for infections, and is readily available world-wide. Garlic can be eaten raw or added to soups, stir frys, teas, juices or salads. In the acute stage of mono, I recommend my patients use one clove a day.
Herbal remedies for mononucleosis in the chronic stage can also be very effective. Astragalus is an all time favorite for treating chronic immune conditions like recurrent mono. It should however not be used when there is a fever, an auto immune condition or when immune suppressant drugs are being used.
There are also specific herbal remedies for mononucleosis to help relieve the mono symptoms. For example, to help ease the discomfort of a high fever, the herbs coriander seed and cleavers can be made into a tea.
To eliminate excess mucous from the respiratory tract, herbs like garlic, horseradish and fenugreek are traditionally used. To relieve inflammation and pain like a red, sore throat, inflamed lymph nodes or muscle pain, the anti-inflammatory herbs like cayenne, ginger and turmeric are showing promising results. Mixed into some medicinal honey, these herbs and spices make a powerful throat soother.
Herbal remedies for mononucleosis when the liver and spleen are affected include milk thistle and red root. These remedies can aid in cleansing the lymph, reducing inflammation and protecting the liver from further damage.
Most of these herbal remedies for mononucleosis are available as teas, tablets, capsules or liquids. They can be sourced from your local health food shop, herbalist or online through a vitamin supplier like iherb.com.
Herbal remedies for mononucleosis should be one of the first treatments you try when recovering from this debilitating illness. Results are usually fast and effective, and come with none of the side effects that conventional medications have.