It’s a fact that prescription drugs can cause more harm than good during mononucleosis treatment. Fortunately there are some fantastic herbs which you can take to boost your immune system and alleviate your symptoms naturally.
Let’s have a look at the most popular:
Echinacea stimulates the immune system by increasing white blood cell activity. It has been shown to help the lymphatic system and relieve glandular swelling.
Echinacea is usually taken as a tincture (in a alcohol base). It is also available in capsule or tablet form for those who don’t like liquids. During mononucleosis treatment you can take echinacea every 2 hours and gradually decrease the frequency to three times a day as symptoms improve.
When buying echinacea try and get a blend of the root of Echinacea purpurea with Echinacea augustifolia. This seems to be the most effective combination for mono treatment.
Olive leaf extract
One of the most effective herbs for mononucleosis treatment is olive leaf extract. This wonderful herb stimulates phagocytosis, the process by which white blood cells ingest harmful microorganisms and foreign matter.
Olive leaf extract can be taken as a capsule or liquid three times daily.
Astragalus is particularly useful for chronic mononucleosis treatment as it fortifies the immune system and rebuilds strength and stamina. It is the herb of choice for persistent or relapsing infections.
Astragalus should not be used in children with fevers because according to Traditional Chinese Medicine, it may make the fever last longer or grow stronger. The immune system effects of astragalus make it inappropriate while taking corticosteroids, antivirals or immunosuppressive drugs.
Herbs to reduce mucous
If you have a lot of mucous in your respiratory tract then garlic, horseradish, fenugreek, golden seal and licorice are particularly good. Sage or thyme are also excellent when made up into a tea and drunk three times a day.
Herbs to lower a fever
For high fevers, coriander tea or cleavers can reduce the temperature and make you feel a little more comfortable. You can make a tea of 2 teaspoons crushed coriander seed seeped in 1 cup of boiling water for 20 minutes. For cleavers tea, use 2 to 3 teaspoons of the dried herb (stems and small leaves) per cup of water. Drink 1 cup three times daily.
Herbs for anxiety, insomnia and depression
Certain herbs called “nervines” can help to reduce the anxiety, tension and stress associated with mononucleosis treatment. Valerian is the best known nerve calmer and mild non-addictive sedative. Skullcap, hops and passionflower are also helpful. St. Johns Wort (Hypericum) is particularly good for mild depression. Ginseng is a herb famous for protecting the body against stress and fatigue. It is particularly useful for mononucleosis treatment as it works on strengthening the adrenals which are often run down or exhausted in this illness.
Buying your herbs
You can buy your herbs alone or combined in a commercial preparation from your health food shop. They can also be made up specifically for you by a herbalist. Most herbs are available as teas, liquids, tablets or capsules.