Mononucleosis is a common health problem, especially among American teenagers. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that Epstein-Barr virus causes mononucleosis, or mono, in 35 to 50 percent of young adults who develop this infection. Transmission of this virus requires close contact with the saliva of an infected person. Consider natural treatment methods for your mononucleosis, but always talk with a qualified health care provider about the risks and benefits associated with these treatments.
According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, some of the most commonly experienced symptoms of mono include fatigue; muscle weakness; fever; painful swallowing; enlarged tonsils, lymph nodes, spleen and liver; headache; and rash. Most mono-related symptoms appear several weeks after you become infected. Symptoms can last anywhere from one day to several months. People who have had blood transfusions, have a weakened immune system and are between the ages of 15 and 19 have the greatest risk for developing mono.
Effective Herbal Remedies
Certified nutritional consultant Phyllis A. Balch, author of "Prescription for Nutritional Healing," notes that most cases of mono occur in situations where living conditions are crowded and sleeping patterns are inadequate. Balch also states that certain herbal remedies may help treat mono, including astragalus and echinacea to improve the immune system, cat's claw to help fight viral infections and dandelion and milk thistle to help protect your liver health and function. Other beneficial herbs for mono include goldenseal, olive leaf extract, pau d'arco and spirulina.
A Popular Herb
Olive leaf extract is a popular herb for mono. According to Balch, olive leaf extract helps impair the growth of viruses that cause diseases such as mono. In fact, olive leaf extract helps fight all types of viruses, bacteria, fungi and parasites. This herbal remedy also helps combat colds and influenza and is known for its antioxidant properties. Olive leaf extract has been used to help treat chronic fatigue syndrome, diseases associated with diarrhea, psoriasis and inflammatory arthritis.
Herbal remedies often contain constituents that cause profound changes within your body. Certain herbs are not appropriate for every person. You should always discuss the possible side effects and drug interactions with your doctor before using herbal remedies to treat your health problems. A naturopathic physician or a medical doctor who is trained in clinical medicine can tell you which herbal supplements may be best for you and your health problems and which herbs to avoid.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Epstein-Barr Virus
- University of Maryland Medical Center: Mononucleosis
- "Prescription for Nutritional Healing"; Phyllis A. Balch, CNC; 2010