[toc]Infection caused by the Epstein Barr Virus family is commonly called as mononucleosis. Although the infection itself is not deadly there are various symptoms like skin rash, fever, headache, abdominal pain, sore throat, sore muscles, and constant fatigue that cause the major problems for a person suffering from this infection. Also the infection is extremely contagious.
This infection is also called the kissing disease as it is usually spread by kissing another individual or transfer of bodily fluids. This infection can spread rapidly as usually there is a great delay between the symptoms appearing and the contracting of the infection, thus letting it go undetected.
As there is no specific medical treatment recommended for treating mononucleosis, Antibiotics and other medicines are only prescribed to control the symptoms if the doctor notices a chance of any complication developing. Hence self help and natural or home remedies are the best ways to treat mononucleosis.
5 Natural Cures For Mononucleosis
A few changes in the diet can help reduce the symptoms of mononucleosis. Eating more antioxidant rich foods like peppers, green leafy vegetables, blueberries, cherries and tomatoes will help in making the immune system stronger. This will help in fighting off the infection. Foods such as white bread, sugars, other refined foods and red meats must be avoided.
A protein rich diet will help in rebuilding the immune system. Foods such as lean meats, tofu, beans and cold water fish are abundant sources of proteins. Use oils such as olive oil for cooking which have tremendous health benefits. At the same time foods containing trans fatty acids, fried foods, processed foods and margarine must be avoided.
Various supplements can be taken along with a healthy diet to boost the immune system. Omega 3 fatty acids help to decrease inflammation. Cold water fish like halibut or salmon are excellent sources of omega 3 fatty acids. For vegetarians and vegans fish oil is also available in the form of capsules. A probiotic supplement containing Lactobacillus or Bifidobacterium taken daily will help restore the flora of the gut and will be very beneficial for the gastrointestinal and immune system. The probiotic supplement must be taken daily first thing in the morning to be effective.
Herbs are effective and natural ways to strengthen and maintain the body’s systems. Various herbs are known to boost the immune system and are highly recommended for treating the symptoms of mononucleosis. Green tea has powerful antioxidant and anti inflammatory effects along with being an immune booster. Astragalus and cranberry have anti viral properties and hence recommended for persons suffering from mononucleosis.
Echinacea is a very effective immune booster. Even common herbs like elderberry, olive leaf extract and garlic have potent antiviral properties and will limit and reduce the number of viruses or viral load in the system. Olive leaf extract is also useful to treat fatigue which is a very common symptom of mononucleosis.
Various Lifestyle changes can and should be employed to ease the symptoms of the disease. A person suffering from mononucleosis must get enough sleep and rest in a day as this will allow the body to recover at a faster pace. Any kind of exertion will only aggravate the situation and increase the chances of relapsing of the disease. Also it must be noted that the mandatory rest period for a person suffering from mononucleosis can range from two weeks to four weeks depending on the severity of the symptoms.
Warm salt water gargles can be very effective in treating the sore throat. A piece of candy or sucking a cube of ice or a Popsicle will keep the throat moist at all times and reduce any kind of throat inflammation or irritation. Drinking plenty of fluid helps to flush out the toxins from the body helping control fever. Habits such as smoking and alcohol consumption must be stopped immediately as they can increase the symptoms of the disease.
A homeopath will always take into account the patient’s intellectual, emotional and physical make up or constitutional type before prescribing medicines. After taking everything into account one prescriptions is made to treat the symptoms of mononucleosis especially fever. Belladonna is given for sudden onset of fever in the early stages and ferrum phosphorium for the people whose fever is accompanied by cough and soreness in the chest.
Mercurius is given to patients with more severe symptoms and will alleviate most of these problems. Phytolacca is given for the inflammation and others such as baryta carbonica, hepar sulphuricum lachesis and conium for boosting general immunity.