Epstein-Barr Virus
Answered by: Susan Eagles
Question from: Loretta
Posted on: June 18, 1998

I was recently diagnosed with Epstein-Barr Virus. What can I use for it? I know almost nothing about it. I’m presently taking Prozac.

The Epstein-Barr virus is a member of the herpes group of viruses. It is often a latent virus in humans that develops into syndromes such as infectious mononucleosis and chronic fatigue (myalgic encephalomyelitis) when the immune system is deficient. Stress and anxiety are factors in decreasing immunity, as are other infections, antibiotic or steroid treatment and chemotherapy.

Treatment includes elimination of toxins, reduction of external toxins such as in food and drugs and enhancing the immune system.

In the diet, it is important that fresh fruit and vegetables are major items, because they help with detoxification. Food additives, preservatives, colourings, alcohol and sugar products must be eliminated because they add to toxicity. Whole, unprocessed food will give you maximum nutrition value.

The organs that are involved in elimination of toxins are the liver, bowel, kidneys, the lymphatic system, skin and lungs. These will be supported by gentle daily exercise and stress reduction. Herbs that will help are: St. John’s Wort, which is anti-viral and anti-depressant, Dandelion root, which strongly supports the liver and digestive system in their roles in detoxification; Vervain (Verbena officinalis), which helps to relieve tension and supports the liver and kidneys; Licorice, which supports the adrenal glands which are taxed by stress; Poke Root (Phytolacca decandra or americana) which supports the lymph system ( Note: Phytolacca is very effective, but a strong herb that can cause vomiting in large doses. Dosage must not exceed that given on the bottle, and it should be used only for a short time. Red Clover is a good alternative). The above herbs can be taken in tincture form, 3 times a day, dosage as recommended in the product literature.

As a tea, a combination of Chamomile and Fennel is calming and will help the digestive system

Valerian is the herb used for anxiety. It calms the mind without sedating.

Siberian Ginseng (Eleuthrococcus) is an anti-viral, anti-stress stimulant tonic which helps revival from physical and mental exhaustion.

The immune system can be stimulated with daily intake of Echinacea, Astragalus root, Vitamin C and Garlic, and stress reduction techniques such as meditation, Yoga, Tai Chi and relaxation tapes.

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