Feb 24 2009
When you are infected with Epstein Barr virus, your body mounts an immune response in order to clear the virus from your system. As well as symptoms like a sore throat, coughing, fever and swollen glands (which we discussed in an earlier post), you can also experience debilitating fatigue, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting. Let’s have a look at these symptoms in more detail.
Fatigue is your body’s way of telling you to slow down, go to bed and sleep! In order to fight Epstein Barr you need to rest your body, so any energy can go toward healing your body.
I understand that committments to work, study, family and sport can be important, however it is vital that you rest your body in the early stages of this illness. If you continue to push yourself, you will prolong your illness or suffer from complications.
One of the Scandinavian countries enforce a mandatory rest period of a few weeks after people are diagnosed with mononucleosis to ensure the symptoms do not become chronic. It would save a lot of suffering if this practice was adopted worldwide!
Diarrhea speeds the evacuation of bugs and their toxins from the gastrointestinal tract. If you have diarrhea it is advisable to rest your gastrointestinal tract by consuming only water or fluids like broths, until the condition clears. Medication like Lomotol can stop diarrhea temporarily but may worsen other symptoms like nausea or abdominal pains as the infection is not being eliminated. Medication can also prolong the length of the illness.
Nausea and vomiting
These symptoms are the body’s way of emptying the stomach of dangerous substances or bugs. Nausea can also indicate that your liver has been infected with the Epstein Barr virus.
The best approach for nausea and vomiting is to cut down your food intake – preferably by doing a liquid only diet or a light diet of dried toast, broths and soups with no fats, dairy, alcohol or sugar. This will ensure that less energy is needed for digestion, more for fighting the infection. To quell the nausea, ginger, peppermint or spearmint tea may be drunk. If you are vomiting regularly then an electrolyte replacement drink may be needed. Avoid taking medications that suppress the symptoms and allow you to eat. These medications may prolong the healing process.
Epstein Barr treatment
If you have been diagnosed with Epstein Barr, it is important to rest your body, drink plenty of pure water and support your immune system with vitamins, minerals, herbs, an immune-boosting diet and lifestyle improvements. These natural treatments for Epstein Barr are discussed in detail in the e-book “Nature’s Amazing Mononucleosis Cures” by naturopath Elizabeth Noble.
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