Natural treatment for mononucleosis – coconut oil and garlic

mononucleosis treatment home remedy

This disease is also known as kissing disease, glandular fever or mono. It is an infectious disease that is caused by the Epstein – Barr virus. This virus belongs to the herpes family and it targets epithelial cells and lymphocytes. Generally present in mucus and saliva, this virus is mostly spread by coughing, sneezing, kissing or sharing straws or utensils. This virus is not spread by any sort of casual contact. This disease is most commonly seen in young adults and adolescents into their early 20s. Older adults are already immune to this virus because they have been exposure of it as children. The most commons signs and symptoms of mononucleosis are a skin rash, headache, swollen tonsils, swollen lymph nodes in the neck and armpits, a fever, a sore throat and fatigue [1]. This disease can also lead to complications such as anemia, jaundice, hepatitis, enlargement of the spleen and swollen tonsils that can make the breathing difficult. There is not proper treatment for mononucleosis because antibiotics do not work against viral infections like mono. It usually heals on its own within two to four weeks. You should know that once you become infected with this virus, it stays in your body for the rest of your life, even though the symptoms of it are not active. The main focus on the treatment is to address the symptoms that are associated with this infection and to boost your immune system. There are some home remedies and lifestyle changes which can be helpful. Talk with your doctor if you have some of the mentioned signs and symptoms of mononucleosis to tell you the best natural treatment for you. You should avoid kissing others for several weeks because this can help to prevent the spreading of infection to others. Also you should not share food as well as dishes and utensils while you are suffering from this disease. You should limit your intake of simple carbohydrates.

Home remedies for mononucleosis

Salt water gargle: One of the most common symptoms of mononucleosis is a sore throat. Salt water gargle is the best home remedy for it [1]. This natural cure will have a soothing effect on the throat and it will reduce the discomforts to a great extent. You should add ½ teaspoon of salt to one cup of lukewarm water. You should stir it well to dissolve the salt. Gargle this home remedy for a few seconds and then spit it out. You should do this natural treatment at regular intervals to get a relief from the sore throat.

Fluids: It is very important to drink plenty of water and other healthy foods, especially when you have a fever. Fluids can help to bring down the fever, prevent dehydration and ease a sore throat. Also the adequate hydration is good for your immune system. Water will help to flush toxins out of your body and they will ensure that your cells and organs are functioning properly. You should drink a lot of water at regular intervals. To get a relief from the sore throat, you can sip warm water. Fruits rich in water content, broth and homemade vegetable juice also can keep your body hydrated. You should be sure to avoid caffeinated and alcoholic beverages, which can lead to dehydration.

mononucleosis home remedy treatmentNatural treatments for mononucleosis

Rest: When you get plenty of rest, then you have effective natural treatment for mononucleosis. This disease can completely wipe you out and to make you feel exhausted, even if you are getting enough sleep at night. You should not push your body through viral fatigue in order to work, because this can make you weaker and to delay the recovery process. You should get a lot of rest and sleep until the fatigue subsides and your energy returns. Whenever you feel tired, you need to listen to your body and then you give it a chance to heal. It is recommended to avoid exercise, sports and other physical activities for a month after the infection starts. Also you should avoid moving around too much because this can increase the risk of rupturing the spleen if it has become enlarged.

Apple cider vinegar: This is also effective natural treatment for mononucleosis. It is rich in antiviral properties which mean that it will kill the virus that is responsible for the infection. Also it is rich in minerals and vitamins that will boost your immune system, which can help to speed up the recovery. You should mix one tablespoon of raw and unfiltered apple cider vinegar to one cup of warm water. You should add a little raw honey and stir it thoroughly. You should drink this home remedy two times per day because this will help you to fight the infection. Also you can mix one to three teaspoons of apple cider vinegar to one cup of warm water. You should gargle with this home remedy several times per day as needed to get a relief from the sore throat. [2]

Vitamin C: This is water – soluble vitamin which is a very important component of mononucleosis treatment regimen. It can support your immune system and it will shorten the duration of this condition. There was one study in which was shown that high – dose intravenous Vitamin C therapy has a positive effect on the duration of EBV infections in which is included mononucleosis and it can reduce the viral antibody levels [3]. A diet rich in Vitamin C can also help you a lot in the treatment of mononucleosis. You should eat foods that are rich in Vitamin C such as oranges, Swiss chards, spinach, tomatoes, blackberries, pineapples, kiwis, grapefruits, lemons, strawberries, broccoli, kale and bell peppers. Also you can take Vitamin C supplement but you need to talk with your doctor about the best dosage for you.

Coconut oil: This natural cure has medium – chain fatty acids which are making it highly effective antiviral agent. This is very effective against influenza and mononucleosis, as well as beneficial for people who have AIDS, hepatitis C, herpes and measles. Coconut oil has lauric acid and other medium – chain fatty acids which are rapidly absorbed by your body and they are used to form monolaurin, which is a monoester that has powerful antibacterial and antiviral activities. Also the coconut oil has array of vitamins and other nutrients which will help to restore the immune function and to improve the overall health. If you want to treat this infection, then you should take a daily dose of extra virgin coconut oil by mouth. Also you can take one to three tablespoons per day until the infection subsides and this depends on your tolerance level. Also you can use this oil in your daily cooking because this will help to prevent infections. [4]

Lysine: This is an amino acid which is good for inhibiting the viral infections as it interferes with the herpes virus replication [5]. When you have a deficiency of l – lysine can make you more susceptible to viral infections. You should take 1500 mg l – lysine supplement on a daily basis in a period of two weeks. You should talk with your doctor before you start using this supplement. Also you can include foods that are rich in l – lysine in your diet such as legumes, nuts, lean meats, fish, cheeses and eggs.

Astragalus: This is a traditional Chinese herbal medicine which can help to boost the immunity. Also it has adaptogen and immune – building properties that will fight the infection very quickly and it will give you a relief from the discomfort. Also it can help you to boost the energy level of your body. [6] You should add a handful of dried astragalus root slices to one quart of water. Boil it and then you should let it simmer for thirty minutes. Then, you should strain it and drink this home remedy two times per day. You can find this home remedy in supplement form but talk with your doctor before you start taking it. Also you need to talk with your doctor if you have an immune disorder before taking astragalus.

Garlic: This natural cure has allicin which is a compound that has antiviral properties. This component will kill the virus which is responsible for mononucleosis. Also it is rich in Vitamin C which can stimulate the production of interferon that is natural virus – fighting substance. Also it has selenium, Vitamin B6 and manganese which can promote the overall health. You should eat two to three raw garlic cloves on an empty stomach every day. Also you can add crushed garlic to your dishes. You should avoid cooking the garlic too much because this can destroy the active compounds. Also you can take garlic supplements but talk with your doctor before you do it. [7]


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