Glandular Fever

Article by Angela Haldane

Q. My daughter caught glandular fever three months ago, and now it keeps relapsing when she exerts herself. What is the best natural way to overcome this?

A. Glandular fever is an infectious disease that affects the lymph nodes in the neck, armpits and groin. It is caused by the Epstein-Barr Virus (a strain of herpes virus) and is characterised by above normal numbers of monocytes in the blood and swollen lymph nodes throughout the body. Symptoms usually commence 30 to 50 days after infection with the Epstein-Barr Virus.

Herbal medicine treats glandular fever very effectively. Herbs such as Astragalus membranacous builds long-term immunity, thus preventing a relapse. Eleutherococcus senticosis is a ginseng that helps the individual withstand stress – environmental and occupational – so your stamina increases. These two herbs are available on this website as Immune Booster formula.

Zinc acetate or zinc gluconate lozenges may help to prevent and treat glandular fever (by inhibiting the replication of the virus that causes it). It also reduces inflammation of the mucous membranes and glands, it improves the feeling of wellbeing and a return of appetite. These benefits were reported to occur within 1 to 3 days of starting the treatment.

Regular savoury protein in your diet, warm clothing and early nights will also help to speed up recovery.