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It is a fact that prescription drugs can do more harm than good during mononucleosis treatment. Fortunately, there are some great herbs you can take to boost your immune system and naturally relieve your symptoms.

Let’s take a look at the most popular ones:


Echinacea stimulates the immune system by increasing the activity of white blood cells. It has been shown to help the lymphatic system and relieve glandular inflammation.

Echinacea is usually taken as a tincture (in an alcohol base). It is also available in capsule or tablet form for those who do not like liquids. During mononucleosis treatment, you can take echinacea every 2 hours and gradually decrease the frequency to three times a day as symptoms improve.

When buying echinacea, try getting a mix of Echinacea purpurea root with Echinacea augustifolia. This seems to be the most effective combination for monotherapy.

Olive leaf extract

One of the most effective herbs for treating mononucleosis is olive leaf extract. This wonderful herb stimulates phagocytosis, the process by which white blood cells ingest harmful microorganisms and foreign matter.

Olive leaf extract can be taken as a capsule or liquid three times a day.


Astragalus is particularly useful for the treatment of chronic mononucleosis, as it strengthens the immune system and rebuilds strength and endurance. It is the herb of choice for persistent or recurring infections.

Astragalus should not be used in children with a fever because, according to Traditional Chinese Medicine, it can make the fever last longer or get stronger. Astragalus’s effects on the immune system make it inappropriate while taking corticosteroids, antivirals, or immunosuppressant medications.

Herbs to reduce mucus.

If you have a lot of mucus in your respiratory tract, then garlic, horseradish, fenugreek, goldenseal, and licorice are particularly good. Sage or thyme are also great when brewed into a tea and drunk three times a day.

Herbs to lower fever

For high fevers, coriander tea or blades can lower the temperature and make you feel a little more comfortable. You can make a tea with 2 teaspoons of crushed coriander seeds filtered in 1 cup of boiling water for 20 minutes. For blade tea, use 2 to 3 teaspoons of the dried herb (stems and small leaves) per cup of water. Drink 1 cup three times a day.

Herbs for anxiety, insomnia and depression.

Certain herbs called “nervins” can help reduce anxiety, tension, and stress associated with treating mononucleosis. Valerian is the best known non-addictive mild sedative and nerve painkiller. The cap, hops and passionflower are also useful. St. John’s wort (Hypericum) is particularly good for mild depression. Ginseng is an herb famous for protecting the body against stress and fatigue. It is particularly useful for the treatment of mononucleosis, as it works by strengthening the adrenal glands, which are often depleted or depleted in this disease.

Buying your herbs

You can buy your herbs alone or in combination in a commercial preparation at your health food store. A herbalist can also prepare them specifically for you. Most herbs are available as teas, liquids, tablets, or capsules.

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