Glandular fever (Infectious Mononucleosis) is a viral infection caused by Epstein – Barr virus. Epstein – Barr virus is closely related with herpes virus. It is also known as ‘kissing disease’ because this infectious disease travels through saliva from one person to other. This disease attacks teenagers and young adults. People of 10-25 years age mostly are the victims of this disease.
Sore throat, high fever, swollen glands, pain in joints, headache, fatigue, profuse sweating, muscle pains, pain in stomach and skin rashes are its signs. It is advised to consult a physician because you can be the victim of glandular fever if you have these symptoms persistently. This is a serious disease because it keeps its grip tight on you for months. Many abnormalities, allergies and weak immune system can become a problem for the patient when this disease releases you from its grip.
As medical science does not have any effective medicine to treat glandular fever, certain natural herbs and home remedies can prove effective. Take full rest to fight with glandular fever. Drink plenty of fluids to give strength to your immune system. Eat nutritious diet full of Vitamin C, B and E, zinc, potassium phosphate and minerals for avoiding damage caused by this fever. Light diet after short intervals is advised to the patient. Consume liquid and fruits in huge quantity to recover from weakness fast.
Herbs like dandelion, red clover, violet leaves, wormwood, myrrh, poke root, centaury, linden flower, hops, basil, and amla are good for treating glandular fever. Linden flowers are also beneficial in this case. Boil the leaves of linden flower in water and drink this water twice a day for quick relief.
Dandelion herb is very useful in improving the immune system. You can consume dandelion herb by making its tea or can use its powder (filled in capsules) to prevent this disease. Two cups of dandelion tea are suggested to get rid from this fever. Dandelion herb gives strength to the immune system and improves digestion.
Basil (tulsi) is a queen of all herbs. Its tea is very useful for treating all fevers and infections. Basil is considered as Rambhan (panacea) in herbal cure. Basil not only protects immune system but is also helpful in removing infection from the body. It gives protection to body from the aftereffects of glandular fever. Herbalists have been using basil for centuries to treat infectious diseases. You can also consume basil leaves with honey. Basil leaves are good in taste and very aromatic.
Amla is a good source of Vitamin C and has medicinal values also. Its bottle green color gives coolness to eyes. Amla juice, pickle, and Murabba are available in market. The intake of 2 amlas with milk in the morning is helpful in strengthening the immune system in case of this fever. Amla tablets are also available in market. It is good in taste, has anti-oxidant, anti-septic, anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic properties and is very useful in improving digestion also.