Natur­o­pathic ap­proaches to glan­du­lar fever re­cov­ery

Wangaratta Chronicle - North East Regional Extra - - News -

GLAN­DU­LAR fever is a virus that of­ten af­fects young adults.

Ini­tially some­one with glan­du­lar fever will feel tired, have a sore throat and ton­sils and prob­a­bly lose their ap­petite.

This virus is eas­ily tested for on a blood test, and the most com­mon ad­vice is to stop and rest un­til you feel bet­ter.

This is def­i­nitely im­por­tant, but for some, can still take months of resting for an im­prove­ment to oc­cur.

Nat­u­ral medicines are very ef­fec­tive at treat­ing this kind of virus, and for the most part, the natur­opath will work on a con­va­les­cent type ap­proach, which is sup­port­ive to bed rest, but al­lows the body to re­spond faster and re­cover more fully.

Natur­opaths top 5 tips for glan­du­lar fever re­cov­ery:

1. Pre­scrip­tion of herbs and nu­tri­ents:

th­ese fight the virus, sup­port the drainage of the glands and re­build en­ergy. YEP tea – yar­row, el­der and pep­per­mint - is great for the symp­toms and fever of glan­du­lar fever.

2. In­crease foods to sup­port the ap­petite:

This is re­ally im­por­tant be­cause if you don’t eat enough you will be tired and you won’t have enough nu­tri­ents to al­low the im­mune sys­tem to do its job ef­fec­tively. In­crease gin­ger, chicken soups, hot lemon and honey tea, spicy pump­kin soup and fresh juices with beet­root, carrot and cel­ery, red meat stews.

3. Elim­i­nate foods that com­pro­mise the im­mune sys­tem:

sugar, fatty foods, caf­feine and re­fined white car­bo­hy­drates all de­plete the im­mune sys­tem and make re­cov­ery slow. It is im­por­tant to avoid th­ese foods un­til you are com­pletely re­cov­ered,

4. Sup­port the liver:

Glan­du­lar fever is a virus that lies dor­mant in the liver and pro­gresses to the throat when you are run down. To pro­tect your liver from the virus, in­crease the above herbs, foods and nu­tri­ents.

5. Con­tinue to rest:

Even once you feel your en­ergy re­turn­ing and fol­low up with a stress man­age­ment plan. The main rea­sons we see glan­du­lar fever re­laps­ing, is be­cause some­one has not man­aged their stress well or has hit the ex­er­cise too fast too soon. We can work with you to de­vise a pro­gram that sup­ports your ex­er­cise and life­style needs, at the right time.

BY NATUR­OPATHS SO­PHIE LORBACK AND BELINDA MCPHER­SON (BHSCI. NATUROPATHY)

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