Epstein-Barr Virus

A highly contagious virus that is believed to be the cause of a condition known as mononucleosis, which primarily affects teens and college-going students, Epstein Barr virus may cause development of symptoms such as extreme fatigue and weakness, and may even cause swelling of glands and malaise.

Due to its prevalence among the young, sexually active teens, this condition is also known as the ‘kissing’ disease, and may sometimes also lead to development of certain symptoms such as lack of appetite, muscle pain and swelling of spleen.

While many medications and drugs could be used to deal with this condition, mononucleosis is best treated with herbs, since they are safe and natural and involve no risks or side effects.

Here we’ve listed down the best herbs that could be used to deal with this condition. Read on…


Echinacea is an herb that has been in use since centuries for the treatment of various health conditions, and its effectiveness in strengthening the immune system is what makes it among the best herbal remedies for dealing with Epstein Barr syndrome. The herb is known to possess valuable anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial and antimicrobial properties that have been in use since centuries to deal with conditions like blood poisoning, cellulitis, scarlet fever and syphilis.

What’s more, this herb is also believed to reduce swelling and inflammation of tissues associated with any particular infection. However, it is advisable to follow your practitioner’s guidelines before taking this herb as a remedy, as it may interfere with the functioning of certain medications and drugs.


Astragalus is a popular herb used in Chinese medicine, and is known to possess impressive
antiviral properties that make it a good natural remedy to beat Epstein Barr virus. The high level of antioxidants present in this herb don’t just strengthen the immune system, but also guard the body against the effects of free radicals.

For those suffering from decreased immunity and its related conditions, taking astragalus may be helpful since it is known to speed up recovery and boost immune function. Those undergoing chemotherapy and radiation therapy for cancer treatment can also benefit by taking this herb. Astragalus extracts are also found in many herbal tonics today thanks to its impressive immune boosting properties.

Olive Leaf Extracts

Olive leaf extract is yet another popular herbal remedy for Epstein Barr syndrome. The extracts of this leaf are thought to play a role in hampering the growth of viruses that cause several diseases, including mononucleosis. The antibacterial, antimicrobial and antifungal activity of olive leaf is thought to be beneficial when it comes to fighting bacteria, viruses, parasites and even fungi.

The extracts of this herb are thought to fight influenza, cold and cough too, and also possesses antioxidant properties that keep the body safe from the harmful effects of free radicals. To add to that, the extracts of this herb are thought to be useful in the treatment of psoriasis, chronic fatigue syndrome, diarrhea and inflammatory arthritis.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Though apple cider vinegar is not exactly an herb, it is wonderfully effective in dealing with a wide range of conditions, including Epstein Barr syndrome. Apple cider vinegar is used as a powerful health tonic, and is known to have several health benefits.

Apple cider vinegar is rich in natural antioxidants that protect the body and guard it from several dangerous health conditions including cancer, and also in important vitamins and minerals that nourish and tone the body, protecting it from various health issues and deficiency disorders. Several studies have found that apple cider vinegar, when taken in the required amount, can play a role in curbing symptoms associated with mononucleosis by eliminating infection and strengthening the immune system.

Other Herbs

Many other herbs are thought to be effective in strengthening the immune system and fighting against a wide range of health conditions, however studies are yet to be carried out to confirm their efficiency and credibility.

• Cat’s claw- this herb is best known to deal with a large number of viral infections.
• Dandelion- extracts of this herb can boost the function of the liver and promote overall health.
• Milk thistle- possesses immune boosting properties that protect the body from bacterial and viral infections.
• Spirulina
• Goldenseal