herbs for chronic fatigue syndrome symptoms
EPSTEIN BARR VIRUS Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Recurrent upper respiratory tract infections, exhaustion, extreme fatigue, sore throat, swollen lymph nodes, achy joints and muscles, memory loss, low-grade fevers, headaches, poor concentration, night sweats, irritability, and deep depression. Because the symptoms resemble the flu and other viral symptoms, EBV is not always diagnosed correctly. In fact, it is frequently misdiagnosed as hypochondria, depression, or psychosomatic illness.
Chronic fatigue syndrome is caused by the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV). This condition has become widespread in America. The CDC in Atlanta estimates that tens of thousands of people are infected with it. They are unaware of it since symptoms are frequently not prominent.
This virus is also the cause of infectious mononucleosis. When mononucleosis occurs, the person becomes very ill for two to four weeks, or longer if the diet i not corrected. (See “Mononucleosis.”)
EBV is a type of herpes virus and is related to the viruses that cause genital herpes and shingles.
Keep in mind that chronic fatigue syndrome can also be caused by certain other factors: Candida Albicans (yeast infection), anemia, chronic mercury poisoning from dental amalgam tooth fillings, hypoglycemia, insomnia, and hypothyroidism. (All of the above problems are dealt with in articles in this book.)
Once EBV is contracted, it always remains in the body. Fortunately, most people develop antibodies to it. The problem occurs when they become run-down and overworked—and then the dormant EBV strikes. It is more likely to reveal its presence when other diseases are also present, such as arthritis, lupus, multiple sclerosis, cancer, or AIDS.
EBV causes the body to overreact, resulting in a burn-out of the immune system.
Epstein-Barr virus is very contagious, and can be transmitted by close contact, kissing, sharing food, coughing, and through sex.
Blood tests for antibodies against Candida albicans, EBV, HBLV, and CMV, are available for specific diagnosis. The fact remains that EBV symptoms are similar to those for many infections, anemia, parasites, endocrine diseases, and AIDS.
TREATMENT HOME REMEDIES
Antibiotics do not help since EBV is a virus. Recovery takes time, rest, and good nutrition.
- Drink lots of water; at least eight glasses a day. Regularity in bowel movements is essential.
- Add fiber to the diet. Cleansing enemas should occasionally be used.
- Get plenty of rest. Do not overexert yourself with heavy exercise.
Remove from the diet all junk foods, processed foods, fried foods, stimulants (coffee, tea, soft drinks, sugar), and white flour products (bread, spaghetti, etc.)It is said that 60 percent of those with EBV also have candida (see Candidiasis), therefore it is best to eat some form of acidophilus.
Eliminate sugar, alcohol, mushrooms and all fungi, molds and yeast, fermented foods such as sauerkraut, soy sauce, dry roasted nuts, potato chips, soda pop, bacon, pork, lunch meats, and all types of cheese.
• Eat some brand of “greens” tablets. Chlorophyll is vital to
proper diet and healing. Make green drinks from whizzed up greens and pineapple juice.
Take no aspirin, since it may induce Reye’s syndrome (especially in children).
Helpful herbs include red clover to cleanse the blood, echinacea to help the glands, garlic as an antibiotic, and saffron to help reduce pain.
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