EBV - Epstein Barr Virus

Naturopathic treatment solutions, developed by our Naturopath to treat her own Glandular Fever & Chronic Fatigue.

Epstein Barr Virus (EBV), also known as Glandular Fever in Australia (or infectious mononucleosis in other regions) is a chronic, debilating viral infection of the herpes family.  Initial symptoms are generally like common colds or flu, often coupled with swelling of the spleen.  Once infected, the virus remains in the body for life.  Chronic fatigue is a common, long-term outcome of EBV.  Research also shows a link between having EBV and the development of malignent disease (cancers), predominately types of lymphoma. 

As a non-notifiable disease in Australia there is no way to know how many people are affected. However from first hand experience, it does appear that a large majority of people have been infected with EBV.  

Although once infected you have EBV for life, there are effective natural treatment options available that can help you to lead an active normal life; stop you from regressing into chronic fatigue; or to help you recover if you already are experiences chronic EBV symptoms.

How to Treat EBV / Glandular Fever?

Herbal Tinctures

As a fully qualified herbalist, our naturopath creates custom made herbal medicines to address the symptoms of your EBV and the underlying infection.  Herbal medicine has the benefit of being able to provide multiple actions simultaneously and be readily absorbed.

Dried Herbal Teas

Quality, therapeutic dried herbs used to create healing herbal teas, are a speciality of our naturopath, hence the creation of her own brand Health Blends.  Herbal teas are a gentle & supportive addition to the treatment of glandular fever, our Adrenalise herbal tea being a popular option.


Nutritional Supplements & Herbal Supplements can assist by addressing underlying nutrient deficiencies impacting on your health and recovery.  Supplements such as CoQ10 can be helpful for energy production; omega capsules can assist with joint pains & inflammation; whilst products like probiotics assist in gut repair.

Individual Approach

Everyone’s Glandular Fever / Epstein Barr Virus experience is different. Each person will have different symptoms, issues & co-infections that require a custom approach to treatment.  That’s why our Naturopath will develop a tailored and unique treatment plan, targeted to your individual glandular fever symptoms. 

Glandular Fever / EBV / Epstein Barr Virus is not a “once off” illness. It stays in the body for life and goes through a number of stages:

1. Initial / Dormant Stage – upon first contracting the disease it will live within your system without causing issue, until it replicates to high enough levels.  

2. Glandular Fever / Mono Stage – we first know we have the illness when we develop active Glandular Fever, with the associated flu-like symptoms that often are extreme & debilitating.

3. EBV In Disguise – the EBV virus will establish in your organs – liver, spleen or similar, to reactivate in the future.  The virus is not currently active in the blood stream, blood tests will show only antibodies proving past infection.  In this stage EBV works to wear the body down, dampening down your immune system, to allow for it’s final onslaught in the final stage.

4. CNS Infection – the final stage of infection is EBV’s end goal; to infect your central nervous system.  In this stage you will experience a myriad of symptoms, often diagnosed with chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, or inflammatory immune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis. 

Can I Ever Get Well?

Yes! Although EBV will be in your body for life, there are very effective natural treatments that will help you to regain your quality of life and wellbeing.  Our naturopath, Cass Henry, herself has EBV (among other things… have you read her story?)  and has come back from debilitating chronic fatigue.  She knows how to regain good health, let her help you too! 

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