Mono Remedies

Jul 19, 2017

Mononucleosis, also known as mono, is a virus that can be long lasting and quite debilitating. Natural remedies for mono include coconut oil, garlic, vitamin C and zinc. Supplements and home treatments for mono are surprisingly effective and often relief begins to be apparent within 24 hours of implementation.

Mono is a virus – more specifically the Epstein Barr virus. Antibiotics are not effective against mono, though they may be prescribed if a secondary infection results. In severe cases, steroids are sometimes prescribed. Enlargement of the spleen is a serious complication of mono.

Symptoms of mono include fever, extreme fatigue, sore throat, headache, and swollen lymph nodes, aching muscles, poor appetite and nausea.

Coconut Oil – The Best Natural Mono Treatment

Coconut oil, the kind that has not been processed and smells like fresh coconuts, is a powerful antiviral food. You will find more about using coconut oil for mono on this page.

Supplements for Mono

Vitamin C

Vitamin C supports the immune system so that it can effectively fight the mono virus. 1,000 mg can usually be taken 4 -5 times a day or more often with a serious infection. You will know when your body has had too much if you begin to get loose stools. If this happens, simply cut back on the amount of vitamin C you take.

Zinc

Zinc is another important supplement to help your body fight a virus.

Vitamin D

If some sunshine each day is possible when you have mono, this is an ideal way to increase your vitamin D level. If not, consider a vitamin D supplement.

Herbs for Mono

Garlic

Garlic fights infection and supports the immune system. 1 clove of fresh, raw garlic can be added to a salad at lunch and a soup at dinner. (Right before serving, so it is still eaten raw.)

Turmeric

Turmeric will help your body fight infection and inflammation. 2-3 turmeric capsules or ½ teaspoon of turmeric can be taken thrice daily. If you take the powdered form you can mix it with water or a non-dairy form of milk. (Dairy products are not recommending when you are fighting a virus because they increase mucous production.

Elderberry

Elderberry syrup is a pleasant way to take an immune boosting herb. Larger pharmacies and health food stores usually carry elderberry syrup.

How to Treat Swollen Lymph Nodes

If you have swollen lymph nodes, which are common with the mono infection, castor oil can be massaged into the swollen nodes several times a day. This will increase circulation of lymph through the body and allow the white blood cells to circulate and fight infection.

How to Treat a Severe Sore Throat

A severe sore throat is common with the mono virus. Sometimes the throat is so sore it is almost impossible to swallow. Gargling with cayenne pepper will fight infection, numb the area and reduce inflammation. It will feel very spicy at first, but that feeling passes quickly.

Cayenne Gargle Recipe

  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon clove powder (optional, but it helps with pain)

Mix your powders together. Add ¼ teaspoon of the mix to 3 ounces of warm water and gargle. It helps if you put lip balm on your lips first so you don’t get the spicy cayenne on your lips. Repeat the gargle every 4 hours or as needed.

If you are treating a small child with mono or do not have cayenne pepper on hand, try gargling with baking soda instead. ¼ teaspoon baking soda in 3 ounces of water, every four hours or as needed.

Sinus Rinse for Mono

If you have sinus pain or pressure with mono mix 6 ounces of water, 1 teaspoon salt and 1 capful of 3% hydrogen peroxide (in the brown bottle) and put the solution in a Neti pot. Use this to rinse your sinuses 1-2 times each day.

Healing Baths for Mono

Baths are soothing and can promote healing from the outside in. 1 cup of Epsom salt or baking soda added to a warm bath can deliver nutrients to the body for healing. Epsom salt baths are especially helpful for body aches.

Mono Diet

A light and nutritious diet is ideal. Avoid sugar and dairy products. Broth based soups, fruits and non-dairy smoothies are ideal.

Avoid sodas, energy drinks and excessive coffee when you have mono. Tea is a perfect drink for mono. It can be consumed at whichever temperature feels most comfortable to you. Black and green teas have healing properties. Herbal teas are also excellent for mono. A simple vinegar and honey tea gives you the healing benefits of both vinegar and honey.

Vinegar Honey Tea for Mono

  • 1 tablespoon raw apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 6 ounces hot water
  • Mix together in a mug and drink liberally.

Rest

It is important to get a lot of rest while you recuperate. When you feel well enough to get back to work, ease yourself back in to work and continue with your home treatments to avoid a relapse.

Do you have a natural remedy for mono? Please send us some feedback.

Continue reading to see how our readers have successfully treated mono with home remedies.



Adult Mono Remedies  

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Posted by Mary (Phoenix, Az) on 07/04/2015

I was diagnosed with mono 2 weeks ago but have been sick for over a month. I have incredible heat that swells up inside of me and then breaks and I sweat severely. When this happens my heart races and it keeps me full of anxiety and unable to sleep. I am also very weak and tired. Has anyone else had these strange symptoms?? I have been taking coconut oil and it has helped some, but I am at my wit's end. I am 54 and I thought mono was a teenager's illness. Any suggestions from anyone out there??

Replied by Bj
Michigan, Usa
07/05/2015

Mary (Phoenix, AZ), having had mono three times in my life, as a preteen, as a teenager, and as an adult in my 40's I can attest that having it as an adult is in some ways is more difficult.

I was not healing as I should have from the third adult round of Mono. My liver studies were not great and my spleen stayed swollen, far too long. My conventional medical staff gave me one more week then we would have to talk about having my spleen out. That was not going to happen, so I searched the internet (which was in still pretty young at the time) and found numerous places that espoused Milk Thistle and dandelion (leaves and roots). The dandelion was easy but as I had no Milk Thistle growing in my area I went to the health food store and purchased capsules. I took the capsules three times a day for the rest of the week and made a tea of the dandelions found in my yard, and drank that once a day for a few days. I had more liver studies done and went to the next appointment the following week; all number were in the normal range. The Nurse Practitioner was speechless, she expected at 'best' that they may have been a little lower, but not 'normal'. She asked if I had done things differently, I told her, and she just looked a me in pity for my foolish thinking. It still took some time to recover my normal strength and I took care of myself, but was able to go back to work.

Replied by Mary
Phoenix, Az
07/05/2015

Thank you for your reply. I am trying anything that will work. I bought some dandelion tea and will add milk thistle to my regime. I had no idea mono was so debilitating. I am curious how did you know your spleen was swollen? I have a little discomfort in that area but don't know for sure if that is what it is. Curious also how long in total it took you to get well. I know we are all different and heal at different paces, but this is just no fun at all.

Replied by Al Hudson
Homestead, Fl.
07/06/2015

Monolaurin worked quickly on my daughter in college...4 days. Have sent her to school with a 90 count bottle each semester and she has passed it on as needed. It is a refined ester of coconut oil and safe for all.

Replied by Timh
Ky
07/07/2015

M: Any Liver disease causes immune suppression so anything to help in that area is a good start, but there are many other factors that cause immune dysfunction. So, just take one step at a time. Back to Liver. It is important to note any prescription or OTC pharma meds (like acetaminophen or statins) that might be causing toxicity.

There is also chronic nutritional deficiencies that can cause immune suppression, particularly Vit-A/Zinc/Copper. Start taking 50mg Zinc with 2-3mg Copper and 5,000iu Vit-A away from any fiber foods once daily. Raw Bovine Thymus Glandular plus placing a refrigerator magnet over the Thymus gland for about 1hr per day will also help. These two immune boosting remedies should show both immediate and long-term improvement.

If all-the-above is insufficient, whole body detox & cleansing will be needed.

Replied by Mary
Phoenix, Az
07/07/2015

Thank you for the info. I will try these vitamins. I'm wondering where my thymus gland is and is any kind of magnet going to work?

Replied by Anon
Usa
07/07/2015

Research large doses of vitamin C for mono.

Replied by Timh
Ky
07/08/2015

M: Yes, any magnet will work. The rule-of-thumb is the stronger the magnet the less time needed for therapy. I use a strong music speaker magnet about 1-2 minutes about once per wk. I forgot to mention also for immune boosting is "Thymus Tapping" These two therapies plus the Bovine Thymus Glandular will very much boost immunity.

Here is a link on the subject, and do let us know of your improvements.

http://www.20somethingallergies.com/boost-immune-system-thump-thymus/

Replied by Claire
New York
10/09/2015

I'm so sorry you're dealing with this. You're post struck me because it sounds exactly like my symptoms. I'm 29 and was diagnosed with a different virus last summer, then this June I was diagnosed with mono and slight lymes. It's been almost 5 months and I still feel tired and weak all the time... I get sore throats all the time, I feel over heated sometimes and sweat a lot. I get random day sicknesses that feel like the flu...it's awful. I've been to a few specialists and my doctor many times and all they do is blood work and tell me it's getting better. I've been taking vitamins and I'm going to try some of these home remedies Bc I don't know what else to do! You're not alone! It's beyond frustrating not feeling like yourself for so long! Let me know if anything else works for you...

Replied by Mary
Phoenix, Az
10/09/2015

Apple cider vinegar and monolauren helped me a lot. I have been able to return to work, but I still have lingering achy joints, and some overheating. I'm curious what virus you were diagnosed with originally? I almost feel like I had something else that pulled my immune system down & then I got mono. I still have to be careful and I take lots of vitamins and of course say my prayers. Let me know what has worked for you also. Thanks!!

Replied by Kelly
Washington
11/12/2015

I too thought mono was a kid/teen virus. Nope. 32 and have never been so sick in my life. Nice to know I'm not alone and there are natural ways to help with symptoms. I've had a high fever for 4 days, z care twice, ER once and still am waiting for a confirmed diagnosis....got a most likely diagnosis with treatment of rest and pain killers. Wish docs could partner with naturopaths so patients don't leave feeling helpless when western medicine fails.

Thank goodness for coconut oil...took my first dose tonight and will be trying the other suggested remedies as well. Thank you all!

Replied by Alan Hudson
Homestead, Fl.
11/13/2015

Kelly, would like to suggest the use of Monolaurin for mono...it is an mono-ester of coconut oil that will give you higher concentrations to beat the virus...which is known to come back stronger the second time if not finished off.

Replied by Nechama
Toronto, On
12/06/2015

Hi Mary, I have the same exact symptoms! I heat up and feel like I'm going to faint. It's so scary. Just like you described. Do you still have mono?? I hope not. If you're all better, do you attribute it to something in specific?

Replied by Mary
Phoenix, Az
12/09/2015
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Hi Nechama, Yes I finally recovered!! It was a horrible thing to go through. Those heat attacks are the worst. Hang in there. I prayed a lot!! I took loads of cocnut oil, monolauren, a liver cleanse capsule with milk thistle daily, dandelion tea, a good multiple, and vitamin C. I still take my vitamins, but rest is important also. I had to get a sleeping pill from my doctor because I had so much anxiety I couldn't sleep at night. It was a nightmare. It was 4 - 5 months in total. Hopefully yours won't be as bad or last as long. Apple cider vinegar tea is also good. A tablespoon in hot water with honey every day is good for the immune system. Let me know how you're doing. Best to you!

Replied by Mike
Ohio
07/20/2016

Yes, I have had all of that, the heat buildup is from a panic attack which I've given myself several... the best thing to do is to stay away from the symptom checkers because all they do is make ya paranoid. Mono is a SOB and requires a stress free period of rest!


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Posted by Carol (Boston, MA) on 08/13/2008
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I am so grateful for this home remedy website and forum! My daughter has Mono and over the last 2 days has had an unbearably sore thoat. We tried everything (salt water gargle, steriod solution gargle, advil, codiene...) and nothing was working. She couldn't even swallow her saliva. It was preventing her from sleeping, and when you have mono, thats all you want to do. I happened upon this website and she gave it a shot. Using the 3 tablespoons of ACV and Honey in warm water was not particularly appetizing, but after drinking it, she was able to sleep 4 hours and now says that her throat is so much better. I am now a believer in home remedies!

Replied by Joyce
Joelton, Tn
08/15/2008
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Mono is a virus and every virus I have tried L-lysine on has been susceptible to it. If your daughter is l2 or older, 2000 mgm. mealtime and bedtime is the dosage, if younger decrease to l000mgm. or less at the same times. With a sore throat you will probably need to crush or dissolve for her to swallow them.

Replied by Kimberly
Hackettstown, New Jersey, Usa
09/23/2010

If you feel the need to call in a prescription, I highly recommend prednisone. I'm a 17 year old girl who is suffering with mono at the moment. Prednisone is a low dose of steroids which is great for badly swollen glands. I prefer this option more than any of the remedies. The steroids last all night, and all day. 12 hours to be exact.

Replied by Stubzley
Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada
09/25/2012

Hello, I need to comment on the reply from the 17 year old girl touting the benefits of prednisone. Someone needs to talk to this girl about this seriously dangerous steroid. I have a friend who had to have both of his hips replaced because of this drug. He connected with a support group of people all over North America who have similar afflictions from the side effects of this terrible drug. I understand that some people dont think that they have an alternative which may be true in some cases but to anyone reading this, please research, research, research every possible alternative before resorting to ingesting this nasty medication. Great site!

Replied by Queen_gie
Oceanside, Ca, United States
10/17/2012

I wanted to comment on the 17 year old girls steroid comment also! I had to take steroids b/c I would have died! And the side affects of that drug are horrific! I've had a partial knee replacement and orthoscopic surgery on my other knee and my right wrist, I'm right handed. Eventually I will have to have my wrist fused and luckily I am starting to lose the 120lbs I gained from taking the steroids, which was a very high dose for 8 months, I might get away w/not having any further surgery on my knees! I will be on on disability for the rest of my life; I'm 29. I was on the steroids at the age of 26/27. I WOULD NOT take steroids unless the opposite will result in death! Just my personal opinion from personal experience!

Replied by Osteopathic
Columbus
01/24/2014

I am a physician and love homeopathic and naturopathic remedies but I had to comment on the use of steroids. Steroids, like an medication (including herbals), don't come without risk or side effects.Steroids can cause hypertension, osteoporosis, etc with high doses but mostly prolonged, greater than a month use. The acute use for someone with mono for possible inflammation and obstruction from the tonsils is okay.

Replied by Debra
Wilmington, Nc
09/30/2014

As far as the lysine...the dosage for over 17 years is 2000 mg with each meal and at bedtime? I have 500 mg Lysine and the recommended does is only 2 capsules per day. I just want to be clear on the dosage. Thank you.

Replied by Cassiem
Mn
05/12/2015

While this girl maybe shouldn't be suggesting man-made steroids on a holistic type site, using low dosed of prednisone for situations like this is relatively low risk. Definitely only to be done under doctor's guidance and tapering off may be required. But you are not doing to get a buffalo hump or moon face or severe osteoporosis in a couple weeks time.


Apple Cider Vinegar and Coconut Oil  

Posted by Gail (Nh, US) on 03/30/2015

My daughter called from college and said she was pretty sure she had mono. I told her to start ACV and coconut oil in anything she could. The next day she was diagnosed with mono, but she kept up the ACV and coconut oil regimen, and 5 days later when she came home, although still a bit fatigued, all other symptoms had disappeared. The sore throat didn't get to the extremely painful level that I've heard others describe, and she didn't have to drop any classes!

Replied by Tina
Florida
04/16/2015

Can you please tell me the dosage of combining the apple cider and coconut oil??

Replied by Mama To Many
Tennessee
04/17/2015

Dear Tina,

For an adult sized person, when we treated mono with coconut oil, we used 1 Tablespoon of Extra Virgin Cold Pressed Coconut Oil three times a day. Some in my family take it off the spoon. Others take it on toast.

When we are using Apple Cider Vinegar for illness, we make a Vinegar Tea.

  • 1 Tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar (Raw)
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • 6 ounces very hot water

I give try to give this tea 3-4 times a day. My 21 year old son requests this often when he is sick. He likes the taste and also finds it very helpful.

~Mama to Many~


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Posted by Marcin (Toronto, Canada) on 03/06/2015

I wish I had known about this website when I was sick with mononucleosis two years ago!

It took the doctors feeding me 3 series of antibiotics before they realized I had mono. That must have killed my intestinal bacteria which caused a yeast infestation. Not to mention that antibiotics do not kill viruses. Never agree to take any antibiotics before you have a diagnosis.

Replied by Cindy
Illinois
12/05/2015
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Warning

Responding to Marcin, my 15 year old was diagnosed with mono, I agree with you 100% should not take antibiotics without knowing first...my son was first tested and they said no he did not have mono, so they treated him with an antibiotic the first and second time, and then finally they tested him for the second time and it came back positive, now we are having problems with his liver and his kidneys ..

Replied by Marcin
Toronto, Canada
12/08/2015

I am sorry to hear that. Make sure he eats lots of probiotic foods, like fermented cabbage, and fibrous foods (switching to whole grains) to rebuild the intestinal flora that was partially destroyed by the antibiotics. Supplementing with milk thistle will heal the liver, but it has to be done over a long period of time. The herb is safe to take for extended periods but it may be nauseating if the dose is too high.

When I was ill with mono back then I have not yet known about herbal remedies, but now I would try the herb neem because it is said to destroy the viruses (viruses being a thing antibiotics are useless for! ), mono being caused by a virus.


Baking Soda and Salt Gargle  

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Posted by Rin (Camas, WA) on 12/23/2007
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My daughter has a bad case of mono. Her tonsils were so swollen they were touching her uvula and she couldn't swallow any pain meds. We were having her gargle with a salt rinse, with no real relief. We called my inlaws and they suggested rinsing with a tsp of baking soda in lukewarm water followed by the salt rinse every two hours. Amazing! My daughter's tonsils are a little less swollen and it took the pain away for her to sleep for a lot longer last night. I found your site this morning when I was researching bs rinses. The doctor's we saw never even suggested it.

Replied by Mike
Baltimore, Md
11/04/2011
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It was very helpful to find this site. I am a non believer until I try things out myself. I just found out that I had Mono based on everything symptom. Home remedy baking soda rinse with warm water followed by salt did get me to improve. After the remedy, I was able to take a 4 hour nap, and then again I just was the remedy again. So far my this Mono has taken away 5 days from me. I need this to go away bad. This is one of the worst feeling. Wow...


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Posted by Kacey O. (Utah) on 11/22/2014
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I was excited but skeptical about all the posts hearing that coconut oil helped with mono. My 14 year old son was really miserable and I figured I didn't have anything to lose. After 3 days of taking 2 T. coconut oil a day, he has turned a corner! I can't believe it's so simple and it works! I'm so grateful to all who've posted. Thank you! I want to share 2 ways that have helped my family eat 2 T. coconut oil a day (I've made my other kids take it too so no one else gets this! )

First idea: Peppermint "Tea". Boil (or warm) 1/2 c. water with 1 T. coconut oil and 1-2 drops peppermint essential oil. Drink twice a day. He said this helped soothe his throat too, which was a bonus!

Second idea: Coconut Balls. 2 T. finely chopped nuts (I used almonds and pecans), 1 tsp. raw honey, 1 T. coconut oil, 1 T. mini chocolate chips. (You could use oats if your kids won't do nuts.) Form into a ball or just mix and eat out of a bowl. (Eat 2 a day.) I hope these might be helpful to someone else. Thanks again everyone for your posts!


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Posted by Linda (Olathe, Ks) on 10/10/2016
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My 18 year old college freshman called me five days ago, informing me he had just been diagnosed with mono at his college medical clinic. His throat pain was a 9 or 10 and the Advil wouldn't reduce the pain at all. He was sleeping all the time and running a high fever every late afternoon through the evening. On Saturday late afternoon, he came home for fall break, went straight to bed, and I woke him up at 8pm, took his temp (103 degrees) and noticed how bad the swelling in his neck was.

I gave him one tablespoon of Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, one turmeric vitamin, 5000mg vitamin C powder mixed in orange juice, 5000mg vitamin D3, and one vitamin K2.

He went back to sleep, and I woke him up at 9am and gave him one tablespoon of Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil and one turmeric vitamin, and he went back to sleep again and when he woke up at 2pm, I gave him Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil and one turmeric vitamin again. Early in the evening, he mentioned that his throat pain was a 1 or 2 and he hadn't had any Advil.

Later that night, I gave him one tablespoon of Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, one turmeric vitamin, 5000mg vitamin C powder mixed in orange juice, 5000mg vitamin D3, and one vitamin K2, and he stayed up till 11pm and slept until 11am today.

He had the same regimen today, and said he feels almost normal. He will take the same vitamins again tomorrow before he heads back to school. When he goes back to school tomorrow afternoon, I am going to encourage him to take organic extra virgin coconut oil vitamins (1000mg) twice a day, along with 1000mg of vitamin C capsules, 5000mg of vitamin D3, vitamin K2, and a turmeric vitamin each day.

I am so thankful to all of the previous posts... the recommendations I found on this site along with other sites, helped him shake mono in record time! Btw, while I was desperately searching the internet for recommendations on how to help him, somewhere I read that turmeric is a anti-inflammatory and would drastically help the swelling the in his incredibly swollen glands, while the organic extra virgin coconut oil was an anti-viral and would help kick the virus fast. I still cannot believe this remedy kicked mono in about 24 hours! AMAZING!!!


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Posted by Amazed Mom! (Bend, Oregon) on 10/29/2014
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Ok! My 16 year old daughter was diagnosed one week ago yesterday (blood test) with mono. This is my kid who NEVER gets sick. I believe she's been sick with it for at least 4 weeks. So, going in to week 5 with mono she texted me from school saying she couldn't breathe or focus at school and needed to come home. She went home and I found her in bed E X H A U S T E D. I found the comments on this site and brought her home coconut oil and vitamin C. I made her take 1500 mg of Vitamin C and about 1 tablespoon of the virgin coconut oil I found in the health food section at the grocery store. THE NEXT DAY, she got up and went to school. At noon she texted me that she felt "better". TODAY, she says she feels "fine! " This turnaround is astonishing! She HATED taking the coconut oil on a saltine cracker, so I put coconut oil on toast and sprinkled it with cinnamon sugar. I do this twice a day. She gobbles that up! She takes 1500mg of gummy vitamin C twice a day. I don't know why this works. But my daughter is BETTER. It's the only treatment I've given her, and she was getting worse before I started with this treatment. I am so grateful that I found this site. Thank you!


Posted by Denise (Atlanta, Ga) on 06/22/2013
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I began 1T of EVCO (organic) with my 18 yr old daughter the day after the diagnosis of mono with my daughter. Her throat was so swollen and inflamed that she couldn't swallow or eat. The improvement began in about 24 hours. Today is day 6, and she feels almost back to normal. Just a bit tired from disrupted sleep for a few days but her appetite is back. The swelling and inflammation is mostly gone. Truly amazing turn around in such a short time. She has 1T morning and 1T at night mixed in a smoothie with 1T honey also AM and PM. We've increased her vitamin C to 1000 mg a day along with her multivitamin. We used the baking soda gargles early in the week for throat pain. All this together has tackled the mono!


Posted by Maureen (Liberty Twp, Ohio) on 06/20/2012
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My son Age 21 just graduated college has mono also. Last week he went to my husbands doctor for a sore throat. They did a strep and blood test and he tested positive for mono and possible tonsillitis. Anyway they gave him a Zpack and told him to rinse with salt water advil etc. 3 days later we took him to the emergency room, he could not swallow and was in a lot of pain, and fever we couldnt get a hold of his doctor. Once there they gave him a steriod shot and vicadin. He came home with more steroids. Also Vicadin. I was desperate to help him.

I found this website and did try coconut oil. I first mixed 2 TBS with applesauce. Then I mixed it with tea. He has also had 2000mg of vit C per day. Lots of water and poweraid. He didnt have a lot of the coconut oil, but I still think the total combination of everything we used is working. A few days he barely ate. Now it is 1 week later and he is eating a regular sandwich today- amazing. He still needs a lot of rest. He can't do any sports for a month. He has lost 15 lbs. I was wondering about coconut milk will that help does any one know? Anyone try it? Thanks for all the info everyone. Maureen


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Posted by Boogiedowntown (Atlanta, Georgia, United States) on 02/17/2012
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Colloidal silver works wonders for a mono patients. I highly recommend gargling one dropper full once a day everyday. It will go away within a couple days.


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Posted by Letha Hadady (New York, NY) on 04/06/2008
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I just wrote to a myspace friend who told me he had Mono. I suggested some foods and supplements that may help quite a number of people. That's because mono and other such immune-weakening illness may be liver related. Now during the humid, changeable weather of spring our liver is especially challenged. We may feel weak, achy, jaundiced (yellowish complexion) sick or dizzy more often.

If you have a rich diet and stress, you may feel more discomforted now during the season. You may also suffer more allergies. Here are some diet additions:

Morning: Black cherry concentrate (from the healthfood store) is a source of iron and a liver cleanser. Add 1 tsp. of it to a glass of water for breakfast. Iron helps build blood which raises immunity and energy.

Green foods such as dandelion capsules, chlorophyll (liquid or caps) are also good for liver strength.

Avoid alcohol, cigarettes, hot spices, fried and greasy foods.

Get some rest. Drink more water. Avoid certain irritating foods. Some people may find eggs to rich right now. Keep diet simple and add more fruits and vegetables.

A liver flush is easy to do as part of your normal diet when you add 1 tsp. of extra virgin olive oil to a glass of raw non-filtered apple cider (the kind that looks thick not the clear processed apple juice) Do it daily.

These few simple additions can help you deal with spring and enhance immunity to prevent illness.


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Posted by Dan (Pittsburgh, PA) on 05/13/2006
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About 2 weeks ago i was diagnosed with mono had very achy legs and arms. i have been cutting little slivers of garlic up and take it like a pill. wow it's strong, burns my stomach some too, but believe it or not, i feel so much better. i think i'm ready to retest for the mono. i think it will come up negative. my dad has lung cancer found out 5 yrs ago doctors gave him 6 months. i was very sad and even if my dad would pass away, i'll still consider him beating his cancer because he really did he lose so much weight but my dad has been taking garlic and garlic. he loves it. he puts it on bread plain and eats it -- he's gained weight now. he feels so much better. i love my dad he showed me how effective garlic would be and i'll never forget that secret he gave me. keep taking garlic it really does help.

Replied by Maria
Mass
05/15/2015
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I too eat Garlic everyday and take garlic capsules and I feel so much better. My 17 year old gave me mono and Garlic along with rest and lots of water plus a multi vitamin has improved my health! I juice too almond milk strawberries blueberries spinch bananas and flax seed. Try it! It works...


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Posted by Lori (Psl, Fl USA) on 08/04/2013

Mono: Frustrated with being told it's going to have to run its course. Not used to seeing my child laying around. Found this website and giving coconut oil a try.


Immune Support Remedies  

Posted by Car (Richmond, Va) on 02/17/2015

I wanted to comment on the assumption that you can only get mono once in your lifetime. I have just been diagnosed for the 4th time with mono (by a doctor through a blood test). Mono weakens your immune system and stays in your body. It can become active again if your immune system is compromised. I loved all the suggestions for home remedies because doctors have nothing to suggest but bed rest. I will start immediately with the coconut oil, the ACV, and salt gargle. I'll take my L-lysine as well. Read on another site that supplementing your immune system with Echineaca is important. They suggested 2 of the frozen capsules twice a day. Also loved the reminder to stay off caffeine and to focus on fresh fruits and vegetables...drink lots of fruit juice. Since I've now had this 4 times, I think it is important for anyone who has ever had it to pay close attention to supplementing their immune system throughout their lifetime. It's no fun to get this stuff as you age.



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