Dear Stephen,
I’m writing from India. My lyme tests have come back negative but my Epstein Barr Virus (EBV) test is positive – both IgG and IgM. I was told resveratrol is very helpful in preventing replication of the virus – would Japanese knotweed give the same benefits for EBV as resveratrol? Also, can you please suggest what else would be helpful for EBV? Thank you.


Stephen’s response:
There are a number of herbs that are specific for EBV – but I do want to note that nearly everyone is positive for EBV. For most people it is something that does not cause problems. However, if you are experiencing chronic fatigue like symptoms, it can be the cause. The antiviral herbs specific for EBV that are also widely systemic in the body are: lomatium, andrographis, reishi, licorice, isatis, Japanese knotweed, Chinese skullcap root, and fresh ginger root. The organism also damages mitochondria and their function which is what leads to such low energy levels. The herbs specific for protecting mitochondria and their function are: cordyceps, motherwort, rhodiola, Chinese skullcap root, kudzu.
I would start with:
• Herbal tincture combination of: Chinese skullcap, licorice, isatis, and lomatium. Equal parts of each tincture mixed together, ¼ tsp 3x daily. AND
• Tincture combination of: rhodiola, reishi, kudzu. Same dosage AND
• Cordyceps 2000 mg 3x daily or tincture: ¼ tsp 3x daily (you can purchase from sagewomanherbs.com)
And do this for 60 days and see if it helps.
You may have to buy the herbs separately and mix them yourself or try woodlandessence.com or elkmountainherbs.com as sources.
Stephen
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