Herbs & Supplements For Reactivated Epstein-Barr

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February 28, 2018
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Herbs & Supplements For Reactivated Epstein-Barr

This is article 2 in a 5-part series on recovering from reactivated Epstein-Barr. To read Part 1, click here:

Part 1: How To Test Yourself For Reactivated Epstein-Barr

The goal of recovering from reactivated EBV is to get the virus to go back into a “dormant” state.

Multiple different vitamins and minerals have scientific links showing their ability to attack viruses. Some of these have specific links to Epstein-Barr and some have links to the herpes family of viruses in general (which includes Epstein-Barr). These include vitamin A[i], D23, methylated B12[ii], C[iii], and zinc.[iv]

The best direct anti-viral herbs and supplements for EBV include boswellia[v], turmeric[vi], ginger[vii], licorice (not DGL)[viii], selenium[ix], alpha lipoic acid[x] (caution if you have amalgam/mercury fillings), CBD oil[xi], baicalin/Chinese Skullcap[xii], passionflower30, reishi[xiii], berberine[xiv], and lysine.[xv]


The best herbs and supplements to support methylation and detoxification for EBV include Hawaiian spirulina[xvi], NAC, P5P, and methyl groups such as SAMe, methyl-, adenosyl-, and hydroxycobalamin.

I don’t give specific dosages as they are largely dependent on the individual, although the following notes may help you decide what dosages are right for you:

I generally recommend incorporating standard daily values of vitamin A, D, and zinc, although more may be needed if a blood test shows deficiency. If alkaline phosphatase (part of a standard blood test) is lower than 70 u/l, that is generally a fairly good indication of zinc deficiency[xvii]. I recommend incorporating fairly large doses of vitamin C and B12 as they are water soluble and can be taken in higher concentrations than vitamins A and D without risk of toxicity.

For the direct anti-viral herbs and supplements, I recommend starting with a heavy dose of 3-5 of these products and rotating or adding in as you recover.

Supporting methylation and detoxification is usually necessary as genetics play a role in these processes as well. It’s especially important if you have the MTHFR gene. So as not to overdo it with supplements, I generally recommend just 1-2 of the methylation & detoxification products at a time.

Reactivated Epstein-Barr can turn around somewhat in as little as two weeks, but may be a multi-month long process for some. It depends on how long the Epstein-Barr has been active and other factors (“triggers”) that may be influencing its activity.


In the next article in this series, I will be closely examining the role parasites and gut bugs play in Epstein-Barr, as well as testing and recovering from them.

Now I want to hear from you! Have you tried herbs and supplements to kill EBV? Which are your favorites? Let me know below!

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[i] Mora (2010) Vitamin effects on the immune system: vitamins A and D take centre stage.

[ii] Kubota (1999) Immunomodulation by vitamin B12: augmentation of CD8+ T lymphocytes and natural killer (NK) cell activity in vitamin B12-deficient patients by methyl-B12 treatment.

[iii] Mikirova (2014) Effect of high dose vitamin C on Epstein-Barr viral infection. (intravenous study)

[iv] Aras (200) Zinc Coordination Is Required for and Regulates Transcription Activation by Epstein-Barr Nuclear Antigen 1.

[v] Akihisa (2006) Cancer chemopreventive effects and cytotoxic activities of the triterpene acids from the resin of Boswellia carteri.

[vi] Kapadia (2002) Inhibitory effect of herbal remedies on 12-O-tetradecanoylphorbol-13-acetate-promoted Epstein-Barr virus early antigen activation.

[vii] Vimala (1999) Anti-tumour promoter activity in Malaysian ginger rhizobia used in traditional medicine.

[viii] Lin (2003) Mechanism of action of glycyrrhizic acid in inhibition of Epstein-Barr virus replication in vitro.

[ix] Beck (2007) Selenium and vitamin E status: impact on viral pathogenicity.

[x] Scrumpia (2014) Alpha-lipoic acid effects on brain glial functions accompanying double-stranded RNA antiviral and inflammatory signaling.

[xi] Mecha (2013) Cannabidiol provides long-lasting protection against the deleterious effects of inflammation in a viral model of multiple sclerosis: a role for A2A receptors.

[xii] Konoshima (1992) Studies on inhibitors of skin tumor promotion. XI. Inhibitory effects of flavonoids from Scutellariabaicalensis on Epstein-Barr virus activation and their anti-tumor-promoting activities.

[xiii] Akihisa (2007) Anti-inflammatory and anti-tumor-promoting effects of triterpene acids and sterols from the fungus Ganoderma lucidum.

[xiv] Park (2016) Berberine induces mitochondrial apoptosis of EBV-transformed B cells through p53-mediated regulation of XAF1 and GADD45α.

[xv] Imai (2014) Role of the histone H3 lysine 9 methyltransferase Suv39 h1 in maintaining Epstein-Barr virus latency in B95-8 cells.

[xvi] Kok (2011) Inhibitory activities of microalgal extracts against Epstein-Barr virus DNA release from lymphoblastoid cells.

[xvii] Kasarskis (1980) Serum alkaline phosphatase after treatment of zinc deficiency in humans.

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