THIS IS NOT MEDICAL ADVICE. PLEASE CONSULT A MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL IF YOU THINK VITAMIN C THERAPY WOULD WORK FOR YOU.
Quick overview of the Epstein Barr Virus before we get into this post. The Epstein Barr Virus is part of the Herpes family and is actually one of the most common viruses. Everyone has latent EBV because, at some stage, everyone has chicken pox. In the west, EBV is known as Mono/kissing diseases and in other countries it is known as the cancer virus. Back in 2021, I was diagnosed with EBV. I had my first nearly full reactivation in 2017 when my local A&E told me I had cancer. Based off my symptoms, they weren't entirely wrong to come to that conclusion but it was still a scary moment. EBV doesn't present as mono when I have a flare which is what made the initial diagnosis difficult. My flare presents as cancer symptoms and since the NHS tests are extremely basic and old, that's why the A&E came to the conclusion they did in 2017.
There are no antivirals or medication for EBV in the UK which is why I was given the antivirals used for Herpes. They didn't help (surprise). Alongside those I was started on a supplement regime which was for my overall weak immune system. My doctor then suggested IV vitamin c therapy. I was referred to a clinic where they first did a blood test to check how much vitamin c my body can handle. I was then started on a high dose of 37g with amino acids.
I was asked to do 5 sessions and I have completed 3 so far as I'm on a break until after a surgery I'm having. I am very grateful for this therapy because I haven't had a big EBV flare in about 2 years and the last one I did have wasn't all that bad. There also haven't been many lump appearances and when they did appear, they didn't last very long! I've also had less colds which is always a plus.
Over the last few years research into Vitamin C therapy has increased because it has been found that viruses and bacterial infections can deplete vitamin C in the body and high dose therapy or even taking low dose vitamin C every day shows significant improvements. Specifically, vitamin C for EBV works by decreasing the antibodies.