Post-viral problems

I’ve seen several patients lately with problems that started with a virus; sometimes a stomach bug picked up abroad, sometimes – sadly – brought home from hospital, and sometimes just a common or garden cold that never quite cleared up. Problems range from chronic indigestion, constant runny nose, to aches and pains, fatigue and depression; a huge range of symptoms that can persist for months or even years.
Herbs are really helpful here. The liver always needs attention, and even a week or two of taking dandelion root or vervain can be enough to get things flowing again. The gut may need healing and the mucous membranes toning, and again, there are good herbs that can do the job. Fatigue and depression are usually side-effects of the physical problems, and they tend to lift as these are dealt with, but nervous system supporting herbs have their place too. Getting back on your feet can be a stressful business, particularly if your job, your family and your life in general have been affected by your illness.
By the time you feel up to it, there’s a lot of catching up to do, and it can be daunting. There’s a place for energy-boosting herbs here, but the timing must be right; too soon and you can set back your recovery. And do accept help from other people. We can’t always do it on our own, and part of getting better lies in knowing that we sometimes need a shoulder to lean on.