In the last several years, I treated three cases of infectious mononucleosis. The diagnosis were made by their family doctor or hospital. The main symptom of two cases were severe headache, the third one was fatigue. They have all treated by their doctors but the symptoms still lasted for several months. When they come to me, I found out they all had exterior symptoms in terms of TCM. One had strong sweating even not active ,accompanying with cold, and it can last for 1 hour. The other two have also complained about easily cold feeling without sweating. All three patients did not have fever. Their symptoms all compatible with TCM Taiyang disease, which means exterior syndromes. I used Gui Zhi Jia Ge Gen Tang to treat the one with excessive sweating and very bad headache. The symptoms disappeared in one week. The other two I used Ge Gen Tang to treat their fatigue and headache, and the symptoms also went away soon.
The successful treatments of these three cases of infectious mononucleosis shows the difference of TCM and western medicine. TCM treat the response of body to pathogens, which depends on the healthiness of the individual. Both too strong and too week response of the body can cause long duration of the disease. TCM can cure patients through adjustment of the improper reaction of the body. While western medicine try to kill the pathogens directly if possible to cure the patients. But if the pathogens can not be killed , then it is difficult to treat or just wait for the body to self healing. Sometimes the self healing process is not so successful, just like infectious mononucleosis we mentioned here, then the duration of the disease can be quite long.