I have had elevated lymphs in
my yearly blood tests for a few years. At one time I had Epstein-Barr virus.
Could this be the reason? Should I be concerned?
Generally speaking, lymphocytes
help to destroy toxic metabolites. They originate from lymphoblasts in the
spleen, lymph glands, tonsils, bone marrow, and thymus. They help to
determine the stage of infection: acute/recovery/chronic. Generally, when
lymphs are high, there is some systemic toxicity. Given the information you
have submitted, it is possible that your EBV did not clear up completely and
has left “latent heat” in the body, adversely affecting your immune system.
Furthermore, it is unclear if your B or T lymphocytes are elevated; usually
it is the B lymphocyte that is affected with EBV. I recommend you check with
your physician to rule out the following possible causes for the elevated
lymphocytes: anterior pituitary hypofunction, adrenal dysfunctions,
hyperthyroidism, or malignancies.
Not withstanding these, I suggest a detoxification regiment and treatment
with herbal formulas and nutrition. You may find that the classic Chinese
herb ban lan gen (Radix Isatidis) is helpful.
From a dietary perspective, I suggest a fresh vegetarian diet with little or
no animal products, chlorophyll rich foods, and under-eating. Be sure to get
ample amounts of immune supplementations, including omega-3 and GLA.
A consultation with your local traditional Chinese medicine (TCM)
practitioner will give you a more detailed TCM diagnosis and appropriate
Doctor question was answered by:
Maoshing Ni, L.Ac., D.O.M., Ph.D.
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