Hello everyone. So I had covid three times last year, possibly four but one time was negative test. I developed severe acid reflux ( I have hashimotos which can also cause reflux and can also be triggered by EBV, and while I’ve had reflux it got much worse after covid)
I suspected I had SIBO and my doctor was willing to give me a two week trial of cipro. Because I also suspected the possibility of h pylori I took a dose of pepto bismol daily in addition to pre and probiotics.
This helped significantly with my reflux though I still had some minor issues.
I still suffered from extreme fatigue and muscle weakness, which is common with hashimotos but much worse after covid.
I decided to look into some Ayurvedic medicine and a week ago started ashwagandha and black seed oil. Both have amazing benefits and there’s a link between Long Covid and EBV, and EBV is considered a factor in hashimotos too.
I also added Maca and oil of oregano. Oil of oregano can help with EBV as well. Black seed oil has been shown to help with h pylori as well.
Since starting these my fatigue is greatly improved. My reflux is practically gone and I’m actually able to do squats ( two years ago I could do 300 squats a day but since Covid started ( I thought I had covid back in 2020 but negative tests) I couldn’t do ten squats without feeling like my legs would fall off. Yesterday I did over 100 where a week ago couldn’t.
These might be good options. There are a lot of benefits to black seed oil ( nigella sativa) and oil of oregano as well as ashwagandha.
I haven’t felt this good in a long time.
Black seed oil and oil of oregano both can help with EBV and also blastocystis hominis ( another suspect in hashimotos).
Hopefully this helps someone
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I have heard about Ashwaganda. I would imagine one has to go to a certified Ayurvedic practitioner in order to get the right stuff. I mostly stay away from herbal or OTC stuff that I have no experience with since I am small and have IBS and am hypersensitive to substances. However I think it is a good thing to be open to alternative sources of help.
Actually ashwagandha is relatively safe and easy to get. IBS might be linked to not only EBV but as I found out possibly blastocystis hominis. Black seed oil ( known to suppress EBV) and oil of oregano are actually effective and might significantly help. Numerous studies have been done with these. They’re readily available and generally safe. Black seed oil is effective for respiratory problems like asthma and is proven effective against h pylori compared to triple therapy. The only main interactions with black seed oil and oil of oregano is they can lower blood pressure and blood sugar so if you’re on medication for that it could have additive effects and could increase anticoagulant effects.
Hi, sorry a bit lost, part of the brain fog. What is EVB?
I have low blood pressure, so I would hesitate to try anything that lowers that. Thanks for the info.
It has effects on calming the body but it’s effects on blood pressure itself aren’t significant. It’s an adaptogen which helps the body with stress.
Epstein barr virus. It’s what causes mono. 90 percent of the population has the virus. It stays dormant. It’s tied to Long Covid as well as autoimmune diseases
How low does your blood pressure run?
It is not considered dangerously low, but definitely lower than average. I would not want to bring it down any lower. I am watching it daily now, upon instructions from my cardio.
I doubt ashwagandha would have a significant effect. I usually run 110/60-120/70. While it can lower blood pressure it hasn’t affected mine. Ask your cardiologist about it. I’ve been a nurse for 20 years and have never seen a problem with it.
I definitely understand your concern though. I don’t think a standard 500mg dose would have a significant impact. At least it hasn’t affected mine and I also take black seed oil and oregano oil both can lower blood pressure. Adaptogens generally work with the body. It’s always possible but unlikely
I have tried Ashwagandha, but did not know anything about the other oils. I have hashimotos, have had mono twice (EBV), and have silent reflux, which causes asthma. I also have Crohn's along with lots of fatigue. I will definitely look into trying everything you suggested! What does Maca do for you?