Natural remedies for Herpes
Natural remedies for Herpes that are useful
By Veena Deo
The discussion in this article is about natural remedies for herpes that can be followed very easily by all people.
Herpes is any of several inflammatory diseases of the skin caused by the Herpes virus and characterized by clusters of vesicles esp. as in Herpes simplex.
The causes of Genital and Oral herpes are by an infection of the Herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) or type 2 (HSV-2). HSV-1 is the most common cause of oral herpes, while HSV -2 is the most common cause of genital herpes. Weak immune system due to medications, chemotherapy, and direct exposure to the saliva or mucous membranes of person with oral herpes can also be some of the causes.
The Herpes virus is spread by direct contact with infected skin or body fluids, including saliva, discharge from lesions and sexual fluids. Since prevention is worth a pound to cure, keep in mind that the risk of developing clinical infection after sexual contact with an infected person is near about 75%, according to Michael T, Murray, ND and Joseph PizzornoND, in their second edition of the Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine. I will be discussing about natural remedies that can be useful for both types of herpes viruses.
Natural remedies for Herpes that are helpful-
Manuka Honey should be applied on the affected areas.
Olive leaf or Olea europaea, in clinical trials, proved to be useful for Herpes. Ref : Renis, HE, In vitro antiviral activity of Calcium elenolate “Antimicrob Agents chemother 8(2) : 194 – 9 (1975).
It is advisable to apply gel made with Licorice root. Glycyrrhizic acid has shown therapeutic benefit in the treatment of Herpes. High levels of Glycyrrhizic acid have actually affected irreversible deactivation in the Vitro Q.I.
Wrap pieces of ice in a towel and then put it on the affected area.
Keep the affected area clean.
Drink plenty of water.
Stress breaks out this virus. If possible use stress supplements where you can.
Peppermint and chamomile tea help to relieve pain and fever.
Avoid touching the sores. Wash the hands frequently during the day.
Keep the body clean.
Researchers stated that Garlic has been shown to inhibit a number of viruses including that of Herpes.
Avoid foods containing the amino acid, Arginine.
Avoid eating chocolate, grains, and nuts.
L-Lysine is a crystalline, essential amino acid, C6H12N2O2, obtained from the hydrolysis of various proteins. It can be acquired through the diet or by taking Lysine supplements. Studies have shown that it can reduce the frequency and intensity of herpes and cold sore outbreaks. Tissue culture studies show that Lysine works by repressing the metabolism of Arginine, an amino acid, which is essential for the Herpes virus to replicate and become active. L-Lysine rich foods include chicken, milk, eggs, cheese.
When the skin is looks red or gets damaged after an outbreak, apply Vitamin E oil or Jojoba oil once or thrice a day.
Bathe with lukewarm water.
Epsom salt or Magnesium Sulphate can clean and dry the herpes sores. It helps to relieve itching and tenderness.
Try to dust colloidal oatmeal powder on the parts of the body where clothes rub against your skin. This may help to relieve pain.
Andrographis paniculata or Kalmegh boosts the immune system against fungal and viral infections. Ref: Siddhartha KM, Neelam SS. Rajender SS. Andrographic paniculata (Kalmegh) A Review Phcog Rev, Vol – 1, Issue 2, Jul – Dec. 2007.
Herpes is a virus which is directly connected with the body’s immune system. Hence people with weak immune system, may get affected early by Herpes. So in such a situation Andrographis paniculata is found to be effective against the virus of Herpes. Ref: Wiart, C, Kumar, K, etal “Antiviral properties of ent-labdene diterpenes of Androphic paniculata nees, inhibitors of herpes simplex virus type1. Phytother Res. 2005 Dec, 19(12) :1069-70.
I hope the above natural remedies for herpes will help all that are trying to address this situation. In most cases one should consult a healthcare adviser.
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Dr. Veena Deo is an Ayurvedic Doctor in India. All the information provided and on supplements above and opinions expressed are her own and should not be construed as medical advice. This information is provided for educational purposes only. For questions or to consult Dr. Veena Deo, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.