The herpes family of viruses includes more than seventy known members. The
most common ones that humans encounter include herpes simplex 1 and 2,
Epstein-Barr virus, varicella zoster, and cytomegalovirus. This section
contains information on herpes simplex 1 (HSV-1) and herpes simplex 2
Both of the herpes simplex viruses cause small, irritating, fluid-filled
blisters or eruptions on the skin and the mucous membranes. Herpes simplex
virus 1 is often at the root of cold sores, also know as fever blisters,
since sun exposure can bring on an outbreak.
The initial symptoms of a cold sore include burning and tingling sensations
around the edges of the lips and the nose, where itchy, painful blisters
and/or small, red pimples will form within a few hours and last a few days.
They usually dry up and crust over in eight to twelve hours after onset,
although natural and conventional therapy can often greatly reduce the
healing time. A person may complain of localized pain, as well as have a
mild fever and swollen lymph nodes in the neck.
Herpes simplex virus 2 causes blisters on the genitals and is typically
spread through sexual contact (although herpes simplex virus 1 can also
cause genital herpes and vice versa). The burning and tingling sensation
surrounding the genital areas are initial symptoms. The moist linings
surrounding the sex organs will soon become the sites of blisters that
later turn into sores or lesions that can easily become infected and
irritating. It should be noted that a pregnant woman carrying the herpes
simplex virus 2 may pass it along to her baby during birth, allowing the
baby to form lesions from contact, as well as problems with its nervous
systems, such as seizures and mental retardation. Women are screened for
this infection during their pregnancy and cesarean section birthing can
prevent the transfer of herpes simplex 2.
Herpes simplex virus 1 and 2 are extremely common. Once they enter the
body, herpes viruses can remain dormant in the nervous system for several
years of life. Their outbreak is more likely when the immune system is
under stress, such as during infectious illness (common cold), when under
physical or emotional stress, from excessive exposure to sunlight, and from
nutritional deficiencies and allergies to food or drugs.
Conventional treatment for a cold sore is to let it run its course, apply
antiviral topical solutions, or use pain-relieving medications. The
antiviral drug acyclovir (Zovirax) is used to suppress outbreaks of oral
and genital herpes. Antibiotics may be given for secondary skin infections.
Natural therapy focuses on enhancing the immune system so that one is not
as susceptible to a herpes outbreak. In addition, this section discusses
some natural remedies that have direct antiviral effects. It has been
estimated that 90 percent of the population has one or both herpes viruses.
The key is to have a resilient immune system that can fight off and contain
the herpes virus. In the case of genital herpes, the best approach is
prevention through avoidance of casual sexual contact. However, natural
therapies can make a dramatic impact in reducing outbreak recurrence and
severity for people with genital herpes.
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Prescription for Natural Cures by James F. Balch, M.D.
and Mark Stengler, N.M.D.
Super Prescription #1
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Take 1,000 mg three times daily between meals for an
acute outbreak. For preventative purposes, take 500 mg
two to three times daily between meals. This supplement
has been shown in some studies to help treat acute
outbreaks and may reduce recurrence.
Super Prescription # 2 Lemon balm extract (Melissa
Apply a lemon balm topical cream four times daily to
the affected area. It has mainly been studied for
healing cold sores.
Super Prescription #3 Lomatium root (Lomatium
Take 1 ml or 500 mg four times daily for acute
outbreaks. Lomatium root has immune-enhancing and
Super Prescription #4 Propolis
Apply propolis tincture or ointment four times daily to
the affected area. Propolis has been shown to heal
genital herpes and most likely helps cold sores.
Super Prescription # 5
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See All of our Vitamin C Products. Take 1,000 mg, along
with 500 mg of bioflavonoids, three times daily.
Vitamin C improves immune function and reduces the
duration of the infection.
Super Prescription #6
- LifeSource Product Take 30 mg twice
daily, along with 3 mg of copper. Zinc supports immune
function and has been shown in studies to reduce the
frequency, the severity, and the duration of a herpes
outbreak. Topical application of zinc sulfate has been
shown to reduce the recurrence of herpes outbreaks.
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A burning, tingling sensation on reddened skin, accompanied by one or
more clusters of small, fluid-filled vesicles
Immune system suppression
Consume foods that are rich in the amino acid L-lysine, as they may inhibit
herpes virus replication. These include legumes, fish, turkey, chicken, and
Bell peppers, brussels sprouts, broccoli, potatoes, and other brightly
colored vegetables and fruits provide vitamin C and bioflavonoids that help
heal the skin.
Fish such as salmon, nuts like walnuts, and seeds such as flax seeds
provide essential fatty acids that are necessary for tissue repair.
Foods to Avoid
Avoid foods that are high in the amino acid L-arginine, as it may stimulate
HSV replication. These foods include peanuts, almonds, and other nuts, as
well as whole wheat and chocolate.
Reduce or eliminate sugars, as they interrupt the healing of tissue and
suppress immune function.
Acidic foods, such as grapefruit, tomatoes, oranges, and other citrus
fruits, may aggravate cold sores and should be avoided during an outbreak.
Acupuncture is helpful for some people with recurrent herpes. See a
qualified practitioner for treatment.
Magnet therapy can be effective in reducing pain and stimulating skin
healing. Use under the guidance of a knowledgeable practitioner.
Applying ice to a cold sore at the first signs of symptoms can help
prevent a full-blown outbreak. Apply for ten minutes and then stop.
Repeat every hour. An adult should apply it to the lesion of a young
child to prevent damaging the skin.
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