Natural Remedies for Herpes
by Michele Picozzi
To relieve the pain of herpes lesions and speed healing try aloe vera, tea tree oil, melissa (lemon balm), comfrey, myrrh (in tincture form), and eucalyptus. For convenience and portability, there are a handful of topical creams made that contain herbs and amino acids in a soothing base of allantoin, sweet almond oil, or aloe vera.
Homeopathic remedies can help the body overcome a herpes outbreak. There are several, when matched against specific symptoms, that are known to work rapidly and deeply to relieve symptoms. They include natrum muriaticum, rhus toxicodendron, sepia, dulcamara, and hepar sulphuris.
Despite intensive medical research to find a way to halt the spread of herpes, its continues to infect and affect millions everywhere. The wise course of action is to stop herpes before it surfaces. Besides taking care of yourself with a healthful diet, plenty of rest, dealing positively with stress, remember that herpes can be contagious even in its earliest stages. If you feel a recurrence coming on, avoid sexual contact, sharing towels, toothbrushes, clothing, lip balm, and eating utensils. Wash your hands often with soap and hot water. Taking precautions can significantly reduce the spread of the virus to others.
Diet and Supplements for herpes
Many health practitioners, including traditional and alternative, consider the amino acid lysine to be a first line of defense in controlling herpes. Interest in lysine as a treatment for herpes began when laboratory research showed that when lysine is added to a herpes virus culture its growth was inhibited.
There are other dietary supplements that play a key role in controlling herpes as they support immune function. They include: Vitamins A, E, C, B-6, B-12, and the minerals selenium and zinc.
Licorice acts as an overall tonic, and has anti-inflammatory as well as antiviral properties. Burdock and dandelion cleanse the liver and enhance immune system function. Siberian ginseng helps the body deal with stress and improves energy.
Keeping the body pH level in balance is crucial since herpesvirus grows three time faster in an acidic environment.
Foods that foster acidity include most highly processed foods, coffee (including decaf), soft drinks, sugar, alcohol, white vinegar, tomatoes, red meat, fried foods, and white bread. If you have a tendency toward frequent outbreaks, you may want to eliminate these foods from your diet.
Fresh, whole foods particularly green and yellow vegetables, fruits (except citrus), legumes and whole grains, especially millet, yams, green salads and high quality protein such as chicken and fish promote an alkaline state that discourages growth of herpe rvirus.
Impact of Stress and the Immune System
Once contracted, herpes never leaves the body. Its reoccurrence depends largely on the strength of the immune system. Emotional stress has been cited at the number one cause of frequent or repeated herpes outbreaks. Stress prompts the body to create more stomach acid. This is important because herpesvirus thrives in an acidic environment. Stress also diminishes the power of the human glandular system, which exerts a tremendous influence on the workings of the immune system.
While stress is a fact of life, with practice we can control our response to it. It might help to remember that what drives the stress response is fear of loss. If stress is having a negative effective on your well-being, try the following:
Stop when you're tired or feeling overwhelmed. Learn to say "no" and mean it.
Set aside time to eat regular meals that emphasize cooked whole foods and protein over carbohydrates.
Reduce sugar consumption as it impairs immune function by interfering with white blood cell production and depletes the body of important B vitamins. Instead, snack on whole foods such as hardboiled eggs, rice crackers, soft cheeses, fruits, and vegetables.
Get adequate rest; 8 hours minimum or more if you need it.
Exercise regularly. Keep it mild and simple with a brisk walk, bike ride or do a few yoga postures.
Meditate. Substantial evidence exists that regular mediation supports the immune system by lowering stress. It also fosters a genuine sense of well-being and tranquility and helps with negative states of mind as it affects the autonomic nervous system.