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Controlling Herpes Naturally

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Alternative Treatments for Herpes Offer Real Relief

Article contributed by Michele Picozzi

Herpes has been around since Hippocrates, but it took the sexual revolution of the '60s to turn it into an epidemic. The New England Journal of Medicine reported that 1 in 5 Americans over the age of 12 (approximately 45 million) have genital herpes, a 30 percent increase since the 1970s. Millions more have facial herpes or cold sores. Fortunately, there are alternative treatments that allow you to prevent and control herpes naturally.

Once contracted, the virus, which has no known cure, never leaves the body. Instead, it lives silently in nerve endings deep within the base of the brain or spinal cord. Current medical therapy consists of a few prescription drugs namely Zovirax (generically known as acyclovir), Valtrex and Famivr. These prescription-only medications suppress replication of the virus to reduce outbreaks. Unfortunately, the drugs aren't always effective against HSV-1 (cold sores) and about 5 to 10 percent of people with HSV-2 (genital herpes) don't respond to them.

What causes herpes to recur remains a medical mystery. However, there are several internal and external events that can trigger or wake-up the dormant herpesvirus. The triggers most commonly associated with recurrent herpes infections involve foods high in arginine (peanuts, chocolate, soy, sunflower seeds), exposure to strong sunlight, alcohol, menstruation, and physical and psychological stress.

When herpe svirus becomes active, the body sends internal signals to the soon-to-be affected sight. The most common warning signals or prodromes preceding a herpes outbreak are tingling, itching, stinging, pins-and-needles sensations. Fatigue or swelling of the lymph glands also are known to occur. With hours or days after a prodrome, the renewed virus moves to the lesion stage. These blisters appear most often on the face, genitals, or buttocks and last from 10 to 14 days.


About the Author:

Michele Picozzi is the author of Controlling Herpes Naturally: A Holistic Approach to Prevention and Treatment. In addition to her book, her articles have appeared in Yoga Journal, New Age Journal, Delicious!, Let's Live and Natural Pet as well as national medical and trade journals. For more information, you may contact the author through the publisher, Southpaw Press.

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