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 (HSV-2).
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.
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.
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 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.
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
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.
** All of
these prescriptions below have been proven effective; level
of effectiveness depends on the individual. Please consult your
doctor when taking any and all supplements.
Super Prescriptions – Herpes
Prescription #1 L-lysine
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.
Prescription # 2 Lemon balm extract (Melissa officinalis)
Apply a lemon balm topical cream four times daily to the
affected area. It has mainly been studied for healing cold
Prescription #3 Lomatium root (Lomatium dissectum)
Take 1 ml or 500 mg four times daily for acute outbreaks.
Lomatium root has immune-enhancing and antiviral properties.
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.
Prescription # 5 Vitamin
C - LifeSource
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.
Prescription #6 Zinc
Picolinate - LifeSource
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.