Cold Sores (Herpes Simplex)
Cold sores are small, often recurring fever blisters that can appear anywhere around the mouth, and which are caused by the virus herpes simplex 1 (HSV1). Groupings of cold sore blisters are called a cluster.
The first outbreak of cold sores may be accompanied by flu-like symptoms, with fever, neck pain, lymph node enlargement, and fatigue, or it may go unnoticed. Typically, recurring outbreaks can appear weeks or months after the first, but it almost always is less severe and shorter than the first episode. Recurring outbreaks usually start with a burning sensation that is quickly followed by blisters that itch and can be very sore. Within a few days to several weeks, they burst, dry, encrust, and disappear. Although the infection can stay in the body indefinitely, the number of outbreaks tends to go down over a period of years. They can be controlled and in some cases eliminated.
Cold sores are very contagious, and can be spread from the mouth to the genitalia via oral sex.
Caution: The drug acyclovir is typically prescribed (both orally and topically) to treat cold sores. However, it may cause an increase in symptoms when it is discontinued. In addition, antiviral drugs can be hard on the body and especially the liver, making natural, alternative treatment approaches more advisable.
Herpes simplex virus is the cause of herpes. HSV causes cold sores on the lips and in the mouth and genital herpes in, on or around the genital area. Although once you contract the herpes virus you have it for life, you can stop outbreaks. They can be controlled and in some cases eliminated.
Nearly all people experience cold sores at least one time during their lives. After the first attack, the virus remains dormant in nerve cells, and can be reactivated later by stress, colds, hot weather, anxiety, nutrient deficiencies, or other illnesses, especially ones with accompanying fever. Prolonged cold sore outbreaks may occur in people suffering from compromised immune function or in healthy people who are under high levels of stress.
Herpes zoster, Coxsackie virus, low thyroid, and health problems that suppress immune function can all contribute to cold sore outbreaks, and must be addressed before long-term relief can be achieved.
As with all diseases this did not happen overnight. The very first thing you must do is see a licensed health professional. Find a list of practitioners in your local area here.
Here are some things you can discuss with your practitioner:
- Eliminate Candida: Click here to find out how
- Do the Hydrogen Peroxide Protocol to strengthen the immune system:
- Drink 3 oz. of Colloidal Silver, three or four times a day for 60 days www.colloidsforlife.com/ Silver has long been recognized as a powerful natural antibiotic. Colloidal silver is silver that has been removed electronically from its source and then suspended in water. It is used to treat a myriad of diseases.
- Go on a fast to clear your system of toxic waste www.wecarespa.com
Apply vitamin E ointment or saturate gauze with vitamin E oil and apply for 15 minutes over the area of outbreak.
BHT, a natural food preservative, added to an alcohol solution is another effective topical solution.
At the onset of an outbreak apply an ice cube to the area for 15 minutes and hold in place with a wash cloth to stop your fingers from freezing! Repeat every few hours.
- We recommend regular colonics to improve the immune function. Read more about colonics by clicking here. Find a practitioner here.
Eat a whole foods diet with lots of fresh green salads, raw and steamed vegetables and cultured, fermented products such as yogurt and sauerkraut.
Refrain from dairy products, sugar, white flour and other processed foods.
Avoid citrus fruits, including pineapple.
Buy organic whenever possible and please eat only organic animal protein.
Drink at least 1/2 your weight in ounces of pure water daily with either stabilized liquid oxygen added or water dispensed from an oxygen water cooler.
It is important to not add further toxicity to your system so try to also adhere to the following:
- Do not consume any artificial sweeteners, such as Splenda, NutraSweet or Aspartame
- Do not consume high fructose corn syrup or mono-sodium glutamate.
- Do not drink any carbonated beverages.
- Avoid all fast food restaurants.
- Avoid all canned food.
- Avoid conventional beef. The best beef is organic grass fed beef. www.grasslandbeef.com/StoreFront.bok?affld=104400 The second best is organic meat; this includes beef, veal, lamb, chicken and turkey.
- Take Vitamin D3 50,000-100,000 International Units a day for periods of 4 weeks at a time.
- Wholefood supplements are the best way of ensuring your nutritional needs are met. The best we know on the market is Kevin Trudeau’s “KT Daily” product. You can find more details here kevintrudeaudailylifesessentials.com/
- Take Fivelac probiotic to strengthen the immune system.
- Take Alli-C (super powerful antibacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal garlic capsules) – 4 capsules three times a day should be taken. 1 capsule is the equivalent to 40 cloves of garlic (without the breath to go with it!!).
- Take an Omega 3 supplement:
- During times of outbreak L-lysine cream applied directly on the blisters, and L-lysine supplements (4 grams daily for the first four days, then 500 mg three times daily for two weeks) can also be taken orally. Or try Lysine in a fast acting tincture formula. Please note: Do not take L-Lysine on a daily maintenance basis, however, as it may create an imbalance among other amino acids. If continual daily lysine is the only way for you to prevent recurrent attacks, then you must make diet changes. First eliminate all wheat products, replace with other whole grains such as brown rice, quinoa, buckwheat (not a member of the wheat family) in your diet and decrease lysine into smaller dosages, use with a full spectrum amino acid blend. Also, ask your alternative health care practitioner about amino-acid profile testing.)
- Other useful nutrients to help prevent and treat cold sores are vitamin B complex, vitamin C with bioflavonoids, vitamin E, and zinc gluconate.
- Acidophilus and thymus extract can also help, as can the flavonoid quercetin, which has been shown to inhibit the herpes virus. Note: The two amino acids that appear to be important in herpes infections are lysine and arginine. Arginine stimulates the growth and reproduction of the herpes simplex virus, while lysine inhibits it. What`s important is the ratio of arginine to lysine. The higher the arginine to lysine ratio, the more herpes virus is likely to grow. Conversely, if lysine is high with respect to arginine, the growth is inhibited. Chocolate, peanuts, most cereal grains, nuts, and seeds have more arginine than lysine.
Prescription and non-prescription medication:
What non-prescription and prescription drugs are you taking? Your non-prescription and prescription are partially the reason that you have this illness or disease – you need to get off these medications, but do so only under the guidance of a licensed health care practitioner.
Stress is a known cause of the development of cold sores. Here are some things you can do to combat stress and restore balance:
- Go to a Dr Morter BEST (Bio-Energetic Synchronisation Technique) Practitioner
- Sign up for Energetic Re-Balancing: 2 practitioners to consider are:
- Stephen Lewis – Find out more by clicking here
- – Find out more by clicking here
- Consider using Mary Miller’s Iching System Products – ichingsystemsinstruments.com
- Reiki healing is very powerful in releasing stress and emotional baggage. Find a practitioner here
- Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) has had remarkable results in dissolving stress. Find a local practitioner here or go to www.thetappingsolution.com or www.tftrx.com
- Try Hypnotherapy to relax the mind. Find a local practitioner here
Fast Acting Herpes Protocol
This is the natural cure for herpes that Kevin Trudeau talks about in his book. This protocol works best PRIOR to a herpes breakout, though you can get fast acting results once a breakout is underway by substituting DMSO for food grade Hydrogen Peroxide:
Purchase the following supplies, available at most health food stores or online sources:
Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide
Red Marine Algae
Stabilized Liquid Oxygen
Apply a thin layer of DMSO to the afflicted area, the soles of your feet, and your low back three times per day. Do this when you first feel a breakout may be underway, before an eruption occurs. If you are already broken out, use Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide instead of DMSO. Apply peroxide by dabbing area with a clean cotton swab.
Take Laurea, Red Marine Algae, Lysine and Calcium according to directions on label, twice per day. Look for Lysine in a fast acting tincture formula. These products can be found at a well stocked health food store.
Drink at least half your weight in ounces of pure water daily with either stabilized liquid oxygen added or water dispensed from an oxygen water cooler.
Eat generous amounts of fresh green salads, and raw and steamed vegetables. Refrain from dairy products, sugar, white flour and other processed foods. Buy organic whenever possible, especially when choosing animal protein.
Caution: When applying DMSO on the body use thoroughly clean hands and clean cotton swabs. Take care to be impeccable because whatever substance comes in contact with DMSO gel is absorbed quickly and driven deeply into the body. Avoid contact with dirt until the area is completely dry.
As always the fastest most effective way to receive tailored advice to your own situation, you should visit a local licensed practitioner. Find your closest Ayurvedic practitioners here.
Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:
Traditional Chinese Medicine
To receive bespoke advice based upon your own situation you should visit a local licensed practitioner. Find your closest Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners here.
Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:
Yin Qiao San – fights viral and bacterial infections and works as an anti-inflammatory.
Wu Zhu Yu powder – powerful antibacterial remedy.
Dao Chi Wan – restores balance between yin and yang.
Acupuncture – to correct energy blockages in the body.
Geranium, lemon, chamomile, tea tree, and/or lavender essential oils applied topically can help speed the healing process.
To ensure positive results, always check that the essential oil is a 100% pure plant distillation and that it comes from a reputable source.
Owing to the principles behind homeopathy (link to full description of what it is) it is essential you see a licensed practitioner to receive your own personalized prescription. Find your closest Homeopath here.
Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:
Rhus toxicodendron – for clusters of itchy red blisters.
Natrum muriaticum – for outbreaks after sun exposure.
Sepia – for hard, painful cold sores.
Herbs that boost resistance to cold sores by strengthening the immune response include the tinctures of Echinacea, Siberian ginseng, nettle, and goldenseal. Combine in equal parts and take 1/2 teaspoonful of this mixture three times a day. You can also externally apply diluted tincture of myrrh or calendula. Licorice root tincture applied topically has been shown to inactivate herpes simplex particles and inhibit the growth of the virus. See video link for more herbal remedies.
Lifestyle: Manage stress and generally stay rested.
Flower Essences: The most useful flower essences for dealing with the accompanying emotional/mental stress of cold sores are Rescue Remedy®, Rescue Remedy Cream®, and Crab Apple.
Yoga – The physical postures and breathing exercises comprising the practice of yoga have long been proven by scientific research to promote feelings of relaxation while simultaneously strengthening the body. Research conducted since the 1970s has shown that regular yoga practice not only relieves stress, and stressful emotions such as anxiety and depression, but also improves blood pressure rates and overall cardiovascular health. Yoga is also effective for reducing pain, improving gastrointestinal and respiratory function, and for improving cognitive function and enhancing sight and hearing.
Note: If you are just beginning to explore yoga, it is recommended that you initially do so under the guidance of a trained yoga instructor who can guide you to become aware of the subtleties involved in each yoga posture as well as the corresponding method of breathing.
Qigong – Is a wonderful form of exercise, breath work and meditation to relieve stress and tension in the body. See article section for more information about the art of qigong.
Alternative Professional Care
If your symptoms persist despite the above measures, seek the help of a qualified health professional. The following professional care therapies have all been shown to be useful for treating and relieving the symptoms of cold sores: Biofeedback Training, Cell Therapy, Creative Visualization, Energy Medicine (Ondamed), Environmental Medicine, Guided Imagery, Magnetic Field Therapy, Naturopathic Medicine, Nutritional Therapies, Orthomolecular Medicine and Oxygen Therapy (Hydrogen Peroxide Therapy (IV) and Ozone Therapy, which inactivates herpes 1 and promotes skin healing, high success rate). (See Glossary for descriptions of these Alternative Therapies.)
Immune health NC_Newsletter_07-11.pdf
Heal Your Body and Raise Your Consciousness – Qigong NC_Newsletter_12-08.pdf
Health Care that Won’t Cost You a Single Penny – EFT NC_Newsletter_12-06.pdf
Become Master of Your Mind – taking charge of your reaction to stress NC_Newsletter_12-10.pdf
Jump for Joy – Rebounding is a great stress busting workout NC_Newsletter_12-10.pdf
Hypnotherapy for stress management – why it is so effectivehttp://www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/hypnotherapy_for_stress.php
Ayurvedic remedies for cold sores www.homeveda.com/skin/natural-ayurvedic-home-remedies-for-cold-sores.html
Herbal remedies for cold sores www.youtube.com/watch?v=9FAC3lpxcic
How to reduce cold sores naturally www.ehow.com/video_4989229_reduce-cold-sores-naturally.html
Success of L-Lysine Therapy in Frequently Recurrent Herpes simplex Infectioncontent.karger.com/ProdukteDB/produkte.asp?typ=pdf&doi=248823
Further Information (links and books)
Interview with Kevin Trudeau and Dr Ray Lala about Resolve Herpes media.ktradionetwork.com/media/mp3/Dr_Ray_Lala_4-8-11.mp3
Cold Sore / Fever Blister Natural Treatments and Home Remedies. by Joseph Lane (16 Feb 2012)
Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art by Kathi Keville and Mindi Green
Detox and revitalize by Susana L. Belen
Andrea Butje | Aromahead email@example.com – aromatherapy
Carrie Vitt firstname.lastname@example.org – organic food recipes.
David Spector-NSR/USA email@example.com – meditation, stress
Judith Hoad firstname.lastname@example.org – herbalist.
Kath May email@example.com – reiki, tai chi.
Lillian Bridges firstname.lastname@example.org – Chinese medicine, living naturally.
Monika email@example.com – aromatherapy.
Rakesh GAC@AyurvedicLifeStyles.com – Ayurvedic Practitioner.