Herpes refers to a class of viral infections of both a sexual and nonsexual nature. There are actually over 70 different types of herpes, all of which are caused by one or more herpes viruses. Overall, herpes viruses are very common in the population at large. In fact, some health experts estimate that 90 per cent of all Americans are infected by one or more strains of herpes virus.
Herpes viruses, once they gain a foothold in the body, can remain dormant for years before symptoms manifest, usually after being triggered by stress to the immune system. In addition, symptoms can come and go, and even when symptoms are no longer noticeable, it does not necessarily mean that the viruses have been eradicated.
Types of Herpes
Although there are more than 70 known herpes viruses, the two most common types of herpes are:
- Herpes Simplex 1 (HSV1) – this is often present in the body simply due to a weakened immune system, not as a result of sexual contact.
- Herpes Simplex 2 (HSV2), or genital herpes. – this is a sexually transmitted disease, or STD.
Both types are very widespread among the population of the United States.
Note: Genital herpes can pass from infected mothers to their babies at the time of birth. Newborns infected with herpes simplex 2 can experience developmental problems due to how herpes affects their young nervous systems. This can lead to seizures and/or mental retardation. To prevent this risk, pregnant women should consider caesarean section births to avoid the spread of HSV2.
Symptoms of herpes simplex 1 primarily manifest as small blisters on the skin and mucus membranes, and as cold sores on the lips and/or along the edge of the nose, which are also known as fever blisters. The blisters and cold sores can be irritating and produce sensations of burning, itching, or tingling. The symptoms are usually no more than nuisances, however, and generally resolve themselves without treatment within a week to ten days.
Genital herpes, symptoms of which usually first manifest within a week or less after unprotected sex with an infected partner, initially manifest as a persistent burning sensation or itch on or around the genitals (usually the moist linings that surround the genitals). Within 24 hours, this is followed by small, pimple-like outbreaks and reddened skin in the genital area that can quickly progress to painful lesions and sores and discharge blood and pus. Eventually (usually within a week of the initial sensations of burning or itching) scabs form over the sores and lesions and they start to heal until the next outbreak.
In women, the sores and lesions usually occur around the vagina, the cervix, and around the anus. In men, they typically occur on the glans (the bulbous end of the penis), the foreskin of the penis, the shaft of the penis, and/or around the anus.
Herpes is caused by one of more than 70 infectious herpes viruses. Outbreaks caused by herpes are most often triggered by physical or emotional stress that suppresses immune function. Nutritional deficiencies can also increase the risk of contracting herpes. Anxiety is the greatest predictor of herpes eruption so it figures that stress reduction can help prevent herpes attacks. Taking supplements to support the adrenal glands is especially important in times of stress and therefore the following are recommended:
- Adrenal glandular extract
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin B complex (B5 and B6)
- Vitamin C
As with all sexually transmitted diseases, the most effective response is prevention. To avoid herpes, do the following:
Be careful about choosing a sex partner and find out about his or her health and sexual history before engaging in a sexual relationship. Have sex only if the person has no apparent signs of infection and is willing to assure your protection during sexual intimacy. Be prepared to talk and inquire about past experiences. Be direct and persistent. Make conversations about health a natural part of the sexual relationship.
Limit the number of people you have sex with. The risk of contracting an STD rises exponentially in direct relation to how many sexual partners you have.
Avoid sex altogether if your partner exhibits open lesions or swelling on his or her body.
Always practice safe sex. Men should always use a latex condom, especially when engaging in sex with someone new. As an alternative, women can consider the use of a latex female condom. When engaging in oral sex, use a latex dental dam. Long-term, monogamous sexual partners should also use some form of protective contraceptive unless planning a pregnancy.
Avoid swallowing semen, as it acts as an immune suppressant and thus can increase the risk of STDs caused by infectious micro-organisms.
Avoid anal sex, especially without protection.
Urinate after you have sexual intercourse in order to help clean the urethra and prevent infection. This applies to both men and women.
Have an annual check-up to be screened for STDs that you may not know you have.
If you know that you have a sexually transmitted disease, be responsible. Inform your partner and insist that he or she be examined and treated as well. Follow the treatment regimen that your physician prescribes as completely as possible, and always use protection whenever you engage in sex.
The very first thing you must do is see a licensed health professional. Find a list of practitioners in your local area here
It is important to know that if you do have Herpes, anybody that you’re having sex with, also has it. This is true whether or not they have breakouts. So, during this protocol, the partner that you’re sexually active with should also be doing the protocol simultaneously.
Ideally for the first 30 days, do not engage in any sex at all so that you don’t continue to re-infect one another.
There is much that you can do using natural cures to significantly reduce the incidence of herpes outbreaks, as well as minimize the duration and severity of symptoms when outbreaks do occur. Consult with a holistically trained physician to determine your best course of action.
Two important goals of your treatment program are to enhance your immune function and to diminish stress, since both of these factors play major roles in herpes outbreaks. The following natural cures are highly recommended to achieve both of these goals.
- Start Herpes Mineral Detox.
- Simultaneously apply DMSO in a small thin layer to the bottom of your feet at least once a day for up to three times a day. Also apply to the small of your back and also to the area where you get the genital breakouts. www.dmso.com
- Eliminate Candida: Click here to find out how
- Do the Hydrogen Peroxide Protocol to strengthen the immune system:
- Drink 3oz of Colloidal Silver, three or four times a day for 60 days www.utopiasilver.com Silver has long been recognised 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
- Finish Herpes Mineral Detox
- Start the Hydrogen Peroxide Protocol.
- Simultaneously start taking Red Marine Algae.
- Simultaneously take 50,000 – 100,000 International Units of Vitamin D3 a day. Take this at one time or break it up into two or three doses. /
- Finish the Hydrogen Peroxide Protocol
- Reduce intake of Vitamin D3 to 5,000-10,000 International Units a day.
- Start taking Vitamin C and Glutathione www.livonlabs.com
- Going forward drink Camu Juice from Amazon Herb Company.
If a breakout reoccurs, contact the Resolve Herpes Organisation for a booster course. This should solve the problem.
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Take a bath as often as possible up to once a day with two litres of 35% food grade Hydrogen Peroxide.
Hyperthermia: Hyperthermia involves artificially creating fever in the body to boost immune function. Hyperthermia can be highly effective for eliminating toxins and infectious bacteria and viruses, many of which cannot survive in elevated body temperatures. Treatment causes a natural fever response and profuse sweating.
For herpes, hyperthermia in the form of hot baths can help. Although heat can aggravate herpes symptoms, it can also accelerate the healing process if you can tolerate it. Follow each hot bath with a short cold bath or sitz bath. Do this daily.
There are several at-home hyperthermia treatments. Please seek the advice of your alternative health care practitioner before undergoing these procedures to make sure they are appropriate for you.
*Purified water is essential for any hyperthermia treatment. Remedies for Treating Chlorinated Bath Water offers clear instructions and recommendations.
- We recommend regular colonics to remove toxicity from the body. Read more about colonics by clicking here. Find a practitioner here.
- Most of the water that we drink is very acidic and in order to heal our bodies need a more alkaline state. During the program drink alkalized water, which you can buy from Real Water www.drinkrealwater.com/
Healthy eating is of primary importance. Drink plenty of pure filtered water and increase your intake of fresh, organic fruits and vegetables, and complex whole grains, as well as organic, free-range meats, poultry, and wild-caught fish that are rich in essential fatty acids, such as sardines and salmon.
- 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, commercial and processed foods.
- Avoid all canned food.
- Avoid salt.
- Avoid wheat and wheat products.
- Avoid alcohol and caffeine and tobacco.
- Do not eat saturated, trans-, hydrogenated or partially-hydrogenated fats and oils. Instead choose from extra virgin olive oil, high lignin flax seed oil, and unrefined hemp seed, walnut, and sunflower oils.
- Eliminate conventional dairy products. The best dairy products are raw, unpasteurised and homogenised dairy from grass fed cows. If this is unavailable, then buy organic dairy.
- Avoid conventional beef. The best beef is organic grass fed beef. www.grasslandbeef.com The second best is organic meat; this includes beef, veal, lamb, chicken and turkey.
- Foods high in the amino acid arginine should be avoided, since arginine can trigger more frequent herpes outbreaks. Such foods include almonds, peanuts, and other nuts and seeds, including sesame and sunflower seeds, coconut, chocolate, wheat and wheat byproducts, soy, lentils, oats, corn, rice, barley, tomatoes, and squash
- Avoid acid producing foods, such as citrus fruits, including tomatoes, during outbreaks, as these foods will increase the severity of herpes outbreaks.
- Undergo testing for potential food allergies and sensitivities and avoid those foods to which you test positive, as these can reduce immune function. Consider a rotation diet or elimination diet in order to further reduce the likelihood of food allergies.Nutrition and diet are key players in the healing and elimination of imbalance and disease. For a complete, nutrition packed, whole foods eating plan, read the Whole Foods Diet. In many cases, a raw food eating plan can be extremely beneficial. To learn more, read Raw Food Diet. You can print out these full articles for easy reference.
- Vitamin D has been shown to be a key factor in boosting the immune system. Take Vitamin D3 50,000-100,000 International Units a day
- Wholefood supplements are the best way of ensuring your nutritional needs are met.
Nutritional Supplements: The following nutrients can be helpful: vitamin A, B-complex, vitamin B5, vitamin B6, vitamin C, zinc, adrenal glandular extract, quercitin, and the amino acid lysine. Lauric acid, known as monolaurin, is also useful for preventing outbreaks. Avoid any supplement that contains the amino acid arginine.
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.
- Vitamin C powder added to a bit of water can be applied topically over lesions as a paste. This will help to quickly dry them up. Vitamin E oil applied topically is effective as well.
- Salves made from one or more of the following ingredients can help soothe symptoms and speed healing: aloe vera gel, baking soda, calendula cream, goldenseal powder, licorice root powder, vitamin E oil, vitamin C paste, and zinc sulfate ointment. An ice compress applied topically can also assist healing.
We know that when the body is out of balance, energy doesn’t flow, leading blockages and eventually dis-ease. 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:
- Consider using Mary Millers 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 towww.thetappingsolution.com, www.fastereft.com or www.tftrx.com
- Try Hypnotherapy to relax the mind. Find a practitioner here.
Consult a licensed practitioner who may well advise the following which will enhance immune function: Combine the Ayurvedic herbs shatavari (500 mg), guwel sattva (200 mg), kamadudha (200 mg), and neem (300 mg) into a mixture and take two teaspoons twice a day after lunch and dinner. You can also apply tikta ghee topically as well as taking one teaspoon each day on an empty stomach.
Traditional Chinese Medicine
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) treats Herpes Simplex 1 and Herpes Simplex 2 with a two pronged strategy. Firstly, herbs which have a proven effect on herpes virus are used, and secondly, herbs which address the patient’s constitution. In TCM, any infection, viral or bacterial, is a type of toxin. Sufferers know herpes to be a very hot, fiery condition, of which burning is a feature, and for which heat from sunlight, stress, fever or spicy food is an aggravating factor. And finally, damp-heat is descriptive of any wet, infected, fluid filled blister. Treatment can be divided into short and long-term aims. For the short-term the obvious aim is to stop or minimize an impending flare-up, and this depends largely on the timing of treatment. If herbs are taken at the first signs of tingling and sensitivity, the sore can be entirely prevented from surfacing. TCM views herpes outbreaks as a product of imbalance in your qi, or vital life energy. Qi flows through subtle energy channels in your body that correspond to your internal organs. With herpes, the liver channel becomes blocked with stagnant qi, producing what TCM practitioners call “phlegm”- a TCM term for the thickened, sluggish body fluids that result from stagnant qi. A herpes outbreak occurs when phlegm accumulates and breaks through the surface of the skin, according to Bronwyn Whitlocke, a TCM practitioner working in Carrum Downs, Australia, and author of “Chinese Medicine for Women.”
Always consult a licensed practitioner and the herbs that you may wish to discuss can include:
- Woad Root (Ban Lan Gen) – a top antiviral herb, which has a very broad spectrum of antimicrobial activity
- Philodendron (Huang Bai) – one of the most widely used herbs in Chinese medicine, which has been proven to have properties of inhibiting and containing bacterial, viral and yeast infections. It is a powerful herb for stopping genital itching.
- Dittany Bark (Bai Xian Pi) – one of the most popular herbs for external use, which works well for many skin problems ranging from itching and eczema to inflammation.
- Sophora (Ku Shen) – renowned for clearing up heat, drying up dampness, reliving itch and destroying worms. In classical Chinese herbal medicine texts, sophora is extensively used for external applications. This bitter-flavored and cold-property herb is widely used to treat furuncles, carbuncles and genital itch in women.
- Wild Chrysanthemum flower (Ye Ju Hua) – an autumn/fall blooming flower which has a property of clearing heat and relieving toxicity.
- Smilax (Tu Fu Ling) -a leading herb for relieving toxicity and eliminating dampness. In TCM, it is widely used for recurrent ulcers and skin lesions due to damp-heat.
Herpes in all its manifestations is very receptive to TCM. As always with herbal medicine, the longer it has been a problem, and the more severe it is, the longer it will take to treat. However, a decrease in the frequency of attacks can be observed relatively quickly.
Aromatherapy uses essential oils that are believed to be effecting in treating herpes simplex because of their strong anti-viral properties. These include:
- Tea tree – anti-bacterial, antifungal, antiviral
- Bergamot – antiseptic
- Eucalyptus – antiseptic, germicidal, healing
- Lavender – calming, soothing, antiseptic, antibacterial
- Chamomile – effective for irritation, soothing
- Palmarosa oil – antiseptic, antiviral
- True rose oil – powerful antiseptic, encourages wound healing
- Melissa oil – antibacterial
- Lemon – beneficial in treating inflamed areas
- Geranium – anti-inflammatory and astringent
Combinations – such as lemon and geranium or eucalyptus and bergamot – applied topically at the first sign of an outbreak can lessen or prevent outbreaks and speed recovery when they occur. Consult a licensed practitioner.
Always consult a licensed practitioner who may recommend the following:
- Rhus toxicodendron – good for the skin when there is itching
- Sepia – good for weakness, exhaustion
- Natrum muriaticum – good for skin eruptions
- Hepar sulphuricum – skin eruptions
- Arsenicum album – good for treating discharges
- Caladium – recommended for the genital organs
- Acidum nit – good in treating blisters
All of these can all help relieve symptoms and prevent future outbreaks.
Herbal remedies invaluable in treating herpes. Herbes which are useful and which you may like to discuss with a licensed practitioner, include:
- Echinacea – detoxicant, antiseptic, mild antibiotic, immune-stimulant
- Siberian ginseng – immuno stimulant, antioxidant, overall tonic
- Nettle – good for staunching wounds, feed and support the whole body, immune system
- Goldenseal – anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antifungal, antibacterial
A useful herbal remedy for herpes is to combine tinctures of Echinacea, goldenseal, nettle and Siberian ginseng in equal measures. Take half a teaspoon three times a day to boost immune function. Other useful herbs include:
- Indian gooseberry – antioxidant, flushes out toxins
- licorice root – antifungal, antiseptic
- Lomatium – antiviral
Juice Therapy: Carrot, beet, and celery juice combined together can help immune function. Avoid all citrus juices, however, including orange, grapefruit, and pineapple, as citrus can aggravate symptoms.
Honey: which was a conventional therapy for infection up until the early 20th century when penicillin took center stage has recently started inching its way back into the medical mainstream but some kinds of honey should never be applied to an open sore or wound, and the antibacterial activity in some honeys is 100 times more powerful than in others.
Processed, refined honey that you typically find in grocery stores is NOT appropriate for use in wound care. In fact, your average domestic “Grade A” type honey will likely increase infection.
It also will not offer you the same health benefits as raw honey when consumed. Manuka honey from New Zealand is a specific type of honey that has actually been approved for use as a medical device due to its healing properties and superior potency. But you could also use raw honey -it’s just not as potent as Manuka. Good quality honey offers several topical wound-care benefits that can explain some of its success as a remedy for herpes sores as it draws fluid away from your wound and the high sugar content suppresses micro-organism growth.
As with other sexually transmitted diseases, herpes needs to be controlled by halting its spread between sex partners. It is contagious from the first signs of tingling until the skin is healed. During outbreaks, the following lifestyle guidelines are highly recommended:
- Wear underwear to bed
- Wash your hands before and after you touch any part of your body
- Do not share your clothing or utensils with others
- Avoid having sex during outbreaks if you have lesions on your genitals because condoms and other forms of protection cannot guarantee that you will not spread herpes to your partner
- Avoid kissing others if they or you have blisters on or around the lips and mouth
Alternative Professional Care:
The following professional care therapies can also help to treat herpes:, Detoxification therapy, Energy Medicine, Environmental Medicine, Magnet Therapy, Naturopathic Medicine, Orthomolecular Medicine and Oxygen Therapy (See Glossary for descriptions.)
EFT cures Herpes: articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2003/07/26/eft-herpes.aspx
Natural treatment for Herpes: www.tequestafamilypractice.com/articles/Herpes_CAM.pdf
Treatment for Herpes – Natural: www.youtube.com/watch?v=kE7hQ0nsSwo
Bach Flower Remedies for Treating Herpes: www.youtube.com/watch?v=OBbsfZURykQ
Natural Cure for Herpes Part 1: www.youtube.com/watch?v=EcSRGNx0GZU
Homeopathic treatment for Herpes: iadr.confex.com/iadr/latin05/preliminaryprogram/abstract_93979.htm
Herbal Mixtures Aid Recovery Time for Herpes Sufferers: online.liebertpub.com/doi/abs/10.1089/acm.2006.6297?prevSearch=allfield%253A%2528herpes%2529&searchHistoryKey=
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Larrea, Eclectic Institute
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Lysine, Super Lysine+
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Red marine algae
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Gently wash with food grade hydrogen peroxide
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Soft Laser Therapy, Q1000 Soft Laser
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David Spector-NSR/USA firstname.lastname@example.org – meditation, stress
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Kath May firstname.lastname@example.org – reiki, tai chi.
Lillian Bridges email@example.com – Chinese medicine, living naturally.
Monika firstname.lastname@example.org – aromatherapy.
Rakesh GAC@AyurvedicLifeStyles.com – Ayurvedic Practitioner.