natural herpes treatments

Halt Herpes with Herbs

Natural methods offer alternatives for keeping cold sores and genital herpes at bay.

Halt Herpes with Herbs

Lip service: Cold sores respond to plant-based treatment.

RODALE NEWS, EMMAUS, PA—The herpes simplex viruses (HSV), which can strike in the form of cold sores and fever blisters or genital ulcers, can cause breakouts of painful lesions. But a review of herbal methods dealing with suppressing the virus finds that several inexpensive, natural methods can be effective for managing HSV. The review, written by herbalists and a medical doctor, was recently published in the journal Alternative and Complementary Therapies.

THE DETAILS: The analysis, reprinted from the newly printed second edition of the book Clinical Botanical Medicine (Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., 2009), states that creams containing mint, particularly Melissa officinalis (lemon balm), offer a safe, natural, and cheap alternative to pharmaceutical drugs for treating cold sores. Other studies found that prolonged use can lengthen the gap between outbreaks. Another clinical trial found that a cream containing a combination of Salvia officinalis (sage) leaf and Rheum palmatum (Chinese rhubarb) root was nearly as effective as the prescription drug acyclovir, with no side effects. The authors say that extracts of mint, basil, peppermint, heal all (Prunella vulgaris), rosemary, sage, and thyme could also fight cold sores, while tannin-rich herbs and tea tree oil may help prevent transmission.

The effects of herbal preparations on genital herpes are not as well documented. Ointments containing propolis, a mixture of compounds harvested by bees from the resin of willow trees, have shown promise in treating genital herpes lesions more effectively than the drug acyclovir, but the authors say more research is needed in this area.


Published on: May 27, 2009

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Herpes is viral infection

Herpes is viral infection caused by one of two types of the herpes simplex virus. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, symptoms include blisters and sores on the mouth, nose, genitals, buttocks or, occasionally, other skin sites.
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toenail fungus

I use homeopathic remedies & found that I completely cured toenail fungus using GRAPHITES. Be warned however, it MUST be taken 3 times a day for 3 - 6 months. Failure to be faithful to this schedule can fail to cure. Did this 10 years ago & have had no re-occurance. Good luck!

Herpes herbal treatment

With regard to the article on herbal use of lemon balm, Chinese rhubarb etc. Does anyone know a product to purchase and where it may be purchased. Mr grandson has this really bad in the summer and I have it also. I have had success with Lysine and tea tree oil and Spirit of Camphor, but a cream or ointment would be much more useful for him. Thank you, Lynn

Herpes Zoster

I have adult chicken pocks, it is the second time in over twenty years. are there any natural cures or something I can do to lessen the out break. It started with acute pancreatis.

lysine's good

I've used lysine on and off for years. Huge help! Avoiding foods that are high in Arginine makes a big difference too. That's any nuts (including peanuts), chocolate, coconut, gelatin. I cheat about chocolate but cant do too much at one time. If you are sick or run down for any reason- be strict about it. Herpes wakes up when the immune system is temporarily down- so why add more risk factors together then.


I agree. I've read several years ago that lysine helps with outbreaks. I use lysine very often and my outbreaks have decreased from 2 - 4 times a year to little to none. Not to mention my stress level has gone down as well.

cold sore preventative

I use Lysine tablets as soon as I feel a cold sore coming through. I usually take 2 or 3 immediately, then throughout the day take 2 at a time. I have found it makes them much much smaller and less painful. Sometimes, they won't even break out.

Toenail Fungus

Toenail fungus is only one of the symptoms of a systemic yeast overgrowth - that's what really needs to be addressed - it could take a couple of years of treatment and dietary changes to effectively reduce the yeast to a manageable level - don't stop just because you start to feel better - stick with it - go to your local health food store and ask their advice on what protocol to follow - they should be able to help you -

Va Herbalist

Herpes - Cold Sores

I have used liquid camphor extract e.g. Spirit of Camphor for over 40 years with great success. Just dab it on when needed. It is available at your drugstore.


I do sex education work, and have found many people who successfully use lysine to control and treat herpes outbreaks. Lysine is one of the 20 essential amino acids, so it is a normal food ingredient. Side effects from lysine are essentially zero.

I don't the ideal dosage, but it would be at least 1000 mg twice a day, and likely 4x a day would be better.

vitamin e

I put vitamin E on my mouth cold sores and they heal much faster. I was told this advice by a pharmacist and it works great. Apply several times a day, squeeze the oil out of the capsule right onto the sore.



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