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HerpesVirus Infection


About
A member of the herpes family of viruses. Eight distinct types have been associated with a variety of human diseases.


Notes
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  • Capsaicin might be able to avoid genital lesions.
  • Chocolate, peanuts, soybeans and other food containing high levels of amino acid might be the cause of breakouts.
  • Dimethylsulfoxide may be applied topically to ease pain and help with healing.
  • Genital Herpes will increase the risk of cervical cancer in women.
  • Isotretinion works will in herpes simplex infections.
  • Your doctor can prescribe medication to help lower the amounts of outbreaks.


Advice
  • A pregnant woman with genital herpes should let her doctor know. A C-section may have to be performed if there are open lesions toward the end of the pregnancy so the baby will not be exposed to the virus.
  • Avoid stress and get sufficient rest.
  • Citrus fruits and juices should be avoided during active virus.
  • Consume steam-distilled water only.
  • Cotton underwear is recommended. Genital hygiene is important. Make sure the area is dry and clean.
  • During an outbreak, the following can be beneficial: barley, almonds, cashews, grains, chocolate, corn, dairy products, nuts and seeds, chicken, meat, oats, and peanuts. Use in moderation. The L-arginine in these will help slow the growth of the virus.
  • Ice packs in the genital area will help alleviate pain and swelling. For relief of itching, try bathing in warm water and Epsom salts or baking soda. Pat dry.
  • Intercourse should be limited to times of inactive lesions.
  • Stay away from colas, white flour, processed foods, sugar, alcohol, refined carbohydrates, coffee, and drugs. Drink only herbal teas.
  • Vitamin E and vitamin A can help relieve sores when applied alternately. L-lysine cream also helps.



Helpful nutrients for this condition.

L-lysine
Importance: High
Comments: Growth of the herpes virus is stopped when the amount of lysine is greater than amount of arginine. Caution: Only use this product for 6 months at a time.
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Vitamin A
Importance: High
Comments: Promotes healing. Stops the spread of infection. Emulsion form is recommended.
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Vitamin B complex
Importance: High
Comments: Fights virus and stops it from spreading. When used with lysine, it helps to control outbreaks. Hypoallergenic formula is recommended.
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Vitamin C
Importance: High
Comments: Stops growth of virus. Protects against sores. Esterified and buffered forms are recommended.
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Bioflavonoids
Importance: High
Comments: Enhances vitamin C.
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Zinc
Importance: High
Comments: Stimulates immune system. Chelate form is recommended for genital herpes. Zinc gluconate lozenges for oral herpes.
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Acidophilus
Importance: Moderate
Comments: Helps produce B vitamins. Hinders the overabundant growth of harmful microorganisms in the intestines.
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Egg lecithin
Importance: Moderate
Comments: Manages the virus.
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Essential fatty acids (primrose oil and salmon oil are recommended)
Importance: Moderate
Comments: Keeps cells safe and healthy.
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Garlic
Importance: Moderate
Comments: Boosts immune system. Antibiotic.
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Superoxide dismutase (SOD)
Importance: Moderate
Comments: Decreases infection. Promotes healing. Kills free radicals.
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Vitamin E
Importance: Moderate
Comments: Promotes healing. Inhibits spread of infection. Emulsion form is best.
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Helpful herbs and supplements for this condition.

Astragalus, Huang qi
Type: Internal
Purposes: These herbs have antibiotic properties and boost the immune system.
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Black Walnut, Goldenseal Extract
Type: External
Purposes: These two herbs may be beneficial for treating Herpesvirus Infection by dabbing them on the affected area.
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Cat's Claw
Type: Internal
Purposes: Cat's Claw boosts the immune system and is a good treatment for viral infections.
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Goldenseal
Type: Internal
Purposes: Goldenseal has antibiotic properties and has been useful in treating this infection. Can be taken in pill or tea form
Cautions: Do not use goldenseal for more than seven days, and don't take it if you are pregnant. Check with your doctor if you have been diagnosed with cardiovascular disease, diabetes, or glaucoma. If allergic to ragweed, use Goldenseal with caution.
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Larreastat (Trademarked herbal remedy from Chaparral)
Type: Internal
Purposes: Larreastat has antioxidant properties and is said to be a natural remedy for the herpes virus. It contains several substances known as flavonoids that have been known to have antiviral properties and functions as a cell enhancer.

Licorice
Type: Internal
Purposes: Studies have discovered that DGL (deglycyrrhizinated licorice) might hinder the spread and infection of the herpes simplex virus. It is thought that this licorice may improve healing and prevent recurrence.
Cautions: Licorice is not to be used if you have high blood pressure. Not to be used on a daily basis for more than seven days at a time.
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Olive Leaf
Type: Internal
Purposes: Studies have shown that the Olive Leaf Extract has the ability to interfere with critical amino acid production essential for viruses. May also have the ability to contain or spread viral infection.
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Red Marine Algae
Type: Internal/External
Purposes: Contains sulfated polysaccharides that boost the immune system's antiviral response which inhibits the virus. Can be used both orally or topically.
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Spirulina
Type: Internal
Purposes: The Phytonutrients from Spirulina are said to enhance the immune system.
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Tea tree oil
Type: External
Purposes: Tea tree oil has antiseptic properties and is useful during a herpes outbreak. It can be patted on the affected area full strength or you can dilute it with distilled water or cold pressed vegetable oil. Repeat this treatment several times daily or as needed.
Cautions: Do not touch your eye area with your hands or anything that has come in contact with tea tree oil
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Cayenne (capsicum), Echinacea, Myrrh, Red Clover and St. John's Wort
Type: Internal/External
Purposes: These Five herbs have proven to be beneficial in the treatment of herpes.
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