Herpes is like a best friend for life, it unfortunately never leaves. Herpes simplex and herpes zoster are viral diseases that can be kept in remission by a healthy immune system. A weak system allows the virus to wreak havoc over and over again. Mother Nature, however, does have remedies available to help ease the pain. With proper supplementation, home remedies, and adequate lifestyle adjustments, outbreaks can be greatly reduced or the virus even banned long-term.
Herpes is a disabling disease that can turn life into a living hell for the affected. And the virus is on the rise, claiming more and more victims. One out of six Americans suffers from genital herpes, according to the CDC. Herpes is one of the most common STDs. Of those infected, many have no clue they carry the virus.
How can this virus be controlled and kept from preventing or destroying a healthy sex life? The following remedies have been proven effective for many:
Virgin coconut oil
Coconut oil contains lauric acid and capric acid. Both have been proven to be effective against viral infections. They can kill lipid-coated viruses such as herpes. It is recommended to ingest three to four tbsp. of virgin coconut oil per day. The oil may also be dabbed on the herpes blisters for relief and healing.
Lysine has been in discussion as an effective amino acid for herpes for decades. The herpes virus appears to require arginine to proliferate. A positive lysine/arginine ratio could therefore decrease outbreaks. Studies showed that a daily intake of three times 1000mg of Lysine decreased outbreaks and healing time.
Vaccinotoxinum also known as vaccininum is widely recommended in France for genital herpes and appears to be very effective. It is often prescribed for small pox and other skin diseases, but is also efficient in keeping the herpes virus at bay. It can be purchased online.
Nitric acid, sepia, thuja, apis mellfica are other remedies proven helpful for herpes. A homeopathic practitioner can advise which remedy may be useful, or simply experimentation with the different remedies is a great option. Several remedies may also be ingested in combination. Once the right one is hit, it may just provide relief for life. That’s the power of homeopathy.
DMSO / Hydrogen Peroxide
DMSO and hydrogen peroxide are naturally occurring and able to penetrate the protein layer around the cells of a herpes virus. DMSO has the unique ability to enter the cell itself. In combination, they work to increase oxygen levels in the viral cell, which kills the virus, as it cannot sustain in an environment with elevated oxygen levels.
Some people use first hydrogen peroxide on clean skin, followed by DMSO directly on the lesions 4-5 times per day, or when they feel the first itching of an outbreak. This remedy combined with a general overall healthy lifestyle has kept many free of outbreaks for years.
Alternatively, a not so natural, but apparently effective solution is the over-the-counter drug Tagamet, which may also be able to provide some relief:
Evidence shows cimetidine (Tagamet), an over-the-counter drug, to be effective against herpes. Cimetidine positively alters immune function via several methods. Its best recognized property is the inhibitory effect on T-suppressor cell function. The immune system is undermined when T-suppressor cells prematurely shut down immune function. As cimetidine inhibits T-suppressor cell function, it can considerably enhance the immune response in certain people. There are persuasive findings going back twenty years about cimetidine, however, doctors will not prescribe this low-cost drug.