Herpes Treatments

Genital herpes is considered incurable. However, 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. In some cases, it may be advisable to integrate a natural cures protocol with drug treatment, depending on the severity of your condition. 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 a herpes outbreaks. The following natural cures are highly recommended to achieve both of these goals.

Aromatherapy: Tea tree, bergamot, eucalyptus, lavender, chamomile, palmarosa oil, true rose oil or melissa oil. Applied topically, these tinctures can help prevent outbreaks and speed recovery when they occur.

Ayurveda: To 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.

Diet: 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. Sugars and artificial sweeteners should also be avoided, as should alcohol, tobacco, and immunosuppressant medications. Also, avoid acid producing foods, such as citrus fruits, including tomatoes, during outbreaks, as these foods will increase the severity of herpes outbreaks. Unhealthy fats, salt, and all commercial and processed foods should also be eliminated from your diet.

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.

Avoid all commercial, processed, and non-organic foods, as well as alcohol, coffee, sugars, artificial sweeteners, preservatives, food dyes, milk and dairy products, wheat and wheat products, and refined carbohydrates. Do not eat saturated, trans-, hydrogenated or partially-hydrogenated fats and oils. Instead, choose from virgin coconut butter/oil, extra virgin olive oil, high lignin flax seed oil, and unrefined hemp seed, walnut, and sunflower oils.

In addition, undergo testing for potential food allergies and sensitivities and avoid those foods of 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.

Herbs: 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, licorice root, and lomatium.

Homeopathy: The homeopathic remedies Rhus tox., Sepia, Nartum mur., Hepar sulph., Arsen alb., Caladium, and Acidum nit. can all help relieve symptoms and prevent future outbreaks.

Hypothermia: Hypothermia involves artificially creating fever in the body to boost immune function. Hypothermia 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, hypothermia 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 hypothermia treatments. Please seek the advice of your alternative health care practitioner before undergoing these procedures to make sure they are appropriate for you.

Juice Therapy: Carrot, beet, and celery juice combined together can help with immune function. Avoid all citrus juices,including orange, grapefruit, and pineapple, as citrus can aggravate symptoms.

Lifestyle: 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:

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.

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.

Topical Treatments: 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.

Alternative Professional Care:  The following professional care therapies can also help to treat herpes: Ayurveda, Detoxification therapy, Energy Medicine, Environmental Medicine, Magnet Therapy, Naturopathic Medicine, Orthomolecular Medicine, Oxygen Therapy, and Traditional Chinese Medicine.

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