The Herpes simplex virus hides and reactivates intermittently in human nerve cells hence the tendency of herpes to appear and disappear. It can be a very embarrassing condition and usually takes a heavy toll on one’s emotions. The herpes simplex virus takes two forms: Herpes simplex 1 which mainly affects the lip area and Herpes simplex 2 that affects the genital areas. This condition, in whichever form it manifests itself usually results in a lot of mental and physical anguish for the sufferer. Accepting that one has herpes and that it has to be dealt with is a very difficult process. However one has to deal with this reality and concentrate on finding an efficient cure. A lot of people spend so much money on various conventional cures that prove to be either ineffective or work really slowly and have serious side effects. Various natural remedies for herpes that are much more effective, cheaper, safer and easier to prepare than over the counter options are available. These include:
This is either applied topically on affected areas and diminishes oral and genital sores caused by herpes much faster than conventional treatments that are offered at most clinics. The healing properties of honey have been appreciated for many centuries. Honey was actually considered a prime cure for various infections until it was surpassed by penicillin during the early years of the 20th century. The sugar content of honey prevents the multiplication of herpes virus. Honey also contains an enzyme called glucose oxidase which results in the production of hydrogen peroxide when it makes contact with the infected area. Another way in which honey works in containing the herpes virus is by drawing fluids away from the infected area thus drying the sores. Note that raw honey works far better than processed honey available in many stores.
2. Eating foods rich in lysine content
Lysine has been proven through various tests to accelerate the healing of herpes outbreaks as well as reducing their frequency. Some foods with high lysine content include wheat germ, liver, peanuts and granola. For the Herpes Simplex virus to multiply it requires the protein arginine. Lysine, another type of protein fights herpes through several methods; It appears to prevent the formation of arginine by increasing its excretion in the kidneys, minimizing its absorptions in the small intestines, preventing its metabolism and by stimulating the metabolism of anther enzyme called arginase which degrades arginine.
3. Proper stress management
High stress levels are known to have an adverse effect on the immune system. It has been proven through various tests that herpes outbreaks are more common among people with high stress levels. Herpes tends to come and go and rashes associated with this disease tend to appear more often in times of stress. Maintaining your stress at a manageable level may thus prove to be a cure for herpes. Various ways of achieving this include yoga, regular exercise, martial arts, meditation, hikes and spa treatment among others.
4. Lemon balm
Lemon balm extracts act in a number of ways to combat herpes: First it contains tannins which have strong antiviral properties thus destroying the herpes virus. It also acts as a stress reliever (remember stress is a major contributing factor to herpes outbreaks. It has strong antioxidant properties that prevent the proliferation of the virus.It is most effectively applied topically by rubbing cotton wool soaked in lemon balm tea against herpes sores.
5. Avoiding refined carbohydrates
Consumption of refined carbohydrates tends to exacerbate one’s susceptibility to the virus.Refined carbohydrates impede the body’s ability to produce antibodies thus adversely affecting various aspects of the immune system. Reducing the intake of refined sugars has been shown to reduce the severity and recurrence of herpes outbreaks. Responsiveness to this strategy tends to differ among different individuals. For some people, ingesting even a small amount of refined sugar results in severe outbreaks while others seem to be unaffected.
6. Eating alkaline foods
High acidity lowers the body’s immune system. Eating alkaline foods helps to balance the body’s pH levels. The ideal state for the body is slightly alkaline. Some common alkaline foods include fresh fruits(with exception of citrus fruits), whole grain products, organic chicken, fish, legumes and vegetables.
7. High intake of vitamins C and E
Vitamin C is a well known suppressant for various forms of viruses and bacteria hence accelerating the healing process of herpes sores and lesions. Vitamin E helps in relieving pain and healing of oral herpes lesions. Vitamin C is found in large quantities in citrus fruits, vegetables and various legumes. Vitamin E is best applied topically directly onto the sores.