Herpes Cure Natural And Herbal Treatments
Herpes is a viral infection that is passed by coming into physical contact with the virus (generally from interacting with other people that have the virus). Once you have it, you’re stuck with it unfortunately. Currently there is no cure or vaccination against Herpes. So dealing with herpes comes down to how to treat it when it occurs or there is an outbreak. You can take prescribed and over the counter medication such as aciclovir or docosanol. You can also go down the natural route by taking herbal remedies that are said to relive the symptoms or hasten the healing process. Here are a few of the natural or herbal products that you can take as a herpes home treatment.
Aloe or Aloe Vera has been used for quite a while now to soothe skin conditions or if skin is burned in an accident or even from the sun. It generally comes in a thick gel that can be topically spread onto the source of problem. In terms of herpes, it is thought to be good for cold sores. It is supposed to work by improving blood circulation through the infected area which speeds up the body’s ability to heal.
Echinacea is another well known herbal treatment that is supposed to be useful for a variety of ailments and conditions. It comes from the echinacea plant and the leaves, root and flowers are used to make oil or tablets. Hence, it can be applied topically or even taken as a supplement. It is thought to help with both genital and facial herpes. It is suggested that it works by activating chemicals in the body that decrease inflammation which could be indicate that it stimulates the body’s immune system to combat the virus but this has not be categorically proved.
Lemon Balm - Tablets and tinctures are made from the leaves of the Melissa officinalis plant. They give off a lemon fragrance and taste hence the name. Lemon balm leaves can be applied directly to the skin or taken in tablet or tincture formulation. It is thought to help treat cold sores (herpes labialis). The active ingredients of lemon balm are thought to act as a sedative and may also reduce the growth of some viruses.
Rhubarb is a popular food ingredient in things like Rhubarb crumble (yum yum) but it also has medicinal properties. It can be applied directly to the skin to treat cold sores. Cutting a piece of Rhubarb and letting the juice soak into the location of the cold sore should speed up the healing process.
Sage is another natural product that is used to make foods more tasty but the leaves can be applied topically to cold sores to speed up the healing process. It is supposed to have benefits in a variety of other ailments too.
Siberian Ginseng is a plant that has been used in Chinese medical traditions for centuries. The root is supposed to be the most potent part of the plant. Today, most people take it as a tablet or in a tincture that they add to a beverage.
Taking some form of ginseng supplement is supposed to have a generic beneficial affect on the body. It basically improves the immune system, brain function and endocrine functions. Consequently it can help the body to combat outbreak of herpes and speed up the healing process should an outbreak occur.
Tannic acid can be found in tea. Some people even apply used tea bags to the location of an outbreak of herpes (genital or labialis). Tannic acid are believed to contains ingredients that protect the skin and speed up the healing of skin complaints.
Tea Tree Oil – Also known as Melaleuca oil as it is derived from the leaves of the Melaleuca alternifolia, which is a native plant in Australia. The oil is only ever applied topically and it is thought to have healing properties on a variety of skin conditions, including herpes.
Some research suggested that the oil has antiviral properties when applied topically, meaning it can reduce the severity of an outbreak and even prevent it from becoming a fully blown outbreak when first tingling on the skin is sensed. People use the oil topically for treating herpes labialis
Another aspect of general health is to ensure that you have the correct levels of essential trace elements. These are minerals that the body needs to function correctly. Most people that have a balanced diet will have the right levels of trace elements but some people don’t eat a balanced diet and should take supplements.
Zinc is a trace element that is believed to help with the herpes virus. In a general sense it is thought to help or maintain the strength on the immune system. This can keep the herpes virus in check and minimize outbreaks. Zinc can also be applied topically to the site of a herpes outbreak to aid the healing process. Research suggests it demonstrates antiviral activity against the herpes virus.
Lesser Known Natural Home Herpes Treatment
5 Best Unknown remedies: Propolis
Propolis is a resin-like material that comes from the buds of poplar and cone-bearing trees. It is generally derived from beehives though as bee collect it as a by-product when they are collecting pollen. It is thought to have a range of beneficial qualities, including anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. In a general sense it is thought to boost the immune system.
For herpes, it can be applied directly to the site of an outbreak or first tingling. Propolis seems to work against viral infections like herpes. The anti-inflammatory effects can also help to heal an outbreak quicker and lessen any soreness of the skin.
Sangre de Grado.
The bark and sap of this tree, that is native to the Amazon Jungles of South America is believed to have medicinal qualities. It can be bought as a tablet or tincture formulation and can be taken orally or applied topically to the site of an infection. It is thought to help when applied topically for herpes simplex virus (types 1 and 2).
The idea behind oxygen therapy is that cells do not get enough oxygen to be healthy or deal with any pathogens that may invade them. By getting more oxygen to the cells, it is believed that the cells will be more robust as part of their normal functioning and in dealing with viral infections like herpes. Check out my One Minute Herpes Cure review for more on this treatment.
How Herbal Home Herpes Treatments Work
Herbal treatments have similar effects on the body as prescribed medication, after all, many pharmaceutical drugs of today are synthesized versions of active ingredients found in plants and herbs.
In the case of treating herpes there are a few things that drugs and natural ingredients can do.
Firstly, they can boost the immune system so that it can control the extent to which the virus replicates. Replication is generally when you get an outbreak.
Secondly, they can have antiviral properties which go to the infected cells and limit the ability of the herpes virus the replicate. They keep the herpes virus in check so to speak. This sounds similar to the first case but it is more direct than boosting the total immune system. And it may be less versatile in this respect too.
The third way that herbal remedies can help is as a calming or soothing agent. Stress often brings on a viral infection. It seems to release or reawaken a virus, hence sudden outbreaks. Taking a herbal supplement that can calm down the nerves at the end of a long day at work or a particularly busy few weeks in a persons life can help to prevent outbreaks of the herpes virus.