A lot of people who have Herpes are not aware of the fact that there are a number of natural home remedies that can help to alleviate the condition. Most sufferers have of course researched OTC (over the counter) and prescriptive treatments, but not the natural cures that can also help. It is being reported that these so called natural home treatments can not only shorten the length of time that their attacks last, but that they can also help to alleviate the intensity of the attacks.
The term “Herpes Simplex” is used as a general term by the medical factions and covers up to fifty different variation of the disease including Chicken Pox, the Epstein Barr virus, and Shingles as well However, when most people refer to Herpes Simplex, what they are really relating to is either Herpes Simplex Virus 1 (shortened to HSV1), or Herpes Simplex Virus 2 (shortened to HSV2). HSV1 is an infection that affects the mouth, whilst HSV2 affects the genitalia. It is also common for HSV1 to refer to Herpes infection that appears on the upper body (above the waist), and HSV2 to refer to appearances on the lower body (below the waist). Once the Herpes virus has been contracted it remains in the central nervous system inactive for long periods, but from time to time becoming active, and manifesting itself on the skin as various lesions or cold sores.
People who suffer from more severe outbreaks of Herpes will be prescribed certain medications which include: Famvir, Choraphor, Zovirax and Valtrex. There are other oral treatments also which may be prescribed from time to time to unfortunate individuals who suffer from frequent and painful attacks. Some people may experience unpleasant side effects as a result of taking some of these prescription medications, and for these people, the answer is to take natural home remedies that are known to be effective against Herpes.
Altering your diet can actually help, and those that have done so report a noticeable reduction in both the interval and the ferocity of herpes manifestations. Medical research has shown that Arginine (an amino acid) actually feeds the herpes virus whilst Lysine, (another form of amino acid),is known to starve the herpes virus, substantially weakening it and its ability to cause further outbreaks, thus significantly lessening the frequency of the disturbing symptoms.
Natural treatments for herpes include decreasing the consumption of foods that are high in arginine, such as nuts, broccoli, tomatoes, corn, sugar, chocolate, pastas, white bread, and barley. While decreasing these foods, it is also necessary to increase the consumption of foods with a high lysine to arginine ratio, such as Swiss cheese, margarine, butter, plain yogurt, whitefish, salmon, mango, low fat milk, avocado and a host of other high lysine foods. Lysine can also be taken in supplemental form.
Other natural products that have been linked to improving the Herpes condition are Aloe Vera, Lactoferrin, Resveratrol, and Lemon Balm. Aloe Vera it quite versatile and comes in several forms. It can be used either internally when taken in its liquid form, or it can be rubbed into the lesions in its ointment form. Natural and herbal remedies have been around for many thousands of years (in their natural forms of course) and have a great tradition for healing and treating many illnesses.
There are also many herbal type products that are very helpful in controlling herpes and these include: Aloe Vera, Lactoferrin, Resveratrol, and Lemon Balm. Aloe Vera is also very versatile and can be taken orally as a drink in its own right or mixed with tea and other tonics, or it can be applied directly to the infected area of skin. These natural products have been around for a very long time and so they are by now well known for their medicinal benefits.
Often described as one of the best natural treatments for herpes, the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) is also highly useful in naturally suppressing the virus. In using the Emotional Freedom Technique, the emotional cause, which originally weakened the natural immune system, is addressed by tapping acupuncture meridians and reactivating the immune response to the virus. Along with homeopathic remedies formulated to personally address the virus in one’s body, these natural treatments for herpes are widely heralded among natural health enthusiasts.