I am a staunch proponent of healthy food, herbs, nutritional supplements, acupressure, and homeopathic remedies to solve health problems. However, when it comes to genital herpes, I’m willing to go a different route.
Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted virus that results in itchy sores and burning blisters that affect the genital area. An outbreak usually lasts anywhere from 7 to 10 days.
If you would like to lessen the duration of an outbreak, you should see your doctor so he or she can prescribe you the antiviral drug called acyclovir, also known as Zovirax. This drug is considered to be safe for the treatment of genital herpes. It is especially effective on that first initial outbreak that seems to go on forever.
However, just like any drug, there will be some side effects, which include headaches and nausea. In addition, your body could build up a tolerance due to continuous use. There is no cure for genital herpes; therefore, there is no natural genital herpes cure. But, there are some natural genital herpes treatments that alternative health practitioners believe can help lessen the duration of an outbreak as well as minimize its severity.
Lysine is a good natural treatment for genital herpes if used the right way
Alternative health practitioners usually recommend the amino acid lysine as a treatment for genital herpes, which helps to keep the virus under wraps.
Lysine has an uncanny ability to keep the virus from doing its worse, but if taken every day you can build up a tolerance to it. Therefore, it’s best if you take this supplement as soon as you feel an outbreak coming and for a few weeks after an outbreak.
Avoid foods that contain arginine
Lysine has a cousin that does not have your best interest at heart, and its name is arginine. Arginine encourages the herpes virus. Before the oncoming or during an outbreak, you want to limit all foods that contain arginine, which include brown rice, oatmeal, carob, chocolate, dairy products, raisins, nuts, seeds, corn, and whole wheat products.
Use olive leaf to get rid of the lesions that genital herpes leave behind
An olive leaf extract supplement is known to help end an occurrence of genital herpes and it also helps with preventing new outbreaks if taken daily. This extract is extremely effective in getting rid of the lesions and prevents them from coming back.
Try to find olive leaf extract with twenty percent oleuropein, which is the ingredient that helps to strengthen the immune system. Follow the dosage information on the label.
Whenever someone has a herpes outbreak, it is a sign that their body is under stress. Therefore, getting the right nutrients is crucial. Here is a program that may help you alleviate stress, which will shorten the duration and lessen the severity of an outbreak.
(1) Take 25,000 international units of vitamin A two times a day for three days, then 20,000 international units a day for four days.
(2) Take 50 milligrams of B-complex vitamins two times a day for at least a month.
(3) Take 500 to 1000 milligrams of vitamin C 3 times a day for 3 days, then 500 milligrams once or twice a day for a week.
(4) Take 400 international units of vitamin E twice daily for the duration of the herpes outbreak, then 1 400 international unit supplement a day for the next 2 weeks after the initial outbreak.
(5) Take ten milligrams of zinc two times a day for one week.
(6) Take a supplement that contains 500 milligrams of calcium and 250 milligrams of magnesium two times a day for one month.
(7) Take 200 micrograms of selenium a day for two weeks.
Drink plenty of water; in fact, double your intake
When you increase your intake of water when you feel an outbreak coming on, it helps to flush toxins out of your body, which could be weakening your immune system and allowing the virus to get the upper hand. Try to drink no less than 64 ounces of water during an outbreak.
Soothe the symptoms of a genital herpes outbreak with goldenseal
You can decrease the burning and itching of genital herpes by taking powered golden seal, which helps to dry up the lesions.
A known super supplement: Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM)
MSM is a supplement that’s used to treat joint pain; however, it is also effective in providing relief from an outbreak of genital herpes.
Here are natural remedies to help with the prevention of future outbreaks by strengthening the immune system:
Reishi mushrooms are naturally antiviral – You can go a long way in preventing future genital herpes outbreaks by taking a daily supplement that’s made from reishi mushrooms. It is known to lessen the severity as well as the duration of outbreaks because of its natural antiviral properties.
Take multivitamin supplement for added protection – It would help to take a daily multivitamin supplement, which will provide the extra nutrients needed to help prevent a future occurrence of genital herpes.
Try using probiotics – According to traditional Chinese medicine, taking a probiotic supplement that include the healthy bacteria Lactobacillus acidophilus or Bifidobacterium bifidum helps to lessen what is known as “damp heat” in the bowel, which prevents it from traveling down to the genital area and causing herpes.
Take Siberian ginseng for one week a month – Siberian ginseng is what’s known as an adaptogenic herb, which helps to strengthen the immune system.