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HERPES VIRUS INFECTION
Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1 (HSV-1) - Cold Sores (Fever Blisters)
Herpes Simplex Virus Type 2 (HSV-2) - Genital Herpes
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HERPES VIRUS DESCRIPTION
There are more than 90 viruses that belong to a family of animal viruses called herpes virdae. Of this family of viruses, at least seven are known to be important to humans.
Herpes Varicella-Zoster causes chicken pox and shingles.
Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV) causes infectious mononucleosis.
Cytomegalovirus (CMV), another member of the herpes family, can cause some cardiovascular diseases and eye disorders. It is often is carried without producing any symptoms, but can have devastating consequences for developing fetuses, newborns and for people with compromised, depressed immune systems.
Human Herpes Virus Type 6 (HHV-6) and 7 (HHV-7) are suspected of being capable of triggering autoimmune disorders, including multiple sclerosis, and roseola, a common illness of early childhood.
Human Herpes Virus Type 8 (HHV-8) is very closely related to the Epstein-Barr virus, and may lead to cancer of the bone, chronic fatigue syndrome, Kaposi's sarcoma, and infection of the lymphatic system.
There are two types of herpes simplex. Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1 (HSV-1), which causes cold sores (fever blisters), and Herpes Simplex Virus Type 2 (HSV-2), which causes genital herpes. This page will primarily discuss HSV-1 and HSV-2.
Classically, Herpes Simplex Type I (HSV-1) typically causes a mouth and lip rash (cold sores) and skin eruptions. In later life, it may erupt into a form of shingles. It can also cause herpes keratitis, an inflammation of the cornea of the eye. If herpes repeatedly flares up in the eye, it can lead to scarring and loss of vision. Many experts suspect HSV-1 may be involved in Bell's Palsy and some other neurological disorders.
Cold sores, or fever blisters (also known as oral herpes) are a painful infection caused by herpes simplex virus I (HSV Type 1), which is related to, but different from the virus that causes genital herpes. They may show up anywhere on your body but are most likely to appear on your gums, the outside of your mouth and lips, your nose, cheeks, or fingers. They first appear 3 to 10 days after the initial exposure (sometimes as late as 20 days) and may last up to 3 weeks. Once the virus enters your body, it will lie dormant until triggered. It may emerge years later at or near the original site of entry. The virus remains permanently in the body and moves into the nervous system, usually close to the lips. Repeated outbreaks may be triggered by fever, certain foods, a cold or other viral infections, exposure to sun and wind, stress, menstruation, high levels of amino acid arginine, allergies, or depression of the immune system. These sores are very contagious and very common. Studies have shown that between 30 to 60 percent of children carry the virus by the age of 10. Between 20 and 40-percent of the population in the United States has cold sores cause by HSV-1. As many as twice that number have been infected with the virus but may never have the sores. That means that 40 to 80-percent of the population is infected with this virus.
Cold sores are transmitted by such forms of contact as kissing an infected person or sharing eating utensils, towels, or razors. Genital herpes is usually caused by herpes simplex virus Type 2. A person with a cold sore who performs oral sex on another person can give that person genital lesions with HSV-1.
Herpes simplex type II (HSV-2) is the most prevalent sexually transmitted disease in the United States. More than 45 million American adults and adolescents (one out of every five to six persons over the age of 12) have the type II infection, though more than half never develop serious symptoms.
This viral infection can range in severity from a silent infection to a serious inflammation of the liver with fever. It is more common among blacks than whites, and more likely to infect women than men. Compared with figures from 20 years ago, genital herpes is about 5 times more common than it was among 12 to 19 year old whites and twice as common among adults aged 20 to 29. It is especially dangerous to infants. A baby whose mother is infected can pick up the virus in the birth canal, creating a risk of brain damage, blindness, and death.
Herpes is a virus infection of the genitals (this is the reason it is called genital herpes) transmitted by sexual relations (intercourse or oral sex) with an infected person. It can affect both sexes of sexually active persons and may involve the vagina, cervix, thighs, buttocks (sometimes) and penis. Genital herpes is often found in the presence of other sexually transmitted diseases. Over the last decade, it has become clear that either strain of this virus can cause either rash, though 75-percent of genital herpes is caused by HSV-2.
Both oral and genital herpes cause painful fluid-filled blisters that are highly infectious until they are completely healed, which can take up to three weeks. In oral herpes, sores usually appear within two to seven days after initial exposure to the virus. Recurrent eruptions are common. Some people are bothered by outbreaks once a year or less; others may get them every few weeks.
Once the virus enters the body, herpes viruses never leave. They live in nerve cells, where the immune system cannot find them, and they become active from time to time as the immune system is depressed. The virus may lie dormant for long periods of time, until illness, sun-exposure, fatigue, stress, or some other factor causes the virus to break out in open sores again. Fortunately, after a period of time, the virus seems to burn itself out. Outbreaks rarely appear after the age of fifty.
HERPES VIRUS FREQUENT SIGNS & SYMPTOMS
The first sign of a developing cold sore is local tenderness with a small bump. The bump then turns into a blister, and there may be more tenderness in the area. The fluid-filled blisters or red, painful sores are found on or near the mouth, or on fingers. There may be swollen, sensitive gums of a deep red color, a fever, flu-like symptoms, and swollen lymph nodes in the neck often accompanying the first attack; recurrent sores usually do not produce these symptoms. Tingling and itching in the area of a previous outbreak.
Symptoms of a recurrence include the adjacent lymph nodes may become swollen and tender. In some cases, pus oozes from the blisters, a yellow crust develops and eventually sloughs off, revealing new skin underneath. Cold sores may make eating difficult. There is less discomfort with recurrences of cold sores than with the initial outbreak. The sores usually last 7 to 10 days.
For those whose symptoms do not remain dormant, blisters, genital herpes causes outbreaks of red, sensitive skin, itching, mild to severe burning or irritation on the vaginal lips or penis and painful fluid-filled blisters that are highly infectious until they are completely healed, which can take up to three weeks. In women, the first sign of a genital herpes outbreak is a mild tingling and burning in the vaginal area. The blisters develop in a matter of a few hours and may extend into the vagina to the cervix, around the rectum, clitoris, and urethra. There is often a watery discharge from the urethra and pain when urinating. In men, blisters break out on the penis, groin, and scrotum, often with urethral discharge and painful urination. Sometimes the penis and the foreskin swell. A man may also have tender, swollen, enlarged lymph nodes in the groin.
The first outbreak of genital herpes usually comes 4 to 8 days - up to 20 days - after exposure to the virus. It may be so mild it is not noticed, or it may cause itching and burning at the site of viral entry as well as painful sores that can last a week or more, plus a fever, headache, and other flu-like symptoms and a general ill feeling may be experienced. After a few days, the blisters rupture and leave painful shallow ulcers. These sores crust over and dry while healing. The process usually lasts 1 to 3 weeks. Usually, they leave no scars.
HERPES VIRUS CAUSES
It has been traditionally believed that HSV-1 causes common cold sores and skin eruptions, which usually appear around the mouth, but can sometimes cause genital herpes and HSV-2 is responsible for genital herpes. The difference between HSV-1 and HSV-2 is often debated, however. The current theory is that the two viruses are more alike than they once was thought - the two viruses share about 50-percent of their DNA - but that they do have different characteristics. For example, when HSV-1 is in a dormant state, the virus usually establishes its home in the nerve cells near the ear, so it is more inclined to cause an outbreak around the mouth. HSV-2, on the other hand, prefers to live near the base of the spine, so when an outbreak occurs, it is more likely to occur in the genital area. The two viral agents can, however, live in either place, and it has been suggested that social pressures are the real reason we like to think of the two as being very different. Many people have a tendency to associate genital herpes with a promiscuous lifestyle (which in fact is not justified), but the same stigma is not attached to cold sores.
If HSV-1 exchanges the usual site with HSV-2, or vice versa, outbreaks are normally less severe. If you have a sexual partner who has genital HSV-1 infection and you have genital HSV-2, you can contact HSV-1. but it is extremely rare that HSV-1 is transmitted to a person who already has HSV-2. Oral sex with a person who has genital HSV-2 is unlikely to result in an HSV-2 infection affecting the mouth. HSV-2 is almost wholly transmitted through genital sex.
Genital herpes is usually transmitted by a sexual partner who has active herpes lesions. Lesions may be on the genitals, hands, lips or mouth (including type 1 virus). Once transmitted, incubation period is 2 to 7 days. Sometimes, the infection can be acquired without any symptoms only to have a delayed outbreak.
Experts now believe that HSV-2 can be transmitted even when an infected individual is experiencing no symptoms. In the first year after infection, people shed the virus between 6 and 10 percent of the time when there are no visible signs of the infection, a phenomenon called asymptomatic viral shedding.
There is growing evidence that people with genital herpes are at greater than normal risk of contracting human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) if they have unprotected sex with someone who is HIV-positive. HIV-infected people who are also infected with genital herpes are more likely to have more frequent and severe herpes outbreaks, which may result in episodes that are more difficult to treat.
HERPES VIRUS RISK FACTORS FOR INCREASED OUTBREAKS
Serious illness that has lowered resistance. Use of immunosuppressive or anti-cancer drugs. Stress (increases susceptibility to primary infection or a recurrence). Stress may lead to diminished efficiency of the immune responses that usually suppress growth of the virus. Smoking. Other "triggers" that can cause a recurrence include genital trauma, menstruation, sunbathing, and existing infection of some other type.
Until recently, it was assumed that genital herpes could be transmitted only during a visible outbreak, but recent research appears to refute this theory. The only sure way to avoid genital herpes is to avoid sex, or to remain in a monogamous relationship with an uninfected partner. Also, although HSV-1 principally causes cold sores and eye infections and HSV-2 principally causes genital herpes, both type 1 and 2 can infect either the mouth or the genitals - or both. Oral sex can spread the virus from one place to another.
LIST OF PREVENTIVE MEASURES:
Wash your hands after touching a sore. Do not your eyes after touching your sores, you could develop an ocular herpes infection, which may lead to blindness if left untreated. Do not touch your genitals after touching your cold sore; you could develop genital herpes. Replace your toothbrush. Do not kiss someone who has a cold sore or use the same utensils, towels, or razors. Use sunscreen to the face and lips and/or other body parts infected before prolonged exposure to the sun. Avoid sexual intercourse if either partner has blisters or sores. Have the male use a condom during intercourse if either sex partner has inactive genital herpes (especially important if the infected partner has frequent recurrences). Avoid oral sex with a partner who has cold sores on the mouth. Reduce and avoid stress in your life where possible (Very important!). Eat a well balanced diet and keep your immune system healthy and working well. Eat foods high in Lysine, or take recommended dietary Supplements (see below).
If you are pregnant, tell your midwife or health care provider if you have had herpes or any genital lesions in the past. Precautions will be taken to prevent infection of the baby. This viral infection may occur in babies delivered through the birth canal of an infected woman resulting in a neonatal infection which often causes whole-body and brain infection in the baby. A cesarean delivery is usually recommended as a preventive measure when a woman has active lesions. It is rare that the newborn will contact the virus when a woman is not having an active outbreak at the time of the delivery and a vaginal delivery may be possible.
Genital herpes is currently considered incurable, but symptoms and recurrence can be relieved with treatment.
During symptom-free periods, the virus returns to its dormant state. Symptoms recur when the virus is reactivated. Recurrent symptoms are not new infections.
The discomfort varies from person to person and from time to time in the same person. In most people, the first herpes infection is much more uncomfortable than following ones.
Ninety percent of all people get at least one cold sore in their lives. This first occurrence is often the worst. Some children who are affected may become seriously ill. After the first infection, many people develop antibodies and never have another cold sore. About 40-percent of American adults, however, have repeated cold sores.
Although cold sores generally are not serious, the infection may be life-threatening for anyone who has AIDS or whose immune system is depressed by other disorders or medications.
The infection from a cold sore may cause blindness if it spreads to the eye; herpes is a frequent cause of infectious blindness.
Excess serum cholesterol sets the stage for atherosclerosis, but it may get a hand from certain herpes viruses, including HSV-1. According to researchers at Cornell University Medical Center in New York City, the virus induces arterial changes that promote blood clotting and cholesterol buildup.
A virus identified by the National Cancer Institute as the human B cell lymphotropic (HBLV) is believed to be a member of the herpes virus family and may also be a factor in fatigue.
Generalized disease and possibly death in persons who must take anti cancer drugs or immunosuppressive drugs.
Transmittal of life-threatening systemic herpes to a newborn infant from an infected mother.
Secondary bacterial infection.
If an eye becomes infected, see your health care provider at once. This virus can cause encephalitis, a brain inflammation.
HERPES VIRUS CONVENTIONAL MEDICAL TREATMENT
While there is no cure for herpes, antiviral drugs have been approved that greatly reduce the frequency of outbreaks and shorten their duration and severity. Although herpes is a serious illness, it is not normally life-threatening. Having the virus means you have to adjust your lifestyle to protect yourself and others, but there are a few cases of herpes infecting other organs of the body. Because the incidence of genital herpes is increasing profoundly - some 20 percent of the U.S. population is now said to be infected - it is extremely important to be aware of the disease and to protect yourself against it. If you already have the infection, it is equally important to protect yourself as much as you can from repeated outbreaks and to avoid passing the infection on to others.
MoonDragon's Health & Wellness Disorders: Cold Sores (Herpes Simplex Type 1 - HSV-1)
MoonDragon's Women's Health Disorders: STD's - Genital Herpes (Herpes Simplex Type2 - HSV-2)
MEDICAL TESTS & DIAGNOSIS
Diagnosis is usually determined by the appearance of the lesions, however, confirmation may be made by a laboratory study of fluid from the lesion. It is now possible to diagnose herpes by means of a blood test, even if no symptoms are apparent or after sores have healed. Usually, no laboratory test is needed because most sores that look like cold sores are cold sores. Occasionally, mouth sores known as canker sores may be mistaken for cold sores. However, canker sores occur inside the mouth whereas recurrent cold sores usually occur on the lips.
If there is a question about the diagnosis, a variety of tests are available, including viral culture and polymerase chain reaction (PCR). To do these tests, a swab is rubbed over an active blister. Swabbing the blister in an attempt to culture the virus in the lab works best in the first 24 to 48 hours before the blister has crusted over. There is also a way to test for herpes DNA in a swab that has been rubbed on the sore. This type of testing is called a "polymerase chain reaction" or PCR for short. PCR testing is very good at detecting herpes virus, but it is not as readily available as culture.
Blood tests for antibodies are not very useful, because finding antibodies to herpes just means that the body has been exposed to this virus at some point in the past. It does not tell if the current sore is due to herpes.
If the diagnosis is in doubt, the best approach is to encourage the person to see a health practitioner at the first sign of a sore. That will allow the clinician to see active lesions that can be tested by culture or PCR. If a delay is anticipated in being seen, a mobile phone or camera can be used to take pictures of the lesion to show to the health practitioner.
Genital herpes infections in women increase the risk of cervical cancer. Women with herpes should be conscientious about having a annual Pap smear and physical examination to rule out complications.
A virus identified by the National Cancer Institute as the human B cell lymphotropic virus (HBLV) is believed to be a member of the herpes family and may also be a factor in fatigue.
Treatment is directed toward relieving symptoms, reducing recurrence pattern and preventing complications.
MEDICATIONS FOR COLD SORES (HSV-1)
There are several medications to reduce the duration or symptoms of cold sores. Some are available without a prescription (over the counter), and others require a prescription from a health care practitioner. Some are topical (meaning that they are creams or ointments rubbed directly on the sore), and others are taken in pill form.
Denavir (penciclovir) cream is clinically proven to be effective in treatment of oral cold sores (herpes cold sores or fever blisters) and reduces the duration of the infection by one day, on average.
The drug acyclovir (Zovirax), in oral (capsule or liquid) or topical (ointment) form, is sometimes prescribed for cold sores.
An over-the-counter drug called docosanol (Abreva) has been approved by the FDA to reduce healing time and duration of symptoms of cold sores. The medication contains 10 percent docosanol, an antiviral agent. This is a topical medication that is rubbed into the sore five times a day for adults and children over the age of 12. Children younger than 12 should use this medication under a health care provider's supervision.
OVER-THE-COUNTER (OTC) TOPICAL MEDICATIONS
Most topical OTC products provide symptomatic relief only. This means that they make people feel better but they do not decrease healing time. Using topical anesthetics that contain benzocaine (5 to 20-percent), lidocaine (0.5 to 4-percent), tetracaine (2-percent) or dibucaine (0.25 to 1-percent) will help relieve burning, itching, and pain. Examples are Lipactin gel and Zilactin. It is important to keep in mind that these topical agents have a short duration of action, usually only lasting 20 to 30 minutes. Skin protectants, such as allantoin, petrolatum, and dimethicone-containing products, help keep the lesion moist and prevent cracking of the lesion.
Sunscreen-containing lip balms may also help to prevent additional outbreaks if the sun is a precipitating factor.
For additional pain relief, using ibuprofen (Advil) or acetaminophen (Tylenol) may be beneficial. Do not apply any topical steroids, such as hydrocortisone, to the lesions.
Docosanol 10-percent cream (Abreva) is the only over-the-counter product that has been shown to decrease healing time when applied at the first sign of recurrence (for example, a tingling sensation). Docosanol is applied five times per day until the lesion is healed. Possible side effects include rash and itching at the site of application.
PRESCRIPTION-STRENGTH TOPICAL MEDICATIONS
Treatment with topical acyclovir (Zovirax 5-percent cream) or penciclovir (Denavir 1-percent cream) will reduce healing time by approximately half a day and decrease pain associated with the lesion. Topical treatment is limited in its effectiveness because it has poor penetration into the site of replication of the virus and therefore is restricted in its healing ability. Acyclovir cream should be applied five times per day for four days, and penciclovir cream should be applied every two hours while awake for four days.
The current FDA-approved medications used in the treatment of herpes simplex virus in adults are acyclovir (Zovirax), valacyclovir (Valtrex), and Famciclovir (Famvir). These oral medications have been shown to decrease the duration of the outbreak, especially when started during the "prodrome" (symptom onset before the actual condition becomes fully evident). The medications are generally well tolerated with few side effects. Headache, nausea, and diarrhea may occur in some people. For simple, recurrent cold sores in adults, valacyclovir is given as 2 grams orally every 12 hours for one day, and famciclovir is given as 1,500 milligrams orally for one dose. Acyclovir is given as 400 mg orally five times per day for five days.
Pregnant women and nursing mothers should contact their health care providers or pharmacists prior to using any medication. Famciclovir and valacyclovir are not FDA approved for use in children under 12 years of age with cold sores.
Begin taking antiviral herbs and formulas that boost the body's immune system the minute you suspect an infection. You can usually prevent a larger blister from forming if you begin treatment as soon as you notice tingling. Applying teas or tinctures will also help speed the healing process. Although blisters heal on their own after several weeks, remember that they are infectious, even when they have healed and a crust has formed.
MEDICATIONS FOR GENITAL HERPES
There are a number of antiviral drugs that may be recommended to relieve symptoms and/or to reduce the severity and frequency of genital herpes outbreaks. All are available by prescription only. They include the following:
Acyclovir (Zovirax) is an antiviral medication given in oral form (capsule) is often prescribed for treatment of initial episodes and management of recurrent genital herpes. It has been shown to relieve symptoms and reduce the severity and frequency of outbreaks. For some people, it may be prescribed to prevent an outbreak. A topical form (lotion) of acyclovir is available, but is not as effective. This drug is available by prescription only. The capsules are usually taken every four hours for ten days. Applying the lotion when an imminent outbreak is first sensed usually weakens the attack. In studies conducted by the National Institute of Health, taking 400 mg of acyclovir twice daily for four months reduced cold sore episodes by 52-percent, and when outbreaks did occur, the blisters healed approximately twice as fast as normal. Caution should be practiced if the drug is taken on a regular basis, however. When the drug is stopped, a "rebound" effect may result in a more serious outbreak than usual.
Famcyclovir (Famvir) generally is not used for initial infection. To combat acute outbreaks, the usual prescription is for 125 mg taken twice a day for 5 days. To suppress future outbreaks, 250 mg a day for up to one year, after which your health care provider should reassess your condition.
Valcyclovir (Valtrex) may be prescribed for the initial infection at a dosage of 1,000 mg (1 gram) taken twice a day for 10 days. Thereafter, for acute outbreaks, the usual prescription is for 500 mg taken twice a day for (for those who have a history of nine or fewer recurrences per year, an alternative dosage of 500 mg once a day may be used). As with the other antivirals, your health care provider should reassess your condition after a year of suppressive therapy.
You should exercise caution if you use one of these antiviral drugs on a regular basis, however. When the drug is stopped, a "rebound" effect may result in a more serious outbreak than usual. Discuss with your health care provider the correct method for discontinuing the medication - do not just stop taking it on your own.
OTHER MEDICATIONS & TREATMENTS
Some health care providers have used butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) to treat herpes. This can have dangerous consequences, however, especially if taken on an empty stomach. Irritation and even perforation of the stomach can result. This treatment is not recommended for the treatment of herpes.
In a study on rabbits, a vaccine to protect the eyes against HSV-1 cut active infections in half. A vaccine for genital herpes is currently undergoing testing. It is called disabled infectious single cycle (DISC) HSV. However, vaccinations can also hold additional risks and side effects and may not always work as intended. They should be carefully and fully researched before using and avoided by those with compromised immune systems, pregnant women, and those with allergies to vaccine ingredients.
Isotretinoin, a derivative of vitamin A, has given dramatic results with herpes simplex infections.
Choraphor is a trademarked topical antiseptic formula containing ammoniated acid sulfate and trace minerals that is said to promote an immune response to herpes and clear up outbreaks. It has not yet undergone clinical testing, however.
Medication may produce unwanted, possibly serious, side effects and may not be totally effective in relieving or suppressing the outbreak of genital herpes or the contagious transmission of genital herpes to others.
Use mild pain killers, such as acetaminophen.
Tetrasil Skin Ointment may help some individuals. This is Tetrasilver Tetroxide (TsT) that was originally developed for and approved by the U.S. EPA as safe, non-toxic and effective method used in destroying a wide variety of pathogens commonly found in swimming pools. Tetrasil is intended for the cleansing, beautifying and moisturizing of the human body. See www.tetrasil.com for more information about this product.
Red Clover, Echinacea, Goldenseal, and Pau D'Arco can be used for cold sores. Echinacea stimulates the immune system and may also aid in preventing an outbreak. Caution: do not take Goldenseal on a daily basis for more than one week at a time, and do not use it during pregnancy. If you have a history of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, or glaucoma, use it only under a health care provider's supervision.
Herpes treatment should include Cayenne (Capsicum), Echinacea, Myrrh, Red Clover, and St. Johns Wort.
Astragalus, or Huang Qi, enhances the immune system and acts as an antibiotic. Astragalus Root is used to stimulate the immune system and astragalus root improves adrenal gland function and digestion.
Applying Black Walnut or Goldenseal extract to the affected area may help.
Blood Cleanse is a blend of five powerful blood purifiers that remove toxins from the blood, lymphatics and liver, leading to vibrant, healthy skin. According to Ayurveda, most inflammatory skin conditions are a result of high pitta in the blood. Blood cleanse is formulated to remove this excess pitta, thus relieving skin irritations. It increases circulation and promotes healing as it clears out foreign tissues, obstructions and stagnant blood. Blood Cleanse also helps calm pitta emotions such as anger and aggression.
Camu-Camu juice blend is a delicious synergy of 6 different juice varieties. Camu Camu contains more vitamin C than any known plant and is a powerful antioxidant, can help to strengthen the immune system and can help alleviate the herpes virus.
Cat's Claw has immune-enhancing properties and acts against viral infection. Cat's Claw Bark is a traditional tonic herb for well being, Cat's Claw was historically used by the indigenous people of South America to stimulate the immune system in a variety of serious ailments. Cat's Claw extract, also known as Una de Gato is derived from the bark of plants wild-harvested in Peru and Brazil.
Chaparral is said to have antioxidant, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory properties. It is used to treat herpes infections. Larrea tridentata, also called Chaparral, is a desert plant that has been shown throughout Native-American tradition and medical history to produce significant positive immune assistance and help with pain. Chaparral larrea has antioxidant lignans in it that give it relieving and anti-aging properties. When applied topically to the skin, larrea is said to be helpful for cold sores, blisters, eczema, psoriasis and contact dermatitis. It is recommended that vitamin C be taken with larrea for better results. Vitamin C has been shown to improve the benefits from larrea. The combined antioxidants help prevent free radical damage from invaders and toxins. It would be better to start with just one capsule of larrea for the first day or two to test whether there will be a yeast elimination reaction. If there is an active issue to deal with, up to 6 capsules per day of the Chaparral larrea can be taken for a while to get a jump on improvement. Then reduce to 2 or 3 capsules per day. There are compounds in larrea that interfere with the replication of viruses earlier in their cycle than antiviral drugs. The sooner that replication is interrupted, the less irritation and unpleasantness there may be. There could be a number of viral cells present in the body, some active, some dormant, as well as multiple bacteria and fungi. It is wise to take larrea for a few months to help in dealing with all types and phases of various invaders. It is a good idea to keep larrea on hand for use when a cold, flu or infection tries to manifest. As an alternative to commercial products, Larrea herbal powder can be removed from the capsule and moistened to apply topically as a paste, with a cotton gauze bandage as a cover, for issues on the skin.
Coconut Oil lyses lipid coated viruses including the herpes family. Coconut oil is anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal in the originating plant, in our gut and in our blood. Reducing seed oil consumption and using coconut milk or coconut oil as the dietary staple is reversing viral loads in HIV, eliminating all types of herpes virus and reducing or preventing other viral diseases including the yearly flu and measles. The antiviral effect seems to be against lipid-enveloped viruses and is due to the presence of lauric acid in coconut oil. Monolaurin is a derivative of coconut that has been shown to have anti-fungal and anti-viral properties. A therapeutic dose of monolaurin is generally 1800 mg to 2400 mg per day.
Cold Sore Remedy Tincture for internal and external use, is a blend of Bayberry, Myrrh, Echinacea, Goldenseal and Cayenne tinctures. This herbal cold sore formula can be used for Canker Sores, Cold Sores, Herpes, Infection, Lesions, Mouth Problems and Shingles. Suggested Dosage Internally: Use 6 to 12 drops or more 6 to 12 times daily until symptoms are gone. Then use only 1 to 2 times daily. Externally: Dilute 6 drops of this formula into 6 drops of water, dip a cotton ball or swab, into the mixture and apply to the cold sore. Use as needed. May be used undiluted, test for sensitivity with diluted first.
Cold Sore Wellness Oil is a blend of Grapeseed oil and a blend of Lavender Essential Oil, Tea Tree Essential Oil, and Eucalyptus Essential Oil. Shake before use and apply to skin at first sign of cold sore 2 to 3 times daily or as needed. For external use only.
Colloidal Oatmeal soothes skin and leaves rough, chafed areas smooth and soft. Spread on skin in the shower or in a luxurious bath.
Comfrey Leaf contains allantoin, which promotes the growth of connective tissue, bone, cartilage, and used as a poultice, it is easily absorbed through the skin.
Dandelion Root provides diuretic, antiviral and digestive properties.
Echinacea with Goldenseal supports the immune system. Echinacea Root Complex helps promote general well-being during the cold and flu season and helps support the immune system.
Elderberry has been used in folk medicine for centuries to treat influenza, colds and sinusitis, and has been reported to have antiviral activity against influenza and herpes simplex.
Garlicin HC garlic supplement supports cardiovascular health with the help of Hawthorn, Cayenne and Vitamin E.
Goldenseal is a natural antibiotic. It can be taken in capsule or tea form. Caution: Do not take goldenseal internally on a daily basis for more than one week at a time, do not use it during pregnancy, and use with caution if you are allergic to ragweed.
Grapefruit Seed Extract will mobilize bodily defenses and help make the herpes virus harmless. Mix 1 part of the extract with 9 parts of water. Dampen cotton swabs with the mixture and dab any blisters you have several times a day to hasten the immune response of your body.
Hyssop, traditionally, has been used as a natural cold and flu remedy. Hyssop is also great for lung congestion, fevers, digestion and blood pressure regulation.
Lemon Balm (Melissa Officinalis) is a sedative that elevates the mood, an antidepressant. Lemon Balm tea is recommended to relieve fever due to cold and flu, and to ease menstrual cramps, insomnia, headaches and nervousness. Lemon balm combined with other calming herbs, such as Valerian, helps reduce anxiety and help with insomnia. Lemon Balm contains a high concentration of polyphenols and appears to minimize herpes outbreaks. It can be applied topically in cream form. Or brew lemon balm tea and apply it directly to the sore. Taken internally, lemon balm tea has antiviral qualities.
Daily Ritual - Lemon Balm Tincture has proven to be a good treatment for Type I and Type II herpes blisters. Lemon Balm's constituents, along with Citronella Oil and Citral, work to hamper the multiplication of the herpes-simplex virus and soothe infected skin. Make a tincture from 1/3 ounce of Lemon Balm leaves and 3.5 ounces of vodka or rum. Dab a bit of the tincture on the blisters several times a day.
Licorice Root (Glycyrrhiza glabra) is famous for its delicious distinctive flavor, licorice is essential in innumerable candy, confection and beverage recipes and makes an estimable liqueur. Licorice Root inhibits both the growth and cell-damaging effects of herpes simplex. If you are using licorice, increase your potassium intake. Caution: Do not use this herb on a daily basis for more than seven days in a row. Avoid it completely if you have high blood pressure.
Mullein Leaf (Verbascum thapsus) is a good respiratory remedy. Also for toning the mucous membranes of the respiratory system, reducing inflammation whilst stimulating fluid production and thus facilitating expectoration. It is considered a specific in bronchitis where there is a hard cough with soreness.
Muscle relaxant tincture is a natural blend of Kava Kava, Cramp Bark, Ginger Root, Cayenne, Lobelia, Valerian Root, Red Clover is created to relax muscles.
Myrrh Essential Oil (20%) diluted in a natural base of Grape Seed Oil. Myrrh oil is an effective treatment for sensitive, dry skin, herpes blisters, wounds, coughs, menstrual pain, bronchitis, arthritis, skin inflammation, hemorrhoids, fungal infections, colds, poor appetite, and emotional and physical exhaustion. Myrrh oil contains the terpenes limonene and pinene, sesquiterpenes, cinnamon aldehyde and coumarin aldehyde, all of which provide anti-inflammatory and astringent properties. The oil has antifungal and antiseptic qualities, as well. As a result, Myrrh oil helps relieve pain and swelling, tones tissue, heals wounds, prevents infection and promotes expectoration.
Olive Leaf Extract is good as a natural antibiotic for viral infections. Olive Leaf extract appears to help curb the growth of viral diseases such as herpes.
Oregano Essential Oil blended with Extra Virgin Olive Oil combines to create a pre-diluted blend that is stronger than other leading brands. This Oregano Essential Oil is derived from origanum vulgare, which is grown in the Mediterranean. Oregano Essential Oil contains a minimum of 55% carvacrol, one of the active components naturally occurring in Oregano. Oregano essential Oil is used internally for joint pain, aching muscles, chronic cough, infections, asthma and bronchial congestion. Oregano Oil (Wild) Tincture is used internally for joint pain, aching muscles, chronic cough, infections, asthma and bronchial congestion. Topically as an anti-fungal, anti-parasitic, anti-viral and antibacterial. Oil of Oregano is known as a cure for, and it's ability to stop a cold sore/fever blister dead in it's tracks.
Pau D'Arco Bark (Tabebula Impetiginosa) is a rich source of iron, which contributes to the elimination of wastes from the body and the assimilation of nutrients. Pau d'Arco extract is made from the inner barks of Plantation Grown Purple Lapacho trees found on or near the ancient Inca Trail. Pau D'Arco Tea has shown that it may hold the secret for the successful treatment of various diseases, or support the body's own healing powers. Pau D'Arco Tea has shown that it may support the bodies own ability to ward off many diseases.
Red Marine Algae appears to help curb the growth of viral diseases such as herpes.
Samento Uncaria Tomentosa is a Cat's Claw herb that may be beneficial in supporting the treatment of a wide range of immune system related conditions. Immune disorders may be the cause for various conditions such as cancer, arthritis, bursitis, rheumatism, allergies, ulcers, systemic candidiasis, all forms of herpes, diabetes, lupus, chronic fatigue syndrome, intestinal disorders and HIV infection.
Shingles Soothe Wellness Oil eases the intense pain of the Shingles and helps to promote healing using unrefined Grapeseed Oil and an essential oil blend of Eucalyptus Essential Oil, Marjoram Essential Oil, Ginger Essential Oil, Tea Tree Essential Oil, and Lavender Essential Oil.
Spirulina contains phytonutrients that appear to boost the immune system.
Tea Tree Oil is a powerful natural antiseptic. During a herpes outbreak, dab it on the affected area several times a day, either full strength or, if that is too strong, diluted with distilled water or cold-pressed vegetable oil. Do not get tea tree oil close to the eye area. Tea Tree Oil Antiseptic Solution can be used for mixing with water for douching, athletes foot, facial problems and bathing. Tea Tree Essential Oil and Grapefruit Seed Extract are used to safely destroy viruses, bacteria, molds, yeasts and parasites that want to live in us and on us.
Uva Ursi, also known as Bearberry, has a specific affinity for the genito-urinary organs, especially for urinary tract infections, cystitis, nephritis, urethritis, pyelitis, hematuria (bloody urine), yeast infections, vulvitis.
White Willow Bark extract is used to treat bursitis, tendonitis, headaches, osteoarthritis, dysmenorrhea, rheumatoid arthritis, back pain, toothache, and menstrual cramps, White Willow is being used by more people as a safer, natural alternative to aspirin.
Yarrow (Achillea Millefolium) is well-known for its use as a remedy for cold, flu and fever and also for its skin wound healing and antibiotic properties.
Boosting the immune system whenever your immune system has been weakened, such as when you have a cold or you are under unusual emotional or physical stress, for example, when you are more likely to contract a viral infection, such as herpes simplex. If you exercise in fresh hair and take vitamins, you can help boost your immune system. Consider taking Vitamin C, Zinc and Beta-Carotene, which will support the immune response and help fight viruses. For acute or chronic infections, St. John's Wort, Echinacea, Licorice or Astragalus will support the body's defenses and help speed the healing process.
RED CLOVER: In Europe Red Clover is widely cultivated and used as a tonic and a salad herb. Herbalists have long prized Red Clover for it's traditional use as a blood purifier and it's isoflavones that offer great medicinal potential.
ECHINACEA: Echinacea (Echinacea Augustofolia, Purpurea, Pallida) is an excellent herb for all kinds of viral & bacterial infections, strengthens the immune system against pathogenic infection by stimulating phagocytosis & T-Cell formation, blood cleansing properties, acne, bronchitis, colds & flu, congestion, psoriasis, tonsillitis, wounds, ear infections and stimulates the immune system.
GOLDENSEAL: Goldenseal (hydrastis canadensis), a perennial wild native American herb, is also called Yellow Root. Native Americans used Goldenseal both internally and externally and also derived a dye from the root. Golden Seal is a very important traditional herb used to treat infections. Golden Seal was listed from 1860 to 1926 in the U.S. Pharmacopoeia. It was primarily used for inflammations of the mucous membranes.
PAU D'ARCO: Pau D'Arco and it's constituents have demonstrated antiviral properties against various viruses including Herpes I and II, influenza, poliovirus, and vesicular stomatitis virus. It's anti-parasitic actions against various parasites including malaria, Schistosoma, and Trypansoma have been clinically validated. Bark extracts of Pau D'Arco have demonstrated anti-inflammatory activity and have been shown to be successful against a wide range of inflammations.
Essential oils for disinfection. Some essential oils can be more beneficial than others in treating a herpes infection because of their strong antiseptic properties. Tea Tree Oil is especially effective and will help stabilize the immune system and act as a disinfectant as well. Other oils that relieve inflammation and discourage viral multiplication are Bergamot, Lemon Balm and Chamomile essential oils. Tea Tree Oil may be used undiluted on your skin, while the other oils should be mixed with a carrier oil, such as Sweet Almond Oil or Olive Oil.
DIET & NUTRITIONAL RECOMMENDATIONS
Eat plenty of raw vegetables, as well as yogurt and other soured products.
Do not consume citrus fruits and juices while the virus is active.
Avoid alcohol, processed foods, colas, white flour products, sugar, refined carbohydrates, coffee, and drugs to lessen the chance of an outbreak. Herbal teas are beneficial (see herbs), but all other teas should be avoided.
Drink steam-distilled or quality bottled water.
Eat the following in moderation during outbreaks: almonds, barley, cashews, cereals (grains), chicken, chocolate, corn, dairy products, meat, nuts and seeds, oats, and peanuts. High levels of the amino acid arginine may cause outbreaks of herpes. Foods containing high levels of arginine include chocolate, peanuts, and soybeans. Avoid foods that contain high levels of arginine. Arginine is an amino acid that suppresses Lysine, the amino acid that retards virus growth.
AHCC (Active Hexose Correlated Compound), is a rich source of polysaccharides such as Beta Glucan 1,3 and activated hemicellulose produced by enzymatic modification of organic medicinal Mushrooms, including Shiitake.
Arginine is a conditionally essential basic amino acid involved primarily in urea metabolism and excretion as well as DNA synthesis. L-arginine should be limited during herpes outbreaks. L-Ornithine may be used as an alternative since it metabolizes to L-arginine in the body.
BHT is an inexpensive food preservative and antioxidant that inactivates the herpes (and other lipid coated viruses) by solubilizing the lipid coating. Butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) is a potent deactivator of lipid-enveloped viruses. Many people throughout the USA are using BHT to successfully keep the lesions dormant, with no sores as long as they consume BHT regularly. Some people develop sores once every 3 to 4 months opposed to higher frequency when not using BHT. The majority of those who use lysine regularly along with 750 to 1,000 mg of BHT daily keep the sores from ever occurring. The only human antiviral test that has been conducted with BHT was for herpes, the outcome of which was successful.
BioDefender is a Antibacterial, Antiviral & Antifungal Formula. This unique antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal formula is a clinical nutritionist response to bio terrorism such as anthrax. Its ingredients are well documented in peer-reviewed research reports as shown below. The synergistic effects make it a powerful formulation to boost the body's natural defense. It destroys virus, fungus and pathogenic bacteria without hurting the good ones. Contains Monolaurin; Extract of Olive Leaf; Beta 1,3 Glucan; Colostrum; MSM (Methysulfonylmethane); Calcium Phytate; Alpha Lipoic Acid; N-acetyl-cysteine; Echinacea; Zinc; DMG; Glutathione; Neem Leaf Extract, Garlic and Golden Seal. Take 4 capsules a day: 2 in the morning, 2 in the evening.
Calcium and Magnesium supplement in a liquid form can help with the development of strong bones and teeth, also prevents muscle cramping, risk of colon cancer, maintain regular heart beat, protects against osteoporosis and helps relax the central nervous system.
Colloidal Silver & Zinc lozenges provides powerful liquid silver in the most convenient form ever to fight infections and aid in wound healing. Scientific studies have shown that pure silver quickly kills bacteria. It even kills the super-bacteria that evolve after conventional disinfecting agents kill the weak strains of bacteria. Silver acts as a catalyst and disables an enzyme that facilitates actions inside cells. It is not consumed in the process so it is available to keep working again and again. The enzyme silver destroys is required by anaerobic bacteria, viruses, yeast and molds. (Unfriendly bacteria tend to be anaerobic and friendly bacteria aerobic). This is the action that destroys pathogens. It stops them from using the body's own cells as vehicles for replication. Colloidal silver creates an environment that makes it impossible for pathogens to survive and multiply
Colon & Liver Cleanser CAC liquid is a colon and liver cleanser and detoxifier as well as a blood cleanser that serves to regulate the bowel movements so that the stool is so soft it breaks up into a cloud. CAC Tea is a cleansing tea has many additional benefits. It improves overall digestion; strengthens the immunity; helps to prevent cancer; makes the skin more emollient and flexible: clears the eyes; and provides an overall tonic effect on the body.
Essential Omega-3 Fatty Acids strengthen cell membranes making them more resistant to viral attack.
Garlic & Bee Propolis have antiviral properties. Bee Propolis is a waxy substance collected by honey bees which contains phytotonizides. Phytotonizides are believed to contain immunity factors, which when used internally, benefit the body and gives it a natural resistance to diseases (a natural antibiotic).
Herp-Ease is an anti-viral and nerve sedating tincture. It is an oral remedy that can be used for active eruptions and to avoid them.
Indole-3-Carbinol (I3C) & Resveratrol, according to in vitro research, are 99-percent effective in preventing the herpes virus from replicating in human cells. Researchers are finding a tremendous link between increased intake of broccoli, cabbage and Brussels sprouts and the reduction in severity and frequency of herpes simplex. A nutrient combination that includes the active substance in these three vegetables, Indole 3 Carbinol, is available in a professionally manufactured combination called DIM/13-C. This formulation is effective at inhibiting the growth and reproduction of the herpes simplex cells.
Pure New Zealand Manuka Honey direct from New Zealand. Made from the Manuka flower to produce a honey rich in natural taste and healing qualities that are only created from the Manuka. Honey, in general, domestic or from New Zealand, contains antibiotic properties and helps fight infections. Dabbing pure honey on a sore can help the healing process.
Kidney Bladder Formula is used for Auto-immune Diseases, Bladder, Cancer, Cold Sores and deposits.
Lysine is a naturally occurring amino acid that inhibits the ability of a herpes virus to reproduce itself. Lysine is one of the most well known amino acids and is an essential component of all proteins. L-Lysine helps symptoms of herpes infection and cold sores. Take several grams per day for 1 month at the onset of an outbreak. Those who are plagued by repeat eruptions may take it regularly. Lysine supplements and diets with a high lysine/arginine ratio inhibit herpes virus replication. The amino acid lysine often controls herpes. Supplementation with free-form lysine has shown to be beneficial in controlling herpes along with a diet high in lysine and low in arginine. It has been found that foods high in I-Arginine may cause herpes outbreaks. Increased levels of lysine over arginine suppress viral replication and inhibit cytopathogenicity of herpes simplex virus. L-Lysine appears to be an effective agent for reduction of the occurrence, severity and healing time for recurrent HSV infection. Several health care providers have reported that if lysine use reduces herpes outbreaks, an immunological imbalance is present. Treatments aimed at immune system improvement have been effective in eliminating or reducing recurrence. Foods high in lysine and low in arginine include most fruits and vegetables, fish, chicken, beef, lamb, milk, cheese, beans, brewer's yeast and mung bean sprouts. Gelatin, chocolate, carob, coconut, oats, whole-wheat and white flour, peanuts, soybeans, and wheat germ have more arginine than lysine and should thus be avoided. In one study, the amount of lysine required to control herpes varied from case to case but a typical dose to maintain remission was 500 mg daily and active herpes required 1 to 6 grams between meals to induce healing. A study at the UCLA School of Medicine found of 45 patients receiving L-Lysine for herpes, only two failed to respond (a 96-percent success rate). The patients were receiving about 1,500 mg L-Lysine daily. Lysine supplements (as opposed to foods high in this nutrient) can play an important role in staving off and reducing the severity of herpes-related cold sores. Results of a six-month trial involving more than 50 people indicate that lysine is far more effective than a placebo in preventing cold sores. Participants given a placebo had more than twice as many such infections as those taking lysine. Moreover, the herpes sores that did develop in the lysine group tended to be milder, and to heal faster, than the outbreaks in the placebo group. Lysine supplements may even prevent HSV outbreaks in chronic sufferers. General advice is to take 1,000 mg L-lysine three times a day with meals for flare-ups. If you are subject to recurrent outbreaks of cold sores, continue on a maintenance dosage of 1,000 mg per day. The amino acid L-Arginine is not recommended. Arginine promotes viral replication of herpes. In some people, changing the dietary ratio of lysine to arginine reduces the frequency and intensity of outbreaks.
LYSINE & ARGININE INFORMATION
ith any disease or health condition an approach to improving diet and nutrition should be taken. An appropriate diet high in lysine and low in arginine along with vitamin supplements may be beneficial for those suffering from viral diseases, in particular the herpes virus.
Current research has shown that the amino acid, arginine, can aggravate herpes and bring on an outbreak.
Some foods high in arginine include nuts, chocolate and caffeine. If a food has a low lysine/arginine ratio and only a few milligrams of arginine in it, there is no reason to avoid it totally, unless it aggravates the situation further. If you do have frequent herpes outbreaks, try cutting back or eliminating these foods from your diet and see if it helps to relieve your symptoms.
It has been found that the amino acid, Lysine, retards virus growth, so you should include in your diet foods high in Lysine and decrease the foods high in L-Arginine (an amino acid that supports the herpes virus).
Remember, try to balance everything you eat, e.g., if you eat foods high in Arginine, balance them with L-Lysine foods or supplement with Lysine / L-Lysine Capsules or Powder, 500 mg daily dose minimum.
HIGH LYSINE FOODS
High in Lysine Dietary sources: (Eat more of these or in moderation)
HIGH ARGININE FOODS
- Brewer's Yeast
- Dairy Products
High in Arginine Dietary sources: (Eat less of these)
Click here for a detailed chart outlining L-Arginine and L-lysine ratios in foods.
- Brown Rice
- Nut Products
- Whole Wheat Bread
L-Arginine is an amino acid that suppresses L-Lysine. Vitamin C foods should be increased in your regular dietary program, but citrus fruits and juices should be avoided while the virus is active. The following foods and beverages put stress on the immune system and should be avoided during outbreaks:
- Processed Foods
- Cola Drinks
Highly acidic foods:
- Citrus Fruits
Meat and dairy products are relatively high in arginine, and should be eaten in moderation or avoided during outbreaks:
- Animal Products
- Foods High In Sodium
FOODS RATIO OF LYSINE TO ARGININE FOOD TYPE WEIGHT (gm) LYSINE (mg) ARGININE (mg) RATIO LYS/ARG Margarine 14.1 9 3 3.000 Plain Yogurt 227 706 237 2.979 Fruit Yogurt, Low Fat 227 810 272 2.978 Plain Yogurt, Skim 227 1160 391 2.967 Plain Yogurt, Lowfat 227 1060 359 2.953 Swiss Cheese 28 733 263 2.787 Gruyere Cheese 28 768 276 2.783 Edam Cheese 28 754 273 2.762 American Cheese Spread 28 427 155 2.755 Gouda Cheese 28 752 273 2.755 Whey, Dry, Sweet 7.5 77 28 2.750 Blue Cheese 28 526 202 2.604 Provolone Cheese 28 750 290 2.586 Papaya 454 76 30 2.533 Brie Cheese 28 525 208 2.524 Camembert Cheese 28 501 199 2.518 Parmesan Cheese 28 937 373 2.512 Parmesan Cheese, Grated 5 192 77 2.494 Gjetost Cheese 28 231 93 2.484 Goat Milk 244 708 291 2.433 Brick Cheese 28 602 248 2.427 Muenster Cheese 28 606 250 2.424 Beets 136 72 30 2.400 Limburger Cheese 28 475 198 2.399 Tilsit Cheese 28 578 241 2.398 Port Du Salut Cheese 28 563 235 2.396 Processed Swiss Cheese 28 696 293 2.375 Cream Cheese 28 192 81 2.370 Mozzarella Cheese, Parts 28 699 295 2.369 Processed American Cheese 28 623 263 2.369 Mozzarella Cheese 28 559 236 2.369 Neufchatel Cheese 28 253 107 2.364 Butter 14.1 9 4 2.250 Colby Cheese 28 561 254 2.209 Monterey Jack Cheese 28 578 262 2.206 Cheshire Cheese 28 551 250 2.204 Cheddar Cheese 28 588 267 2.202 Buttermilk 245 679 309 2.197 Skim Milk 245 663 302 2.195 Half & Half Cream 242 568 259 2.193 Sherbet 193 171 78 2.192 Condensed Milk, Sweetened 306 1920 876 2.192 Chocolate Milk 250 629 287 2.192 Nonfat Milk, Dry 120 3440 1570 2.191 Lowfat Milk, 2% 244 644 294 2.190 Evaporated Milk 126 681 311 2.190 Ice Cream 133 381 174 2.190 Whole Milk 244 637 291 2.189 Whole Milk, Dry 128 2670 1220 2.189 Nonfat Milk, Dry, Instant 68 1890 864 2.188 Ice Milk 131 409 187 2.187 Whipping Cream, Heavy 238 387 177 2.186 Evaporated Milk, Skim 128 763 349 2.186 Whipping Cream, Light 239 411 188 2.186 Ice Cream, Rich 148 327 150 2.180 Mango 300 85 39 2.179 Whipped Cream, Pressurize 60 152 70 2.171 Apricot 114 103 48 2.146 Coffee Cream 15 32 15 2.133 Apple 150 17 8 2.125 Ricotta Cheese 246 3290 1550 2.123 Ricotta Cheese, Part Skim 246 3320 1570 2.115 Pear, Dried 175 116 56 2.071 Eggnog 254 758 378 2.005 Applesauce, Unsweetened 244 24 12 2.000 Crabapple, Slices 110 28 14 2.000 Loquat 16 2 1 2.000 Apple, Dried 64 37 19 1.947 Pear 180 23 12 1.917 Apricot, Dried 35 89 49 1.816 Cottage Cheese, Creamed 210 2120 1190 1.782 Cottage Cheese, Lowfat 2% 226 2510 1410 1.780 Cottage Cheese, Dry 145 2020 1140 1.772 Fig, Dried 189 228 131 1.740 Fig 65 19 11 1.727 Human Milk 246 168 105 1.600 Avocado 272 189 119 1.588 Salmon 85 1550 1000 1.550 Swordfish 85 1550 1000 1.550 Haddock 85 1480 961 1.540 Smelt 85 1380 897 1.538 Snapper 85 1600 1040 1.538 Pollock 85 1520 989 1.537 Eel 85 1440 938 1.535 Catfish 85 1420 925 1.535 Anchovy, in Oil, Drained 20 531 346 1.535 Whitefish 85 1490 971 1.535 Tuna, in Water 165 4480 2920 1.534 Cod 85 1390 906 1.534 Flat Fish, Flounder & Sole 85 1470 959 1.533 Mackerel 85 1450 946 1.533 Shark 85 1640 1070 1.533 Carp 85 1390 907 1.533 Pike 85 1500 979 1.532 Herring 85 1400 914 1.532 Sardines, in Oil, Drained 24 542 354 1.531 Bass 85 1380 902 1.530 Perch 85 1450 948 1.530 Bluefish 85 1560 1020 1.529 Halibut 85 1620 1060 1.528 Tomato 123 41 27 1.519 Turnips 130 47 31 1.516 Tomato Juice 243 54 36 1.500 Soybean Sprouts 70 386 266 1.451 Canadian Style Bacon 454 7370 5100 1.445 Wild Pheasant 371 7470 5240 1.426 Pork Spareribs 454 4730 3340 1.416 Tomato Paste 262 282 200 1.410 Liver Cheese 28 334 237 1.409 Chicken, Dark Meat, w/o Skin 109 1860 1320 1.409 Chicken, Light Meat w/o Skin 88 1730 1230 1.407 Chicken Neck 79 298 212 1.406 Summer Sausage 23 318 228 1.395 Pineapple 155 39 28 1.393 Pork Leg 454 7550 5530 1.365 Pork Loin Chop 151 1950 1430 1.364 Pork Shoulder 454 7140 5240 1.363 Potato 150 190 140 1.357 Chicken Breast 181 2500 1870 1.337 Cream of Mushroom Soup 244 127 95 1.337 Turkey Noodle Soup 244 212 159 1.333 Celery 120 32 24 1.333 Chicken Drumstick 110 1160 872 1.330 Potato, Baking 202 283 214 1.322 Beef Flank Steak 454 7270 5500 1.322 Chicken Gumbo 244 161 122 1.320 Chicken Noodle Soup 241 219 166 1.319 Beef Round Steak 454 7320 5550 1.319 Beef Noodle Soup 244 261 198 1.318 Vegetable w/Beef Soup 244 344 261 1.318 Cream of Asparagus Soup 244 112 85 1.318 Porterhouse Steak 454 6560 4980 1.317 Beef T-Bone Steak 454 6330 4810 1.316 Beef Sirloin Steak 454 6880 5230 1.315 Knockwurst 68 634 482 1.315 Beef Rib Roast 454 6050 4600 1.315 Beef Short Rribs 454 5430 4130 1.315 Beef Chuck Roast 454 6900 5250 1.314 Beef Tenderloin 454 6990 5320 1.314 Persimmon 200 55 42 1.310 Squash, Summer 130 85 65 1.308 Chicken Leg 231 2470 1890 1.307 Chicken, Light Meat 116 1920 1470 1.306 Ham, Boneless 454 6750 5170 1.306 Chicken Canned, Boned 142 2500 1920 1.302 Turkey, Dark Meat 152 2620 2020 1.297 Cream of Chicken Soup 244 215 166 1.295 Chicken Heart 6.1 79 61 1.295 Turkey, Light Meat 180 3540 2740 1.292 Bratwurst, Ckd 85 910 706 1.289 Turkey, Canned Boned 142 3040 2360 1.288 Italian Sausage, Ckd 67 1020 792 1.288 Pork Sausage 28 252 196 1.286 Wild Quail 405 6660 5180 1.286 Chicken Thigh 120 1310 1020 1.284 Chicken, Dark Meat 160 2150 1680 1.280 Goose, Domesticated 320 4010 3150 1.273 Pork & Beef Sausage 13 141 111 1.270 Bologna, Beef & Pork 28 250 198 1.263 Peach, Dried 130 151 120 1.258 Black Bean Soup 247 415 331 1.254 Bean w/ Frankfurters Soup 250 415 331 1.254 Peach 115 20 16 1.250 Corned Beef, Brisket 454 5100 4100 1.244 Pastrami 28 375 302 1.242 Bologna, Beef 28 254 205 1.239 Frankfurter, Beef 45 389 314 .239 Ground Beef, Regular 113 1560 1260 1.238 Cream of Celery Soup 244 73 59 1.237 Ground Beef, Lean 113 1670 1350 1.237 Chicken Liver 32 35 352 1.236 Duck Liver 44 624 505 1.236 Turkey Liver 102 1540 1250 1.232 Mortadella 28 358 291 1.230 Goose Liver 94 1160 943 1.230 Plum 5.5 90 74 1.216 Green Beans 110 97 80 1.213 Chicken Back 177 1090 900 1.211 Beef Smoked, Chopped 28 467 386 1.210 Pork Bacon 454 2900 2400 1.208 Beef, Dried 28 673 557 1.208 Bratwurst 28 323 268 1.205 Polish Sausage 28 315 262 1.202 Salami, Hard 10 182 152 1.197 Bologna, Pork 28 341 285 1.196 Chicken Wing 90 698 585 1.193 Braunschweiger 28 258 217 1.189 Duck, Domesticated 287 2610 2210 1.181 Lentil Sprouts 77 548 470 1.166 Lettuce, Romaine 56 58 50 1.160 Lettuce, Iceberg 75 60 52 1.154 Caviar, Black & Red 16 293 254 1.154 Cauliflower 100 108 96 1.125 Vienna Sausage 16 127 113 1.124 Liver 113 1570 1420 1.106 Guava 112 21 19 1.105 New England Clam Chowder 244 251 229 1.096 Cream of Potato Soup 244 83 76 1.092 Spinach 55 98 90 1.089 Kale 67 132 123 1.073 Chicken Rice Soup 241 251 234 1.073 Kielbasa 28 286 267 1.071 Frankfurter, Beef & Pork 45 407 382 1.065 Whole Egg 50 410 388 1.057 Egg White 33 206 195 1.056 Whole Egg, Dried 5 155 147 1.054 Watermelon 160 99 94 1.053 Cabbage, Chinese 70 62 59 1.051 Corn 154 210 200 1.050 Sweet Potato 130 105 100 1.050 Turnip Greens 55 54 52 1.038 Abalone 85 1090 1060 1.028 Oysters 84 444 433 1.025 Clams 180 1720 1680 1.024 Scallops 85 1060 1040 1.019 Banana 175 55 54 1.019 Asparagus 134 194 192 1.010 Oat Flakes 48 583 579 1.007 Mayonnaise 185 1400 1400 1.000 Vegetarian Vegetable Soup 241 99 99 1.000 Beet Greens 38 20 20 1.000 Endive 50 32 32 1.000 Leeks 124 97 97 1.000 Pumpkin 245 96 96 1.000 Shrimp 85 1500 1510 0.993 Crab 85 1350 1360 0.993 Pea Soup w/Ham 253 696 703 0.990 Lima Beans, Cooked 170 765 775 0.987 Egg Yolk 17 189 193 0.979 Okra 100 82 84 0.976 Broccoli 88 124 128 0.969 Chicken Gizzard 37 465 484 0.961 Strawberries 149 37 39 0.949 Collards 186 140 172 0.931 Minestrone Soup 241 183 198 0.924 Carrots 110 44 48 0.917 Dates 83 50 55 0.909 Peppers, Sweet 100 38 42 0.905 Radish 45 16 18 0.889 Watercress 104 172 200 0.860 Swiss Chard 36 36 42 0.857 Eggplant 82 42 50 0.840 Tomato Soup 244 51 61 0.836 Cabbage, Common 70 40 48 0.833 Wheat Germ 180 1330 1790 0.743 Peas, Green 146 463 625 0.741 Brussels Sprouts 88 130 178 0.730 Tangerine 116 27 37 0.730 Orange 180 62 85 0.729 Onions, Green 100 4 6 0.667 Mushrooms 70 48 72 0.667 Cucumber 104 22 36 0.611 Wheat Granules 28.4 101 ">169 0.598 Corn Grits 242 68 114 0.596 Snails 85 1250 2100 0.595 Wheat, Shredded 23.6 79 133 0.594 Wheat Flakes 33 101 171 0.591 Cream of Wheat 251 98 166 0.590 Pistachios, Shelled 128 1640 2790 0.588 Corn, Puffed 28.4 65 112 0.580 Wheat, Puffed 12 49 85 0.576 Squash, Winter 205 902 1590 0.567 Bran Flakes 47 177 314 0.564 Elderberries 145 38 68 0.559 Plantain 148 89 160 0.556 Oats, Puffed 28.4 175 320 0.547 Oatmeal 234 78 147 0.531 Cashews 160 246 470 0.523 Chestnuts, Fresh 160 246 470 0.523 Rice, Puffed 14 38 >73 0.521 Yams 200 89 191 0.466 Pumpkin Seeds & Squash 140 2530 5570 0.454 Garlic 3 8 19 0.421 Macadamia Nuts 134 434 1200 0.362 Blackberries 145 17 49 0.347 Blueberries 145 17 49 0.347 Onions, Mature 160 90 262 0.344 Grapes, Slip Skin 153 13 42 0.310 Grapes, Adherent Skin 160 24 78 0.308 Peanuts 144 1450 5050 0.287 Peanut Butter 15 176 613 0.287 Coconut, Shredded 80 118 437 0.270 Almonds 142 946 3540 0.267 Rutabaga 140 55 207 0.266 Pecans 108 315 1190 0.265 Sesame Seeds 150 1240 4990 0.248 Hickory Nuts 15 70 298 0.235 Brazil Nuts 140 757 3350 0.226 Tahini 15 82 378 0.217 Grape Juice 253 25 119 0.210 Tangerine Juice 247 17 84 0.202 Pine Nuts 28 256 1330 0.192 Orange Juice 248 22 117 0.188 Hazelnuts 135 459 2480 0.185 Walnuts 100 466 2520 0.185
Table Obtained From: Agricultural Handbook, 1-23, U.S. Department of Agriculture.
A medicated cold sore balm combined with Bee Propolis provides cold sore relief. It soothes dry chapped sunburned lips, relieves pain and discomfort of cold sores and fever blisters. It is a blend of Camphor Essential Oil (1.2%), Peppermint Essential Oil (a menthol source - 1.2%) along with Castor Oil, Beeswax, Wheat Germ Oil, Carnauba Palm Wax, Lanolin, Propolis, and Vitamin E. Apply as needed to lips. If irritation develops, discontinue use. Avoid eye contact.
MSM (Methysulfonylmethane) combined with Jojoba Oil in a lip balm helps promote smooth moisturized lips all day long, helps heal chapped lips.
Multi-Vitamin and Multi-Mineral without added Iron provides essential vitamins and minerals that play many important roles in the body. Antioxidants to protect fats, cells and DNA, coenzyme precursors for energy production and metabolism, and cofactors for hormones and enzymes which regulate body processes.
Olive Leaf Extract. Olive Leaf (Olea europaea) herb has long been used for general well being and has been the focus of research since the 1800's. Oleuropin the bitter glycoside found in the leaves has been identified as a key constituent which provides some of the therapeutic benefits of Olive Leaf. Take 1 capsule two times daily with food or water.The main constituent of olive leaf is the phytochemical oleuropein, which has broken down to elenolic acid, which have a powerful anti-bacterial effect, and has the ability to interfere with critical amino acid production essential for viruses. Oleuropein is a bitter monoterpene glycoside of the class known as secoiridoids and is also one of the major components found in the polyphenolic portion of olive oil. Other ingredients include esters, multiple iridoids, rutin, apigenin and luteolin, amongst others. According to laboratory tests, calcium elenolate (derived from oleuropein) kills viruses by interfering with certain amino acid production processes. This interference prevents virus shedding, budding or assembly at the cell membrane. Studies suggest that this compound has the ability to penetrate infected host cells and irreversibly inhibit viral replication. In retroviruses, this compound neutralizes the production of the reverse transcriptase enzyme and is believed to also neutralize the protease enzyme as well. These enzymes are essential for retroviruses such as HIV to alter the RNA of a healthy cell. Researchers in Europe investigated the properties of oleuropein and suggested that it inactivated bacteria by dissolving the outer lining of the microbes. More recent studies of oleuropein show that it seems to protect low density lipoprotein from oxidation, thus reducing the LDL (the bad cholesterol). Another research study in France remarks that Olea europaea leaf extracts show extremely high antioxidative qualities. Olive Leaf Extract seems to show itself as an immune system builder by directly stimulating phagocyte production (phagocytosis). It also contains natural flavonoids and esters that create a structural complex that infectious microorganisms may not readily develop a resistance to. Olive leaf extract can be helpful in the treatment of the common cold, flu, chronic fatigue, cold sores (herpes), possibly HIV, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, ear infections, eye infections, nose and throat infections, impetigo, pink eye, parasites, and a host of bacterial, viral, yeast and fungal infections.
Pascalite Bentonite Clay, is a form of calcium bentonite containing at least twenty elements including iron, magnesium, and silicon, better than sodium bentonite. Users found it a potent skin cleanser and conditioner, drank it internally for heartburn, ulcers and for a natural mineral dietary supplement. If taken internally, it is important to drink several glasses of water with the clay to prevent intestinal blockage. Pascalite Bentonite clay is used in soap and toothpaste, applied as a poultice to insect bites, sunburns, infections, cold sores, canker sores and acne, and as a suppository for hemorrhoids.
Potassium is a key nutrient in maintaining the electrolyte balance which regulates heart and muscle contraction. Potassium is stored in the muscles. It is needed for growth, building muscles, transmission of nerve impulses, and heart activity. It regulates water balance, assists recuperative powers, and aids rheumatic and arthritic conditions causing acids to leave the joints and ease stiffness. Proteolytic Enzymes, according to researchers, were more effective than antiviral drugs in reducing the length and severity of outbreaks.
Sss Sting Stop Insect Gel is a homeopathic remedy by Boericke & Tafel. A topical gel that temporarily relief of itch, pain, and redness of non-poisonous insect bites and stings-mosquitos, bees and wasps. Soothes fever blisters and cold sores.
TMG (Tri-Methyl-Glycine). Methylation is a normal biological process that occurs in healthy human bodies every minute of every day. Methylation is an important step in the conversion of nomocysteine, a damaging amino acid, into the biologically safe and beneficial amino acid, methionine. In addition, methylation is required for DNA repair, as well as for the production of SAMe, which helps maintain healthy joint tissue. Methylation can be inhibited by poor or inadequate diet and unhealthy lifestyle practices. TMG (Trimethylglycine) has been shown to be a safe and effective methyl donor for the facilitation of methylation processes. TMG supplementation has been shown in clinical and non-clinical studies to support a healthy homocysteine level, which in turn supports healthy cardiovascular function.
Vitamin A, Vitamin C & Zinc in combination can significantly enhance the function of your immune system. Vitamin C, Zinc, Thymus Extracts, TMG (Tri-methyl-glycine), Monolaurin from Coconut, and Olive Leaf Extract have all been used with some success as reported by various health care providers.
Vitamin B-Complex consists of 8 essential B-vitamins. B Vitamins are precursors of coenzymes involved in the conversion of cellular energy, manufacture of hormones and proteins, and repair and maintenance of nerve structures.
Vitamin B-3 (Niacin/Niacinamide) acts as a coenzyme and is necessary for normal breakdown of fats and fatty acids and the release of energy from carbohydrates. It is also an excellent vasodilator and may be useful in maintaining proper cholesterol levels. Vitamin B-3 is needed for proper circulation and healthy skin. Taking niacin supplements in high doses can be dangerous to your health. Other forms of vitamin B-3, such as niacinamide or nicotinic acid, are safer to use at higher doses with fewer side effects.
Vitamin C with Bioflavonoids provides antioxidant protection for many of the body's important enzyme systems. As an important factor in collagen production, vitamin C is useful in wound healing of all types. From cuts and broken bones to burns and recovery from surgical wounds, Vitamin C taken orally helps wounds to heal faster and better.
Zinc is widely recognized as an important nutritional support that boosts cold season defense. Echinacea Pupurea is clinically shown to support the immune system. Vitamin C is a vitally important vitamin for general health maintenance. Zinc combined with Echinacea Pupurea, and Vitamin C is clinically shown to support the immune system and is vitally important for general health maintenance.
Cimetidine (an inexpensive OTC drug with immune enhancing properties) has proven to be equal to or superior to expensive antiviral drugs in treating herpes simplex and herpes zoster. Cimetidine is an acid blocker used for ulcers and heart burn, and goes by the trade name Tagamet.
If cold sore outbreaks occur often, check for low thyroid function.
You cannot cure a cold sore, but you can alleviate the pain it causes by avoiding spicy or acidic foods, applying ice, and using over-the-counter remedies. Wrap an ice cube in a handkerchief and press it on the affected region. Keep pressing it against the area for as long as you can, taking occasional breaks, so your skin does not get overly or painfully cold. Look for medicines that contain numbing agents such as phenol and emollients to reduce cracking and soften scabs.
If you are prone to allergies, you most likely have a malfunctioning immune system and may be susceptible to cold sores.
Strong sunlight can cause an outbreak of herpes blisters. Be sure to protect your lips with an ointment that has high sun-protection factor.
Stress weakens the immune system and encourages herpes. Exercise such as yoga or walking helps alleviate stress. Relaxation and visualization techniques (imagining the virus being destroyed by healing white blood cells, for example) may reduce the seriousness of cold sore outbreaks.
Keep your toothbrush dry when not using it, and get a new one every 4 weeks. Wet toothbrushes offer optimal conditions for the herpes virus.
Zinc is a trace mineral that speeds up the healing process by drying out blisters and killing the virus. Use zinc paste or zinc powder from a pharmacy. You can make a zinc solution by dissolving 4 grams of zinc sulfate in 1/2 cup of boiled, and then cooled water. Dampen a linen cloth or cotton ball with the solution and apply to blisters.
Aerobic Exercise is a healthy recommendation. A healthy immune system may be important in controlling the virus, so proper nutrition, exercise and rest is recommended.
Personal Hygiene Changes may be necessary. During an outbreak, keep the infected area as clean and dry as possible. This will help your natural healing processes. Some health care providers recommend warm showers in order to cleanse the infected area. Afterwards, towel dry gently, or dry the area with a hair dryer on a low or cool setting. Most creams and lotions do no good and may even irritate.
Ozone / Oxidative Therapy may be considered. Dr. R. Mattassi of Italy in his 1982 study found that 24 out of 27 people with Herpes simplex stayed in remission with up to a 3 year follow-up. He also showed that all lesions went into remission after a maximum of 5 ozone injections.
See information about Cold Sores Herpes Virus Infection.
If you have active lesions, refrain from sex until the sores have completely healed. Do not have intercourse with a person with visible lesions of any kind.
If you are pregnant and know you have genital herpes, tell your midwife or health care provider. If an attack occurs late in pregnancy, your baby may have to be delivered by cesarean section to protect exposure during birth. If there are no lesions present, the risk to the baby is probably low.
Women should wear cotton underpants or pantyhose with a cotton crotch. Practice good genital hygiene - keep clean and dry.
To reduce pain during urination, women may urinate in a shower, or urinate through a tubular device, such as a toilet paper roll or plastic cup with the bottom cut out, or pour a cup of lukewarm water over the genitals while urinating.
To ease swelling and pain in the genital area, use ice packs.
Warm baths with a tablespoon of Salt, Epsom Salts, or Baking Soda added can ease some of the discomforts, such as itching and pain, caused by the blisters. After the bath, pat dry gently and keep the lesions dry.
Consider life-style changes to avoid emotional stress. Stress reduction is important. Get plenty of rest.
Research suggests that Capsaicin (Cayenne) may be able to prevent outbreaks of herpes fever blisters or genital lesions.
Dimethylsulfoxide (DMSO), a byproduct of wood processing, is a liquid that can be applied topically to relieve pain and promote the healing of herpes outbreaks. Note: Only DMSO from a health food store should be used. Commercial-grade DMSO found in hardware stores is not suitable for healing purposes. The use of DMSO may result in a garlicky body odor. This is temporary, and is not a cause for concern.
Apply Vitamin E and Vitamin A, alternately, directly on the sores. Or try using L-Lysine Cream from a health food store.
For more specific and detailed information about treatment options, visit these pages:
MoonDragon's Health & Wellness Disorders: Cold Sores (Herpes Simplex Type 1 - HSV-1)
MoonDragon's Women's Health Disorders: STD's - Genital Herpes (Herpes Simplex Type2 - HSV-2)
Unless otherwise specified, the following recommended doses are for adults over the age of 18. For children between the ages of 12 and 17, reduce the dose to 3/4 the recommended amount. For children between the ages of 6 and 12 years old, reduce the dose to 1/2 the recommended amount. For children under 6 years old, use 1/4 the recommended amount.
NUTRIENTS Supplement Suggested Dosage Comments Essential Herpanacine As directed on label. Builds the immune system and fights infection. Proven effective in treating and stopping the outbreak of herpes viruses. It contains many of the nutrients listed in this table. L-Lysine 500 mg 3 times daily (1,500 mg daily), on an empty stomach. Take with water or juice. Do not take with milk. Take with 50 mg Vitamin B-6 and Vitamin C for better absorption. This amino acid fights herpes viruses. A deficiency may cause an outbreak of sores in and around the mouth. When the amount of Lysine present exceeds the amount of Arginine, the growth of the herpes virus is inhibited. Caution: Do not take Lysine for longer than 6 months at a time. Resume therapy again if you have further outbreaks. Lysine Cream Apply topically as directed on label. Helps fight herpes vitus and localized infection of the skin. Vitamin B-Complex 100 to 150 mg twice up to 3 times daily. Take with meals. Amounts of individual vitamins in a complex will vary. Important for healing and immune function. Combats the virus and helps to keep it from spreading. Also works with Lysine to prevent outbreaks. Use hypoallergenic form, if available. Zinc 50 to 100 mg daily, in divided doses. One 15 mg lozenge every 3 waking hours for 2 days. Then 2 lozenges daily until healed. Do not exceed a total of 100 mg daily from all supplements. Boosts, enhances and stimulates immune function to fight the virus and healing.For genital herpes, use a chelate form. For oral herpes, use zinc gluconate lozenges. Zinc is absorbed quickly in lozenge form. Very Important Beta 1,3-Glucan As directed on label. Useful for treating many bacterial, viral, or fungal disease. Stimulates the activity of macrophages, immune cells that surround and digest invading microorganisms and cellular debris. Coenzyme Q-10 As directed on label. Improves cellular oxygenation. Coenzyme A As directed on label. Facilitates the repair of RNA and DNA. Supports the immune system's detoxification of many dangerous substances. Can streamline metabolism, ease depression and fatigue. Increase energy. Works well with CoQ10. Colloidal Silver Take orally or apply topically as directed on label. An antiseptic and antibiotic that destroys bacteria, viruses, and fungi, and promotes healing. Herp-Eeze As directed on label. Contains lignans, nordihydrogualarectic acid (NGDA), and other phytonutrients. Has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and antimicrobial properties for the treatment of herpes. H-Balm As directed on label. H-Balm conains pure, all natural, certified organic ingredients proven to eliminate herpes outbreaks. VIR-L-Lysine As directed on label. Contains L-Lysine, Bee Pollen, and pituitary and adrenal tissue, and has been found to help keep herpes in remission. Vitamin A 25,000 to 50,000 IU daily. If you are pregnant, do not exceed 10,000 IU daily. Important for needed healing of tissues. Prevents spreading of infection. Use emulsion form for easier assimilation and greater safety at higher doses. Beta Carotene
& Carotene Complex
As directed on label. Free radical scavengers that stimulates immune response. Vitamin C
Vitamin C: 3,000 to 10,000 mg daily in divided doses.
Bioflavonoids: 30 to 60 mg daily in divided doses.
Needed to prevent sores and inhibit the growth of the virus. Fights the virus infection and boosts the immune system function. Use a buffered form. Bioflavonoids work with Vitamin C. Important Acidophilus As directed on label. Take on an empty stomach. Helps maintain beneficial intestinal flora and inhibits pathogenic organisms. Needed for the production of the B-vitamins. Prevents overgrowth of harmful microoganisms in the intestines. Oxy C-2 Gel Apply to affected areas as directed on label. A useful antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal agent. Dioxychlor As directed on label. An important antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal agent. Egg Lecithin As directed on label. Helps control the virus. Essential Fatty Acids As directed on label. Needed for cell protection. Kyolic EPA As directed on label. Needed for cell protection. Garlic (Kyolic) Kyolic: 3 capsules 3 times daily, with meals.
Fresh: 3 to 4 Garlic cloves with meals 3 times daily.
Acts as a natural antibiotic and immunity enhancer and immune system stimulant. Superoxide Dismutase (SOD) As directed on label. Reduces infection and speeds healing. A powerful free radical destroyer. Cell Guard As directed on label. An antioxidant complex that contains SOD. Vitamin E 400 to 600 IU daily. Important for needed healing of tissues. Prevents spread of the infection. Use emulsion form for easier assimilation. Use d-alpha-tocopherol form. Helpful Calcium 1,500 to 2,000 mg daily. To help relieve stress and anxiety. Use chelate forms. Magnesium 750 to 1,000 mg daily. Needed to balance with calcium. Dimethyl Glycine (DMG) 2 tablets dissolved in the mouth twice daily. Enhances utilization of oxygen by tissue. Maitake
As directed on label. Mushrooms that have healing immune boostin and antiviral properties used to fight viruses and build resistence to disease. Multivitamin
As directed on label. All nutrients are necessary in balance. Needed for enhanced healing of all bodily tissues. Take a hypoallerenic form. Proteolytic Enzymes As directed on label 2 to 3 times daily. Take between meals. Helps protect against infection, works on undigested food remaining in the colon. Caution: Do not give this supplement to a child. Raw Thymus Glandular 500 mg twice daily. Enhances immune function. Caution: Do not give this supplement to a child.
NOTIFY YOUR HEALTH CARE PROVIDER
Any of the following occurs:
- You or a family member has symptoms of genital herpes or any other type of herpes infection (including chickenpox and shingles).
- Symptoms do not improve in 1 week, despite treatment.
- Symptoms worsen, despite treatment.
- Unusual vaginal bleeding or swelling occurs.
- Fever returns during treatment or you become generally ill.
- If you are pregnant, be sure to tell your midwife or health care provider if you have genital herpes. This is especially important as your due date approaches. If you have an active outbreak at the time of your labor, you may need to have a cesarean delivery to prevent spread of the disease to your baby.
The Herpes Resource Center (HRC)
American Social Health Association
P.O. Box 13827
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709
NHIC: HRC Website Information
MoonDragon's Health & Wellness Disorders: Cold Sores
MoonDragon's Womens' Health Disorders: Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)
MoonDragon's Health & Wellness Disorders: Shingles (Herpes Zoster) & Chickenpox (Herpes Varicella)
MoonDragon's Health & Wellness Disorders: Herpes Virus Infection & Nutritional Recommendations
MoonDragon's Birthing Guidelines: Herpes
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AROMATHERAPY: HERBAL & CARRIER OILS DESCRIPTIONS & USES
Almond, Sweet Oil Apricot Kernel Oil Argan Oil Arnica Oil Avocado Oil Baobab Oil Black Cumin Oil Black Currant Oil Black Seed Oil Borage Seed Oil Calendula Oil Camelina Oil Castor Oil Coconut Oil Comfrey Oil Evening Primrose Oil Flaxseed Oil Grapeseed Oil Hazelnut Oil Hemp Seed Oil Jojoba Oil Kukui Nut Oil Macadamia Nut Oil Meadowfoam Seed Oil Mullein Oil Neem Oil Olive Oil Palm Oil Plantain Oil Plum Kernel Oil Poke Root Oil Pomegranate Seed Oil Pumpkin Seed Oil Rosehip Seed Oil Safflower Oil Sea Buckthorn Oil Sesame Seed Oil Shea Nut Oil Soybean Oil St. Johns Wort Oil Sunflower Oil Tamanu Oil Vitamin E Oil Wheat Germ Oil
HELPFUL RELATED MOONDRAGON NUTRITION BASICS LINKS
MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics Index MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Amino Acids Index MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Antioxidants Index MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Enzymes Information MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Herbs Index MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Homeopathics Index MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Hydrosols Index MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Minerals Index MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Mineral Introduction MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Dietary & Cosmetic Supplements Index MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Dietary Supplements Introduction MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Specialty Supplements MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Vitamins Index MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Vitamins Introduction
NUTRITION BASICS ARTICLES
MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: 4 Basic Nutrients MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Avoid Foods That Contain Additives & Artificial Ingredients MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Is Aspartame A Safe Sugar Substitute? MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Guidelines For Selecting & Preparing Foods MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Foods That Destroy MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Foods That Heal MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: The Micronutrients: Vitamins & Minerals MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Avoid Overcooking Your Foods MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Phytochemicals MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Increase Your Consumption of Raw Produce MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Limit Your Use of Salt MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Use Proper Cooking Utensils MoonDragon's Nutrition Basics: Choosing The Best Water & Types of Water
RELATED MOONDRAGON HEALTH LINKS & INFORMATION
MoonDragon's Nutrition Information Index MoonDragon's Nutritional Therapy Index MoonDragon's Nutritional Analysis Index MoonDragon's Nutritional Diet Index MoonDragon's Nutritional Recipe Index MoonDragon's Nutrition Therapy: Preparing Produce for Juicing MoonDragon's Nutrition Information: Food Additives Index MoonDragon's Nutrition Information: Food Safety Links MoonDragon's Aromatherapy Index MoonDragon's Aromatherapy Articles MoonDragon's Aromatherapy For Back Pain MoonDragon's Aromatherapy For Labor & Birth MoonDragon's Aromatherapy Blending Chart MoonDragon's Aromatherapy Essential Oil Details MoonDragon's Aromatherapy Links MoonDragon's Aromatherapy For Miscarriage MoonDragon's Aromatherapy For Post Partum MoonDragon's Aromatherapy For Childbearing MoonDragon's Aromatherapy For Problems in Pregnancy & Birthing MoonDragon's Aromatherapy Chart of Essential Oils #1 MoonDragon's Aromatherapy Chart of Essential Oils #2 MoonDragon's Aromatherapy Tips MoonDragon's Aromatherapy Uses MoonDragon's Alternative Health Index MoonDragon's Alternative Health Information Overview MoonDragon's Alternative Health Therapy Index MoonDragon's Alternative Health: Touch & Movement Therapies Index MoonDragon's Alternative Health Therapy: Touch & Movement: Aromatherapy MoonDragon's Alternative Therapy: Touch & Movement - Massage Therapy MoonDragon's Alternative Health: Therapeutic Massage MoonDragon's Holistic Health Links Page 1 MoonDragon's Holistic Health Links Page 2 MoonDragon's Health & Wellness: Nutrition Basics Index MoonDragon's Health & Wellness: Therapy Index MoonDragon's Health & Wellness: Massage Therapy MoonDragon's Health & Wellness: Hydrotherapy MoonDragon's Health & Wellness: Pain Control Therapy MoonDragon's Health & Wellness: Relaxation Therapy MoonDragon's Health & Wellness: Steam Inhalation Therapy MoonDragon's Health & Wellness: Therapy - Herbal Oils Index
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