The herpes virus, is actually quite common. There are two types: HSV-1 and HSV-2. Herpes simplex virus (HSV) 1 is primarily what most people understand as the common cold sore. HSV-1 is primarily found in the mouth. HSV-2 on the other hand is the strain of herpes virus primarily found in the genitalia.
Once again, I think the news reports on this are quite dramatic-But do I really expect anything less. “The alarming figure…” “Make you think about where to pucker.” “….incurable viruses.” I mean could they make it sound any worse, especially if you are someone who experiences herpes.
If this virus is incurable, which technically it is, what is someone to do about it, to help prevent the virus from “showing up.” Face it, most viruses and bacteria you are exposed to are not “curable” by any means. Instead when symptoms begin to dissipate from a virus or bacteria it is because of two things: 1) the amount of virus/bacteria replicating is diminishing (likely from treatment) AND the body’s immune system is getting control of the out of hand virus or bacteria.
Let’s looks at when someone is a staph carrier- they are always staph carrier. Do they always have infections? No! But are they likely to get infections when they get a cut that won’t heal, an injury or any other insult to the body and immune system, yes. And that is because the body swings between being outbreaks and being able to manage these “incurables” with a healthier balance.
Face it, we would long be dead before we can figure out how to “get rid of” viruses and bacteria. And while I full heartedly agree with managing more deadly viruses aggressively (yellow fever, West Nile, Dengue fever, etc), there is something to be said in any case, and especially in the case of herpes, an extremely common virus, that natural therapies, diet and stress management go a long way in preventing the eruption of the virus and shortening the life cycle of the virus.
You may not be able to “cure” yourself, but you can indeed “reverse” your experience and have fewer and fewer lesions when you are being proactive about your natural diet and lifestyle.
One of the most common causes for an eruption has to do with your level of stress. Learn how to control how you feel when under stress and you will experience fewer cold sores. Gential lesions were shown to be more frequent with stress, anxiety, depression. This then results in distress from the herpes lesions. Controlling the cycle of outbreaks and poor feelings about self are important in helping reduce the outbreak and frequency of herpes.
- You won’t be able to get rid of stress, but you can ABSOLUTELY change your response to stressful events, and that is all that matters:
- Three ways to reduce stress in the moment:
- Remove yourself from the situation: politely dismiss yourself, get outside, get a glass of water. Whatever you do, you want to physically remove yourself from the area you are experiencing heightened anxiety or stress.
- Connect with your breath: go inward and feel your breath fill your lungs. Take some deep inhales and a few deep exhales. This is especially helpful if you can’t physically remove yourself from the situation. Zone out if you need to. When you come back to, you’ll have a more level headed answer and calmer sense of self to explain what you were doing!
- Pull out an essential oil and take a sniff: Citrus, Lavender, Frankincense, and Bergamot. These will immediately help to ground and calm you.
- Three ways to reduce stress in the moment:
Other ways to relieve stress include: guided imagery, meditation, hypnosis, acupuncture (which may also support the immune system).
SLEEP: this is imperative to appropriately handle stress. Quality (deep and restorative) and relative quantity (7-8.5hrs). Both matter.
Diet for herpes control
Eat a well balanced diet full of colorful vegetables, healthy sources of meat and diary (hormone and antibiotic free), dark and nutritive fruit (berries, plums, apples, pears), properly cooked grains and beans (when well tolerated), raw seeds and nuts and healthy fats.
Hydration: must drink 1/2 your body weight in ounces of water daily. NOT having enough water will put your body under stress.
There are two amino acids to be mindful of: L-lysine and L-arginine. Lysine seems to inhibit the virus. This is found in foods such as: fish, yogurt, brewer’s yeast, potatoes, chicken, turkey, and shrimp to name a few. Arginine rich foods include: chocolate, carob, coconut, oats, peanuts and soybeans. Neither of those lists are exhaustive and you can find more here. This seems pretty subtle but many notice a difference in frequency when these guideline on lysine and arginine are brought into the dietary routine.
Natural therapies for cold sores (and genital sores)
Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis): Essential oil, cream or a tea bag filled with lemon balm and allowed to cool to room temperature (warmth can cause shedding of the virus) can be used topically on the sores.
Lemon Balm tea or tincture can be taken internally to help rid the virus.
L-lysine: 500-1000mg daily on an empty stomach for cold sores. Monolaurin is probably a better choice than L-Lysine for genital herpes. Monolaurin is an antiviral found in coconut, which is unfortunately on the no list. But monolaurin as a supplement won’t have L-arginine in it.
Vitamin C: 500-1,000mg daily and Zinc: 20-40mg daily. Research zinc use for yourself, you don’t want to imbalance copper. Both vitamin C and Zinc provide immune enhancing/protective effects.
Garlic: 1-2 cloves daily (raw or lightly steamed) or 500mg tablets used to support the immune system and as a broad spectrum antimicrobial.
Homeopathics: herpes simplex virus or constitutional remedy. Homeopathy is extremely effective and very safe. If you are still hung up on the placebo thing, who cares, put it to the side. Besides, how do babies and animals get better if it is placebo?
Optimize your vitamin D levels based on blood labs. Vitamin D is important for a strong immune system, amongst many other things. Make sure you are getting adequate vitamin D.
Honey! applied to lesions. Just like using acyclovir, honey can also help shorten the life cycle of the virus and improve healing. Raw is likely the best, and Manuka may be a good choice here because it is also incredibly antimicrobial.
Reishi mushroom is very antiviral and may help reduce the frequency of outbreaks, improving the immune response.
Don’t feel like an out cast if you have herpes, you are actually right there with many others. Learn how to best control your outbreaks, so you don’t feel like a victim.
Here’s to reclaiming your health,