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Diseases : Related terms • Cold Sores; Genital herpes Principal Proposed Natural Treatments • Aloe vera (treatment); L-Lysine (Prevention); Melissa (Prevention and Treatment); Zinc T peak (Treatment) Other Proposed Natural Treatments • Astrgalo; Propleo Bee; Jack Ua; Berry Saco; Eleuterococo; Kelp; Salvia cream / rhubarb; I Sandalwood; T oil tree; Vitamin C Treatments Probably Not Effective • Equincea The common virus known as herpes can cause painful lesions similar to a mpula around the mouth and genitals. slightly different strains of herpes predominate in each of two locations, but infections are essentially idnticas. In both areas, the herpes virus has the devious habit of hiding out deep in the DNA of nerve ganglia, where it remains dormant for months or years. Occasionally the virus reactivates, it travels along the nerves and initiates an eruption.

Common triggers include stress, dental procedures, infections and trauma. Outbreaks usually become less severe over time. Conventional medical treatment consists of antiviral drugs, such as Zovirax. These drugs can reduce the duration and severity of an outbreak of herpes or when administered consistently in low doses, reduce the frequency of outbreaks. In addition, they can reduce transmission of the disease. Principal Proposed Natural Treatments Several natural treatments have shown promise for treating herpes. However, note that while conventional treatments can reduce infectivity and thereby help prevent the proliferation of the disease, has not been shown that natural treatment sb do this. Keep in mind that common sense methods used to prevent herpes transmission are not completely effective: Many people are infected even though no obvious symptoms and use of the condom does not completely prevent the proliferation of the virus. Therefore, if you are sexually active with an uninfected partner who wishes to sindolo, we strongly recommend that you use a suppressive drug therapy. Melissa officinalis (Melissa) More commonly known in the United States as lemon balm, Melissa officinalis is widely sold in Europe as a tpica cream for the treatment of genital and oral herpes. A double-blind placebo-controlled analiz 66 people who were beginning to develop cold sores (oral herpes).

4 Treatment with melissa cream produced significant benefits on the second day, reducing intensity of discomfort, number of blisters and the size of the lesin. (Specifically the researchers observed in the second day because it according them, is when the symptoms are more marked. ) Another double-blind study of 116 individuals with analiz oral or genital herpes. 3 Participants used either melissa cream or placebo cream for up to 10 days. The results showed that the use of the herb resulted in an index of recovery significantly better than those that were administr placebo. For more information, including dosage and safety issues, see the full article on melissa. Aloe vera The succulent aloe plant is famous as a treatment for burns and minor injuries. However, although there is little evidence that it is effective for those propsitos, two studies suggest that aloe has potential value in the treatment of herpes infections. A clnico double-blind placebo-controlled two weeks enlist 60 men with active genital herpes. 7 Participants applied aloe cream (0. 5% aloe) or placebo cream three times a day for five days.

The use of aloe cream reduced the time required for lesions to heal and also Aument the percentage of individuals who were fully healed at the end of 2 weeks. A previous double blind placebo controlled by the same author who enlist 120 men with genital herpes Met that aloe cream was more effective than pure aloe gel or placebo. 8 teoriz author fatty components in the cream improved aloe absorption. For more information, including dosage and safety issues, see the full article on aloe. L-Lysine Another famous treatment for herpes include aminocido L-lysine. Taken regularly in sufficient doses, it appears that lysine supplements reduce the number and intensity of herpes outbreaks. 9 However, a study that evaluates the lysine administered only at the beginning of an attack of herpes NOT FOUND benefits. 10 (Consider using melissa for this latter purpose. ) A double-blind placebo-controlled analiz to 52 participants with a history clnico herpes outbreaks. 11 While receiving 3 g of L-lysine every day for 6 months, the treatment group experiment an average of 2. 4 fewer herpes outbreaks than the placebo group; a significant difference.

Outbreaks lysine group also were less severe and healed significantly faster. Another double-blind crossover study of placebo-controlled study in 41 subjects Met also improvements in the frequency of attacks. 12 Interestingly, this study found that 1,250 mg of lysine daily worked, but 624 mg not they were doing it. Other studies, including one that analiz to 65 individuals, Met benefits, but they used lower dosages of lysine. 13, 14 For more information, including dosage and safety issues, see the full article on lysine. Zinc It is believed that the pills or nasal sprays of zinc are effective against the viruses that cause colds. A recent study suggests that the typical zinc may also be useful for herpes infections of the mouth and face. Clnico In this trial, 46 individuals with cold sores were treated with a zinc oxide cream or placebo every 2 hours until cold sores cedi. 17 The results showed that individuals using the cream experienced a reduction in the severity of symptoms and shortest period for complete recovery. Other Proposed Natural Treatments Eleutherococcus, incorrectly called Russian or Siberian ginseng, has shown promise for treating herpes.

A double-blind trial clnico 6 months in 93 men and women with recurrent genital herpes infections Met that treatment with Eleutherococcus (2 g a day) Reduca the frequency of infections by almost 50%. 18 A clnico double-blind trial of 149 individuals with recurrent oral herpes compar the effectiveness of Zovirax cream Contain Contain cream with herbs sage and rhubarb, and cream Contain sage alone. 26 The combination of sage and rhubarb DEMO be equally effective as Zovirax cream and possibly more effective than single sage. One study suggests that the typical treatment with a solution of vitamin C can accelerate curacin of oral herpes outbreaks. 19 Vitamin C with bioflavonoids combined oral has also shown some promise for genital herpes. twenty The results of a small single-blind controlled study suggests that the honeybee product propolis cream may cause attacks of genital herpes to heal faster. twenty-one Sometimes other herbs and supplements for herpes infections are recommended, but the absence of meaningful supporting evidence, including astrgalo, ua cat, sack berry, kelp, 22sndalo, 23 and oil tree t. 25 A product containing vitamins and minerals as well as the herbs paprika, rosemary, yarrow, buckthorn and pumpkin seed has been used in Scandinavia for many years as a treatment for various mouth-related diseases. However, a double-blind study of 50 people with recurrent oral herpes did not manage to find a treatment for 4 months with this product more effective than placebo.

27 Also, a double-blind placebo-controlled trial of 1 year 50 individuals with recurrent genital herpes did not manage to find the grass equincea useful to reduce the index of outbreaks. 24 References 1. Wölbling RH, Leonhardt K. Local therapy of herpes simplex with dried extract from Melissa officinalis. Phytomedicine. 1994; 1: 25-31. 2. Wölbling RH, Leonhardt K. Local therapy of herpes simplex with dried extract from Melissa officinalis. Phytomedicine.

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2001; 48: 450-451. 26. Saller R, S Buechi, Meyrat R, et al. Combined herbal preparation for topical treatment of herpes labialis. Forsch Komplementarmed Naturheilkd Klass. 2001; 8: 373-382. 27. A. Pedersen and herpes labialis LongoVital: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study. Oral Dis. 2001; 7: 221-225. Last reviewed August 2013 by EBSCO CAM Review Board Please be aware esta That information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician.

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