Natural & Easy treatment for Herpes

Herpes refers to a sexually transmitted disease caused by herpes simplex virus type 2. The other virus that is closely related to herpes simplex virus is type 1 which is the cause of non-sexually transmitted cold sores. There are total eight members of the herpes virus family and these two are responsible for affecting humans, causing different diseases ranging from cold sores to infection of the brain.

Conventional treatment for controlling herpes outbreaks, include acyclovir (Zovirax), valaciclovir (Valtrex), famciclovir (Famvir), and penciclovir. These conventional remedies are likely to produce many side effects. There are however many natural remedies or treatment options for herpes that have become popular over the past few years. These natural treatment remedies have been found to be effective in many cases depending upon certain factors.

A combination of natural oils such as lavender and olive oil when applied directly to the herpes lesions help speed up the healing of the lesions in a quick manner.

Lemon balm has also provided benefit for some when used topically. A 1993 study involving 115 people afflicted by fever blisters or genital ulcers applied a cream containing lemon balm extract to their affected areas, five times a day. Eight days later, the subjects were examined and it was determined that healing of the infected lesions took place in 96 percent of the group. It is believed that lemon balm consists of caffeic, rosmarinic, and ferulic acids that lend herb its antiviral properties.

Liquorice root (Glycyrrhiza glabra), given as glycyrrhizic acid, has also shown excellent results in the natural treatment of herpes. High levels of glycyrrhizic acid have actually affected irreversible deactivation of the herpes simplex virus in vitro. It should be noted, however, that prolonged use of liquorice may result in the retention of sodium and a loss of potassium. Therefore, anyone being treated for high blood pressure should seek professional advice and care.

Tansy, a flowering plant that has long been used as a natural remedy for the treatment of fevers, rheumatism, and other conditions, may now have another known health benefit. According to a recent study published in the journal Phytotherapy Research, antiviral compounds naturally present in tansy show effectiveness in treating the herpes virus.

Dr. Solomon Habtemariam from the University of Greenwich in the UK and Professor Francisco Parra from the Universidad de Oviedo in Spain together did a research to find the medicinal properties of tansy and verify the plant's efficacy. They not only observed the plant to be a powerful antiviral, but they also identified which substances are responsible for this effect.

Reishi is a mushroom that boosts the immune system and also possesses anti-viral properties.

Lysine is an amino acid which is known to control and help in the prevention of Herpes.

Echinacea and zinc are some of the nutrients that help build healthy immunity. Green vegetables and fruits should be eaten to boost up the immune system by adding these nutrients to the body.

Dietary instruction
Avoiding caffeine in all forms such as chocolate, coffee, green tea and black tea help to reduce the herpes outbreaks

Avoid alcohol consumption and nicotine and also all nuts and seeds except hemp seeds and flax seeds.
Low sugar diet is recommended for quick healing of herpes lesions.

Foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids are helpful in boosting the immune system and preventing recurrent outbreaks of herpes.

Also eating organic yoghurt daily with at least 2.5% milk fat as well as eating lots of garlic are good ways to maintain overall health.

The natural treatments for herpes given above are effective, safe, and without the unpleasant side effects often experienced with synthetic medications.