Genital herpes is spread by direct contact with an infected person. Sexual intercourse and oral sex are the most common methods of spreading genital herpes. Vitamins and minerals therapy and antiviral therapy can reduce the frequency of recurrences and can reduce symptoms in acute episodes.
These are just some of the natural treatments you can try for genital herpes.
Lysine is an amino acid commonly found in high protein foods and in grains. Lysine has been shown in clinical trials to reduce the occurrence of herpes outbreaks and to reduce their severity. Patients reported that with regular dosage over the long term, symptoms of herpes were reduced and outbreaks became less and less frequent.
For people who want to rely on lysine supplementation alone, recommendation is to take one gram daily for maintenance and one gram three times daily during acute outbreaks. Lysine can also be found in topical ointments to be applied directly to herpes eruptions. These may be helpful in reducing symptoms but have not been adequately studied to prove their effectiveness.
Vitamin C and Bioflavonoids
Vitamin C may have therapeutic value in the treatment of recurrent external genital herpes eruptions. Using 600 mg of vitamin C and 600 mg of bioflavonoids three times daily for three days after the initial onset of symptoms (in the prodromal phase) was found to be the optimal dosage for the most rapid disappearance of symptoms.
Applying topical vitamin E to a lesion may provide pain relief. Although clinical observations have been made of only four published cases (in oral primary herpes, not genital), it would seem logical that vitamin E applied to genital eruptions may provide a similar benefit. Dry the area around the lesion with warm air and apply vitamin E oil with a cotton swab. Leave in place for 15 minutes. After the 15 minutes, pain relief should be evident.
Zinc stops the herpes virus from replicating, and regular dosage can reduce the amount of outbreaks occurring. Applying zinc topically to herpes blisters also helps reduce the duration of the outbreak.
A number of zinc salts have been shown to have antiviral activity against genital herpes viruses.
Supplementation with zinc has been observed to reduce the frequency, duration, and severity of genital herpes eruptions. In some cases, the eruption was completely suppressed, and in others the eruptions disappeared within 24 hours of their onset.
To effectively control genital herpes outbreaks, nutrition experts also suggest increasing intake of beta carotene because it can help boost your body’s immune system, which protects you from virus infection.
A liquid oral spray, Herpeset™ is absorbed quickly into the blood vessels under the tongue, bypassing the digestive tract, which can slow the absorption of orally administered products.
FACTS ABOUT GENITAL HERPES:
- Herpes is not curable, but antiviral drugs can partially control the duration and severity of episodes.
- Chocolate can actually activate herpes virus in women and men.
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