Herpes is a sexually communicable disease, and one that the medical fraternity has not found a cure for. The best that medical science can do for patients suffering from herpes is to help lessen the severity of the symptoms. However, you do not have to continue living with expensive treatments and pills. If you have herpes, there are a range of alternative therapies and remedies that can work for you. These therapies are natural, with minimal side effects and they usually do not require consultation with a doctor; though it is recommended that you do consult your doctor before beginning any one of them.
Though diet does not have any major significance in the treatment of herpes, some foods can flare up a breakout of sores. It is important, therefore, to know which foods to avoid in your diet and which foods to include more. An amino acid known as L-arginine usually makes the virus active and forces it out of remission, promoting an outbreak.
Foods such as peas, cocoa, seeds and nuts contain large amounts of this amino acid and should therefore be restricted in your diet. On the other hand, some studies have shown that another amino acid, called L-lysine, inhibits the virus. Foods that contain brewer’s yeast, potatoes, fish and yogurt are high in lysine and should be included more in your diet.
The Mind Body Connection
No matter what kind of herpes you have, stress, anger or other irritants may cause a flare up of your symptoms. Research shows that creating a more peaceful environment around yourself and striking a balance between your mind and body can help you deal with stress to prevent an outbreak. Yoga and meditation are usually recommended for improving this mind body connection. You can also visit a hypnotherapist for clinical hypnosis or an alternative therapist who can help you with guided meditation. Reiki and mental affirmations are other things that can help your body become more relaxed and filled with positive energy that repels a virus attack.
Traditional Chinese Medications
Traditional Chinese medicine is sort of a grey area when it comes to treatment of herpes because it does not have a lot of scientific data backing it up. However, anecdotal evidence does suggest that certain herbs and medicines used in traditional Chinese medicine may be really helpful in reducing the symptoms, and improving quality of life. Some of the popularly used herbal remedies for herpes include Echinacea, ginseng, aloe vera and propolis – a tree resin collected by bees and found in their products. Echinacea helps lower the white blood cell counts, especially when you continue to take the herb for a long period of time. This helps improve the general functioning of your body and lower the chances of an outbreak. This herb is very effective, especially against any conditions that interfere with the normal functioning of your immune system. Ginseng is another powerful herb that improves blood flow and blood pressure levels. It also improves general health and well being. Aloe is great for removing toxins in the blood stream and purifying your body.
Propolis is considered a great supplement for improving immunity and helping the body become tougher against the viral attacks leading to herpes symptoms.