Natural herbal & homeopathic help for Genital Herpes (herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2))

Genital Herpes
HEALTH HERBS & NUTRITION - REMEDIES - ALLERGIES - GENITAL HERPES

· General Description

· Symptoms

· Causes

· Herbal & Homeopathic Remedies

· Helpful Dietary Habits

· Dos and Don'ts

Natural herbal & homeopathic products for genital herpes, herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2)

General description and overview of genital herpes, herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2)

Genital herpes is a common sexually transmitted viral infection characterized by tiny, cold sore-like blisters in the genital or anal region. The virus once contracted comes up with typical symptoms in full flow, then usually lies low in the nerve cells and then emerges to attack when the conditions are favorable, i.e. when your body’s immunity level is low.

Thousands of people suffer from this condition which is caused by a strain of the herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2), which in turn, is different from herpes simplex 1 virus (HSV-1), responsible for cold sores. Although, HSV-1 is predominantly responsible for cold sores and HSV-2 for genital herpes, both can actually cause infection in any part of the body. Another virus of the herpes family is varicella zoster virus (VZV), or herpes zoster, and it is responsible for chickenpox and shingles. These three common forms of herpes, all have the ability to ‘lie low’ in the body after the initial infection until they are reactivated. That is why, the sufferers often get recurrent attacks. All these forms of herpes are highly infectious during attacks, but one type cannot usually cause another.

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The initial attack of genital herpes usually goes in 2-3 weeks time and subsequent attacks are infrequent and also not as severe as the first one. Some people carry the virus for years without an attack, while others carrying the virus experience regular attacks. The regularity varies from once a year to once every 3-4 weeks. Fortunately, the probability that you will never have a recurrence of the attack is also quite high at four to one or even better. Although, the recurrence is directly related to the immunity level of the individual, stress is supposed to be a predominant factor by many a specialist.

There is no known way of getting rid of this virus, and therefore there is no cure for it. Treatment is aimed at easing discomfort and soothing and drying the sores. Even without treatment, there is a natural tendency for repeated episodes to become less frequent with the passage of time.

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Symptoms of genital herpes, herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2)

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A tingling, prickling and burning sensation precedes the appearance of blisters (called prodrome)

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Tiny, painful, fluid-filled blisters, usually in a group of two or more, on the penis, vagina or nearby parts of the body including the anal region. Other parts affected are cervix, labia and inner thighs

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The blisters break within a few days, dry up and scab over

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Fever, headache, muscle aches and malaise (generally feeling bad) and painful swelling of the lymph glands in the groin region. This is particularly the case in the first attack

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Painful urination; as the acidic urine passes over the sores, there is an outbreak of intense pain, especially in women

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Vaginal or penile discharge

Symptoms generally last for 10 to 14 days. Usually diagnosis of herpes is easy from physical appearance of the sores and therefore, no tests are required. Still, if your doctor is not quite certain, fluid from the blisters can be taken as sample and tested for the virus. This is done through viral cultures and takes 2 to 3 days to get the results.

Another fast, but less accurate, approach is to do a Tzanck test of the skin lesions. This involves taking a sample of fluid from the blisters and staining it with a dye. Then the stained fluid is examined under the microscope and the characteristic appearance of the virus is searched for. Finally, there is a blood test that may be helpful for making a diagnosis, especially if herpes simplex is suspected but no symptoms are present. It is also carried out if a distinction between HSV-1 and HSV-2 is needed.

Also, if you are diagnosed with genital herpes, you should be tested for other sexually transmitted diseases like chlamydia and gonorrhea.

Herbal supplements for genital herpes, herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2). A balance diet in combination with suitable herbal preparations can give a fillip to your immune system and reduce the risk of an attack. Remember! Your infection and suffering may make you feel miserable and helpless but with therapeutic intervention and intake of nutritional diet, combined with use of relaxation techniques, herpes in today’s times is not at all hopeless condition.

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Causes of genital herpes, herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2)

The main source of acquiring (contracting) the herpes virus is sexual intercourse with an infected person, of course at the time when the disease is symptomatic. This happens because the fluid of the blisters is highly contagious and even a condom is generally not able to restrict the virus moving to your partner or vice versa. This is so because the unprotected skin may still come in contact with the infected fluids. Having multiple sexual partners puts you at even greater risk.

Once you have contracted the virus, it may choose to remain dormant till the time it feels is ripe for an attack. This time comes usually when you are low on immunity due to:

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Excessive stress (remember, emotional stress is also included)

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Cold or influenza

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Fever

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Mild infection

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Increased exposure to ultraviolet radiation, particularly during beach or mountain holidays

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Women often suffer just before the start of their periods

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Exposure to extreme cold

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People on immunosuppressant drugs, like after a transplant or during chemotherapy

Homeopathic medicines for genital herpes, herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2). The virus may also spread to other parts of the body, specifically the mouth and eyes, if your fingers come into contact with these parts after touching the sores. Also, a mother can pass the infection to her baby during vaginal birth, especially if there are active sores around the vagina at the time of delivery.

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Herbal & homeopathic remedies useful in genital herpes, herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2)

There are a number of antiviral drugs (oral and topical) that can be prescribed to help control outbreaks and serve as oral or genital herpes treatments.

While these drugs may help to relieve herpes symptoms and speed up recovery, it is important to note that they do not cure or make the disease less contagious, and it can still be transmitted to another person. It also needs to be noted that they often come with various potential bothersome side effects such as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.

As immune deficiency is one of the most common triggers of a repeated herpes virus outbreak, naturally boosting the immune system is the most essential preventative measure. This can be done holistically by eating a healthy diet, exercising, getting sufficient sleep, and supporting the body’s natural ability to fight illness with herbal and homeopathic remedies.

Herbs such as Hypoxis Rooperi, Astragalus membranaceous, and Schizandra sinesis have been successfully used for their antiviral and immune-boosting properties, and provide a safe alternative or complimentary treatment to prescription antiviral medications. These herbs also work well to treat active symptoms, thus speeding recovery. While HSV cannot be cured, herbal ingredients sourced from a reputable company can go a long way in keeping the virus dormant longer, and be effective alternatives to conventional oral or genital herpes treatments.

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Hypoxis Rooperi (extract of African Potato) - Hypoxis contains phytosterols and sterolins, which help to modulate the effect of the immune system. Research has shown the beneficial effect of plant sterols and sterolins on the immune system. Research done on a group of volunteers demonstrated a significant increase in the number of T-cells, which are involved in enhancing immunity.

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Viscum album: This herb acts as a natural diuretic, and vasodilator, supporting the natural strength of capillary walls and the body’s natural ability to encourage repair of damaged cells.

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Crataegus oxycanthoides - This herb is highly respected as a tonic to support healthy circulation. Studies have demonstrated the ability of Crataegus to positively assist with cardiological indications utilizing active flavonoids in the herb producing simultaneous cardiotropic and vasodilatory action, thus dilating blood vessels for improved circulation.

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Schizandra sinesis - This herb is a powerful native ingredient from China. Schizandra is also used to assist the body in its capacity to regulate and maintain healthy energy levels and to routinely protect against toxins and cell damage. It is effective in helping the body to perform its natural function of regeneration of damaged liver tissue, while promoting improved overall regulation of physiological processes.

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Astralagus membranaceus - This is another potent Chinese remedy, also called 'huang qi', and has a variety of benefits as a convalescent and rejuvenating tonic.

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Olea europea (extract of olive leaf) - This herb contains a compound called oleuropein acid that is effective in helping the body to routinely combat numerous pathogens (germs). The positive effects of Olive leaf have recently been demonstrated in a variety of clinical studies.

   

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Helpful dietary habits in genital herpes, herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2)

A well-balanced, nutritious diet is essential for maintaining general good health and resisting diseases. It obviously helps in avoiding flare-ups of dormant viruses, like those of the herpes family. As there is no cure for herpes, in this case genital herpes due to herpes simplex virus type 2, boosting your immunity is the only way you can control the recurrence and alleviate the symptoms. Also, to give your immune system a good chance to fight off an attack of any herpes virus, you should either avoid or reduce the intake of certain foods and drinks as discussed below.

Some of the most important nutrients required by your body to inhibit the growth of HSV-1 and give a general fillip to the immune system are:

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Zinc – Zinc is found to inhibit the growth of HSV-2 by inhibiting the replication of the virus. It is also a great immune booster, being a very good antioxidant. Zinc supplements may be advised in case of severe recurrence issues, but as always, take supplements only on the insistence of your doctor.

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Vitamin C – It is one more extremely important immune booster and is supposed to inactivate HSV-1. A combination of vitamin C and bioflavonoids (antioxidants that help fight infection and boost immune function) given at the first sign of flare-up prevents the development of blisters in majority of the cases.

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Lysine – The amino acid arginine is required by the herpes virus for growth while the amino acid lysine inhibits this growth. As it is believed that recurrent bouts of genital herpes are brought up by the lowering of the vitality, this imbalance should and can be corrected by taking more lysine containing foods and avoiding arginine containing foods.

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Spirulina – Spirulina is a type of blue-green algae found in most lakes and ponds and flourishes in warm climate and alkaline water. It is considered a complete protein because well over half of it consists of amino acids -- the building blocks of protein and is also a rich source of other nutrients including B complex vitamins, beta-carotene, vitamin E, carotenoids, manganese, zinc, copper, iron (in extremely good content), selenium, and gamma linolenic acid (an essential fatty acid). It has extremely good ability to stimulate the immune system and has excellent antiviral effects. Spirulina is known to fight against herpes virus quite strongly.

Good dietary sources for the above nutrients include

Zinc: Shellfish (especially oysters) and nuts are rich sources of zinc. Other sources include red meats, poultry, cheese (ricotta, Swiss, gouda), shrimp, crab, legumes (especially lima beans, black-eyed peas, soybeans), whole grains, tofu, brewer's yeast, cooked greens, mushrooms, green beans, tahini, and pumpkin and sunflower seeds.

Vitamin C: Diet containing fresh fruits and vegetables should provide you with enough vitamin C in a day although emphasis must be given on citrus fruits (fresh fruits in totality and not their juice only) like grapes and blackberries, as they also contain bioflavonoids. Some important fruits and vegetables are blackcurrant, vegetables (broccoli, potatoes), red capsicums and chillies, strawberry, kiwifruit and rockmelon.

Lysine: Lamb, brewer’s yeast, chicken, fish, non-fat yoghurt, non-fat milk, beans, vegetables (particularly potatoes) and fruits. High intake of lysine containing foods or supplements is not recommended if you have high cholesterol, heart disease, or high triglycerides as they may raise cholesterol and triglyceride levels.

Spirulina: It is available in dried and freeze-dried form. Pills are also available in the market.

Dietary recommendations for genital herpes, herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2).

Foods to avoid are:

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Arginine containing foods such as chocolate, nuts, peanuts, cola, peas, grain cereals, cashews, beer and gelatin.

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Reduce your intake of alcohol and caffeine, which is found in coffee, tea and colas. This will help maintain a healthy immune system.

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Acidic, salty and processed foods.

Dos and don'ts (precautions) in genital herpes, herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2)

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Stress is known to be the primary cause of genital herpes recurrence. Even if you are not stressed out till now, it is most likely that you may also feel hopelessly miserable once you have contracted the virus. If you don’t, please carry the same attitude for ever. If you do, there are a few basic things you should do, the most important being to learn as much as you can about your disease and make as much sense out of it as possible so that you can have a better control over your situation. Learn relaxation techniques like meditation, biofeedback etc., though yoga is highly recommended. Yoga is a well known and established stress buster - for both physical as well mental stress.

Natural remedies for genital herpes, herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2). Herpes infections contracted during delivery from the mother can lead to meningitis, herpes infection in the blood, chronic skin infection, and may even be fatal.

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Stay away from sex in totality till the symptoms go away completely. This usually takes 10-14 days time. No protection will help your cause. Off course, it makes complete sense in having an extra protection in the form of condoms when you finally have a sexual intercourse later on.

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You may be tempted to use all sorts of creams and ointments on the infected area, but please, don’t do that. Basically, genital sores need to be clean and airy for them to heal quickly. Antibiotic ointments and petroleum jelly block this air and slow the healing process. Cortisone creams are even worse as they inhibit the immune system and even encourage the virus to grow. Instead, take a warm water shower 3-4 times a day. Then blow your genital area dry using a hair drier. It will soothe the sores and speed up the healing process.

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Ditto with the washing process too. Don’t try and use fancy medicated products to clean the infected area. Instead use a mild medicated soap and water to keep the area clean and let your body’s defense mechanism do the rest. Off course, there are always those very effective herbal tinctures (the ones mentioned above) to make your life comfortable.

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We are loose fitting cotton underpants to allow air to pass over the sores. If a nylon panty hose is a must, the crotch should definitely be of cotton.

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