Natural, spiritual approach to dealing with the herpes virus
by Neva J. Howell unless otherwise noted
I used to sell an ebook about natural approaches to herpes simplex virus but have since decided to make the information available for free. I’ll be posting the entire contents of Herpes: It Doesn’t Have to be a Life Sentence here, at the Healthy Choices Wellness Blog.
Chapter 1: About Herpes Simplex Virus
IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER: The information shared in this e-book is educational in nature and not intended to replace any needed medical testing or attention. The medical industry says there is no cure for herpes. The holistic practitioner believes that nature provides nutritional support for the body to heal itself of any condition. Making the choice to self-treat requires self-responsibility. If you are not willing to be responsible for choices you make regarding this material, this is not the resource for you. There is a potential for a temporary healing crisis, to achieve core-level healing. If you are not willing to accept this potential, this is not the book for you. And finally, if you have an autoimmune system disorder, you need to check with your doctor before applying this plan to combat herpes.
I’ve been a wellness counselor since 1993. I’ve researched and wrote about natural medicines a lot. I am certified in reflexology and herbal medicine and have been attuned to Reiki Master/Teacher level. Over the years, I’ve been asked if there are any effective holistic approaches to herpes simplex management. I’m happy to say that there are potent natural antiviral substances that may be employed… however, true healing involves more than the body. If you are open to a mind/body/spirit approach to healing, you may find this information of particular interest. If metaphysical aspects of healing are new to you, I hope you‘ll be open to different perspectives.
In any case, you will finish this eBook with some of the most potent natural means available, for supporting your body system in living a more outbreak-free life. Some of the supplements mentioned may be familiar to you but I encourage you not to gloss over them as information you already know because what is different is not what you use but how you use it. The way I suggest you employ these natural healing agents is what will be different than you may have read about or previously tried.
Proper Diagnosis may be Important: First of all, be sure that what you have is HSV-1 or HSV-2. If you have not been tested, I encourage you to get medical testing and rule out any other condition that could mimic herpes. The two strains of herpes virus that are most common are HSV-1 and HSV-2. HSV-1 affects the face and mouth; HSV-2 affects the genitals.
There are other diseases and skin conditions that may mimic herpes virus infections including eczema, Lichen sclerosis, syphilis (less likely if there is only one blister or sore), molluscum contagiosum, impetigo, yeast infections and more. So get tested. Find out for sure if what you have is herpes simplex virus.
Herpes is typically contracted through having sex with a person who has a herpes outbreak. However, the absence of an active outbreak does not mean the herpes is not contagious. When symptoms are not present, it is called asymptomatic herpes. This is not an eBook about safe sex so I won‘t go into great detail on this subject. Obviously, wearing a condom reduces risk as does the use of sexual barriers when engaging in oral sex. I’m assuming you are a responsible adult if you are downloading this eBook.
About Spreading Asymptomatic Herpes: The reality is that those with the virus who exhibit no symptoms may still shed the virus about 10% of the time. That means that shedding does not occur 90% of the time. Source: CDC
Rather than let this fact dismay you, consider taking it in stride. 9/10th’s of the time, you will not shed and if your partner has a strong immune system and takes precautions, the risk of spreading the virus goes even further down. More important, consider this average a starting place for healing. If you only shed now 10% of the time, I believe even that low percentage can be greatly reduced by building your own immune system and aggressively weakening the virus at the surface of the skin over time. It’s important to note that this is not a fact; it is my opinion, as a wellness counselor.
Although chicken pox, shingles and herpes simplex virus are all members of the herpes family, they are different strains. If you’ve had chicken pox as a child, you have had the shingles virus introduced into your system. If you’ve ever had a fever blister, you have had HSV-1 introduced into your system. If you have ever had a herpes outbreak on your genitals, you have had HSV-2 introduced into your system. Modern medicine says that once the virus is introduced into your system, it is not curable but may be suppressed by certain agents, such as the medications mentioned above. The holistic health advocate believes the body may be strengthened and supported toward a break-free existence and that nature has provided healing agents for every condition.
One of the best resources online for learning about HSV is the Center for Disease Control. I suggest reading up on the symptoms, treatments, diagnosis process and more at that website. I have provided a link to their information on herpes in the resources section at the end of the e-book, for your convenience.
Common Herpes Triggers: Too much sun, too much stress, peanuts and other high-arginine foods. For some women, the menstrual cycle causes changes that cause an outbreak during that time, more than at other times of the month. Trauma to the mouth, such as might be experienced with dental surgery, can trigger oral herpes outbreaks. Foods rich in the amino acid L-Arginine may trigger outbreaks. Less common triggers include hesperidin, peanuts and melatonin. Triggers vary widely and where one person can eat arginine-rich foods with no problem, others cannot. It’s important to find out what your triggers are and to take steps to moderate situations where you are most vulnerable to an outbreak. Arginine is a vital nutrient, by the way, particularly for cardiovascular health and so completely avoiding it would not be wise. If it is determined that arginine is an outbreak trigger for you, consider taking large doses of Lysine and Vitamin C apart from arginine supplements. As you will soon read, this potent Lysine/Vitamin C combo is number one on the anti-herpes list.
Prescription Drugs for Herpes: At the present moment, there are only two prescription treatments approved for HSV, Valtrex and Acyclovir. Additionally, some doctors go off-label and prescribe Xerese, a combination of Acyclovir and Hydrocortisone. None of these cures herpes. Valtrex may result in side effects such as headaches, nausea and vomiting and has some drug interactions as well. In certain cases, Valtrex may cause more serious side effects as well. Please read the linked page if taking Valtrex or considering it. Acyclovir, Zovirax, may also cause nausea. It is prescribed more often to treat shingles or oral herpes but also may be used for genital herpes.
Source: Internet Drug Index.
So, if you want to treat herpes simplex virus medically, with prescription drugs, your current options are to suppress the virus and symptoms with Valtrex, Acyclovir and/or Xerese.
Are there natural substances that may be helpful? Yes! However, going the natural route means deeper, more organic healing rather than simply suppression of symptoms. One potential in true healing is the healing crisis. You have to be willing to risk some temporary discomfort for the type of healing that nature provides.
Herxheimer Reaction: Any time you utilize a lot of potent antibacterial, antiviral, immune boosting supplements, you run the risk of a temporary healing crisis as toxins die off in rapid fashion. This rapid release of toxins can lead to a temporary healing crisis. I know, that is a bummer. The herpes may have to have a final hurrah. In the sample rotation plan I share at the end of this ebook, I have specific suggestions about how to switch up the applications in cases of an active outbreak, to help minimize the Herxheimer Reaction. There are things you can do to minimize a healing crisis:
Drink More Water: Be sure to stay well-hydrated, which means drinking water all through the day and always drinking a full glass with your supplements. I’d recommend purified water for the first few weeks, if not forever.
Scrub-a-dub: Most of us don’t really think of the skin as an eliminatory organ but it is actually the body’s largest. Doing mild skin scrubs in the shower will help your skin eliminate toxins.
Eat Healthy: Cutting back on unhealthy foods like white flour, white sugar, fast foods and red meat will help your digestive and elimination systems to better deal with detox symptoms. Adding probiotics is a must. I recommend organic yogurt.
Eliminate! Regular elimination is one of the most important factors in a detox and can help turn a 3-day healing crisis into a 1-day non-event in some cases. Again, I strongly recommend probiotics and, if needed, stool softeners or natural laxatives.
Chapter 3: Best Antivirals against herpes virus
Chapter 4: Essential Oils for herpes
Chapter 5: Supportive supplements for herpes
Chapter 6: Controversial Product for herpes
Chapter 7: Holistic Supplement Rotation
Chapter 7: Handling an HSV healing crisis