Supplements for HSV infection
by Neva J. Howell unless otherwise noted
Chapter 5: Additional Daily Support Supplements for Herpes
excerpted from my ebook, additional chapters now available:
Please read part 1: Managing Herpea
and Part 2: A theory about HSV
and part 3: Best Antivirals against herpes virus
and part 4: Essential Oils for herpes
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.
I feel there are certain supplements that offer a more continual, sort of tonic (strengthening) effect for the body as it deals with the virus. The following are daily support supplements that may usually be taken longterm. Even then, I recommend taking a day off from all of them at least every couple of weeks.
Homeopathics are excellent support and have the advantage of not interfering with prescription drugs. Just remember to take an hour apart from any other supplements, oils or drugs and apart from strong substances like coffee or pepermint. Like all supplements taken long term, I advocate a brief break every couple of weeks. For example, I might do two weeks of a homeopathic remedy, stop for three days, and then start back.
It’s best to see a homeopath if possible, to determine the exact homeopathic for your particular situation. If that’s not possible, look for a homeopathic combination specifically for herpes or here are some of the single remedies often suggested for HSV: Aconitum (early stages), Rhus Toxicodendron, Lachesis (for outbreaks that tend to happen before menstrual cycle), Thuya, Sulfur, Apis, Sepia, Croton Tiglium, Hepar Sulfur, Kreosotum and Mezrum.
Source: Homeopathic Remedies and Treatments. Link to website in resources section.
Astragalus – Astragalus is a marvelous tonic for the system, an adaptive which can help the body better tolerate stress. It can generally be taken long term. If you are under treatment for cancer, you should not use astragalus. If you have an autoimmune disease such as lupus, you should not take astragalus. Also, if you are on lithium for a mood disorder, don’t take it.
Sulfur Flakes or Crystals: Sulfur is one of the most important nutrients for general health and may be of specific support when dealing with herpes. I warn you the taste is not for everyone but the benefits of taking sulfur flakes or crystals in water could be worth it. Please note that this is very different than the MSM products (that’s MSM not MMS, which is Miracle Mineral Supplement) you may have tried. If the MSM is in a capsule form, it has had more processing and contains fillers and/or anti-caking ingredients. Processing, fillers and anti-caking ingredients all interfere greatly with the health-giving benefits of sulfur.
B-Vitamin Complex: B Vitamins are the stress vitamins. They specifically help with stress and many of us are deficient in one or more. Taking a really good, balanced pure B-Vitamin Complex can be extremely helpful in both mood management and physical well-being as you address herpes in the body. If you drink alcohol, consider taking extra thiamin as well, since alcohol depletes this B-Vitamin.