There are a number of natural and alternative treatments that have been anecdotally reported to be effective in treating or suppressing HSV. HerpeSite friends and others have reported the most success with some simple lifestyle and dietary adjustments.
L-Lysine is a naturally occurring amino acid that can be found in a number of foods. Lysine supplementation has been anecdotally reported to be effective in ranges of 200 – 1000 mg a day. Scientific studies have shown conflicting results with lysine, but many people with herpes believe that it works well for them. Others have found it to have no discernible effect.
Garlic is reported to have anti-viral properties. Raw garlic cloves or garlic supplements, odorless.
Oil of Oregano is said by many to have anti-viral, anti-fungal, cleansing properties. Extract or capsules.
Numerous herbs and essential oils, inluding melissa, echinacea, ti tree, goldenseal, licorice, and others, have been tried as internal or external treatments, with varying results.
Reduction of foods high in the amino acid arginine, particularly chocolate and nuts, seems to help many, although recent studies have indicated that arginine is an immune-enhancer. Many nuts contain essential fatty acids that are beneficial to the body. And, of course, many people feel better about life when they eat chocolate, and recent studies have shown that chocolate and especially dark chocolate contains compounds that are good for the immune system as well as enhancing the “feel-good” chemistry in the brain… so we say, if it makes you feel happy, “go for it!”
Restriction of caffeine, sugar, alcohol, and processed foods have been widely reported as helping to curb outbreaks. These substances are very acidic which irritates the cells of the body. Coffee has been demonstrated to be a nerve stimulant, is highly acidic, and may have the effect of irritating the nerves and increasing outbreaks.
Increasing intake of anti-oxidant vitamins, zinc, and iron seems also to help many.
Anti-oxidants are extremely important in maintaining healthy cells and immune system. There are many foods and supplements available that contain anti-oxidants. Some of our favorites include pomegranate juice, wild blueberries, and goji berries, and the powder anti-oxidant/electrolyte supplement Emergen-C.
New Treatments and “Cures” as Seen on The Internet
There are many other non-traditional “treatments” or “remedies” such as various homeopathic products, algae, colloidal silver, hydrogen peroxide, etc. HerpeSite has not yet read of any conclusive benefits to these products in our 18 years of research. Many of these products may be beneficial in some ways, many may be ineffective yet harmless, and some may be ineffective and unhealthful or even dangerous to certain people. Please research any treatment, even so-called “natural” ones, very carefully before attempting them. Also please take note whether the people behind the message have a financial agenda for promoting those particular products. Follow the money!
Currently, there is no documented evidence of any treatment or product that can cure Herpes. In their quest for hope and relief, people with Herpes can become vulnerable to false claims, scams, and purported cures for HSV. Be aware that organizations and individuals exist that prey on the emotional hopes or fears of people, and people newly diagnosed are especially vulnerable. There are many radical alternative procedures and concoctions being promoted as a “cure” for Herpes. HerpeSite advises all they should proceed very cautiously when investigating or exploring alternative therapies of any sort. We also suggest you consult with your health care provider before proceeding with implementing any radical regimen.
Buyer Beware!!! HerpeSite knows that there are many dedicated people and organizations working diligently to find new treatments and even a cure for herpes. It is our belief that when a legitimate possible or definite CURE has been discovered, there will be much fanfare and celebration. Indeed, the people who discover a cure for herpes will become historical figures like Thomas Edison, Jonas Salk, Madame Curie, and Albert Einstein, and they will no doubt win the Nobel Prize for Medicine. There have been, and are, many miracles in this world, and a cure may not necessarily be discovered through or by an established medical or pharmaceutical company, and likely may come from a small or surprising independent or “alternative” source. Even so, beware of any treatments touted as “cures,” and remember the adage, “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!”
The good news is that with time and taking good care of yourself, most people find that outbreaks and other aspects of Herpes tend to reduce in both number and severity. So that’s something to look forward to! More tips on how to improve your physical and emotional well-being to support a healthy and strong immune system can be found on the Living With Herpes page of HerpeSite.