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Herpes is a widespread problem, but not everyone knows exactly what it is, what natural remedies are, how it manifests itself, or how to protect oneself, come to that. In this article, we will discover the characteristics of herpes in its various forms and how to intervene naturally, always after consulting the doctor and herbalist.
Perhaps some of us without knowing it are healthy herpes virus carriers that are present in the body. but that does not manifest itself with the symptoms typical of this problem. Here it is even more important to know how to recognize and discover the most suitable natural remedies.
There are 3 types of herpes: cold sores or herpes of type 1 which is the most common, genital herpes or herpes of type 2 and herpes zoster or type 3 herpes, better known as the fire of St. Anthony. In general, we can talk about herpes as a rather common disease that attacks cutaneous and mucous tissues.
The HSV-1 type herpes virus, called HSV-1, causes the appearance of cold sores, an infectious skin reaction occurring in the lips area. This virus is transmitted through the oral contact with the infected person, usually through a kiss. Sometimes, however, the transmission of the laryngeal virus may also occur with indirect contact, for example by using the same towels or dishes, cups and glasses of the person with herpes, as well as through contact with saliva or with other contaminated secretions. Although it is known as cold sores, this virus can also spread to other parts of the face, such as near the nose.
To protect yourself from the larynx herpes, try to avoid direct contact with infected persons and not to use the same cutlery, same dishes, cups and glasses or the same towels. In order not to get infected, try to strengthen your immune system, for example through natural remedies such as echinacea and vitamin C-rich foods. Among natural remedies for herpes labia we find: lemon juice, vinegar, essential oil of tea tree, extract of equisetum, melissa, and echinacea. Lysine-rich foods are preferred, useful in helping the body create new tissues following injuries: chick peas, lentils, beans and soy. Among the foods to be avoided because they are accused of reactivating latent herpes virus, we find those rich in arginine, such as chocolate, peanuts, almonds and nuts.
Genital herpes or type 2 herpes
Genital Herpes is one of the most commonly transmitted sexually transmitted infections in the world. It is caused by a virus; to be precise, Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV). Only in the US it is estimated that 45 million people are afflicted, with prevalence in females.
Although the infection generally does not present a life threat to the patient’s life, if it is acquired for the first time by a woman during the last trimester of pregnancy, especially near childbirth, there is a high probability that the virus will be transmitted to the child, with lethal results. Genital herpes may have a significant impact on patient relationship life as well as important public health implications for the simultaneous transmission and acquisition of other sexually transmitted infections, including HIV.
The growing diffusion of herpes can be mainly attributed to the fact that the majority of people with genital herpes do not know they have contracted the infection or the fact that the virus is periodically eliminated. In fact, only 20% of patients with herpetic genital infection have clear and obvious symptoms that can be diagnosed; in the remaining 80% the symptoms are so mild that almost unnoticed (so they are not diagnosed) or they are not complete. So to deal with the spread of the disease, every person who is sexually active must be aware of the possibility of contracting genital herpes.
Humans are a natural host for herpes simplex virus and transmission always happens through a direct contact, which is sexual intercourse. Indirect infecting, through objects contaminated by the virus, is unlikely because the virus is rapidly inactivated at room temperature. The portal of the virus, favored by any alterations in the epithelial coating, is represented by the male and female genital mucous membranes of the anal area through which the virus penetrates easily and infects skin cells (epithelial cells). Usually the first contact with the virus does not give any symptoms. Once the virus has penetrated the body, it remains there forever. In some people it manifests itself occasionally.
It is not always at first contact with the virus that the disease appears. In fact, contagion can occur without the person noticing it and the first occurrence of HSV can manifest itself as late as years after the virus has entered the body.
The signs and symptoms of herpes infection vary in their intensity if the disease occurs at first contact with HSV (both type-1 and type-2) (in this case it is referred to as Primary Genital Herpes) or, as most often happens, it is a reactivation of the infection that persists, latent, within the body (in this case it is referred to as recurrent genital herpes)
Primary infection, whether it is clinically or not, causes an immune reaction leading to antibodies against HSV; it does not, however, determine the elimination of the virus that persists in the body for the rest of the patient’s life. In fact, when the acute phase has ended, if the virus has given signs of its presence, or shortly after contact with the mucous membrane, it penetrates the body and reaches, following the sensory nerves that originate from the contact zone, the neurons of the sensory nerve ganglia of the spinal roots corresponding to the skin’s entrance area.
Here the virus stays alive, inactive, in latency, in perfect balance with the immune system defenses of the host organism. Stimuli of different nature, such as fever, emotional and physical stress, menstruation, surgery, systemic infections, immunosuppressive therapies, exposure to ultraviolet and / or cold conditions, create conditions conducive to virus replication and its migration in the opposite direction to the mucous membranes.
Therefore, in addition to the rare possibility of becoming infected with a primary genital herpes, infected subjects are more commonly disturbed by recurrent episodes of the disease (recurrent genital herpes), which according to their frequency may create psychological consequences for the patient, beyond the physical ones.
If acute illnesses are manifest, the possibility of contagion is reported to other partners, unfortunately in most cases the transmission of the infection occurs outside of them (80% of cases). This is because 20% of HSV virus patients have never had any symptoms of infection or if they have had (60%) been too mild to go unnoticed or so short that they would not come to the doctor’s observation. To this we add the ability of the virus to be eliminated from the mucous during periods of recurrence in the so-called ‘asymptomatic viral elimination’. Primary genital herpes is a rare occurrence, particularly symptomatic (general and local) severity, whether it is HSV-1 infection or HSV-2 infection. Typically, external genitals are affected.
Initially, there appear fever, headache, muscle pain, feeling sick, and after 3-4 days, at the external genital level, pain, itching, vaginal or urethral discharge, regional lymph nodes, painful palpation, appearance of a reddened area on which there appears a single vesicle that tend to cluster and then break, creating large painful erosions. Following are the chunks and finally the healing that often leaves a lighter area where there was herpes. The duration of genital lesions is about 2-3 weeks.
The course of the infection may be accompanied by a pharyngitis and various complications of local order (for bacterial or mycotic over-infection), extragenital (for spreading the fingers with other fingers, such as eyes, buttocks, and thighs), general (to the central nervous system), or for dissemination, in subjects with atopic dermatitis, with spread of infection in vast body areas.
Recurrent genital infection causes symptoms and signs far less serious than the primary form to the point where almost always general symptoms (such as fever, etc.) are absent and local manifestations are small in size (10% compared to the affected area from the primary episode). Usually preceded by modest sensations in the area where genital herpes appears (burning, dizziness, pruritus), the recurrence is characterized by the classic bubble-shaped vesicles. Within a few days (7 on average), everything returns to the norm.
Certainly, recurrences may also be accompanied by more significant disorders, such as neuralgia in the buttocks and legs, a significant sense of local pain, urinary disorders. However, this happens in a minority percentage of cases. Most importantly, recurrent genital herpes, rather than the severity of the single episode, affects by the frequency of recurrences. In fact, if these have a very small number of episodes per year (1-2), they affect the patient’s life to a minimal extent.
If, however, their number rises to the point of observing a new episode almost immediately after the healing of the former, then the psychological state of the patient will be challenged with profound repercussions as the sexual ability of the relationship is seriously compromised.
Genital herpes, natural remedies
Those who know that they are suffering from genital herpes should be subject to periodic controls since the problem may appear again after the first time. In addition, the virus may remain latent in the body and there is a risk of infecting other people even if the genital herpes symptoms are no longer present. Conventional medicine in case of genital herpes intervenes with antiviral medicines, to be taken only by prescription of your doctor.
With regard to natural remedies for genital herpes, ask your herbalist for more information on the possibility of taking mother tincture of propolis and applying essential oil of melaleuca on the vesicles. Among the remedies and foods useful to strengthen the immune system are echinacea, grain germ, seaweed, carrots, cabbage, grapes and apples.
Herpes zoster or type 3 herpes symptoms and herpes zoster natural remedies
The varicella-zoster virus or Human Herpes Virus 3 (HHV-3) is responsible for herpes zoster. Herpes zoster is basically caused by the infant virus (varicella-zoster virus) virus that should not be confused with the common cold sores virus. In fact, they are different viruses even though they belong to the same family. Herpes zoster is an acute skin disease that corresponds to the infection of a nerve. Just because it hits a nerve, this problem manifests itself so painfully.
The most evident symptom of zoster is the appearance of a strong rash with vesicles that fill with blood and then turn into crusts. The appearance of skin rash, which usually occurs on the chest, can be preceded and accompanied by fever and malaise.
There are some natural remedies that can give relief in the case of herpes zoster but since this is a very annoying problem in this case it is best to avoid do-it-yourself and always turn to an expert before taking action. Homeopathy, acupuncture and some essential oils, such as essential oil of naiuoli, and the macerated glycerol of black currant may be beneficial in herpes zoster.
With herbal therapy, mother tinctures of calendula, hypericum and propolis topical applications can be tested at 20% after diluting them in an equal amount of water. Pomades with calendula, propolis or mimosa extracts can relieve the symptoms. Alternatively, chamomile baths can be much better than calendula baths. During the acute phase, rinse the affected part of the skin and leave the lesions to air-dry. You can apply clay on the part several times a day, it helps to heal and relieve the pain and itching.
The main action is to rebalance the immune system and clean your body by subjecting it to a long-term care protocol, all year round. To do so, you can recur to the help of the following herbs:
We recommend using mainly echinacea until the problem disappears. Echinacea (Echinacea angustifolia) is a plant spread throughout North America and has many species. The most active is its purpurea kind, which has the highest percentage of chicory acid responsible for the immunostimulant action. The therapeutic use of echinacea in the external treatment of wounds and burns, in that of cough, colds, sore throat, dates back to the Indians of North America. It is useful in all illnesses caused by blood contaminations. It can be considered an antitoxic of excellence.
Propolis mother tincture
Propolis mother tincture, whether for dermatological or internal exterior use for direct intake, is excellent in case of herpetic infection. We recall that propolis is a potent antiviral and, with regard to herpes simplex type 1 and 2, propolis has direct action inhibiting its growth and slowing its multiplication.
It also has a strong local anesthetic action comparable to that caused by novocaine and greater, according to some, to that of cocaine and procaine. It is also healing and epithelial. Propolis creams and ointments stimulate regeneration of tissues in the event of sores or injuries. Propolis fosters the absorption of vitamin C, which is essential for collagen synthesis. A powerful diuretic and anti-inflammatory, it is also an excellent blood purifier. The substance favors the elimination of chlorides without damaging the kidneys.
Equisetum, thanks to the presence of saponins and minerals such as potassium, calcium, sulfur and manganese, is an excellent solution for fat skins. The herb has elasticizing and re-epitolizing properties, essential for fixing water in the tissues. But the drug is especially rich in organic silica that replenishes the body by allowing to restore the ionic (osmosis) balance of damaged or weakened cells and restore cellular exchange. It protects and strengthens detoxifying cells and tissues. Acting on the organism from the inside, it rebalance the organs and their function derived from nutritional and nutritional deficiencies. It also speeds up internal scarring wounds. It strengthens the immune system and has a preponderant effect on endocrine balance.
Equisetum powder is taken in the 1/2 or 1 teaspoon dose, brewed in a cup of boiling water, in the morning in water, x 45 days.
Among the most effective essential oils we note: niaouli (Melaleuca quinquinervia), ravensara aromatic, eucalyptus (provided that it is well tolerated), administered in suppositories.
Burdock (Arctium lappa)
In burdock, it is the root that is used for medicinal purposes. It is also depurative, antiseptic, sweating, stimulating bile and secretion diuretics secretions. In infusions, tablets or mother tinctures, burdock is administered in 6-25 drops dissolved in a small amount of water three times a day.
Box (Buxus sempervirens)
The leaves and bark of box roots are used for curing herpes. The herb has cleansing properties, it is a sweating, laxative, disinfecting, and healing agent. In addition, burdock stimulates hepato-biliary secretions. Burdock is taken in form of infusions or mother tincture: 25 drops before two main meals.
Saponaria (Saponaria officinalis)
In saponaria, the whole plant is used for herpes treatment. It has depurative properties, diuretics, vermifuge and sweating properties. Saponaria also increases hepatobiliary secretions. The herb is taken in form of mother tincture, in the amount of 25 drops diluted in water, twice a day.
Common smilax (Smilax aspera)
Common smilax is an officinal herb of which the root is used, it is recommended by Chinese herbal medicine. The properties of smilax are simprogestinic, diuretic, and depurative. The herb eliminates impurities in the blood and stimulates the immune system. To cure herpes, take a decoction of smilax brewed according to the following recipe: a piece of root crashed in the mortar is infused with a cup of boiling water. Drink 2-3 cups a day for the duration of the crisis.