Reprinted fromNature' Field

ABOUT HERPES
by Judith G. Cobb

Herpes is a family of viruses, each one responsible for a different set of symptoms.

Herpes simplex type I is commonly known as cold sores. These painful blister-like lesions usually occur on the face (around the lips), on the eye (causing a form of conjunctivitis), or in the vagina.

Herpes zoster
is the virus that causes shingles in adults and chicken pox in children. The type of herpes I am focusing on in this article is Herpes simplex type II which is the sexually transmitted version of the disease. The lesions are usually localized in the genital area. The first outbreak is usually the most uncomfortable, and can be accompanied by fever, swollen lymph nodes, and muscular aches.

Lesions usually take about two weeks to heal. It is imperative that sexual contact be avoided during this time. This disease can have severe complications for adults. It also increases a woman's risk of cervical cancer.

Babies born vaginally when mom has an outbreak run the risk of blindness, brain damage, and death. A Cesarean section may be necessary in this case. Persons with the virus will rarely have outbreaks after they reach 50 years of age. Once one of these viruses has entered the body it will never leave, but it can be controlled somewhat. In all cases of herpes the virus travels along a nerve. At the end of the nerve the virus erupts causing a blister or lesion on the skin. When the blisters are oozing is when they are the most contagious.

What Causes Herpes Infections and Outbreaks?

Herpes simplex type 1, which is transmitted through oral secretions or sores on the skin, can be spread through kissing or sharing objects such as toothbrushes or eating utensils. In general, a person can only get herpes type 2 infection during sexual contact with someone who has a genital HSV-2 infection. It is important to know that both HSV-1 and HSV-2 can be spread even if sores are not present.

Pregnant women with genital herpes should talk to their doctor as genital herpes can be passed on to the baby during childbirth.

For many people with the herpes virus, attacks (or outbreaks) of herpes can be brought on by the following conditions:

General illness (from mild illnesses to serious conditions)
Fatigue
Physical or emotional stress
Immunosuppression due to AIDS or such medications as chemotherapy or steroids
Trauma to the affected area, including sexual activity
Menstruation

What Are the Symptoms of Herpes Simplex?


Symptoms of herpes simplex virus typically appear as a blister or as multiple blisters on or around affected areas -- usually the mouth, genitals, or rectum. The blisters break, leaving tender sores.

How Is Herpes Simplex Diagnosed?

Often, the appearance of herpes simplex virus is typical and no testing is needed to confirm the diagnosis. If a health care provider is uncertain, herpes simplex can be diagnosed with laboratory tests, including DNA -- or PCR -- tests and virus cultures.

Herpes blistersHow Painful Is Herpes Simplex?

Some people experience very mild genital herpes symptoms or no symptoms at all. Frequently, people infected with the virus don't even know they have it. However, when it causes symptoms, it can be described as extremely painful. This is especially true for the first outbreak, which is often the worst. Outbreaks are described as aches or pains in or around the genital area or burning, pain, or difficulty urinating. Some people experience discharge from the vagina or penis.

Oral herpes lesions (cold sores) usually cause tingling and burning just prior to the breakout of the blisters. The blisters themselves can also be painful.

Can Herpes Be Cured?

There is no cure for herpes simplex. Once a person has the virus, it remains in the body. The virus lies inactive in the nerve cells until something triggers it to become active again.

Note from Four Winds Nutrition

Once you have read the entire article (2 parts) you should have a pretty good idea of what all suggested products are good for.
However, there are three essential products we would recommend in the case of Herpes Simplex:
1. VS-C tcm to deal with the virus itself. (Take 1 capsule three times a day ... read testimony below)
2. L-Lysine: to be used as soon as the first symptoms appear (tingling, burning etc.).
(Take 3 caps four times a day until symptoms disapear).

Testimony

I just read your article on herpes and I wanted to share with you my experience with taking VS-C.
I have herpes and I used to get outbreaks all over my lips. It was bad and very embarrassing. When I broke out it surrounded both my top and bottom lips and the itching was terrible. I read on a message bored one day that VS-C was a cure. The person who wrote the comment stated that after taking the pills for 6 months they were cured.
I read what information I could find on VS-C and decided to try it for 6 months. I have yet to have another out break since I've stopped taking it. It has only been a little over 3 months but 3 months clear is a great thing for me! I don't know if that person was actually right about it being a cure but I can say for sure that it has helped me.
I just wanted to share that. I really enjoy your newsletters by the way! They are very informative.
Shanon S.

Another testimony from a customer

I Was reading your article on Herpes and specifically cold sores. Quite some years ago I was given a recipe from a herbalist that I have used and that I have given to others and all but one had success with it.

You simply take a small jar (like a baby food jar) and put about an inch of pure olive oil in it. Then mash up about 5-6 large garlic cloves with a garlic press and put them in the oil. Refrigerate for about 10 days and then if you get a cold sore, simply take a q-tip and dip it down into the oily mash and rub it into the sore. Do this at least half a dozen times a day until it is gone. It does burn a bit, but the results are worth it.

The nice thing is that once it is gone it will not come back. I had a spot on my top lip where I got a cold sore probably 3-6 times every year and always in the same spot. After using this one time I have not had a recurrance in over 10 years. Ditto for at least a dozen other folks I have given this to.
Ken Marquardt


L-Lysine

Here are some recommendations that may help to shorten the duration and intensity of an outbreak. L-lysine has been found helpful by many people. Recommended dosages range from 500 -1000 mg. daily. It may be hard to find this amino acid in Canada as the Canadian government has banned this type of product saying more study is needed to prove its safety and effectiveness. The purpose of this supplement is that when the amount of l-lysine exceeds the amount of l-arginine in the body, the growth of the herpes virus is slowed.

On this same vein, it would be wise to restrict the amount of walnuts, almonds, barley, cashews, cereals (grains), chicken, chocolate, corn, dairy products, meat, nuts, seeds, oats, and peanuts as these all contain l-arginine. Also avoid all citrus fruit and juices when the virus is active.

Vitamin A
is recommended at 50,000 IU per day. It is known to enhance the immune system, strengthen mucous membranes, speed healing of the skin, and prevent the spread of the virus in the body (Vitamin A needs vitamin D to work properly. Nature Sunshine's Vitamin A & D fits the bill).

B complex in very high doses (up to 150 mg. per day - Stress Formula) may be helpful. Stress seems to play a significant role in causing outbreaks of all types of herpes. Adequate rest is always recommended to repair and/or maintain good health.

Vitamin C is always important in boosting and supporting the immune response and counteracting stress. One half to two grams per hour taken with bioflavonoids is a suggested therapeutic dosage (Nature's Sunshine Vitamin C- 500 mg. with bioflavonoids).

Zinc

Another important nutrient is zinc. This mineral helps to stimulate the immune response and helps the skin to heal faster. It is advisable to take several small doses (Nature's Sunshine Zinc 25 mg.) per day, instead of one large dose of this nutrient, as it may cause nausea and even vomiting. Up to 100 mg. per day may be used.

Acidophilus is an important bacteria because of its ability to make B complex in the human digestive tract. It also prevents the growth of undesirable bacteria there (Lactobacillus acidophilus/bifidus, 2 billion count, dairy free).

Lecithin
The nerves are coated with a fatty insulation-like barrier called the myelin sheath. This sheath acts just like rubber insulation around an electrical wire to prevent interference and to keep the energy going the way it should. Lecithin has been found to be helpful in preserving the integrity of the sheath and as such may be helpful in herpes (Lecithin, 520 mg./capsule). Along with lecithin, the essential fatty acids (Super Oil) may prevent further deterioration of the nerve pathways.

D-mixed-tocopherols (Vitamin E, 600 IU per day) have been beneficial in herpes. Some people have found that alternately applying vitamin E and vitamin A directly to the lesions helps reduce the pain and speeds the healing.

Herbs

Some herbs have been found to be helpful also. Black walnut seems to be effective and can be used topically as an extract, fomentation, or poultice. The Nature's Sunshine formula VS-C tcm (formerly known as HRP-C) is a combination of Chinese herbs specifically designed to bolster the immune system. A study done in Boston by a medical doctor showed the efficacy of this formula in working with herpes.

Golden seal, parthenium, and echinacea may all be used to stimulate the immune system and the movement of the lymphatic fluid. Garlic (Russian penicillin) is also recommended for its effects in stimulating the immune system. Another excellent herbal preparation for topical use is Pau D'arco lotion. This has been used at the first symptoms to prevent full outbreaks, and has also been used during the outbreak to control it and speed healing.

Obviously, if you are prone to herpes outbreaks, maintaining a healthy diet is important. Avoid all the typical nutrient destroyers such as white flour, sugar, alcohol, coffee, tea (non-herbal), and refined foods. Herpes outbreaks can largely be controlled, and when they do happen the effects can be minimized with natural remedies.

This information is for educational purposes only. Consult with a qualified health practictioner for all serious or persistant illness. Copyright© 2000 by Robinson & Horne, L.C., P.O. Box 1028, Roosevelt, UT 84066. This material may be duplicated for educational purposes only (not for resale)