Herbal treatments for herpes are another treatment option that you may want to consider. If you’re anything like me I didn’t want to introduce any more chemicals into my body than I have to and I'm always looking for other natural herpes treatment options. I mean we ingest enough chemicals through the foods we eat and even the air we breathe so why would I want to voluntarily introduce more...especially for a condition like herpes?
When my doctor first introduced me to genital herpes medications I knew that being tied to a medicine bottle for the rest of my life was not an option that I really wanted to explore. I knew that I didn’t want to have to deal with the costs and side effects of those drugs. I may have been in denial too. So what was I going to do? I began researching and trying herbal treatment options.
As the years went by and the Internet grew I did more research and found that there are amazing alternative and natural options for preventing and reducing herpes outbreaks. Herbal treatments for herpes made sense because I already knew that some plants naturally have antiviral properties. I also knew that finding a natural way to prevent outbreaks would make me feel in control of the virus and not at the mercy of outbreaks.
When I talk about natural herbal treatments for herpes I’m referring to taking those natural herbs that will help you recover from the effects of the virus symptoms faster, build and maintain a powerful immune system and those that will help reduce stress in order to reduce the number of herpes outbreaks that you will experience.
The herpes simplex virus and stress weakens the immune system and in turn makes the body vulnerable to more outbreaks. Using certain herbs, vitamins and mineral supplements strengthens the immune system and ensures that it’s well protected against the herpes virus.
Are there herbs help boost your immune system? You bet there are and they are typically easy to get them into your diet, especially if you take a supplement prepared with them. The most famous herbs for immune responses are Echinacea, Goldenseal and Astragalus.
Echinacea (pictured above) increases the levels of a chemical called properdin in the body that activates part of the immune system responsible for increasing the defenses against bacteria and viruses.
Goldenseal (pictured above)has been proven to be very effective against parasites and in boosting the immune system and for mouth ulcers. It is also reported that it increases the blood supply to various part of the digestive system.
Astragalus (pictured above) is a Chinese herb that is often regarded as Asia's equivalent to America's Echinacea. Studies have shown that it has certain potent anti-viral properties and helps boost white blood cell’s ability to fight off infections.
Some of the vitamins and minerals that could help to prevent the disease are Vitamin C, Vitamin B complex, and Zinc Chelate supplements.Let's take a closer look at why these are the best...
Vitamin C - We all know that vitamin c has many health benefits and is considered to be one of the safest and effective nutrients for overall health. As it relates to herpes out breaks, the most important benefit is that it helps to build up and protect the immune system.
Having a healthy immune system is the most critical thing that you can do to prevent a herpes outbreak. Whenever our immune system is compromised we are likely to also have an outbreak.
Vitamin B Complex - is basically a mixture of nearly all the vitamins that make up the vitamin B family to include Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B9, Vitamin B12 plus the vitamins Biotin, Choline and Inositol.
The reason why Vitamin B Complex is a great supplement to use to combat herpes at it's core...the nervous system. Since the herpes virus lives and lay dormant in the nerve endings, having a healthy nervous system is essential to prevent outbreaks.
Another great benefit for taking Vitamin B Complex is that it helps promote healthy skin.
Zinc Chelate Supplements- Zinc also plays an important role in maintaining a healthy immune system. It's also considered to be a super antioxidant. Antioxidants combat the effects of free radicals. Free radicals can destroy healthy body tissues and can lead to a number of health issues.
Zinc is also critical for processes such as DNA synthesis and hormone regulation. Some of these processes contribute to proper function of the immune system, so adequate levels of zinc are important for protection from infectious diseases.
Generally, manufacturers of herbal treatments for herpes and dietary supplements do not need FDA approval to sell their products. As with any prescription drug, herbs and supplements can affect the body's chemistry. Before using any herbal herpes treatments or supplements check with your health care provider.
There are things you can do to help treat your herpes naturally and prevent outbreaks from occurring without taking prescription medications.
However, taking herbs, vitamins and other supplements alone will not give you absolute protection from genital herpes but it can certainly help reduce the severity of your outbreaks and increase the healing time. Additionally, you should implement other elements of a healthy lifestyle such as, exercise, healthy diet favorable to suppressing the herpes virus and learn how to reduce and manage stress.
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