Herbs and Nutritional Supplements for Genital Herpes.
Genital herpes has become a common STD across the globe. In fact, in the United States alone, 1 out of every 5 persons is infected with the herpes simplex virus. Although there are quite a few antiviral drugs available in the market, researchers have started focusing on organic solutions to deal with the issue. These organic solutions are popularly known as nutritional supplements or herbs.
The increasing number of herpes cases has made researchers focus extensively on alternative treatments of the ailment. In fact, scientists have also performed various studies on herbal extracts and nutritional supplements, based on claims that they are effective in treatment of herpes. While some studies have shown ground – breaking results, others are disappointing. However, the successful ones have been welcomed with open arms by the public.
Many people having genital herpes have claimed that an extract of the Echinacea plant can enhance the immune system’s ability to fight against herpes simplex virus. A few also believe that it diminishes the frequency as well as the severity of herpes outbreaks. Medical researchers in the United Kingdom compared the comprehensive effects of both Echinacea and Placebo.
Both these herbs were given to people with herpes in turns for six months. Eventually, it was concluded that there is no significant difference in the effectiveness of both these herbs. There was another study involving an ointment containing Propolis, showed positive results in the treatment of herpes. Propolis is a waxy substance that is produced by Honey Bees. It was found out that the substance showed better results compared to ointments containing antiviral drugs such as Acyclovir and Placebo.
The Propolis – based ointment had to be applied to herpes sores four times a day. The treatment had to be continued for 10 days. 80 percent of the people using the Propolis – based ointment said their sores healed, compared with 50 percent of the people using acyclovir and 40 percent using Placebo.
Other herbs that according to researchers can be effective in the treatment of herpes symptoms are “Prunella Vulgaris” and a mushroom named “Rozites Caperata”. Studies conducted on these herbs have revealed the presence of certain chemicals that can not only be effective against Genital herpes (HSV 1) but also Oral herpes (HSV 2). Therefore, these can be given to people who are infected with both variants of the herpes simplex virus.
It is worth stating that the Food and Drug Administration department of the United States of America haven’t given these herbs a formal nod. People having herpes can find them in stores where they are considered as nutritional supplement and not drugs. This also means that they may or may not comply to the quality standards as proposed by the FDA.