Neil: Considering that we all should be concerned about our immune system taking a beating from time to time. Who here knows the ideal diet, SPECIFICALLY to boost the immune system during down time. Here is my list, and this is what I take. (In order of importance to “US”).
1.) Prunella vulgaris, known as common self-heal.
2.) Spirulina - The most complete food source, known to man.
3.) Green tea (Camellia sinensis) - Particularly….Gyrokuro.(Highest in Theanine).
4.) Yogourt/Fish/Brocollit Sprouts. (To balance the Lysine to Arginine ratio).
5.) Kale - (I was surprised to learn that Kale is healthier that Collards)
6.) Blueberries/Goji Berries/Pomegranate Juice.
7.) Yams (Sweet Potatoes) - For Vitamin A.
8.) No diet drinks.(not even Splenda). This is because Art. sweeteners are a trigger.
9.) Coconut Water, for the Potassium, (don’t mind the 250gms of sodium, the Potassium counteracts the sodium).
10.) Cook with Reishi and Shitaki Mushrooms.
Kora: I tried letting my body build a stronger immune response needed for the herpes virus and I came off all treatment. It did absolutely nothing for me. I still have 1-2 obs/month on suppressive therapy, coconut oil supplements, 2000mg of l-lysine daily, conjugated linoleic acid, and I apply unrefined coconut oil directly to my vagina. I take valtrex at this moment, but I believe it’s losing effectiveness. Oh this is beyond frustrating for my sex life. This all started soon after the insertion of my copper IUD. It’s been 2.5 years and this virus is persistent at making me miserable.
Phillip: I’m new to this site but not to hsv, about 27 yrs. The L-lysine is ok. But, the thing that I have found to work Extremely well, is Red Marine Algae. Also I recently discovered coconut oil. the reason we have recurring out breaks is because of the lipid coating that protects the hsv from detection. Coconut oil has lauric acid which strips the lipid coating and allows your immune system to attack the virus. Also, watch your daily intake of l-arginine and l-lysine. You want to be leaning towards higher l-lysine. Get on a good regimen of daily multi vitamins and minerals.
Mina: Honey as a treatment for cold sores and fever blisters
Cold sores and fever blisters are names for oral herpes, a viral infection caused by the herpes simplex virus. In the June 9, 2008 edition of “Archives of Internal Medicine,” dermatologist Christina Cernik explains that the term “fever blisters” accurately describes the first stage of the infection, which is characterized by floppy blisters filled with yellow-tinged fluid and, sometimes, low-grade fever. After three or four days, Cernik says, the blisters rupture spontaneously leaving behind raw, weeping open sores. Fever usually remits around this time, possibly explaining why they are called “cold sores.” Honey has attracted attention as a possible remedy for both stages of the infection.
Honey is a thick, sweet, amber liquid produced by bees from the nectar of flowers. According to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, the Greek physician Hippocrates endorsed the use of topical honey for skin infections of the legs and mouth sores, undoubtedly including cold sores and fever blisters. Roman physicians recommended oral honey for gastrointestinal and respiratory complaints.
Honey contains high concentrations of sugar in the form of fructose and glucose. Such a high concentration of sugar makes it difficult for bacteria and fungus to survive. For people with cold sores and fever blisters, this may mean faster healing because the immune system does not also have to defend against these germs, leaving it free to focus on the virus. Honey also supplies rich levels of flavonoids and phenolic acid, compounds that fight the herpes simplex virus in test tubes.
Some honeys are named for the flower or plant from which they are derived. For example, lavender honey comes from bees who feed principally on lavender flowers. Wildflower honey comes from bees who feed principally on wild flowers. One type of honey that has attracted attention for its supposed medicinal properties is Manuka honey. Manuka honey is collected from bees that feed on the Manuka bush, also known as Leptospermum scoparium. It contains a compound called methylglyoxal that is not found in other types of honey.
The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center cautions against the use of honey in people who are allergic to pollen because it may provoke an allergic reaction, although in practice, this is uncommon. Honey should not be applied to fever blisters and cold sores in infants because honey sometimes contains botulism spores that can survive and cause disease in their immature gastrointestinal tracts if it is licked or swallowed. Honey does not replace conventional medical treatment for cold sores and fever blisters or any other condition. People who experience frequent, severe or prolonged — longer than two weeks — cold sores should see a doctor.
An August 2004 study published in the “Medical Science Monitor” by Noori S. Al-Waili, M.D., a physician in private practice in the United Arab Emirates, compared the use of an unspecified type of topical honey to prescription acyclovir in eight people with cold sores and fever blisters. For patients who applied honey four times per day, the outbreak healed in three days, compared with six days for acyclovir. Pain resolved in one day, compared with three days for acyclovir. In addition, application of honey during the prodrome phase — the tingling and soreness before skin symptoms actually appear — actually prevented an outbreak for two patients.
“Archives of Internal Medicine”; The Treatment of Herpes Simplex Infections; Christina Cernik, M.D. et al.; June 9, 2008
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center: Honey
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center: Manuka Honey
“Medical Science Monitor”; Topical Honey Application Vs. Acyclovir for the
Carrie: Monolaurin for HSV 1& 2
Some info on this powerful antiviral. For the treatment and outbreak prevention of HSV 1 & 2
Ricardo: Homeopathy as an alternative form of Health Management.
Lora: Licrogel for HSV 1 and 2
My naturopath just gave me this last week. I first used it in the 90s with much success and could never find it again. It is made from licorice which is powerful against hsv. I apply it to an ob and it is half the size in hours and gone or almost gone within a day. Very soothing too. It also claims that the more you use it the more virus particles are killed and the less ob you will eventually get. I’m actually applying it to the whole left butt cheek where I have been getting ob. I asked my naturopath about this claim and she said yes it was true. So I will keep people updated. If nothing else it gets rid ob quick and feels good!