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Natural Remedies to Control Herpes Outbreaks

What is the Herpes Virus?

Herpes viruses are known to cause cold sores, genital herpes, herpes zoster (shingles), post-herpetic neuralgia and in many instances, canker sores (apthous ulcers). One type, known quite simply as herpes simplex virus type one (HSV-1), commonly affects the mouth and throat.


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Herpes simplex virus type two (HSV-2) usually affects the genital areas. The herpes virus that causes shingles is the same herpes virus that causes chicken pox in younger individuals. Once a person is infected through skin contact the herpes virus travels up the nerve until it reaches the nerve ganglion in the spinal cord. It remains there in a dormant state, but on occasion the virus starts replicating again and travels down the nerve to the skin where it produces skin eruptions on the areas of the skin innervated by the affected nerve.

The number of outbreaks can vary widely from one individual to the next, but the virus is thought to be a permanent fixture that resides within the nerve ganglion for a lifetime, even though it may remain dormant for long periods. In the case of canker sores, not all canker sore problems are due to herpes infections. However, some of the nutrition and lifestyle information that appears in this article are useful for all canker sore sufferers, regardless of the cause.

What Causes Outbreaks

  1. Fever, cold, flu, weakened immune system, stress: Herpes attacks often occur when a person is run down, sleep-deprived, experiencing excessive stress, all of which weaken the immune system, enabling the virus to replicate more easily.
  2. Ultra-violet light (sun and tanning beds) exposure: Ultra-violet light is a known trigger factor for herpes viruses. Encourage patients not to over expose themselves to UV- light.
  3. Trauma to the skin: Cold sores and canker sores are often triggered by trauma or abrasion to the lips or inside of the mouth, including the tongue.
  4. Foods containing high levels of the amino acid, arginine, especially peanuts, chocolate and almonds: The amino acid, arginine, is required for the herpes virus to replicate. As such, eating foods high in arginine are associated with more frequent herpes outbreaks. The same holds true for dietary supplements containing arginine. Supplements that contain arginine often include oral growth hormone secretagogues and supplements designed to correct erectile dysfunction or enhance sexual potency.

Dietary Considerations:

  1. Avoid foods rich in arginine
  2. Consume foods rich in the amino acid lysine
  3. Avoid alcohol – alcohol weakens the immune system and is a known trigger for herpes outbreaks
  4. Reduce intake of refined sugars and aspartame
  5. Vegan Diet
  6. Consume broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables daily – broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower and bok choy contain an active ingredient known as the indole-3-carbinol, which has been shown to inhibit replication of herpes viruses. Individuals consuming these foods daily and supplementing with indole-3-carbinol have reported decreased frequency of herpes outbreaks

The Garlic Cure

Antibiotics only treat bacteria and are not effective against herpes, which is a virus.  Garlic, on the other hand is effective against viruses.  Garlic kills viruses upon direct contact, including those responsible for viral meningitis, viral pneumonia, as well as herpes infections.


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