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So I did some research and TONS of trial and error and this is what I found that works the best! Here are some articles and where you can get the products you need:

Herb May Be Alternative Herpes Treatment

Prunella vulgaris Reduces Cold Sores and Lesions in Animal

By Jennifer Warner
WebMD Medical News Reviewed By Brunilda Nazario, MD
on Monday, May 19, 2003

May 19, 2003 - An experimental herpes treatment derived from an herb known as Prunella vulgaris may one day help prevent and treat both types of the herpes virus that cause cold sores and genital herpes.

Researchers say preliminary tests show mice and guinea pigs treated with the herb developed significantly fewer of the cold sores and genital sores or lesions associated with herpes than untreated animals.

The results of the study were presented today at the 103rd General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology in Washington, D.C.

"Prunella vulgaris [also known as self heal] is a perennial plant found in China, the British Isles, Europe, and North America," says researcher Song Lee of the Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada, in a news release. "P. vulgaris has been described as a hot water infusion to treat sores in the mouth and throat, as an astringent for internal and external purposes, as a crude anti-cancer drug, and as an herbal remedy to lower high blood pressure."

In the study, researchers created a topical cream containing a compound derived from Prunella vulgaris and tested it on mice and guinea pigs infected with an experimental version of the herpes simplex virus-1, and herpes simplex-2, typically known as genital herpes.

Researchers found that mice infected with herpes type 1 who received the herbal herpes treatment were significantly less likely to die of their disease than untreated mice. And guinea pigs infected with herpes type 2 and treated with the cream developed much fewer skin lesions than those who did not receive treatment.

Laboratory tests also showed that Prunella vulgaris has a different type of anti-herpes action than currently available treatment, such as Zovirax (acyclovir).

"Given the high incidence of herpes infection and the emergence of acyclovir-resistant strains of herpes viruses, the [experimental herbal herpes treatment] may prove to be a useful new anti-herpes drug," says Lee.

SOURCES: 103rd General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology in Washington, D.C. News release, American Society for Microbiology. WebMD Medical Reference: Genital Herpes: Alternative and Herbal Treatments.

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A number of alternative (also called complementary) therapies can help you deal with any outbreaks of genital herpes.

Home Care Measures

First, simple self-care may be enough to relieve most discomfort caused by genital herpes. Taking an over-the-counter pain reliever, such as aspirin, acetaminophen, or ibuprofen, can help ease the pain of herpes symptoms. Doctors sometimes recommend soaking the affected area in warm water. But the area should be kept dry most of the time. If toweling off after bathing is uncomfortable, try using a hair dryer. Then put on cotton underwear. Cotton absorbs moisture better than synthetic fabric does.

Herbs, Supplements, and More

Scientists have studied herbal extracts and nutritional supplements based on some herpes patients' claims that they help relieve symptoms. Some study results have been promising, others discouraging.

Many people say that an extract of the echinacea plant helps boost the immune system's ability to fight infection. Some say it decreases the frequency and severity of genital herpes outbreaks. Researchers in the U.K. compared the effect of echinacea with that of a placebo. They gave echinacea to 50 people with genital herpes for six months and a placebo for another six months. There was no significant difference in the number of herpes outbreaks during the two periods.

Another study showed that an ointment containing propolis, a waxy substance that honeybees make, may help herpes sores heal. Sores healed faster for people using the propolis ointment than in those using ointments containing the antiviral drug acyclovir or a placebo. The ointment was applied to herpes sores four times a day. After 10 days, 24 of the 30 people using propolis ointment said their sores healed, compared with 14 of the 30 people using acyclovir ointment and 12 of the 30 using a placebo.

Researchers have also found that the herb Prunella vulgaris, and an edible mushroom, Rozites caperata (the "gypsy mushroom"), contain chemicals that fight both HSV-1 and HSV-2.

These treatments have not been approved for treating genital herpes by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. You can buy them in stores, but they are considered nutritional supplements, not drugs, so they are not subjected to the same quality standards that FDA-approved drugs are.

For information about available medications, see the Medications Chart.

To learn more about your care in the future, see New Treatments in the Pipeline.

For more information and help understanding words you may hear about genital herpes, see Resources and the Glossary.

Reviewed by Cynthia Haines, MD.
Published March 2005.

SOURCES: Terri Warren, RN, and Ricks Warren, PhD, The Updated Herpes Handbook, Portland Press, 2002. Vonau, B. "Does the extract of the plant Echinacea purpurea influence the clinical course of recurrent genital herpes?" International Journal of STD and AIDS, March 2001; vol 3: pp 154-158. Vynograd, N. "A comparative multi-centre study of the efficacy of propolis, acyclovir and placebo in the treatment of genital herpes (HSV)," Phytomedicine, March 2000; vol 7: pp 1-6.Chiu, LC. "A polysaccharide fraction from medicinal herb Prunella vulgaris downregulates the expression of herpes simplex virus antigen in Vero cells." Journal of Ethnopharmacology, July 2004; vol 93: pp 63-68. Xu, HX. "Isolation and characterization of an anti-HSV polysaccharide from Prunella vulgaris," Antiviral Research, ov. 1999; vol 44: pp 43-54. Piraino,F. "Isolation and partial characterization of an antiviral, RC-183, from the edible mushroom Rozites caperata, Antiviral Research, Sept. 1999; vol 43: pp 67-78.

You can find an AWESOME PILL CALLED SuperLysine+ @ your local health food/Vitamin Store. It contains it all including Propolis Echinacea, Vitamin C, Garlic, Goldenseal , & Licorice all in one pill. they also make creams. The pills are made by Quantum Health. Their site is:

Also you can buy propolis capsules on Ebay (like I do) just type Propolis and get the one you like. The one I get is by Earth Links Nutrition called 'Bee Pollen Complex'

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