It is often hard to trust natural remedies and “cures” because most of them are not well-studied or approved by FDA. Keep in mind that one of the reasons these remedies are not marketed to people is that they can’t bring nearly as much money as antiviral drugs do. If natural remedies could actually cure herpes then the pharma industry would suffer great losses (billions and billions of dollars each year). In this article we have gathered information about very interesting natural herpes cure researches that were conducted in the past.
First, let’s discuss why most people would never use natural remedies for herpes. They never tried it before and it feels weird to do something unusual. Also, their doctor suggested to use antiviral medication. And we all think that we should trust doctors, that they have medical education and know best. Unfortunately, most doctors know only about drugs that have FDA approval and that have been studied a lot. And very few people would ever fund natural remedies researches. We all know the old saying “It takes money to make money”.
Of course, the are many researches proving the benefits of natural remedies in treating herpes. But still, there is just not enough scientific data to start marketing natural remedies to public.
“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” – Hippocrates
But now, let’s look at some actual herpes researchers and decide for ourselves whether it is worth trying natural remedies.
One of everyone’s favorite natural herpes remedy is garlic. There were two major studies: the first one was conducted back in 1985 by a medical journal Planta Medica, and the second one in 1992 by Brigham Young University. Both studies have shown that garlic is very effective at killing herpes virus. Those studies were performed in laboratories and both confirmed an antiviral effect of garlic against herpes. The 1992 study has shown that garlic can kill 90% of herpes virus within the first 30 minutes.
A study of L-lysine, zinc and herbal-based products by Southern California University of Health Science involved 30 people, 15 males and 15 females. It showed a full resolution in 40% of participants by the 3rd day and in 87% of participants by the 6th day. No side effects were developed and the treatment was considered to be completely safe.
Honey was also studied and compared to some of the most popular over the counter herpes medications. There was a research conducted in 2004 called “Honey vs. Acyclovir As A Herpes Tretament For Recurrent Outbreaks”. 16 participants with oral and genital herpes were involved in that study. The results were astonishing. Honey worked faster than Acyclovir in healing outbreaks for 40% of participants with oral herpes and 50% participants with genital herpes. Some of the patients were able to fully control outbreaks using honey. No side effects were developed. None of the patients who were using Acyclovir was able to remit herpes attack, and 3 of them developed itching as a side effect of using a drug.
Ozone therapy showed very promising results in curing herpes symptoms and removing the virus from human body. Some researchers claim that it takes 4 to 6 weeks to treat herpes with ozone therapy. Below is a list of researches about treating herpes with ozone therapy that can be found online. Those studies were performed outside of the United States and needed to be validated before taking into consideration.
Ozone vs. Hepatitis and Herpes – The Choice Dr. Heinz Konrad, Brazil
Ozone as Therapy in Herpes Simplex and Herpes Zoster – Dr. K. Kattassi (O.I.M.T.)
Ozone as Therapy in Herpes Simplex, Herpes Zoster and Hepatitis – Dr. Heinz Konrad (O.I.M.T.)
Another fascinating study was conducted in 1997 by the Department of Biophysics at Johns Hopkins University and involved neem. Tests that were performed on mice revealed that neem can prevent herpes virus from replicating. Unfortunately, researchers were not able to find out how exactly it works.
One of the first studies of THC was performed in 1980 by Blevins, RD and Dumic, MP, and showed that HSV-1 and HSV-2 failed to replicate in human cells when active components of THC were applied to them. In 1991 a study by Specter S. revealed data that confirmed that. These results were also confirmed in 2004 by a group of researchers from the University of South Florida.
As you can see, all of the studies listed above were conducted by small groups of scientists, and some only involved mice. But they still show that natural remedies have much more to offer than many antiviral drugs. With 67% of the population infected with herpes, it is not surprising that many researchers are focusing on the development of herpes cure and not the study of natural remedies.
All of the remedies listed above have been around for centuries, but they are not well studied, nor they are approved by FDA. If you decide to try any of those remedies you need to take full responsibility and preferably talk to a health practitioner (maybe a holistic one) about it.
Be wise and stay healthy.