by Cindee Gardner, Ph.D., HD (R.Hom.), D.Hom., C.Hom.
Last week my eldest son’s friend came to pay a visit and walked in the door with a huge cold sore on his lip. In almost perfect harmony two of the other kids in the room said “Hey, who did you kiss?” and started teasing him. Slightly embarrassed, the young man said “No one. I got it from my parents. I’ve had it all my life and they have had cold sores for as long as I can remember.” In an effort to ease the situation I rolled up my sleeve and showed him what we now refer to as the “mark of the beast” (the vaccine imprint). I explained that Herpes Simplex and Herpes Zoster were results of viruses that were supressed and lay dormant due to the vaccine industry. Vaccine serums contain mutated genes and foreign carcinogens from animals carrying viruses. These are routinely given to people to prevent illnesses, but they cause a host of other problems. Viruses that our bodies do not recognize and that we have difficulty fighting off is material for another article in itself.
Herpes simplex is just a virus of the skin and certainly nothing to be ashamed of. It is contagious when the lesions or break outs are active. It has a stigma attached to it because it can be transmitted sexually or through other mucous membranes.
Most people are told that once you get it, you have it for life. The truth is that the virus lies dormant in the nervous system and becomes active when the immune system is under a stress. In most people, stressors can be from lack of sleep, an illness, a physical or emotional trauma, anytime that the immune system feels compromised. A virus is 1/1000 the size of a bacterium. It lives inside a cell instead of out in the bloodstream. Conventional medicine’s answer is usually to try to kill the invader but due to the nature of the virus it’s impossible. If the modern Medical Doctor prescribes an anti- viral drug to kill or suppress the immune system, the side effects from the drug are actually worse than the herpes itself. The modern drugs leave the person in a weaker state more susceptible to further infection than before they took them.
The natural medicine system does the opposite. We believe in changing the physiology so that viruses can not live comfortably within us charging the nervous system to release the unwanted cells. The immune system is built up and it takes over with it’s own army. It’s simple and it works. The body is amazing when we equip it with the proper stimulus. The Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia has a listing of many Homeopathic Remedies that have been clinically proven to eliminateherpes completely and many of them, when used acutely, lessen the severity and the duration of the break outs (both simplex and zoster). It is important to use the correct dosage and remedy based on your individual health history. Working with a qualified Homeopath is important if you want to totally eliminate the virus from the system.
Remedies can be used acutely for the discomforts associated with the break outs. Don’t forget your herbs! They work more deeply than vitamins and nourish the cells. There are a number of excellent, broad spectrum ,anti viral herbs and nerve rejuvenators that one can use to bolster the immune system to eliminate viruses. We use a combination called Anti-Viral Combo that contains the herbs hyssop, lemon balm, isatis root, lomatium, and licorice. All of the herbs should be of medicinal strength, not dried or heated in processing, and in tincture form using the whole plants and not plant parts. Also, if anyone suffers from any type of virus they should also look into a medicinal strength aloe vera juice (at least 10,000 MPS polysaccharide count), which has been clinically proven to assist the body to fight off viruses. We use Super Aloe Vera Juice because of it’s extensive research and cure rate. It’s even shown remarkable anti-viral properties with HIV sufferers.
Vitamin Therapy should include the amino acid L-Lysine to combat the excess L-arginine (the enzyme that activates breakouts), also Stress B complex that helps with the neurological system and to combat stress. There are topical ointments that are useful to lessen the neuralgia pain. Most of them contain plantain tincture, aloe gel and/or Capsicum (cayenne) pepper.
Dietary education is important for herpes sufferers as certain foods can trigger outbreaks such as chocolate and cooked meats. These are foods that rob L-Lysine from the body. eating foods cooked in hydrogenated oils, eating lots of processed sugar products, and sometimes alcohol can cause outbreaks on certain individuals. I’ve also noticed in the newspapers that there are even support groups for herpes sufferers. It’s very disturbing when you know that you really don’t have to live with it.