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Cold Sores (Herpes Simplex Type 1) Treatment: Herbs

There are 3 Herbs treatments for Cold Sores (Herpes Simplex Type 1).
Written by ColleenO.

Herb-based remedies have shown significant promise for treating cold sores.

Both lemon balm (melissa) and aloe vera can help lessen the intensity and duration of a cold sore outbreak. Eleutherococcus senticosus may help prevent outbreaks.

A cream made with sage and rhubarb proved as effective as a conventional antiviral ointment (Zovirax).26

Other herbs that are sometimes recommended for herpes infections, but currently lack significant research evidence, include astragalus, cat's claw, elderberry, kelp,22 sandalwood,23 tea tree oil,25 and witch hazel.

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Effect of Lemon Balm on Cold Sores (Herpes Simplex Type 1)

Numerous test tube studies have found that extracts of lemon balm possess antiviral properties.5,6 We don't really know how it works, but the predominant theory is that the herb blocks viruses from...

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Effect of Aloe on Cold Sores (Herpes Simplex Type 1)

The exact effect of aloe vera on cold sores is not clear. There are a couple of possible explanations. First, aloe is generally regarded as a soothing balm that can enhance the healing of wounds,...

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Effect of Eleutherococcus senticosus on Cold Sores (Herpes Simplex Type 1)

The effect of Eleutherococcus on herpes is not clear. The herb is generally regarded as an adaptogen, or something that helps the body adapt to stresses of various kinds, whether heat, cold,...

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References

  1. Carlucci MJ, Ciancia M, Matulewicz MC, et al. Antiherpetic activity and mode of action of natural carrageenans of diverse structural types. Antiviral Res. 1999;43:93-102.
  2. Benencia F, Courreges MC. Antiviral activity of sandalwood oil against Herpes simplex viruses-1 and -2. Phytomedicine. 1999;6:119-123.
  3. Carson CF, Ashton L, Dry L, et al. Melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree) oil gel (6%) for the treatment of recurrent herpes labialis. J Antimicrob Chemother. 2001;48:450-451.
  4. Saller R, Buechi S, Meyrat R, et al. Combined herbal preparation for topical treatment of Herpes labialis. Forsch Komplementarmed Klass Naturheilkd. 2001;8:373-382.

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