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QUESTION: I want to know if there is an herbal cure for genital warts

The best cure I know of for genital warts is to do a full and thorough body cleanse.  Information attached.  Also, 4 nights per week, apply castor oil to the affected area, and put a cotton flannel, where possible on there.  Also, change your diet to include mostly fresh, raw vegetables, organic if you can get them, and raw vegetable juice, (carrot is the most common and easily juiced) Juice  2 or 3 raw garlic cloves with them as well as fresh herbs such as parsley, cilantro, garden sage, celery, spinach, etc.  Take at least 3 glasses a day.  Include a good pro-biotic as instructed on bottle.  I recommend our 'Greens Mix' to support your immune system.  Our 'Herbal Ocean' which is full of natural minerals, and healing benefits to the body, would also be good to take daily.  Eliminate or at least reduce white flour products, white sugar, dairy products, alcohol, red meat and tobacco from your diet.Use the following herbs and supplements:

- sage herb use in cooking and in pills, 3 two times daily
- use Myrrh gum, as a tincture, 20 drops at 6:00 PM
- Use L Lysine pills, as directed on the bottle
- use Oregon Grape root, 3 pills two times daily
- Siberian Ginseng, tonic, in liquid or pill as directed
- take all these herbs, along with the directed herbs in the download, 6 days per week

Google 'the Water Cure' and follow instructions.  Use good sea salt such as Celtic Sea Salt for the organic trace elements it provides.  Very important: increase your calcium intake dramatically.  A good liquid calcium is most easily absorbed.  Try to find one without added sugar.  Take 5 to 6 times the amount suggested on the bottle. Do this for about two months, then normal dose, 6 days per week.  (downloads colon, life force, gall bladder, oil pulling, castor oil)

: I was reading this book and the author stated that there was a cure for herpes. All you had to do was take a certain herb for thirty days and you would not have any further outbreaks. He would not give the name of this herb because he has a gag order placed on him by the FDA, so he says. I would like to know if there is such a herb to cure herpes. By the way the name of the book is Natural Cures They Don't Want You To Know About by Kevin Trudeau. Help!!  What can I take to help my immune system/herpes?

ANSWER: I'm familiar with the author. He's a bit of a quack. I wouldn't put much in what he says. There is no CURE for herpes. However, there are several herbs you can take to boost your immune system. These include: Astragalus, Cat's claw, licorice, and Kudzu has had some promising results with preventing recurrences of HSV-1 and ocular keratitis.
Take 50 mg of zinc every day as well as vitamins A, C, E and selenium. Under no circumstance should you have sex during an outbreak, even with protection.  Avoid citrus fruits and juices during an outbreak, as they seem to aggravate the condition.

QUESTION: I recently found this website in hope to find something about genital warts/std. This guy I have been very fond of and like him a lot just told me he had this std. He said he caught it 8 years ago and he hasn’t had a breakout for a year now. He told me he had a couple girlfriends since this problem and they have never caught anything from him cause when he was inactive with the warts he was VERY careful. But when he was active he wouldn’t let anyone near him. Please help. I like this guy a lot and would like to know if there is safe ways to date someone with this kind of STD. Maybe some pills I could take while using condoms...while he’s inactive and he doesn’t have an outbreak. Also can you get this STD by giving oral sex when he doesn’t have an outbreak?

ANSWER: Genital warts are caused by a virus and your boyfriend can have them removed. They don't just come and go. I wouldn't advise having any sort of unprotected sex at all. If he is indeed having "breakouts", what he has sounds more like genital herpes. If that's the case, even condoms can't protect you 100%.  Oral sex? Are you kidding me? NO! Not under any circumstances! I wouldn't risk it. If it is herpes, you can contract it whether he is having a breakout or not, as it is stored in the mucous membranes. It is incurable.

I have cells on my cervix my pap smear that came out to be abnormal. I don't think my current boyfriend gave me HPV. I was wondering if I could get HPV from anything else? Would he now have it? 

ANSWER:  HPV is one of the most common Sexually Transmitted Diseases. But of more concern to me is your pap smear coming out with abnormal cells. What did your health practitioner say? Surely they spoke to you and gave you some advise? If you have HPV, having unprotected sex with anyone will pass the disease on to them. If you have had unprotected sex with your boyfriend, then he should be tested as well. My advise to you is to speak with your doctor right away and find out if the abnormal cells are caused by the HPV or if they are something more serious.



ANSWER: You will probably never get rid of the virus, but the following may help.

Eat lots of Garlic, smell like garlic, get it in the diet daily or as a second choice as pills, deodorized not as effective.

I would rotate antiviral herbs so that the virus does not get resistant to them, you can get them in your diet: such as Lemon Balm, Elderberry, Sage, Thyme, Basil, Licorice, Cinnamon, Fresh Ginger, Horehound, Hyssop, Chrysanthemum flowers, Mullein Flowers. Add them to dishes for meals or make teas.

Additionally Saint Johnswort is antiviral

Herbs which have traditionally been used specifically for HPV are:

Lemon Balm, Latin Named Melissa officinalis

Lomatium, Bear Root, Biscuit Root Latin Named: Lomatium disectum 

Thuja, Flat cedar, Latin Name: Thuja occidentalis

Hyssop, Latin Name: Hyssopus officinalis

This has been a suggested treatment in the past for erosion of the cervix, dysplasia, and even mild cancer. Make a topical treatment by mixing Goldenseal powder, mashed freshly washed Plantain leaves, pealed Garlic cloves and Calendula flowers, place mixture in old diaphragm and insert diaphragm in place against cervix over night. Repeat several nights.

Use immune Amphoteric herbs such as:

Maitake, Hen of the Wood's, Latin Named: Grifola frondulosa or Lentinula elodes is in a class with other medicinal mushrooms which are Amphoteric to the immune system. An Amphoteric herb normalizes function so if the system is over reacting such as autoimmune it lowers the immune response, if it is under reacting it raise the response. Since your body has this virus it is apparently lacking in immune reservoir or response.

The other medicinal mushrooms are:

Chaga, Birch conch, Latin Named: Inonotus obliguus - immune Amphoteric

Reishi mushrooms TCM named: Lang Chih \Ling Ja\, 
Latin Named: Ganoderma lucidum, G. sinensis, G applinatum, G. Tsugae, G. oreganensis

Other herbs which are not mushrooms that are immune Amphoterics are:

Astragulus, Yellow Leader, TCM named: Huang Qi, Latin Named: Astragulus membrananceus - immune Amphoteric which is moistening 

Licorice root, TCM named: Gan Cao, Latin Named: Glycorrhiza uralensis has been traditionally used as an immune Amphoteric herb, antiinflammatory and is moistening. The recent caution generally given out, is this herb is contraindicated when hypertension is an issue. I would suggest you needed to consume large quantities for this side effect to become evident.

The following is a download off the Internet about HPV, Cervical Dysplasia and Cervical Cancer.

HPV and CERVICAL DYSPLASIA Patient Information

What is HPV? 
HPV, or Human Papilloma Virus is commonly called the wart virus. There are over 60 types of HPV that have been identified. Types 1, 3 and 5 can cause warts on the hands and feet of children. Types 6 and 11 can cause warts on men's and women's bottoms (genital warts). Other types, such as 16, 18, 31, 33, and 35 may not cause warts but can cause changes to the cells of your vagina or cervix, such as Dysplasia. 

What is cervical Dysplasia? 
Cervical Dysplasia is a premalignant or precancerous change to the cells of your cervix. There are three types of cervical Dysplasia: mild, moderate, and severe. Mild Dysplasia is by far the most common, and probably is not a true premalignant disease. Mild Dysplasia generally represents a tissue response to the HPV virus. Up to 70% of women with mild Dysplasia will have the cells become normal without any treatment. However, even mild Dysplasia can progress to more significant disease. Moderate and severe Dysplasia are treated when they are discovered, because of their higher rates of turning into cancer. 

What causes cervical Dysplasia? 
HPV is one of the most frequent causes of cervical Dysplasia. In addition, cigarette smoking has been found to be a cause. Women who smoke concentrate the chemicals nicotine and cotinine into their cervix, which harms the cells. Men also concentrate these chemicals into their genital secretions, and can bathe the cervix with these chemicals during intercourse. Male partners of women with cervical Dysplasia should not smoke. Some nutritional deficiencies also can cause cervical Dysplasia. The National Cancer Institute recommends that women consume five servings of fresh vegetables or fruits each day. If you cannot do this, consider taking a daily multivitamin with antioxidants such as Vitamin E or beta-carotene. 

How can you tell if I have HPV? 
Only one person in 100 with HPV will exhibit any warts. The PAP smear often detects HPV. Even if HPV is not noted on the PAP smear, it is 80% to 90% certain that you have the virus if you have been diagnosed with any type of cervical Dysplasia. 

How did I get the virus? 
You generally obtain the virus through sex contact. Condoms can prevent the spread of many diseases, but not HPV. HPV is found on all the genital tissues, and a condom on the penis usually will not prevent transmission of HPV. The virus can lay dormant on your cervix for 20 years before it causes warts or changes to the cells. If your physician has just discovered an abnormal PAP smear, you may not have recently acquired HPV. 

Can I get rid of HPV and Dysplasia? 
Even if your entire cervix is burned or frozen, the virus generally still remains. The goal of treatment is not elimination of the virus, but for the body's immune system to control the virus. Immune system function can be enhanced by not smoking and by taking multivitamins. Cervical Dysplasia can be removed by many techniques, and your physician can discuss these treatments with you if they are needed. Women with normal immune system function can be cured of cervical Dysplasia. Follow your physician's instructions to improve your chances of keeping the cervix free of Dysplasia. 

from the 1996 - Midland Family Physicians - LSUMC Family Medicine Patient Education Home Page


Nutrition Science News

From The January 1999 <index.cfm> Issue of Nutrition Science News 
with Linda White, M.D.

Do women with cervical Dysplasia have treatment options other than surgery? 

Yes, if the condition is mild. Abnormal cervical cell growth is triggered primarily by the human papillomavirus (HPV), but other risk factors include early age at first intercourse, multiple sexual partners, cigarette smoking and poor nutrition. 
A host of studies demonstrate a relationship between low levels of antioxidant nutrients and HPV infection, cervical Dysplasia and cancer. 
A study of 123 women found that blood levels of vitamin E and carotenoids such as beta-carotene, cryptoxanthin and lutein were on average 24 percent lower among women who had active HPV cervical infection, compared with women who had no infection or whose infection cleared. Furthermore, those with the lowest vitamin levels tended to have the most severe Dysplasia.5 
Blood tests from 147 women with cervical Dysplasia and 191 control women showed those with the highest levels of cryptoxanthin and vitamin E reduced their risk of cervical Dysplasia by about two-thirds. Other carotenoids and vitamin C offered weaker protection.6 
A study of 206 women found a correlation between high plasma levels of vitamin A and regression of cervical Dysplasia. It also uncovered a protective effect from high zinc levels.7 Preliminary trials of the prescription vitamin A derivative retinoic acid (Retin-Aź) applied topically to the cervix show complete regression in about 45 percent of patients treated with higher concentrations (0.1583 to 0.484 percent) of retinoic acid.8 
Low folic acid levels appear to play a role in the initiation of cervical Dysplasia. Although this vitamin probably helps prevent Dysplasia, it is not clear whether supplements can reverse it. A study of 47 women with mild to moderate Dysplasia found that taking 10 mg of folic acid daily for three months produced significant improvement compared with placebo.9 A subsequent trial of 235 women taking the same dose of folic acid for six months failed to find a significant change.10 To avoid masking a B12 deficiency, most practitioners suggest folic acid be taken with 400­1,000 mcg of B12. 
Holistic practitioners generally recommend reducing risk factors including smoking, unsafe sex and poor diet, as well as taking daily supplements of 10 mg folic acid, 25,000­50,000 IU beta-carotene, 1­3 g vitamin C, and 200­400 IU vitamin E. Herbs such as Echinacea (E. purpurea), Astragalus (Astragalus membranaceus), and Shitake (Lentinus edodes) and Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum) mushrooms can also boost immune function to help fight HPV infection. 


Controlling the Incurable Viral STDs 
by Jill E. Stansbury, N.D. 
In the wake of the AIDS epidemic, we've had to examine our social attitudes about sexuality. So severe are the consequences of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) that concerns about less vicious infections seem almost trivial. However, herpesvirus and human papillomavirus continue to plague millions. Although typically not as life-threatening as AIDS, these viruses are common sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) that cause a great deal of both physical and psychological pain and suffering. 

The Many Forms of Herpes 
Herpesvirus is thought to be millions of years old, and infects all known vertebrate species.1 The herpes family is large and ubiquitous, with more than 70 members including the herpes simplex virus (HSV), which is responsible for recurrent cold sores and genital herpes. Herpes zoster, or shingles, is caused by the varicella-zoster virus, which also causes chicken pox in children and often remains dormant in nerves after recovery. The herpes family also includes several viruses associated with acute infections and chronic fatigue syndrome, namely Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) and cytomegalovirus (CMV).2-5 CMV is a common pathogen that has been isolated from virtually all bodily fluids. CMV infections may be minimal or may cause a mononucleosislike illness with sore throat, swollen lymph nodes and elevated white blood cell counts. EBV and CMV are serious pathogenic threats to immune-compromised individuals causing prolonged flulike illness. 

Herpesviruses affect the nerves and may lie dormant in the body for many years, becoming active during times of stress or immune challenges. Herpes, from the Greek word herpein, which means to creep, causes tingling, burning or crawling sensations as the virus becomes active and inflames local nerves. Many people can predict the onset of either a cold sore or a genital outbreak a few days prior to the emergence of a blister by the characteristic nerve sensations produced. Herpesvirus often produces tiny, painful blisters that quickly ulcerate and create red, raw, inflamed lesions that take several weeks to scab and heal. As with most viruses, outbreaks can be accompanied by enlargement of the lymph nodes. 

Most of the U.S. adult population is believed to be infected with the herpes simplex virus, and at least one-third of the population has recurrent outbreaks, either oral or genital. Some estimates put the number of new genital herpes cases at half a million each year and the total number of genital herpes cases in the United States at about 30 million.6 With oral herpes, the initial infection commonly occurs in childhood and is often mild and unremarkable, although it may be associated with fever and flulike symptoms. Once the initial infection has occurred, the virus may lie dormant for years or become active at any time. Two types of HSV have been identified--type 1 and type 2. While HSV-1 is mostly responsible for oral lesions and HSV-2 for genital herpes, both can occur in either location. Oral-to-genital contact at a time when the virus is active can transmit the virus to a susceptible mucous membrane. Both types are taken up by nerve endings and migrate to nerve ganglia. Oral herpes commonly targets the trigeminal nerve, the motor and chief sensory nerve of the face, while genital herpes commonly migrates to the sacral ganglia, located at the base of the spine. When HSV-1 infects the genitals, the outbreaks are somewhat less severe. 

Highly Contagious Genital Warts 
The human papillomavirus (HPV) is one of the causes of genital warts and is among the most common sexually transmitted diseases. Some 25 million Americans are thought to have HPV.7 There are more than 60 types of the virus; some infect the skin, causing common warts, and about one-third of the HPV types may be spread sexually and cause genital warts. Some HPVs may infect the cervix and are associated with an increased risk of cervical cancer.8 

Genital warts are highly contagious and may appear as a minuscule pimple or a massive tissue-destroying tumorlike growth. In women genital warts may occur on the labia, the vagina or the cervix. In men they appear on the shaft or, more commonly, the glans of the penis. In both sexes genital warts also may occur around the anus. It is rare, but HPV can occur in the mouth of immune-compromised individuals who have had oral sex with an infected person. Genital warts may go away on their own without treatment or may progress into invasive growths and carcinoma. 

Sometimes HPV doesn't cause visible warts but is noticed by pathologists during Pap test screenings. The presence of HPV causes visual changes in vaginal and cervical mucosal cells (koilocytes), which are detected by a Pap test. With further lab tests, the subtype of HPV can be identified. Because certain strains of the virus are associated with an increased cancer risk, knowing the type of HPV is valuable. More than 95 percent of all women with cervical cancer have an associated HPV infection.9 The majority of cervical cancers have been found to contain DNA identical to that of the human papillomavirus, providing evidence that HPV may cause malignant changes.9 HPV infections also have been linked to anal cancer. 

Avoiding Disease 
Preventing infection and the spread of infection is paramount. Although the human papillomavirus is difficult to eradicate, there is no known cure for herpesvirus. The rules of the game, now familiar to most sexually active adults, involve knowing the sexual history of partners and practicing safe sex. The only way to prevent the spread of these viruses from an infected to a noninfected partner is to prevent skin-to-skin contact. 

Unfortunately, the absence of lesions or warts does not guarantee the absence of a virus. Even when there are no visible signs, the virus can be passed through most bodily fluids including saliva, semen and mucosal secretions.10,11 Both the herpesvirus and the human papillomavirus can lie dormant for months and years at a time without producing noticeable ulcers and nerve pain in the case of herpes, or warts in the case of HPV. Even when the viruses have been transmitted, the recipient may not be aware of them for some time. The herpesvirus may become active during times of stress or poor immunity and be "shed" or communicable without causing active illness or lesions. The human papillomavirus may be active in mucous membranes, such as those of the cervix, and be transmitted without creating visible genital warts.12 

Therapies for HSV and HPV 
Natural therapies show promise in treating the tenacious herpesvirus and human papillomavirus 

Since both herpes and genital warts are caused by viruses, using the following antiviral herbs and nutrients can be beneficial. Treating immune status with nutrition and lifestyle changes also is important. Treatment approaches to both viral infections include antiviral medications and supplements. Genital warts can also be physically removed. All approaches have varying degrees of success in slowing the effects of the viruses and minimizing outbreaks. 

Vitamin C: Well known to enhance immunity by acting as an antioxidant, antihistamine, antiviral and antifungal substance, vitamin C may enhance white blood cell activity and also may promote interferon production.13 Alpha, beta and gamma interferons are specific immunoactive proteins released by blood cells in response to viral infections. Interferon alerts blood cells to the presence of a virus and helps cells resist infection. Vitamin C also is necessary for connective tissue formation and for the synthesis of the neurotransmitters serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine. In sum, because of its immune-enhancing and antiviral activities, vitamin C is important in the treatment of herpes and human papillomavirus.14 

Zinc: Essential to proper immune function, zinc has been shown in several clinical trials to reduce the frequency and severity of herpes outbreaks.15 Zinc may inhibit the ability of the herpesvirus to reproduce itself, particularly when applied topically to lesions. Hence, zinc sulfate ointments for topical use and zinc lozenges taken orally may shorten the duration of an outbreak. Zinc supplementation also appears to enhance cell-mediated immunity and benefit herpes patients by helping the immune system identify and fight the virus.16,17 The dose to enhance immunity is 60-90 mg of zinc per day. This large dose of zinc may be continued for a month or two, and then reduced to 30 mg per day as immune function improves and the herpes outbreak declines. Zinc is notorious for causing nausea, so it should be taken in divided doses, 15-30 mg at a time, with food. 

Lysine: An essential amino acid found in meats, dairy products and legumes, lysine serves many functions in the body. It facilitates connective-tissue and bone formation as well as calcium absorption. Lysine has demonstrated effectiveness against the herpesvirus. Although it appears most effective against cold sores, it also has shown some benefit for those with genital herpes.18 

Studies have shown not only that lysine is important in the prevention and treatment of herpes outbreaks but that the ratio of lysine to arginine, another amino acid, also is worth examining. Some researchers believe that a diet high in arginine and low in lysine may activate the herpesvirus and promote outbreaks.19 HSV replication requires arginine, so a diet high in lysine may block arginine and prevent it from activating the virus. Most of our high-protein foods--meat, fish, dairy products and eggs--contain many amino acids including both arginine and lysine. Chocolate, nuts and grains are high in arginine while relatively low in lysine. Legumes have a high lysine content and are lower in arginine. Those who suffer recurrent herpes outbreaks should limit their intake of chocolate and nuts and eat legumes regularly to favor lysine in their diet while limiting arginine. 

Supplementing with lysine can help, but no amino acid should be taken exclusively for more than one month. Favoring one amino acid can lead to deficiencies in other amino acids. Lysine is best used as part of a comprehensive program that includes diet, herbs and immune support. It can be taken as needed for occasional outbreaks and discontinued when health improves. 

Lysine is considered extremely safe and without side effects even at doses of 2-3 g per day, which are required for effectiveness. Most commonly, lysine is taken 500 mg at a time, three to five times a day with food, as needed to control herpes outbreaks. 

Aloe (Aloe vera, A. barbadensis): A familiar plant long used topically for burn and wound healing, aloe is an excellent antiulcer and vulnerary.20,21 Herpes sufferers can apply aloe topically to lesions and also take it internally for its antiviral effect.22 Recent research has identified several immune-stimulating compounds in the pulpy gel of the aloe plant.23 Acemannan, a long-chain polysaccharide, has been noted to have immune activity useful in combating viral infections.24 Acemannan, like other immune-enhancing polysaccharides, has been shown to increase white blood cell counts and promote the cells' phagocytic abilities, produce interferon and fight viruses. Those with chronic viral infections might consider drinking 1-2 ounces of aloe juice mixed with fruit juice each day. The amount of aloe vera juice can be increased as needed, up to a pint or more per day. Research involving acemannan and the AIDS virus has shown that drinking one-half to 1 liter of aloe juice per day may enhance the effects of the pharmaceutical drug AZT and allow AIDS patients to decrease their dosage.25 [For more on aloe usage, see story on 
page 16.] 

Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis): Long associated with the nerves, lemon balm is mentioned in many old European herbals for its uplifting and antidepressant effects. Recent research credits lemon balm, also called melissa, with antiviral activity against the herpesvirus. Promising German clinical trials report that applying strong melissa extracts to initial herpes outbreaks prevented recurrence.26,27 

Melissa may speed healing and shorten the duration of an outbreak when applied topically. Creams prepared from highly concentrated melissa extracts are now available, as is melissa essential oil. Apply melissa preparations to herpes lesions immediately at the onset of an outbreak for best results.28 

Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra): Root preparations of licorice have been shown to possess antiviral activity.29 Licorice, widely used in herbal medicine, has numerous actions including anti-inflammatory, antiulcer, immune-enhancing and hormone balancing. For herpes infections, licorice makes a lot of sense because it is an antiviral known to reduce inflammation and heal ulcers. Licorice contains a steroidlike saponin called glycyrrhizin, a derivative of glycyrrhetinic acid. This saponin can alleviate pain and speed healing of herpes lesions.30 Glycyrrhiza should be applied topically and taken internally for best results.31-33 Prepare tea by boiling one teaspoon of the shredded root per cup of water for five to 10 minutes. Drink four to five cups of licorice tea per day at the onset of a herpes outbreak. Soaking a cloth in tea and applying to ulcers may speed healing. Salves containing glycyrrhizinic acid, one of the antiulcer compounds in licorice, are available. 

Glycyrrhiza is known to elevate blood pressure in rare instances in susceptible individuals. Using licorice preparations topically, however, appears safe, even for hypertensive patients. Taking licorice internally for a week or two is unlikely to harm anyone, even those on blood pressure medications. However, if licorice is recommended as a long-term therapy to manage severe and recurrent herpes outbreaks, it would be wise to monitor blood pressure. 

Surgery: For genital wart removal, laser surgery, cryosurgery and electrocautery are effective but somewhat painful. For severe or resistant cases, type I alpha interferon often is injected into the warty growths. It is expensive, however, only minimally effective, and it does not reduce the rate of recurrence.34 

Podophyllum: The caustic resin derived from the mayapple plant (Podophyllum peltatum) is typically prepared as a 20 percent solution by diluting the plant resin with a tincture of benzoin. This solution is applied topically to the genital wart and washed off four or five hours later. To prevent the podophyllum from harming surrounding skin, apply a greasy ointment such as calendula salve around the wart. Podophyllum is not appropriate to use intravaginally, on the cervix or in the anus. 

Although the application is not painful, podophyllum destroys the tissues it comes in contact with, causing the wart to dry up and flake away. A single drop of podophyllum and a single application may destroy the wart in many cases. For large, fleshy growths or unresponsive cases, the podophyllum resin may be applied every two to four weeks as needed. Podophyllum should not be used, even topically, by pregnant women because of its potential to cause birth defects. Because of its potentially caustic action, podophyllum is available only by prescription. 

A combination of antiviral herbs and nutrients may help deter these stubborn viruses. A healthy diet and lifestyle also support the immune system resist the activation and spread of viral diseases. People plagued by genital warts or recurrent herpes outbreaks don't have to suffer or allow the virus to create malignant changes. A consultation with a naturopathic physician, herbalist or other health care provider can be very heartening. More so with viral STDs than with other ailments, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

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Jill E. Stansbury, N.D., maintains a private practice in Battleground, Wash., where she specializes in botanical and natural therapies. She heads the botanical medicine department at the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Ore., and has published a brief materia medica, Herbs for Health and Healing (Publications International, 1997).

Do you have any herbs that can cure herpes. If so can you email me with the name of this product. Thanks very much.

ANSWER: I was not sure what kind of Herpes you had, this is an answer for Shingles but if you do not have shingles, using antiviral herbs in general and rotating them through your daily diet will help. There are other answers on antiviral herbs and herbs for herpes online at this site, please do a search to find them.

I am not sure what type of herpes you are referring to if it is Shingles, Shingles is a Herpes zoster virus that lives in the Nerves System, pain is caused by nerves being attacked. I would think this is being caused by a stress you are under. As always, pathogens are opportunistic, your stress causes reduced immune response and immune reservoir in general. The virus was just waiting for the chance to attack. Herpes virus never really go away but just wait for a chance to reappear. I would suggest dealing with the stress is as necessary as getting over the shingles. Use the food/culinary herbs mentioned below, on a rotating basis in your diet, get as much in or on you as possible.

Use the Fresh Oats and Saint Johnswort for nerve food and to help with
pain, and strengthening nervous system. I would also suggest an Adaptogen here
to deal with the stress use Siberian Ginseng, additionally to boost immune reservoir use Astragalus or medicinal mushrooms. 

Best herbal for itching is anything with Menthol in it, peppermint,
Eucalyptus, etc also Witch Hazel or an oatmeal plaster.

Antivirals in general

Aloe Vera - combine w/ Lemon Balm & Licorice to treat herpes apply to skin

Saint Johnswort - mild antiviral, can use internally and externally, nerve food, nerve pain

Woad "big blue leaf", Latin Name: Isadis tinctoria - Good Antiviral internally and externally.

Lomatium - strong antiviral

Goldenseal, Barberry, Oregan Grape are topically antiviral

Food herbs that are antiviral rotate them through your diet.

Elderberry - antiviral

Sage - antiviral

Lemon Balm - mild antiviral, can use internally and externally

Licorice root - mild antiviral, can use internally and externally, apply very strong tea on skin, reduce incidence length by 50% according to testing.

Calendula - mild antiviral, can use internally and externally, affinity for skin, good herb

Basil - mild antiviral, can use internally and externally, apply strong tea to skin

Garlic - antiviral, need to smell like garlic

Ramps, Onions, etc - antiviral

Herbs for Nervous system

Fresh Milky Oats - Nerve food

Saint Johnswort - mild antiviral, can use internally and externally, nerve food, nerve pain

Adaptogen herbs: Siberian Ginseng

Immune reservoir and balancing herbs such as Astragalus and Medicinal Mushrooms. Echinacea is a immune potentiating herb.