There Are Natural Remedies For Cold Sores and Herpes – By Dr. Adam Graves, ND, LAc – Naturopathic Doctor, Licensed Acupuncturist, Functional Medicine, Pain Management, Sports Nutrition, Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement, Infertility Specialist, Nutritional Healing, Digestive Disorders, Allergies, Autoimmune Disorders, Anxiety, Depression – Denver, Castle Rock, Highlands Ranch, Colorado
Frequent or recurrent herpes outbreaks can cause severe frustration and pain for patients Fortunately, whether it’s cold sores, shingles, genital herpes or post herpetic nueroalgia, they can all be helped with natural medicine, natural cures, and/or natural remedies. In my practice I have helped several patients struggling with these issues. I combine diet, acupuncture, and natural medicines like herbs and nutrients to help patients recover from these issues.
When discussing herpes we first start with diet. Foods high in the amino acid arginine allow the herpes virus to replicate causing outbreaks, while foods high in lysine help prevent outbreaks.
Foods to include (unless you are allergic or sensitive ) in your diet if you suffer from cold sores or herpes are :
- Dairy, especially fermented like kefir, yogurt, cheese, sour cream, etc
- Fish and Seafood
- Chicken, Turkey, Lamb
- Brewers Yeast
- Foods to avoid during outbreaks and if you have recurrent outbreaks are:
- Nuts, Seeds
- Wheat Germ
Foods to eat in moderation are:
- Whole Grains
- Eggplant, tomatoes, squash, zucchini, etc.
Some herbs and nutrients that are used to treat and prevent herpes are L- lysine, larrea, olive leaf extract, zinc, and others.
Acupuncture and Chinese medicine can also be very effective addition in dealing with the pain from herpes, shingles, and post herpetic neuralgia. If you suffer from cold sores or herpes and are looking for natural remedies or natural solutions that are safe and effective, give us a call or email today!
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