Acyclovir is the generic name for the antiviral drugs used in the list of prescription drugs listed below. Each of these antiviral medications is used for specific symptoms related to Herpes Simplex Virus and are dispensed in varying dosages depending upon the severity of the symptoms they are to combat.
Stavig (acyclovir) is commonly used for treating cold sores and is applied to the upper gum of the mouth.
Valtrex (valacyclovir hydrochloride) is used to treat cold sores, genital herpes, and shingles (a painful rash caused by the chickenpox virus) in adults. Valtrex is also used to treat cold sores and chickenpox in children. It is in pill form and taken by mouth, but your pharmacist can use the caplets to make an oral suspension.
Xerese (acyclovir/hydrocortisone) contains two medicines used to shorten the healing time and prevent worsening of cold sores. It is a topical medicine and applied directly on the skin.
Zovirax Cream (acyclovir) is a topical medicine applied directly to the skin used to treat cold sores.
Zovirax Ointment (acyclovir) is a topical medicine applied directly on the skin used to treat herpes, including cold sores and genital warts.
Zovirax Oral (acyclovir) is a medicine used to treat shingles (a painful rash caused by the chickenpox virus), genital herpes, and chickenpox. Zovirax oral is available as capsules, tablets, and a suspension.
The following is not a complete list of side-effects.
Note: The side-effects of Zovirax to an unborn child (during the months of pregnancy) is unknown. However, it is known that traces of Zovirax can be transferred through breast milk to a nursing child.
There are times when antiviral medications may be necessary to get severe symptoms under control. However, in many cases, antiviral herbs and spices cause little to no side-effects. The Online Course reveals which ones work the best for putting herpes in remission.
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Zinc is, indeed, one of the best minerals there is for helping to heal skin disorders, including HSV-1 and HSV-2. Zinc deactivates the herpes virus and inhibits the reproduction of herpes-infected cells.
When you are living with HSV, you probably shouldn't be without Zinc, but here's the thing. While getting your supply of Zinc from your foods and taking it in supplement form are both completely advantageous toward putting herpes in remission, it is applying Zinc topically that reaps the most benefit when it comes to healing herpes breakouts. Zinc can heal herpes breakouts up to 40% quicker when applied topically as a cream and can help to reduce pain. There is no clinical proof that supplements work as well to reduce symptoms after the fact.
Keep in mind, Zinc may interact with some antibiotics and with the drug Cisplatin, which is used in chemotherapy.
Note: Chocolate contains Zinc. However, chocolate can trigger herpes breakouts. It's perfectly fine to savor chocolate indulgences now and again but moderation is key in putting herpes in remission. No bingeing! Further more, nuts are also often an HSV trigger, so chocolates containing nuts are a double whammy for causing breakouts. Sorry.
Also, see The Online Course: Putting Herpes in Remission for a list of the top supplements for putting herpes in remission.
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L-Lysine, an amino acid, is a popular supplement on the market for helping to prevent Herpes breakouts because it actually helps to restore pH balance. I, myself, have used it in the past with mixed results. Personally, I saw very little improvement in reduction of recurrences or in the severity of breakouts.
L-Lysine has to be taken a fairly high dose, say 1250 mg. Some even say to take 1000 mg up to 3 x per day, but I don't suggest it and here's why. L-Lysine increases the amount of Calcium your body absorbs, may increase cholesterol and triglyceride levels, and may also interfere with certain medications. Taking Lysine in mega doses may throw other amino acids and nutrients out of balance.
L-Lysine may also cause stomach upset, gas, bloating, constipation and/or diarrhea.
While L-Lysine can certainly help to jump start balancing your pH, it is not meant to be taken indefinitely and it works better as a preventative than a remedy for existent breakouts. Instead, I suggest a balanced diet, one that naturally contains L-Lysine rich foods, rather than taking L-Lysine indefinitely. See The Online Course: Putting Herpes in Remission Naturally for a comprehensive list of L-Lysine rich foods.
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The Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database considers Peppermint oil as safe when applied topically to the skin, but studies are limited.
A couple of German studies, both from the University of Heidelberg, observed that Peppermint, as well as Lemon Balm, Prunella Vulgaris and Sage (all in the same plant family), showed high antiviral activity against strains HSV-1 and HSV-2. Peppermint also showed activity against an acyclovir-resistant strain of HSV-1.
When choosing to drink Peppermint tea or other concoctions containing Peppermint, keep in mind that while Peppermint can help with stomach complaints, such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome, it can also cause problems by relaxing the esophageal sphincter (the muscle at the top of the stomach that holds it closed so food can't come back up) and cause indigestion, heartburn, and acid reflux.
Symptoms of Peppermint toxicity are breathing difficulties and heart palpitations, reddening or inflammation of the skin, hives, burning or stinging. Taking large quantities can lead to even more serious problems.
Because Peppermint oil can be extremely toxic in small quantities over time it should be sparingly. For this reason, I do not suggest it as a natural remedy for putting herpes in remission unless used to apply topically. However, the other herbs mentioned in this blog would do a far better job, in my opinion.
Also, see The Online Course: Putting Herpes in Remission for complete information on antiviral herbs and spices.
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The Herpes Blitz Protocol is a program that promises to destroy the herpes virus (HSV-1 and HSV-2) within days by eating 3 delicious Moroccan foods each day. It is offered by Josh Parker who states he contracted herpes himself and no longer has herpes. Is it a scam? No. I wouldn't say it's a scam, but it is clearly hard to follow.
The program can be started for as little as $27, which sounds great, right? Keyword "STARTED".
One thing you don't know unless you listen to his very, very, very long video is that these 3 fruits won't work by themselves to 'cure' your herpes. Duh. Yes. I am being sarcastic. I absolutely detest that people get lured into thinking they can eliminate their herpes by eating or drinking or taking one or two or three little items just to find out, after they spent their money, they still, which he admits in his video, will need to follow a myriad of other dietary and lifestyle changes in order to 'cure' their herpes. And, let me just say, there is no cure. And, no one can tell you that you will 'cure' your herpes within a certain amount of days. You can put herpes in remission, but not with 3 fruits. Not even with 3 Moroccan fruits.
Here's the thing about the Moroccan fruit. In his video, Josh talks about how Moroccan soldiers were seemingly unaffected by the Herpes Simplex Virus when a group of sexually active soldiers started coming down with symptoms of herpes while the American soldiers in the group were coming down with symptoms left and right. Long story short, Josh determined it was because the Moroccan's diet consisted of eating these 3 fruits on a regular basis, which kept them from contracting herpes or, at the very least, experiencing any symptoms.
The 3 fruits contain active ingredients quercitin, resveratrol, and curcumin, but then he goes on to say how getting in the right amounts each day would be difficult and, even if you could, herpes would still be alive inside your body. So, he goes on to describe a smoothie protocol you are to use for 7 days. Then, to destroy herpes forever (to kill the virus, so it doesn't even show up in blood tests over and over) you're to go on a 21 day destroy phase to unmask and obliterate HSV-1 and HSV-2, which he named The Herpes Blitz Protocol.
I purchased the program eager to find out what he was offering. It took forever to get through the checkout process as I was offered a variety of add-ons (which vitamins to use, tips on exercise, sleeping better, diabetes, Alzheimer's, how to lose belly fat, reverse hearing loss, improve vision, increase testosterone, faith healing, cupping, Tai Chi, aromatherapy, cookbooks, grocery lists, etc.) all for an additional amount of money.
After reviewing his protocol, I saw Josh put together a very strict dietary regimen that seems to completely ignore the #1 reason for more frequent or severe herpes breakouts, which is improper pH balance. I thought, perhaps, the foods he says are good for destroying the virus might help to balance pH without saying as much, but his recipes do not suggest this. In fact, his recipes include items known to be HSV triggers, such as chocolate and strawberries.
While Josh does offer some valid information on antiviral foods and herbs I'm not sure he can deliver his promise of an absolute cure. However, he does offer a 60-day, money back guarantee that if your herpes isn't obliterated in 4 weeks. How are you supposed to tell? Go get blood tests to see if herpes is still in your system. Of course, it is possible to have a negative reading. That's outright admitting there's no way to tell if the protocol obliterates (kill) herpes as he says it does.
What Josh does not mention in his videos is that Josh no one can tell if they have been re-infected with herpes after they've been "cured", so he offers you a prevention program which may just be another way of covering his A$$ (sorry about the crassness) when the program doesn't work.
In my opinion, so far I see nothing about The Herpes Blitz Protocol that seems humanly possible without experiencing overwhelm, which is an HSV trigger, and would likely bring on a herpes breakout.
Furthermore, I'm not completely happy with having my inbox blown up with sales pitches for other products, as well as the one I already purchased, that read as if he doesn't even know I am already a customer. Not to mention, the emails from several other sellers I am still unsubscribing from.
Still, if you are someone who prefers a strict menu to follow Josh's protocol may be worth following. However, there's one drawback. he doesn't tell you what to do after the 4 week period comes to an end. Do you go back to eating the way you were, decide on eating a healthier diet or stick to his strict regime for rest of your life? It's a question I asked. The answer? You're expected to follow this strict diet for the rest of your life or come up with a diet on your own. Are you kidding me?
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Echinacea is a flower with bright pink petals and a dark reddish-orange center. Its relative is the Daisy. It became popular in America in the 1800s and, again, in Germany in the 1920s. It is often used to treat colds and flu and some other illnesses, infections, and conditions by supporting the immune system.
There are 9 different species of Echinacea and three varieties are, typically, used in treatments. But, while Echinacea has been used for a variety of conditions, none of them have been backed by studies.
Echinacea is an immuno-stimulating herb with some antimicrobial properties and is high in antioxidants. Echinacea is not an anti-viral. While there have been numerous studies on Echinacea, results have been mixed. Some studies have shown it can help to reduce a cold or flu virus by a day or two, while others show it works no better than a placebo. For example, researchers in the U.K. compared it against a placebo and found no difference in control groups after 6 months.
Topical remedies that boast Echinacea's healing power over Herpes Simplex Virus are false. Additionally, some Echinacea products have been found to be tainted with arsenic, lead or selenium.
For its immune stimulating benefits, Echinacea can be taken in taken as a supplement form or as a beverage (tea). However, Echinacea is to be cycled. Generally, I suggest 10 days on and, at least, 7 days off. When taken for long periods of time it can lower white blood cell count. It can also interfere with certain drugs.
Children under the age of 12 are more sensitive to Echinacea and should not be given Echinacea, as 7% develop a rash, which could be an allergic reaction.
Some Echinacea products have been found to be tainted with arsenic, lead or selenium.
In my opinion, Echinacea, when added to your regimen can't hurt but isn't one of my top 5 remedy suggestions for putting herpes in remission. While it may help to boost the immune system, there are far better for putting Herpes Simplex Virus in remission.
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You can bring natural energy into your home by learning to decorate with nature itself. How many times have you pocketed a special looking rock or a pretty little shell? Bringing these treasures home with you not only remind you of fond moments and special memories but ground you spiritually with the earth you live upon. The materials you use in your home (furniture, carpeting, towels and sheets, cleaning products, etc.) can be natural as well.
Feng Shui Tip for Bringing Nature into the Home
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Feng Shui Tip for the Bedroom
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Feng Shui Tip for the Bathroom
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Mari J. Dionne ~ CHP, CLC
"The older I get the more sure I am that one's thoughts create one's reality. They say home is where the heart is but I have found it is the mind that that determines where one's heart resides."
Forgotten English Health Terms
Fish-Whole - as sound as a fish or healthy
Blind Cupid - the backside
Accoucheur - a male mid-wife
Kingsevil - a disease or swelling of the cervical lymph nodes
Valitudinary - subject to sickness; crazy
Chime-Child -a child born on Sunday who was immune to witchcraft, could see ghosts, and was a natural healer
Periblepsis - a delirious stare of the eyes
Wormland - churchyard
Green-Sickness - a disease incident to virgins; sickly paleness, with green tint of complexion
Tissek or Tissicky Cough - a tickling faint cough
Multiplying Medicine - an elixer of the alchemists, used in making and multiplying gold
Peat-Reek-Whisky - highland whiskey, distilled over peat fires
Belly-Brussen - a distended stomach or having a protuberant stomach
Oint - to smear with an unctuous substance (usually having to do with painting or disguising something)
Farbed-Up - confused
Nyctobasis - somnambulism; to walk in one's sleep
Roozles - wretchedness of mind and body
Coolth - coolness (opposite of warmth)
Pharmacopolist - an apothecary
Laver - to wash (before dinner)
Gothicism - to be rude or rudeness
Desuetude - lack of use
Splay the Bream - to cut up that fish
Doctor of Skill - a physician
Dendranthoplology - the theory that man sprang from trees
Fash - to care, to trouble one's self, anxiety
Satisfy Colon - to satisfy one's hunger
Neurasthenia - debility or impairment of the nerves
Trollibags - the intestines
Cothish - faint, sickly, ailing
Fogo - a disagreeable stink, stench, or smell
With Squirrel - pregnant
Pottinger - a cook, apothecary, druggist (Scotland)
Pomster - a quack doctor; to treat illness without knowledge or skill
Bleflummery - vain imaginings
Venefice - a practice of poisoning
Weaponsalve - a salve that was supposed to cure the wound by applying it to the weapon that caused it
Overset - to recover from mental shock
Fordolked - wounded
Wamblecropped - humiliated
Peffle - in a nervous state
Measondue - a hospital or poor house
Dead-Nip - a blue mark on the body not caused by an injury or any known cause...sometimes called a witch's nip
Sadly On - expressing that a person is ill or in a bad way
Whirligigs or Tallywags - testicles
Betwattled - to be surprised, confounded, out of one’s senses
Bone Box - the mouth
Dicked in the Nob - silly, crazed
Head Rails - teeth
Hickey - tipsy, hiccupping
Knowledge box - a term for the head
Sugar stick - the virile member
Pimpish - Dainty in the matter of food (taking in small quantities)
Witchify - to bewitch
Naufrage - shipwreck
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