Herpes has existed for thousands of years, but only more recently (the past 100 years or so) understood. I was first formally recognized by Hippocrates (460 to 370 BCE), who wrote about the symptoms of herpes, particularly the lesions.
The name herpes is taken from an old, Greek term, herpein, which stands for 'creeping or latent', as in creeping across the skin. Tiberius, emperor from AD 14 to 37, outlawed kissing as a means to put an end to this unsightly creeping across the flesh. Absolutely no one was to kiss at public gatherings.
Aulus Celsus, who wrote on matters pertaining to health in approximately this same time period advised herpes blisters be cauterized with a red-hot iron.
Shakespeare refers to cold sores in scene IV of Romeo & Juliet when he describes blisters 'o'er ladies lips'. it was believed sweetmeats (confections) could give you herpes. But then, it was also believed a fairy, Queen Mab, could do the same by spelling a person.
In the 18th century, the French categorized this 'creeping or latent' atrocity as a disease associated with the work of prostitutes.
Herpes is actually Herpes is a family of DNA viruses called Herpesviridae. The family consists of Alphaherpesviridae, Betaherpesviridae, and Gammaherpesviridae, which cause HSV-1 (cold sores) and HSV-2 (genital herpes), genital warts, chicken pox, shingles, and the Epstein-Barr virus (mononucleosis). These viruses tend not to leave their hosts and often cause recurring infections. When inactive they reside dormant in their host. To remain dormant is considered ‘in remission’. There is no cure for Herpes Simplex Virus, but you can put herpes in remission.
According to Don Ward Hackett, when a herpes virus initially enters a skin, or epithelial, cell, it begins shedding its outer layers, releasing viral proteins to perform their functions, but a small subset of viral proteins remains bound to the DNA-filled capsid, a protein shell that holds the DNA that will turn the cell into a herpes virus factory.
Herpes viruses tend not to leave their hosts and often cause recurring infections. When the herpes virus is inactive they reside dormant in their host (you). To remain dormant is considered ‘in remission’. There is no cure for Herpes Simplex Virus, but you can put herpes in remission. I don't know about you, but that thought makes me smile.
In the 9th century the emperor, Charlemagne, order Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis) planted in all monastery apothecary gardens. In medieval times Lemon Balm was used for digestion, sleeplessness, wounds, and anxiety. Wine infused with Lemon Balm was used to treat fevers. It was also used to flavor foods and crushed leaves treated wounds and bites. The Arabs used it as a remedy for heart conditions, depression and to clear the mind.
In the early 17th century Carmelite nuns (France) produced a type of water using Lemon Balm, which was called Eau de Melissa de Carmes, which was known to have curative powers. The herb helps to relieve insomnia, anxiety, depression, hysteria, migraines, ADD, and certain viruses, including Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV). Lemon Balm contains antiviral properties. A research study conducted in Germany revealed Lemon Balm shortened the duration of cold sore (HSV-1) breakouts by half.
It might interest you to know that fish, such as salmon, Japanese eel, catfish, and koi, can also contract herpes virus (www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov).
To learn how to put herpes in remission naturally, see The Online Course.
Photograph courtesy of Weebly.com with sepia overlay.
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
Artwork & Photography Credits
Side Bar: Pen & Ink, Old Door, and Star (iStock.com ~ All rights reserved.) with sepia overlays.