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Herpes

DESCRIPTION

Herpes can refer to either herpes zoster or herpes simplex.

Herpes zoster is an Infection of a nerve centre with severe Pain and a blister-like eruption in the area of the nerve distribution. It is also referred to as Shingles. Shingles represents a reactivation of the dormant chicken pox virus, usually in the elderly, as a result of Stress. It most often involves the area of the upper abdomen and lower chest, but may appear along other nerve pathways including the area of the eye. Serious ocular complications may lead to blindness. Although there is no specific treatment for the disease, it is generally nonrecurrent.

Herpes simplex is an acute virus Infection of the Skin characterised by one or more blisters filled with clear fluid. These vesicles usually appear around the lips (where they are commonly known as cold sores), and about the genitals. The reappearance of blisters may be triggered by such factors as fever, infectious diseases, exposure to sunlight, Menstruation or Pregnancy. The blisters usually last from ten to fourteen days.

HERBS

Astragalus (7)
Echinacea

NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTS:

L-lysine (1)
B Complex
Vitamin C (2,3)
Vitamin E (4)
Zinc (5,6)

HOMOEOPATHY: Cold sores and Shingles

Rhus tox.
Itching blisters, may be better for warmth.

Arsen. alb.
If there is a marked burning sensation in a cold-blooded person.

Hepar sulph.
Exquisitely tender with obvious pus.

Sulphur
Burning sensation and Itching in a warm-blooded person.

REFERENCES

1. Flodin NW. The metabolic roles, pharmacology, and toxicology of lysine. J Am Coll Nutr 16(1): 7-21, 1997.
2. Hovi T, et al. Topical treatment of recurrent mucocutaneous herpes with ascorbic acid-containing solution. Antiviral Res 27(3): 263-270, 1995.
3. Terezhalmy GT, Bottomley WK, and Pelleu GB. The use of water-soluble bioflavonoid-ascorbic acid complex in the treatment of recurrent herpes labialis. Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol 45(1): 56-62, 1978.
4. Fink M, Fink J. Treatment of herpes simplex by alpha-tocopherol (Vitamin E). Br Dent J 1980;148:246 [letter].
5. Brody I. Topical treatment of recurrent herpes simplex and post-herpetic erythema multiforme with low concentrations of Zinc sulphate solution. Br J Derm 1981;104:191-94.
6. Apisariyakulm A, Buddhasukh D, Apisariyakul S, et al. Zinc monoglycerolate is effective against oral herpetic sores. Med J Aust 1990;152:54.
7. Zhao KS, et al: Enhancement of the immune response in mice by Astragalus membranaceus extracts, Immunopharmacology, 20(3), Nov-Dec 1990, p 225-233.