If I have it, how do I manage it? Homeopathically?
Lysine slows or alters the growth of the virus, and foods high in this amino acid or supplements should be prevalent in your diet. Some foods are: fish and shellfish, bean sprouts, brewer's yeast, beans and fruits and vegetables.
During outbreaks, foods that contain the amino acid L-arginine should be avoided as L-arginine is a possible link to outbreaks. Some examples are: gelatin, chicken, wheat germ, cereals or grains like rye, corn, oats, and barley, soybeans, almonds, peanuts, walnuts, cashews, carob, cola drinks, coffee (caffeine) and chocolate (sadly!).
Lysine has proved a very successful homeopathic treatment for many people - for both genital and oral herpes. The best way to boost your lysine levels is to take a supplement daily and supplement with higher doses during outbreaks. Lysine is generally sold in 500mg and 1000mg capsule strengths. For a daily supplement, try taking one 500mg capsule once daily, with a meal. During outbreaks, try taking one 1000mg capsule three to four times daily, with meals to substantially lessen the severity of the outbreak and speed the healing process. As a naturally occurring amino acid, there are no known toxicity levels with high doses of lysine.
C - top
The tissue requirements for ascorbic acid are increased under conditions of increased metabolism. It stimulates the production of interferon and acts as an inactivator against viruses and infections, including herpes, vaccinia, hepatitis, polio, encephalitis, measles, pneumonia, and AIDS. This is accomplished because vitamin C, catalyzed by copper ions, reduces oxygen molecules to molecules that, in turn, attack the nucleic acid of the virus.1
If enough has been given to saturate the tissues, vitamin C will enter cells where dormant viruses are and destroy them. Generally, the body can only absorb and use 60mg of vitamin C per hour. Any more than that, and the excess is excreted in the urine. Large doses can cause side effects in some people such as: diarrhea, intestinal gas, skin rashes or nausea. When any symptom occurs, dosage should be reduced. It's helpful to take vitamin C with meals to not only aid absorption, but to possibly avoid stomach upset.
Today there are "time release" formulas that purportedly allow the vitamin to be steadily released into the body over a period of time. These can be helpful to take once or twice daily, with meals, for a sustained level of vitamin C in the body throughout the day.
Manage your stress.
Lysine is your best friend.
Vitamin C is your next best friend.
Help yourself to herbs.
1 Nutrition Almanac, Fourth Edition, Gayla J. Kirschmann and John D. Kirschmann, 1996, McGraw-Hill.
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