Genital Herpes

Genital Herpes is a highly contagious, sexually transmitted disease caused by a viral infection.

 

What to look for

  • numbness, tingling, itching or burning in the genitals.

  • burning sensation while urinating or having intercourse.

  • painful or frequent urination

  • watery blisters in the genital area.

This is a very common and highly contagious sexually transmitted disease. It is currently incurable but it is not fatal.

Usually, herpes spreads only if the infected person is experiencing an outbreak of blisters. However, even people with no symptoms can sometimes spread it; it can also be spread through oral sex if one partner has a cold sore on their mouth (cold sores are caused by the herpes virus).

The first outbreak is usually the most extensive and painful, and can last from five days to three weeks. Some people never have another attack, others do have more throughout their lives.

 

Causes

Genital herpes is caused by a virus that invades the body upon sexual contact with another herpes carrier. After symptoms disappear, the virus travels to deep nerve centres at the base of the spinal cord near the buttocks. When reactivated, the virus moves out along the nerves, resulting in a new outbreak.

Very sick or stressed people have the most attacks and there are many types of stimuli or stress may reactivate the virus, including sunburn, sexual intercourse, allergic reactions to foods or medications and menstruation.

 

Traditional Treatment

There is no cure for herpes, but there are ways to relieve the discomfort and promote recovery.

 

Alternative/Natural Treatments

It is a good idea to investigate the alternative treatments available as they are often successful in relieving the symptoms and preventing future outbreaks.

 

Chinese Herbs - A doctor of Chinese medicine will prescribe a formula tailored to your needs. It may include herbs such as Gentiana (Gentiana scabra) and Dong Quai. A doctor of Chinese medicine will prescribe a formula tailored to your needs. It may include herbs such as Gentiana (Gentiana scabra) and Dong Quai.

 

Herbal Therapies - Echinacea (Echinacea spp.) and garlic (Allium sativum) are thought to strengthen the body's defenses against viral infection. Research also suggests that liquorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra), eliminates the herpes virus. Drink herbal teas or take capsules as directed. Echinacea (Echinacea spp.) and garlic (Allium sativum) are thought to strengthen the body's defenses against viral infection. Research also suggests that liquorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra), eliminates the herpes virus. Drink herbal teas or take capsules as directed.

 

Homoeopathy - A Homoeopath will prescribe a specific combination of remedies that may include Rhus toxicodendron, Sepia, Natrum Muriaticum, Hepar sulphuris, and Thuja Occidentalis. A Homoeopath will prescribe a specific combination of remedies that may include Rhus toxicodendron, Sepia, Natrum Muriaticum, Hepar sulphuris, and Thuja Occidentalis.

 

By reducing stress, you can prevent outbreaks.

Personal Care

  • Apply diluted lemon juice, vitamin E, or tea tree oil (Melaleuca spp.) to dry up sores.

  • Use zinc sulfate ointment to heal sores.

  • Soothe lesions with baking soda compresses.

  • Add 3 tbsp salt to a warm bath; follow with a cold bath.

 

Dietary considerations

The amino acid lysine prevents the herpes virus from living. Avoid arginine-rich foods such as peanuts, cashews, and chocolate. Lysine-rich foods include beef, lamb, fish, milk, and cheese.

You can also take lysine in capsule form daily to help prevent outbreaks. In addition, vitamin E may decrease pain and speed the healing of lesions.

 

Prevention

If an infected partner is having a herpes outbreak, don't have intercourse, even if you use a condom.

Always use a condom with a person who has the disease as the symptoms may still be present.

Don't practice oral sex if one of you has a cold sore.

 

When To Seek Further Professional Advice…

  • you have any of the symptoms listed above