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August 23, 2010

Healing Herpes With Honey

Filed under: herpes — Tags: , , , , , , — Candace @ 2:14 pm

Herpes welts are unsightly and normally agonizing but there are available medications (Acyclovir) used to treat herpes. It was recently discovered that honey is a better treatment with less side effects and a faster healing time.

Honey is one of the best natural wound fighters, and does everything from taking the itch out of a stinging nettle rash, to healing a sore throat, to reducing allergy symptoms! Honey is also used to disinfect wounds and speeds up the healing process.

A recently published study showed that 16 patients who had reoccurring herpes used Acyclovir cream for one patch of sores, and honey for another affected area. They applied Acyclovir (and left it on) 6 times daily, and honey four times daily. The honey was applied by gauze soaked in honey, pressed onto the sores for 15 minutes. With honey, herpes sores on the lips (cold sores) had a 43 percent better healing time than acyclovir. Genital herpes sores had a 59 percent better healing time than acyclovir. When using acyclovir there were reported side effects of itching sensation where applied, but when using honey there were no reported side effects.

If you experience reoccurring herpes you can prevent them rather than treat them as they come. If you remove sugar and reduce carbs from your diet you can reduce, or even stop herpes outbreaks. The stimulant of herpes is called L-arginine. Foods that reproduce when you plant them carry high levels of L-arginine: nuts, beans, grains, and seeds. Reducing these foods in your diet (not eliminating them, as a slight amount is beneficial) can prevent recurrent herpes.

Do not use processed honey (the kind you find in grocery stores) on herpes. This can increase your infection! To treat herpes you can use Maunka honey, or raw honey. As well it has been found beneficial to use Vitamin C, Aloe Vera, and Garlic to treat herpes sores.

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