With ninety percent of Americans having been exposed to herpes simplex one (HSV-1, typically associated with oral cold sores) and twenty to thirty percent having been exposed to herpes simplex two (HSV-2, typically on the genitals and sexually transmitted), herpes has become quite common. With such a large percentage of our population suffering from these viruses, it is no wonder many are looking for prevention and ways to battle symptoms.
Herpes poses physical challenges, but there can also be a strong social stigma from the sexual transmission aspect. Thus, it can feel like an overwhelming health concern to deal with, not just physically but also mentally and emotionally. It is important to understand, however, that just as there is nothing shameful about contracting a virus such as the flu from having physical contact with another person, there is nothing shameful about contracting the herpes virus. After all, sexuality is a normal and healthy part of our lives and getting a virus is not a reflection on who we are as a person. We should also remember that a person can carry the virus for years with no symptoms, so herpes outbreaks are not necessarily an indication of infidelity in a relationship.
Alternative Herpes Treatments
Common drugs such as Valtrex that are designed to suppress herpes symptoms cause undesirable side effects ranging from mild symptoms such as diarrhea and nausea to more serious complications which include damage to the liver and central nervous system, there is no wonder many are on the lookout for holistic approaches to herpes. The most important thing to keep in mind when exploring holistic herpes treatments is to remember that things like food, herbs, teas, supplements, tinctures and others all act as a type of drug to the body and it is why it is imperative to do your homework before taking any of these types of treatments or using them as preventative measures. These integrative treatments can interfere with medications as well as impact health conditions, so ensuring that you are not causing harm to yourself should be your most important priority. In addition to research, it is advisable to consult with a physician, especially an integrative or holistic physician who is knowledgeable in such natural approaches, as they can easily tell you what will be your best course of action.
Before you buy supplements, teas, etc., you may also wish to research the company that manufacturers the product(s) that you are considering. Unfortunately there are many that are not on the level when it comes to providing the correct dosage or even the proper ingredients in such natural remedies. It is also possible to check out specific brands through third party certification companies that can verify if the product you are interested in trying is what it claims to be.
For specific holistic approaches in preventing and treating herpes such as nutrition, herbs, teas visit HolisticWisdom.com and check out their alternative herpes resources through this related article.