In conventional medicine, doctors normally prescribe Zovirax™ (Acyclovir) ointment or other topical medications to treat an outbreak of herpes. As in many cases, nature has come up with a better treatment method than the use of anti-viral compunds. Honey has a long tradition of being a good healer of wounds. Now, recent research has shown that honey works as well as and actually better than, an anti-viral for cases of both herpes on the lip, and genital herpes.
According to research reported in “Medical Science Monitor” (Aug., 2004) a controlled study was done on the usage of either Zovirax™ or raw honey in a group of 16 individuals with recurrent herpes attacks. The researcher treated 16 patients suffering from recurrent herpes sores, with either topical application of Acyclovir cream for one attack incident or honey for another attack. The subjects applied the honey by soaking gauze pads in raw honey and pressing the soaked pads into the sore for 15 minutes, four times a day. The acyclovir ointment was applied directly to the sore (and left on) six times daily.
For herpes sores on the lips (Herpes Simplex Type 1), overall healing time with honey was 43 percent better than with Acyclovir. For herpes sores in the genital region (Herpes Simplex Type 2), healing time was 59 percent better with honey than with acyclovir ointment. None of the volunteers experienced any side effects, except three of the subjects developed local itching with use of Zovirax™.
There is one caveat to those who are enamored of using honey to treat their herpes sores: not all honeys are created equal. Processed, refined honey that you typically find in grocery stores is NOT appropriate for use in wound care. Typical “Grade A” honey found in grocery stores can actually exacerbate a herpes sore infection! Instead, use good raw honey, unrefined, or “Manuka” honey, derived from New Zealand.
Honey works its magic by its ability to:
- Enable fluid to be drawn away from your wound
- The high sugar content of honey suppresses microorganism growth
- Worker bees secrete an enzyme, called glucose oxidase, into the nectar, which then induces release of low levels of hydrogen peroxide, a strong oxidizing agent
Some supplements that are known to help recovery from herpes lesions include:
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin D3
- Aloe Vera
- Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis)
Indeed, alternative methods are known that appear to mirror the mechanism of action of raw honey as a palliative measure for herpes. In one approach similar to the use of honey called bio-oxidative therapy, how to get rid of herpes is reviewed.
We will probably see some form of Herpes Simplex virus cure in about 10 years and elimination of this virus in 20 years. First a vaccination will be developed, that locks the virus in your body’s nerves restricting shedding or outbreaks. After that, researchers will develop a treatment that unlocks the virus from the nerves and allows it to be killed off by antibodies. Until then, alternative treatments, like that reviewed by getridofherpesexposed.com, are still workable and effective.