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Natural Herpes Treatment

Image of a patient's swollen lips, because of herpes
Image of a patient's swollen lips, because of herpes

If we are to believe conventional medicine, there is no cure for herpes. They offer antiviral medications to reduce the active outbreaks of genital herpes, as well as reduce transmission to a sexual partner and there are also vaccines currently in clinical trials (CDC).

However, did you know that there is an effective, powerful and natural herpes treatment available? Many people don’t know that optimizing the immune system and administering ozone therapy can reduce herpes outbreaks.  Let’s explore what herpes is, its symptoms, causes, and conventional and natural herpes treatment.

What is Herpes?

Herpes is a virus that may remain dormant or may cause a flare-up in the body. There are two main strains.

Although there are eight strains in the herpes virus family including Epstein-Barr virus, we are going to focus on the two most common forms of the herpes simplex virus (HSV).

Herpes simplex virus 1 (HSV-1), the form of herpes called oral herpes is transmitted through saliva. Many people with oral herpes were likely infected during childhood or adolescence through sharing a cup, straw, eating utensil, piece of gum, toothbrush, or through kissing.

Herpes simplex virus 2 (HSV-2), also known as genital herpes is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases.  According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the instances of genital herpes in the U.S. is over 1 in 6 persons aged 14-49.  It is also about twice as prevalent in women than in men.

Herpes Symptoms

HSV-1 or oral herpes can cause cold sores or fever blisters in the mouth and on and around the lips. It may also cause genital and rectal blisters.

HSV-2 (genital herpes) can also cause blisters or herpetic lesions to form around the genitals, rectum, and the mouth. When these lesions break open they leave sores that can take 7 days to 4 weeks to heal. Other symptoms may be:

  • A burning sensation while urinating
  • Bad smelling genital discharge
  • Bleeding between periods in women
  • Symptoms before an outbreak such as:
    • Genital pain
    • Shooting pain or tingling in the butt, hips, or legs

During the infected person’s first outbreak, they may have other flu-like symptoms such as:

  • Headache
  • Body aches
  • Fever
  • Swollen lymph nodes

People with genital herpes may have several outbreaks in their lifetime as the virus stays with them for life, unless properly treated with natural herpes treatment. Subsequent flare ups may be less severe over time.

It is also common for people with oral or genital herpes to have no symptoms, or only mild symptoms. Many people who carry either form of the virus do not even know they have it. This is because either they have no symptoms, or the blisters are mistaken for a different skin problem such as an ingrown hair or a pimple.

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    What Causes Herpes and How is it Transmitted?

    Oral herpes or HSV-1 is transmitted through saliva. During oral sex, HSV-1 may be transmitted to the genitals and cause a genital HSV-1 infection.

    Genital herpes or HSV-2 is transmitted through contact with herpes blisters, genital secretions, and mucosal surfaces. Both viruses may also shed from mucosa or skin that does not appear to be infected or having symptoms. (CDC)

    To prevent contraction of genital herpes, a person must abstain from vaginal, anal, or oral sex with anyone who has HSV-2. To do this you can abstain from sex altogether, or only have sex in a mutually monogamous relationship where neither partner has genital herpes.

    The use of condoms may reduce the risk of contracting genital herpes, however the lesions can be present in areas not protected by the condom, and there do not need to be lesions present for the virus to shed. Other ways to prevent or reduce the spread of the virus may be to take medication every day to prevent an outbreak, or not engage in oral, anal, or vaginal sex during an outbreak.

    Things You Can Do at Home

    There are some things you can do at home to treat herpes naturally. There are foods and supplements that may help reduce the symptoms of an outbreak or help prevent them all-together.

    Top Foods for Herpes

    There are several foods that may help boost the immune system which can in turn help with a herpes outbreak. These are:

    • Brightly colored vegetables, especially orange and red, which contain higher levels of vitamin C, antioxidants, and carotenoids.
    • Wild-caught fish which is high in omega-3 fatty acids.
    • Foods high in L-lysine such as vegetables, turkey, fish, chicken, and legumes. L-lysine is known to prevent the replication of viruses. There are also L-lysine supplements available.
    • Adequate amounts of protein, such as those mentioned above.
    • Many of these foods mentioned are also rich in zinc which helps the body fight infection. Other zinc rich foods are nuts and seeds, organ meats like liver, and spinach.
    • Coconut oil which is known to have antiviral and other antimicrobial properties.

    Foods to Avoid

    Some foods can make herpes worse so avoid these foods:

    • Added sugars
    • Processed foods
    • Alcohol
    • Wheat/grains
    • Chocolate
    • Acidic foods such as tomatoes and citrus fruits

    Top Supplements for Herpes

    There are some supplements that can help prevent a herpes outbreak or reduce the symptoms. These are:

    • L-lysine as mentioned above which prevents the replication of a virus.
    • Antiviral herbs such as echinacea, garlic, wild oregano, licorice root, and elderberry.
    • Vitamin C and zinc which help boost the immune system.
    • B-complex vitamins including sublingual vitamin B12. B vitamins help boost the immune system.
    • Lemon balm extract may be used topically to promote healing.

    Powerful Natural Treatment for Herpes

    At LifeWorks Wellness Center we have a specific treatment protocol for powerfully treating herpes. One of the best ways to do this is to get the immune system functioning optimally which prevents the virus from becoming active and therefore reduces the number of outbreaks. We begin with a functional evaluation to assess the overall health of each patient and identifying barriers to a healthy immune system such as food allergiesheavy metal toxicitylyme disease, and other factors. Then we create a treatment plan.

    Ozone Therapy for Herpes

    One of the most effective treatments for herpes virus and all viruses is ozone therapy. Ozone therapy works in several ways:

    • It boosts the immune system when necessary, or calms it down when it is overactive.
    • It improves blood circulation.
    • It detoxifies the blood, killing viruses, bacterial infections, and fungi.
    • It improves uptake of oxygen into the blood and into the cells.
    • It resets the mitochondria so they are able to function better and produce more energy for the body.


    Address Herpes at LifeWorks

    LifeWorks cannot promise a cure of herpes, nobody can, but in our experience, using ozone therapy along with our other immune boosting approaches we routinely see outbreaks becoming much less frequent if at all and also patients becoming much less symptomatic

    Give us a call at (727) 466-6789 or submit a confidential online inquiry to find out how we can help you gain better health naturally.

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    Dr. David Minkoff graduated from the University of Wisconsin Medical School in 1974 and was elected to the “Phi Beta Kappa” of medical schools, the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Honors Medical Fraternity for very high academic achievement. He then completed both a Pediatric Residency and a Fellowship in Infectious Disease at the University of California at San Diego. He worked at the University of California and Children’s Hospitals in San Diego as an attending physician in infectious disease while conducting original research on Ribaviron, a broad spectrum anti-viral agent to fight disease. He also co-directed a neo-natal intensive care unit and worked in emergency medicine. In 1992, Dr. Minkoff’s wife Sue, a Registered Nurse, became interested in nutrition and health and began to go to lectures from some of the experts in the field. At the time, Dr. Minkoff was pretty fixed in his view of traditional medicine and it took a lot of convincing to get him to come to one of these lectures. After hearing Dr. Jeffrey Bland speak, Dr. Minkoff had a eureka moment and began pursuing the alternative field with a vengeance. Based on this new knowledge Dr. Minkoff and his wife set up a small clinic in 1997 to help some friends with their medical problems. What began as an experiment blossomed into Lifeworks Wellness Center, one of the most successful clinics for complementary medicine in the United States. In the process, he gained expertise in Biological medicine, integrative oncology, heavy metal detoxification, anti-aging medicine, hormone replacement therapy, functional medicine, energy medicine, neural and prolotherapy, homeopathy, and optimum nutrition. He studied under the masters in each of these disciplines until he became an expert in his own right. Dr. Minkoff is one of the most in-demand speakers in the field and wrote an Amazon best-selling book called The Search For The Perfect Protein. The demand for the products and protocols he discovered became a catalyst for founding BodyHealth.Com, a nutrition company that now manufactures and distributes cutting-edge nutritional solutions for the many health problems of today. Dr. Minkoff writes two free online newsletters, “The Optimum Health Report” and ”The BodyHealth Fitness Newsletter”, to help others learn about optimum health and fitness. Dr. Minkoff is an avid athlete himself and has completed 43 Ironman Triathlons. To keep his fitness maximal, he lives the lifestyle he teaches to others and tries to set an example for others, so they can enjoy a life free of pain and full of energy.