Re: suppressive therapy
Re: suppressive therapy
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Posted by FD
on September 30, 2000 at 15:52:34:
In Reply to: Re: suppressive therapy posted by Michelle on September 30, 2000 at 12:43:11:
: I've visited a naturopath before...she recommended lysine, so I take about 1500mg per day (sometimes 3000mg). I've also taken olive leaf extract in fairly large quantities (up to 3000mg/day.) I don't know if these things have helped or not...
: Anyway, I'd be really interested in getting details on your natural regime.
My gyn recommended l-lysine as well, along with buffered C and zinc, all of which I take regularly. In addition, when I feel an outbreak coming on, my herbalist (in this case, my husband) and my gyn recommended that I take 12 odorless garlic pills the days the ache start and the next day...and usually by then the pain is gone and I don't have an outbreak.
Daily now I take a lot of vitamins/herbs that I think honestly prevent my outbreaks...but it's a LOT, which can be not only expensive but kind of a pain. However, it works...so I do it. I take l-lysine, zinc and C like always, odorless garlic (daily recommended dosage on the bottle, only more if I feel that tugging pain indicative of an outbreak for me), echinacea (which I take both in pill form and in tincture form...tincture being the liquid exctract), vitamin A, and acidophilus to keep the whole yeasty beasty thing in check. That takes care of the herpes suppression...but I also take pycnogenol (kind of like a hyper form of C) and grapeseed, both of which work together for a healthier immune system...and not necessary for basic suppression. It just helps keep my body happier.
When I'm having pain, or when an outbreak feels imminent, I take more garlic as I said, more lysine, and the tinctures (liquid extracts) of Kava Kava, St. Johns Wart (those are both for pain relief) and echinacea. It usually knocks out all symptoms of an outbreak in less than 24 hours.
Hope this helps. If you want more details (har har, like I didn't babble enough!) just let me know. I can also have my hubby post more detailed info about specific herbs if you like. He did a LOT of reading up on the herpes virus and herbal treatments for it before setting me up on the regimine I'm on now...and I think he took all of the good info he found and threw out the weird, useless info.
After reading all this, I'm wondering if half a valtrex pill daily might just be easier. :)