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What Are the Different Alternative Treatments for Herpes?

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There are several alternative treatments for herpes, although these treatment options should not replace proper medical care. Some of the most popular options include dietary changes, nutritional supplements, and lifestyle modification. Foods rich in an amino acid known as lysine, the use of echinacea, and stress management are some of the specific therapies which may help control this condition. These alternative treatments for herpes are not designed to be a cure, but they may help to control the frequency of outbreaks. Any specific questions or concerns about the most appropriate alternative treatments for herpes on an individual basis should be discussed with a doctor or other medical professional.

Dietary changes are among the most common alternative treatments for herpes. Products containing a type of artificial sweetener known as aspartame should be avoided, as this ingredient has been shown to trigger herpes outbreaks in many people. Foods high in an amino acid known as lysine may be beneficial in helping to slow the frequency of outbreaks. Some foods rich in lysine include meat, dairy products, and beans. This nutrient is also available at most pharmacies in the form of a capsule and does not require a prescription from a doctor.

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Foods high in a nutrient known as L-Arginine should be avoided by those seeking alternative treatments for herpes, as this supplement has been shown to increase the frequency of herpes outbreaks. Some of these foods include nuts, fish, and grains. A nutritionist or dietitian can help the patient devise a healthy eating plan that meets individual nutritional needs while avoiding substances which may trigger herpes outbreaks.

Prunella vulgaris, tea tree oil, and acyclovir are possible alternative treatments for herpes. The herb known as prunella vulgaris is believed to prevent herpes outbreaks. Tea tree oil is relatively easy to find and may be able to help control outbreaks. A natural product known as acyclovir may be a beneficial treatment option, although it should be used in moderation due to the possibility of developing kidney problems.

Stress management is among the most commonly overlooked alternative treatments for herpes. Those with high levels of stress or anxiety may have a higher number of outbreaks than those who are more relaxed. Deep breathing, meditation, and yoga are popular tools in learning to control stress and improve the immune system. Herpes is highly contagious, so any alternative treatments which are used should be accompanied by proper medical care and preventative practices which will reduce the chances of spreading the disease.

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anon212714
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anon212368
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Unfortunately, STD rates have soared worldwide and most people with STDs don't even know that they have them. The government should grant more money for STD education to lower the rates of STD transmission.

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