The Problems with Valtrex
Valtrex is a commonly used drug for many who have herpes, however it can cause a slew of unwanted side-effects such as: diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, headache, sore throat, dizziness, arthralgia, edema, confusion, constipation, rash, weakness and abdominal pain just to name a few of the mild ones. Taking it long term can cause liver damage, as well as damage to the central nervous system. If you are looking for an alternative, you may wish to explore natural alternatives.
Taking Natural Supplements
Before taking any supplement, vitamin or consuming a natural plant or substance it is important to do your research and consult with your physician as any of these things can impact your health. We highly recommend working with an integrative or holistic physician as they are better able to discuss holistic remedies in terms of safety with your health in mind.
Use caution in choosing the manufacturer you purchase supplements from to make sure you are getting what is promised as there are many scam artists out there that do not deliver the real deal. There are currently four companies that offer third-party certifications which are: ConsumberLab.com, the Natural Products Association (npainfo.org), NSF International (nsf.org), and the United States Pharmacopeia (usp.org).
Propolis is a waxy resin that comes from trees that have cones and from the buds of poplar trees. It is typically not available in the straight form, rather it is found in bee products that honeybees make. It can be applied to the skin or taken as a supplement to help heal herpes sores as it has antiviral properties. Be warned that as with any plant and bee based products it can cause allergic reactions especially for those who are allergic to bees, honey, poplars, conifers, Peru balsam and salicylates. It may make asthma more severe so those who are asthmatic should also avoid it. In addition, it can cause mouth ulcers and irritation if taken in the form of a lozenge so caution should be used along with short-term use. The safety of propolis is unknown so if you are pregnant you may wish to avoid using it.
Mushrooms offer amazing healing powers and Rozites caperata (a.k.a. the "gypsy mushroom") is one of the more amazing types as it has been show to prevent and kill herpes simplex virus types 1 and 2 as well as block chickenpox, respiratory viruses and the flu (influenza). Scientists are so excited about this mushroom, the active part of the mushroom called RC-183 has been patented.
Prunella Vulgaris is also known as "self-heal" or "heal-all," are young leaves and stems that can be eaten, consumed as a supplement or made into a tea or mouthwash. Researchers have determines that carbohydrates that are found in prunella vulgaris plant help to prevent the spread of the herpes viruses HSV-1 and HSV-2.
Additional Suggestions for Addressing Herpes