Treating Herpes with Honey: Will It Work?

By Dr. Mercola

Conventional doctors often prescribe aciclovir ointment or other topical medications to treat herpes outbreaks. But research shows that nature has a better solution. This remedy works faster than any of the conventional treatments, and with fewer side effects.

Honey has been considered as one of the best natural wound healers and fighter of infection. When a researcher treated patients with acyclovir during an outbreak of herpes and honey for another, the total cure time with honey was 43 percent better than with acyclovir for sores on the lips and 59 percent better for genital sores.

According to Nutrition & amp; "None of the volunteers experienced side effects with repeated applications of honey, although three patients developed itching in the area with acyclovir."

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In this case, the type of herpes in question is genital herpes simplex type. This study is a perfect example of nature's ability to respond to almost any physical ailment since genital herpes can be notoriously painful and difficult to treat.


Interestingly, honey provided significantly better treatment results.

For cold sores, the average healing time was 43 percent better and for genital herpes 59 percent better than acyclovir.

Pain and scabs also reduced significantly with honey, compared to the drug. Two cases of cold sores and one case of genital herpes disappeared completely with honey treatment, while none disappeared with the use of acyclovir.

The best way to use this treatment is to first make sure you have raw / unprocessed honey, since it works much better than regular processed honey. My favorite is the Manuka honey. Be sure to look for one that is semi-liquid. All you need to do is apply some honey directly to the open wound. Apply at least four times a day, as the goal is to keep the area constantly wet with honey.

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As for the side effects, three of the subjects developed itching in the area with Aciclovir, while no side effects were observed even with repeated application of honey. The researchers concluded that "topical application of honey is safe and effective in treating the signs and symptoms of recurrent cold sores and genital.

What You Need to Know About Honey

Honey - which was a standard treatment for infection until the 20th century when penicillin the center stage - has recently begun to replicate its return to conventional medicine, but it is important to understand that not all honey is the same. Some types of honey should never be applied to an open wound and activity antibacterial in some honeys is 100 times more poten you in others.

It will also not offer you the same health benefits when you consume raw honey when.

New Zealand Manuka Honey is a specific type of honey that has actually been approved for use as a medical device , due to its healing properties and superior potency. But you can also use raw / unprocessed honey - it simply is not as potent as Manuka honey.

Good quality honey offers several benefits to treat wounds topically which may explain part of its success as a remedy for herpes sores:

Extracts the fluid from the wound High sugar content suppresses the growth of microorganisms Bees workers secrete an enzyme (glucose oxidase) in the nectar, which then releases the low levels of hydrogen peroxide when the honey makes contact with the wound.

However, bee honey offers which are not found in other honeys.

Clinical trials have found that Manuka honey, made with pollen from the manuka bush flowers, can effectively eradicate more than 250 clinical strains of bacteria , including resistant varieties such as:

MRSA (Staph Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus) VIC (Vancomycin Resistant Enterococci) Helicobacter pylori (which may cause ulcers in the stomach)

With the growing threat of antibiotic-resistant infections and overuse of medications, the return of honey as a curative, multipurpose and natural therapy is undoubtedly an excellent alternative.

Other Natural Therapies for Herpes Infections

In addition to these remedies that all tend to be effective, in my experience, the two approaches that work best are:

Homeopathic formula for herpes simplex - I have discovered that these homeopathic formulas are surprisingly effective. They are also non-toxic so they are very safe, with virtually no side effects. Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) - This is a form of psychological acupuncture without needles. By striking the different acupuncture meridians, you can energetically resolve the emotional precedent that causes your immune system to weaken, allowing the infection to become acute. Once you reach the emotional root, your immune system will be reactivated, along with a number of genes that can help resolve and heal your physical condition.

Last but not least, there is some evidence which suggests that high doses of vitamin D may help resolve herpes infection, although I have no personal experience with this treatment. But supposedly, there have been a lot of success with people using up to 50,000 units once a day for three days.

It would have been particularly effective if you had not taken vitamin D regularly and had not had frequent exposure to the sun.

If your vitamin D levels have already been revised and are within the therapeutic level, then it is clear that you should not use this method, as you may suffer from an overdose of vitamin D. However , the chances are that if you had optimal levels of vitamin D you probably would not have got infected in the first place.

We know that vitamin D is effective for flu, coughs and colds, and seems to work for most or all typical types of viral infections-including infections such as herpes.

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