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Posted by Walt Stoll on November 19, 2003 at 06:18:38:

Homeopathy is wonderful for cold sores. I have helped people who
get sores on a regular bases to go months, if not years, without out
further break outs!!! Which remedies? Ugh, unfortunately, I need
to hear your particular symptoms to know which remedy... But that
is the joy of treating individuals as individuals...
Misty L. Trepke

Cold Sore Remedies

Cold sores are fluid-filled blisters that occur on the gums and the
lips. They are caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV).

The primary herpes infection usually occurs in children and young
adults. It is usually asymptomatic but high fever, swollen lymph
nodes and fatigue may be present. Recurrences are common in adults
and can be triggered by sun exposure, fever, menstruation, stress,
upper respiratory infection and other illness.

Blisters are contagious and may continue to be contagious even in
the absence of visible cold sores.

Cold sores must be differentiated from canker sores, which commonly
occur on the tongue and walls of the mouth, syphilis, carcinoma,
hand-foot-mouth disease and erythema multiforme.


1) Lysine and Arginine

A diet that is high in lysine and low in arginine has been found to
be helpful. In vitro studies indicate that the amino acid arginine
is required by the herpes virus to replicate. Since lysine competes
with arginine for intestinal transport, a diet rich in lysine
(brewers yeast, legumes, dairy, wheat germ, fish and meat) and low
in arginine may have an antiviral effect. Chocolate, peanuts and
almonds are high in arginine and should be avoided. In addition to
dietary changes, lysine supplements are recommended. A dose of
1,000 mg taken three times a day has been shown to be effective.
This approach is not curative but can help prevent

2) Zinc

Topical applications of zinc can reduce symptoms and prevent
recurrences. It is applied directly to the skin at the site of the
flare-up. Natural health practitioners may also recommend oral zinc

3) Lemon Balm

Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) has antiviral properties. In a
research study conducted in hospitals and dermatology clinics in
Germany, lemon balm cream promoted the healing of blisters in 5 days
compared to 10 days in the control group. Used on regularly, lemon
balm cream can decrease the frequency of recurrences.

4) Other treatments

Supporting the immune system should be the primary goal of therapy.
Natural health practitioners often use thymus extracts, vitamin C,
herbs and recommend exercise.


1. Lininger S, Gaby A, Austin S, Brown DJ, Wright JV, Duncan A.
The Natural Pharmacy, 2nd Edition. Prima Health and Healthnotes,
Inc., 1999.
2. Murray M. Dr. Murray's Total Body Tune-Up. New York, New York.
Random House, Inc.; 2000
3. Murray MT, Pizzorno JE. Textbook of Natural Medicine, Vol 1 and
2. Churchill Livingstone. Edinburgh, 1999

Andrew Pacholyk LMT, MT-BC, CA
Therapies for healing
mind, body & spirit

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