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Herpes treatment and protocol

Mainstream treatment for herpes often includes the following antiviral drugs: acyclovir (Zovirax®), famciclovir (Famvir®), valacyclovir (Valtrex®), and penciclovir (Denavir®). Various side effects are possible with use of these drugs. Acyclovir can promote the development of drug-resistant strains. Because the immune system depends upon dividing cells for healthy immune responses, inhibition of DNA synthesis is potentially problematical. However, acyclovir is fairly specific for the thymidine kinase enzyme specifically used by the virus. This minimizes adverse effects on normal cells, but does not completely eliminate them. The tradeoff is stopping your own DNA synthesis by less than 1%, while at the same time stopping the viral DNA replication almost 100% (Clark 2003; Klammer et al. 2003). In cell cultures, acyclovir has the highest antiviral activity against HSV-1, followed in decreasing order of efficacy against HSV-2, VZV, EBV, and CMV (Clinical Pharmacology, 2003).

The following alternatives to traditional drug therapies are arranged alphabetically (not by order of effectiveness)

-Cimetidine (Tagamet) strengthens the immune system and may be the most effective treatment against acute herpes outbreaks. A suggested dosage is 200 mg three times daily and 400 mg at night. Cimetidine should be initiated as soon as the first symptoms of a herpes outbreak manifest and should be continued until the lesion disappears. It would not be prudent for one to take cimetidine continuously for prevention. Most of the other recommendations can be followed everyday, to reduce the risk of an outbreak and to provide numerous other health benefits.
-DHEA enhances general immune function. Use 15–75 mg daily (50 mg is a typical daily dose).
-Life-Oil - Essential fatty acids promote healthy cell membranes, making them less pervious to herpes entry.
-L-lysine powder – one scoop twice a day can be used to treat HSV-1, HSV-2, and VZV. Some individuals can decrease outbreaks with 1000–1500 mg of L-lysine daily. Daily lysine intake is recommended for individuals with frequent herpes outbreaks.

-Olive leaf extract -is effective against EBV, HSV-1, HSV-2, HHV-6, HHV-7, and VZV. A suggested olive leaf extract dosage is 1-2 capsules (500 mg) three times daily with meals during outbreaks.
-Enzymes – Ore/probiotics - Probiotics are effective against oral ulcerations. A suggested dosage is three capsules daily (two billion units of Lactobacillus Plantarum). Some individuals use probiotics daily for healthy digestion.
-Anti-Oxidant (mega-potency) – one capsule three times a day with meals - Vitamin A is helpful in HSV-2, EBV, and CMV.
-Dual vitamin C - Vitamin C is useful in the treatment HSV-1, CMV, and VZV. A suggested daily dosage is 5–10 g of esterified or buffered vitamin C (Balch et al. 1997) for the duration of the outbreak.
Life-E formula – One capsule daily Vitamin E is active against HSV-1, HSV-2, and EBV. A suggested oral vitamin E dosage is 400–600 IU daily.

-Multi-Mineral formula – which contains Zinc may be used orally to boost the immune system.

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