Herpes is a viral infection commonly located on the lips, called oral herpes or cold sores, or genitals, called genital herpes. Approximately one in four Americans has genital herpes, and four in five Americans have oral herpes. Herpes is spread by direct contact with an infected individual, and a person with herpes can self infect him or herself in other areas.
From a naturopathic perspective, keeping the immune system healthy is the key to prevent further breakouts. Supplements that enhance the immune system are often part of a protocol that includes diet, exercise, and lifestyle modifications.
Stress plays a large component in activating herpes, and patients are encouraged to engage in stess-relieving activities and receive acupuncture treatments. In some patients, we find hormone balancing to be invaluable in reducing the frequency of herpes outbreaks.
ALETRIS naturopathic physicians investigate each herpes case and customize appropriate, natural treatment for each patient. Call our office to schedule an appointment with an ALETRIS naturopath.