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Herpes is a common virus that causes
painful cold sores around the mouth as well as genital eruptions. A
burning or itching sensation may precede the outbreak by several
days. Eruptions are most likely to come out in times of stress and
tend to reappear in the same locations. Constitutional homeopathic
care with the guidance of an experienced practitioner may help to
raise a person’s resistance to cold sores.
For dosage information, please read the information at the end of
this section. See also “Using Homeopathy With Professional
Guidance” in What
Apis mellifica: When a herpes
outbreak is accompanied by stinging pain and the area looks red and
swollen, this remedy can be helpful. The sores are tender to touch,
and ice or cold compresses are soothing.
Arsenicum album: Eruptions with
burning pain relieved by applying heat suggest a need for this
remedy. The person may feel anxious, restless, chilly, and
Borax: This remedy can be useful
for herpes eruptions in any area, with tense-feeling inflammation.
Sensitivity to noise and a fear of falling are other indications for
Dulcamara: This remedy is often
helpful if herpes sores have appeared with a change to rainy
weather, or break out when a person has gotten wet and chilled and
is coming down with a cold.
Graphites: Herpes eruptions, with
oozing of honey-like discharge and crusting and cracking of the
skin, suggest a need for this remedy. The person may tend toward
many problems with the skin, be stout, and have trouble
Hepar sulphuris calcareum: Herpes
sores that are very sensitive to touch and worse from any form of
cold suggest a need for this remedy. A person who needs Hepar
sulph is extremely sensitive to cold, and often has a low
resistance to infection.
Mercurius solubilis: This remedy
may be indicated for sore, infected eruptions—especially if the
person has swollen lymph nodes and offensive breath, is extremely
sensitive to temperatures, and tends to sweat at night.
Natrum muriaticum: This remedy
sometimes stops a herpes outbreak if taken in the early, tingling
stage. It is also helpful for raw, red cold sores that develop on
the lips and corners of the mouth, as well as the nostril area,
face, and chin. Eruptions may also appear in the genital area.
Eating too much salt (which the person craves) and being in the sun
sometimes aggravates the symptoms.
Petroleum: This remedy may be
helpful for genital herpes that spread to the anal area and thighs.
People who need this remedy have a tendency toward many skin
problems, with rough, dry skin that cracks and bleeds.
Rhus toxicodendron: Herpes simplex
outbreaks in any location, especially around the lips, the corners
of the mouth, or on and near the genitals and inner thighs, may
respond to this remedy. Eruptions are red and swollen with burning
pain and itching, relieved by hot water or warm applications. The
person may be very restless, and often paces or feels a constant
need to move around.
Select the remedy that
most closely matches the symptoms. In conditions where
self-treatment is appropriate, unless otherwise directed by a
physician, a lower potency (6X, 6C, 12X, 12C, 30X, or 30C)
should be used. In addition, instructions for use are usually
printed on the label.
physicians suggest that remedies be used as follows: Take one
dose and wait for a response. If improvement is seen, continue
to wait and let the remedy work. If improvement lags
significantly or has clearly stopped, another dose may be
taken. The frequency of dosage varies with the condition and
the individual. Sometimes a dose may be required several times
an hour; other times a dose may be indicated several times a
day; and in some situations, one dose per day (or less) can be
If no response is seen
within a reasonable amount of time, select a different remedy.
For more information, including references, see What
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