Can herpes be treated with a nutritional supplement?
A new product called H-Control, manufactured by Organic Health Labs, contains a proprietary blend of herbs, natural compounds and the amino acid lysine, and is purported to be an alternative to antibiotics and other treatments aimed at keeping the herpes virus under control.
The product's makers report that the supplement is able to control outbreaks by strengthening the immune system and provide relief from sores with their specially formulated complex of vitamins and other compounds.
In addition to lysine, H-Control contains zinc, vitamin C, royal jelly, St. John's Wort, echinacea root, mushroom, garlic, algae, olive leaf, ginger, tea tree oil, myrrh and aloe vera, as well as a number of other plant extracts. One ingredient that the manufacturers tout in a press release for the product is prunella vulgaris, a common alternative medicine thought to have healing properties.
However, interested parties may want to think twice and consult a healthcare provider before stocking up on natural supplements purported to treat herpes.
According to the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC), the makers of herbal remedies and supplements do not need approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration before releasing a product onto the market. As such, these pills are sometimes not adequately tested or researched, in addition to sometimes having little to no clinical benefits.
Moreover, there have been cases of adverse effects stemming from supplement use. As a result, individuals should always consult with their healthcare provider before beginning a regimen of supplements or holistic medicine.
The UMMC advises keeping sores and hands clean, staying hydrated, wearing cotton underwear and taking lukewarm baths to soothe discomfort from sores. Additionally, individuals with herpes should avoid sexual contact during outbreaks.