M.S. asks, "Please elaborate on the use of
Lysine as a preventative for cold sores (herpes simplex on the mouth). Is there
a preferred form, or should many be used in combination?(ie: pills, ointment,
Or what is a sure fire natural form of the stuff, so we can avoid supplements
This is an intelligent and detailed question
and though welcome because supplements has not hitherto been an area of my expertise
it will take a while to answer in the detail it deserves. To start with, though...
writes in his "Supplement Bible":
"... For more than a decade, lysine has
been prescribed by natural healers and mainstream physicians to treat cold sores
and tother symptoms caused by the herpes simplex-1 virus... (it) Helps alleviate
symptoms of herpes infection and helps prevent recurrence...
available in capsules and tablets. to prevent a recurrence of herpes, take 500
to 1000 mg. daily."
Supposedly lysine has been observed to inhibit the
growth of Herpes simplex I. H. simplex lives in the nerves in the Trigeminal nerve
ganglion. When one is under stress and the immune system is therefore somewhat
disabled, the Herpes virus migrates down the nerve axons to the lips, creates
a sore, and waits to get kissed over to another "host". It would make sense therefore
to use the lysine both "topically", as an ointment on the sore, and "systemically"
internally to effect the whole system. (It might help to take ginkgo too as ginkgo
increases circulation to the nervous system.)
"Natural form of the stuff"?
Lysine is an amino acid: one of the 21 amino acids that make up natural proteins.
About half of these 21 amino acids can be made by the human body from other amino
acids, and about cannot be synthesized by humans and must be derived nutritionally
from protein intake. these are the "essential amino acids". Lysine is an essential
(Incidently, corn, maize, lacks lysine and if your diet is totally
centered on maize you can suffer from a deficiency disease called "pellagra".)
Most proteins are made up of a melange of most of the amino acids. As of this
time I am not aware of a source with a therapeutically useful lysine content.
(One of the source I chased gave as nutritional sources, "beans, dairy, eggs,
fish, meat..." - that is to say, high protein foods - and "...potatoes..." which
is interesting because...) I've just received some feedback that, "Potatoes are
the best natural source of lysine (with the skin on)." Nonetheless, I think that
by and large you are stuck with supplements.
anti viral herbs
In my practice I would
approach the treatment of cold sores through:
general health (see
a treatment for most conditions