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Canker Sores, Cold Sores, Shingles
Canker sores, cold sores, chronic shingles involve the herpes viruses. Herpes simplex virus type one (HSV-1), commonly affects the mouth and throat, as with canker and cold sores, although not all canker sore problems are due to herpes infections. Herpes simplex virus type two (HSV-2) usually affects the genital areas. The herpes virus that causes shingles is the same herpes virus that causes chicken pox in younger individuals. Once a person is infected through skin contact the herpes virus travels up the nerve until it reaches the nerve ganglion (collection of nerve cells in the spinal cord). It remains there in a dormant state, but on occasion the virus starts replicating again and travels down the nerve to the skin where it produces skin eruptions. The virus is thought to be a permanent fixture that resides within the nerve ganglion for a lifetime, even though it may remain dormant for long periods.
Herbal Detoxifiers and Immune Support
Herbal detoxifiers and immune support should contain four natural agents that boost immune function and enhance detoxification. The reishi mushroom ingredient has direct killing action of herpes viruses.
High Potency Multiple Vitamin and Mineral
A high potency multiple vitamin and mineral should contain important dosages of nutrients for tissue repair, resistance to infection and for immune system support.
Additional Supplement Considerations:
500-1000 mg per day for prevention and up to 8000 mg per day, in divided doses, during outbreaks. L-Lysine has been shown to block replication of the certain herpetic viruses
Reishi Mushroom Extract
250 mg (12% polysaccharide and 6% triterpene content) – take 1 capsule per day for general prevention and up to 4 per day at the first sign of an outbreak. Reishi Mushroom Extract contains bioactive agents shown to kill herpetic viruses.
Gigartina Red Marine Algae
1000 mg capsules (take 4 per day for prevention). Gigartina Red Marine Algae – a number of herpes sufferers have reported fewer outbreaks when supplementing with this natural product on a daily basis