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Echinaceea, Effective or Not Against the Herpes Virus?

echinaceea-oral-topical-herpesAs you may know, herpes is an incurable disease that people can get when they engage in sexual contact with an infected person. As hopeless as that may sound, life does not end after contracting the virus. It is important to know that there are several different options to deal with this disease.

Although the contracting of the disease may be life changing, it does not mean that your life ends. The right treatment can help you control the disease. Like any virus, the key to controlling the disease lies on the boosting of the immune system. A healthy immune system can help control outbreaks and keep breakouts under control. One such herbal cure that people are trying for their Herpes outbreaks is Echinaceea.

Echinaceea is herbal supplement that can be commonly found in the herbal plants E. pallida, E, purpurea and E. Augustifolia. They are known for their immunity boosting capabilities and is one of the most widely used herbal supplements in the United States.

This herbal treatment has been primarily marketed as a treatment for the common cold but studies show that it has not been effective in this regard. In fact it may be more effective in treating herpes than treating the common cold. The use of Echiaeceea to treat herpes has delivered mixed results as there are some successes and some less than favorable results. This leaves the verdict on Echinaceea split among people afflicted with the disease.

Echinaceea has proven to be more effective in treating HSV-1 when the alcohol based extracts used to treat the virus. When echinaceea is used in the form of tablets or teas, the effect is almost non existent. Echinaceea treatment when applied topically on infected areas was more effective compared to Echinaceea taken orally.

It can be used in variable doses and it differs with every case. It can depend on the form of use of Echinaceea . The usual dosage is 6 to 9 ml of pressed juice, 0.75 to 1.5 ml of tinctures, and 6 to 8 ounces four times daily in tea form. When used topically, the dosage is even harder to estimate since it depends on area of infection and degree of severity.

It is important to note that there are some side effects that occur with the use of Echinaceea. Some of the effects include frequent urination, lower blood pressure and blood sugar, and gastrointestinal discomfort. It has also been seen to cause allergic reactions. A person should also be careful in using Echineceea when they have an auto immune disease like AIDS or Lupus. There are also some instances when Echinaceea interacts with other drugs. Hence, one should consult their doctors before stating a regimen of Echinaceea .

Among herbal treatments, Echinaceea studies show limited and unsubstantial result, which leads to a partial conclusion that this herb may not be the best course of action when treating the disease. When used with other drugs, Echinaceea may help boost immunity that can add to the effectiveness of the other treatments, but it is important to note that you must consult your regular physician before you start a new drug or treatment regimen.

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