Neem & Herpes
Relief for Herpes, Cold Sores and Shingles
It is estimated that upwards of 80% of Americans will
experience the herpes virus in their lifetimes. This includes the
cold sores and fever blisters of the mouth and face, genital herpes,
chickenpox, shingles and the more rare occurrences of other herpes
viruses. Herpes of the mouth (face), called herpes simplex I, and
genital herpes, herpes simplex II, seem to only surface when the
person who has the dormant virus within their system feels very
stressed or the body is extremely exhausted or immune compromised.
During these vulnerable times, small ulcerations will appear
on the lips, in the mouth, on the face or chin, or in the genital
region. Painful, itchy and/or irritated, these sores do not seem to
heal very rapidly for most people, and may become more raw and
aggravated with the passing of time, especially if the stress or
weary body has not been addressed sufficiently.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that one in
four women and one in five men experience genital herpes outbreaks,
and many will have regular recurrences of the sores, commonly as
often as four times a year. The statistics are more staggering for
the herpes simplex I virus. A full 80% of us will be exposed to,
then carry the dormant virus or experience outbreaks of cold sores.
Another common form, shingles, is on the rise. Also known as Herpes
zoster or simply zoster, shingles is caused by the same virus that
causes chicken pox. Anyone who has had chicken pox may also develop
herpes zoster at any time thereafter, but most often it will
manifest later in life when enduring a deep stress such as the loss
of a loved one or moving away from the family home.
Acutely painful, shingles may last just a few weeks, as long
as several months or rarely even years. Some continue to experience
neuralgia, phantom or real pain long after the outbreak has cleared.
This is called post-herpetic neuralgia.
This is an embarrassing and uncomfortable group of viral
infections to say the least, and at worst, can rarely be life
threatening. There is no known cure for the herpes virus with the
use of pharmaceutical medicine. It is believed in western medicine
that once contracted, it will always be within the body, active or
With herbalism, however, there seem to be some excellent
long-term solutions to the pattern of breakouts that so many young
(and not so young) people experience. Rather than being one chemical
(or a small grouping of chemicals) as are the medications, herbs are
very complex, often containing hundreds of known constituents. Many
of these constituents have been tested and found to be effective
against potentially pathogenic microorganisms, such as the herpes
viruses. One chemical is easier for the virus to figure out, so to
speak, and become immune to. But the complex constituents found in
herbs and mushroom extracts have been found to work in a wide
variety of ways, supporting immune health as they support the body’s
ability to reduce the numbers of the potential ‘bad guys’ such as
harmful bacteria, viruses and fungal infections.
Many Chinese, Ayurvedic and western herbs are shown in
research to suppress these and other powerful viruses. Several
potent medicinal mushroom species have shown great activity against
herpes, as well as other potentially dangerous viral infections.
Research has shown that there has been a correlation found in
those prone to the herpes virus with having higher levels of mercury
and possibly other toxic heavy metals stored in their bodies. Heavy
metal toxicity is well documented for reducing the immune system’s
ability to protect the body and is linked to higher stress levels.
Using regular detoxification programs can help reduce this toxicity
and the resulting side effects. Please read: Detoxification Is a
Matter of Health, posted to this site very soon.
When someone who experiences or may carry any of the herpes
viruses sets out to find relief, the possibilities are extensive.
When experiencing an outbreak, one may begin by supporting the body
in healing from the pain and discomfort of the sores. Then it is the
time reduce the chances of a recurrence while strengthening the
immune system defenses to suppress and subdue the virus.
Resource: September 30th, 2005 by Cindy Hebbard.
Treating Herpes with Neem
Neem (Azadirachta Indica) is a tree that originated in India
and Sri Lanka, and has been planted throughout much of the tropics
around the globe. A deciduous evergreen, its leaves are pressed for
their nutritive, antimicrobial, healing oil. Research indicates that
Neem is a powerful tool to fight viral infections, including the
herpes virus. Neem may be applied topically to any areas of the body
during an outbreak or just prior, when stress is high and we begin
to get that ‘feeling’ that often occurs just before an outbreak. To
speed relief, one may also take the oral supplements, such as Neem
Neem oil for genital herpes/vaginal warts
Neem has been traditionally used against viral
infections and the research results so far are very promising.
There has been a scientific study at Johns
Hopkins University in 1997 where researchers tested the effect of
neem against the herpes simplex virus-2, and found it "provided
The scientists haven't been able to exactly
figure out how it works, but neem seems to make it difficult for
viruses to reproduce. This means the impact of any viral infection
will be a lot less.
Neem also boosts the immune system and that also
helps to fight off the virus. It definitely works.
So what about treating an existing herpes infection with neem?
There is no research data to give you an answer
here, so you can only look at the traditional uses and experiment.
There are some reports that neem does indeed speed up the healing of
cold sores (herpes simplex type 1, not genital herpes).
Herpes is usually treated both internally with
neem leaf (either as tea or in capsule form, neem leaf tea is
usually more effective) and externally by treating the lesions with
neem leaf paste, a neem based cream or neem seed oil at least once a
Anything that boosts the immune system (like neem
does when used internally) is desirable in managing genital herpes
and avoiding outbreaks.
Keep in mind that you should not take neem
internally if you are pregnant or trying to conceive, but if not and
if you are otherwise healthy, then having two cups of mild neem tea
a day is ok. And topical application of neem most definitely can't
hurt. Neem has many other health benefits as well so there is no
harm in trying.
© Birgit Bradtke of DiscoverNeem.com. Published with permission.
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