Q. Dear Terry, “I have very painful herpes outbreaks a few times per year. Normally I get the painful blisters around my mouth, but sometimes I have genital outbreaks too. Is there anything that can help?” – C.K., Austin, TX
A. Dear C.K., When it comes to viral infections, like the herpes simplex virus-1 (HSV-1), I think propolis is an excellent choice. Generally, we think of HSV-1 as oral or mouth herpes and HSV-2 as genital herpes. However, both viruses can cause lesions in either place. Propolis is antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral so it is a great choice for supporting the immune system.
Propolis is made from the resins gathered from trees and other plants and then modified by the bees’ own enzymes as they process the material, mix it with beeswax, and make it into a protective antibacterial glue and sealant. Propolis was used as a medicinal ingredient in the ancient world, and continues to be intensively studied and recommended today.
Researchers evaluated the effects of a standardized and patented propolis extract against the herpes simplex virus-1 (HSV-1) and herpes simplex virus-2 (HSV-2). Propolis was shown to suspend viral DNA replication, which is a huge step in overcoming a viral infection. Plus, propolis decreased viral replication even better than the antiviral drug, acyclovir.
Make sure you use propolis that comes from a controlled and managed bee population so the material provides consistent levels of bacteria, virus, and fungi fighting compounds. Look for a propolis that uses a patented method to filter out inactive resins and beeswax. For daily support, I would take 400 mg of propolis twice per day.
Terry . . . Naturally
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