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A Long Outbreak

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Okay, it may sound totally ridiculous, but in order for your body to even begin to come to terms with this disease you must allow your immune system to adjust to this disease and to create the antibodies required to keep it at bay. I recently went through a 3 month outbreak where I would have one or two sores at any given time. As soon as I thought I was done another one would sprout up.

In the beginning I tried everything including taking lots of vitamins and trying to let the virus run its course. However, I was taking 1g of Vitamin C 3 to 6 times a day. My system must have been extremely acidic because my outbreaks were so bad that I could barely walk. This virus would climb down my legs to just behind my knees and the entire hamstring felt like I had run a marathon. Additionally, I would have the sore throat and stuffy nose to go along with it. The sores themselves were very deep and painful. The very worst part was the lymph system was totally inflamed – under my arms, behind my knees and thighs, and right along the pelvis.

So, how would I recommend you survive an extended outbreak?

  1. Make sure you have some Valtrex or Famvir on hand in case things go bad or become unbearable. Use them according to directions at any time.
  2. Slowly come off of the drugs
  3. Reduce the acid in your diet
    1. Reduce coffee, diet anything (Aspartame, Splenda, Saccarine, etc.) , alcohol, red meat, large meals, etc.
  4. Take 1/2 to 1 Tagamet HB each morning or according to directions
  5. Each night, cover your entire groin region with Licorice Root. Don’t apply during the day as the smell is a bit overwhelming.
    1. When applied to open sores it is extremely painful
    2. Cover the entire region as Herpes will try to find a new and uncontaminated escape route.
    3. I purchase 2 bottles of licorice root (~$20) and place it in a cheap spray bottle.
  6. Each day, apply Aloe Vera gel to the region
  7. When there is an outbreak, apply Tea Tree Oil a number of times each day to relieve the pain and itching.
    1. If you are brave then you can apply Licorice Root and then Tea Tree Oil to the outbreak.
  8. Give the Heal All thing a shot

That’s about all there is too it. If things became way too painful, then your system is probably a mess. Clean up your diet, take a multi-vitamin, get a massage and focus on Lymphatic drainage, think about a cleanse, stop smoking, reduce alcohol intake, etc.

If you are newly infected, I would really appreciate your feedback if you try this out. I did this after 4 years and other than becoming insanely depressed after my 6th outbreak in a row, it wasn’t too painfully bad at all.  However, attempting this in the beginning without these herbs almost killed me.

Drugs (Acyclovir, Famvir, Valtrex, etc.)

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I hate to admit it, but drugs such as Acyclovir, Famvir, and Valtrex do work at controlling herpes. However, I hate them as they do nasty things to your system and they are very expensive. For example, Valtrex at 1000mg/day gave me very blurred eye sight and a very painful case of Arthralgia (aka arthritis) which lasted about 6 months during which I had to take Glucosamine/Condrotin. Today, I occasionally take a 250mg Famvir under extreme circumstances (e.g. outbreak right after a cold/flu, don’t have access to Licorice, my spine or neck are extremely sore, etc.)



Herpes is the number one cause of encephalitis (viral infection and swelling of the brain) and thus these drugs are designed to combat encephalitis by crossing the blood/brain barrier. What this means is that the blood/brain barrier is vulnerable while you are taking these drugs. I had a life threatening reacation to the Hepatitis A+B vaccine while on Famvir. I suffered irreparable brain damage and was only able to regain somewhat of a normal life through numerous Chelation sessions (illegal thanks to the FDA) plus many deep tissue massages shortly after the injection. The only way to “PROVE” my brain damage was with a very expensive Quantitative EEG (QEEG) exam. The QEEG pretty clearly showed heavy metal poisoning in the brain. Numerous doctors thought I was totally crazy because the MRI and EEG both looked totally normal. When doctors are rewarded for pushing vaccines and drugs, it is hard for them to be objective.

I for one totally believe the link between vaccinations and Autism. However, there is a very fine line there. I once sat next to a woman on an airplane with Polio and we had a nice heated debate having both been severely affected in order to support our particular points of view. Should people be vaccinated against the major illness like Polio, Tetanus, etc. – YES! Should children receive some 30+ vaccinations – NO WAY IN HELL! Most illnesses like Whooping Cough and Hepatitis A/B are not life threatening or malforming. Please do your research about a virus and its vaccine (including Flu shots) prior to getting one.

BTW, the drug companies are totally immune to any litigation from bad vaccine reactions. You must suffer extreme malformaties for 6mo. to a year and be able to prove it was the fault of the vaccine which is absolutely impossible. Just an FYI…

Please note: If you have found this site because you have had a bad vaccine reaction and you would like to chat, please contact me for support at


Well, it looks like my body does not like Famvir. I thought that herpes had climbed my spine and was settling into my mouth. I was getting incredibly swollen lips, but they didn’t result in cold sores. I also had little blisters pop up all over my body, but they would only be there for a little bit. I thought it might be herpes moving all over my body.  I even had extremly painful contractions of my esophagus which may have been an ineraction with Cimetidine (Tagamet HB).  Turns out it was hives.  Always read the warning label.  So now I can no longer take these drugs and I have to work with the natural methods I have discovered.

Here are some things you should know about these drugs:


What drug(s) may interact with valacyclovir? (Back to top)
•cimetidine (Tagamet HB)

Side effects that you should report to your prescriber or health care professional as soon as possible:
•changes in your menstrual cycle
•reduced amount of urine passed
•skin rash
•stomach pain
•unusual weakness or tiredness

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your prescriber or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
•bone pain
•nausea, vomiting


Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Continue taking famciclovir and talk to your doctor if you have any of these less serious side effects:

  • nausea, vomiting, stomach pain;
  • headache;
  • diarrhea,
  • dizziness, sleepiness;
  • mild itching or skin rash; or
  • confusion.

Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome.

Tea Tree Oil

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Tea tree oil is great. You must have this in your medicine chest. If you are having an outbreak, it is very soothing and will remove the itch associated with Herpes. There is also some indication that tea tree oil my help break down the herpes virus, but the research is still inconclusive.

I highly recommend Tea Tree Oil be used in conjunction with liquid Licorice Root. If you are having an outbreak that includes blisters, first apply Licorice Root and then apply Tea Tree Oil. If your outbreak is extensive, avoid the licorice root as it will sting very badly, but the tea tree oil will help sooth it.

You are the cure!

Okay, once you have accepted the fact that you have Herpes and you are ready to face this thing head on, you need to let this virus lose on your system so your system can attempt to build an immunity to it.

The problem

I started anti-virals the very first week I discovered I had Herpes and I proceeded to up the dosage of Valtrex to 1000mg/day sometimes twice a day in order to keep the outbreaks at bay. However, I had to take drugs because when I was first infected, the outbreaks caused major pain and damage. My lymph nodes swelled up so bad I felt one burst. The virus would climb down my legs (internally) making nearly impossible to walk or sit and it would leave nerve damage for 3-4 months.

The solution

Read about the current experiments and what’s working (low acid diet, antacids, licorice, aloe vera, tea tree oil, a cleanse, low stress, proper diet, etc.) and when you are ready, throttle back the prescription drugs and give your body a chance to do its thing.

I say this works because I was that person.  The person who simply thought about stopping drugs and I would have an outbreak. When I did stop and try to face it, the Herpes virus attacked me so badly that I thought there was no fighting it. However, I recently had a 3 month outbreak where sores came and went back-to-back, but by following “What’s Working” I was able to keep it at bay enough for my system to figure it out. I finally went back on Famvir for about a week and now I can stop an outbreak in its tracks with a few antacids.

Aloe Vera

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Taking Aloe Vera pills internally cause me to have some of the worst acne every. In theory it was cleaning out my system and I was simply taking too much of it, but it didn’t really seem to help much with the Herpes outbreaks.

Update (1/20/08):
Aloe Vera is supposed to naturally reduce the acid in your stomach.  In order to reduce my overall PH levels, I am now taking Aloe Vera internally.  No major positive signs just yet, but I will keep you posted.


Aloe Vera gel seems to work pretty well. I’m not real sure about it, but I won’t risk using Licorice during the day due to the odor, so in order to have something on, I use aloe vera gel. Some users have commented on the success of antibacterial gel, but I’ve noticed that lots of those have Aloe Vera in them so there may be a correlation. Besides, if nothing else, it will keep your skin smooth and soft.

Liquid Licorice Root

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Licorice Root (available via Herb-Pharm, Whole Foods, or your local health food store for about $11/oz.) is said to inactivate the herpes virus.


Internally, I took a dropper full of Licorice Root orally under my tongue once a day for about 3 months with zero noticeable affect.

WARNING: Licorice Root can raise your blood pressure to deadly levels. I’d even be cautious with deglycerinized licorice.


Topically, I believe Licorice Root is probably about as close to a cure for Herpes as you can get. I have a small spray bottle that I keep in my bathroom and I spray my groin region and rub it in when there are signs of outbreak or shedding (slightly pink areas, itching, etc.). Since the virus will attempt to go around it, it is best to spray and work it into the entire region.

Update: I believe there is a synergistic effect when Licorice Root is used with Tea Tree Oil. The combination appear to work better than either one by themselves. The Tea Tree Oil has a sort of menthol effect of keeping the pores open so that the Licorice Root can be absorbed.

Update 11/1/07: See Current Experiements

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These are the things that are currently working for me, your mileage may vary, but I hope you too will have some success.

A reduced acid environment.

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You will read it many times that virii love an acidic environment and based on my experience I would have to agree. Are you aware that as you get older your system becomes more acidic and your body tries to maintain a balance by releasing calcium from your bones in order to neutralize the acid – thus osteoporosis? Additionally, when you get colder your acid levels increase – hence the outbreak of cold sores in the winter. So, what can you do to reduce the acid in your system?

Tagamet HB (Generic Name: Cimetidine)

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That’s right, something as simple as a $10 pack of Tagamet HB can seriously help your Herpes. However, I have found that this is NOT a long term solution. I was able to take Tagamet HB twice a day for one month before my body began to compensate. Therefore, I would only recommend Tagamet during an outbreak as it simply cannot be a lifestyle.
I believe Tagamet works two fold – it reduces the acid in your stomach and your system, plus food passes less digested into the colon. The body must increase its immunity in order to compensate for any parasites that may have made it through the stomach. On a side note, if you do take Tagamet I recommend increasing your fiber or taking a stool softner/laxative as your body will spend long attempting to digest the food in your colon.


Yep, your basic antacids do a pretty good job of reducing the acid in your system. You can do baking soda in water on occasion, but the sodium content is very high. TUMS and Rolaids work great and they give you a little extra calcium.


Stop the acid before it gets into your system. What is acid? If it taste tart or bitter, it is probably acidic. Things like coffee and vinegar (pickles, kraut, etc.) are great sources of acid so you will have to limit your intake of these items. Also, anything that is hard to digest will cause your stomach to produce more acid so easy on the red meat and large meals in general. Acids in your diet are fine, but be sure to balance them out with antacids.

Licorice & Aloe Vera

Licorice is awesome when applied topically and Aloe Vera may be having some effect. Please see What’s Working for more info.


Folks, I hate to admit it, but so far the only thing that has always worked for me are prescription strength drugs like Acyclovir, Valtrex and Famvir. I’m sorry to break it to you, but after 4 years, this is the only thing that I can count on 100% of the time to stop outbreaks. Valtrex at 1000mg/day gave me a horrible case of blurred vision and Arthritis (Arthralgia actually, but who cares, it still hurt like hell) so now I’m on Famvir which has its own issues. I hate them, I don’t want to be on them, they are expensive, and did I mention, I hate them.


Yes, stress on the mind and body will cause an outbreak. Don’t get enough sleep, bam! Have a bad day at work, bam! Get a sunburn, bam! In order to reduce stress, get plenty of sleep, relax and take a time released Multi B Vitamin.