Aloe Vera Herpes Treatment
Aloe Vera is a popular topical salve that’s been shown to help with a number of skin irritations, including application for herpes outbreaks. Unlike most prescription drugs, Aloe has virtually no known adverse side effects and is affordable. While it isn’t a cure, a 1999 study did show that Aloe Vera cream was effective at stopping genital herpes outbreaks in 70% of study participants¹.
Why is Aloe Beneficial?
Aloe Vera boosts the body’s defenses at a cellular level, revitalizing the immune system. The polysaccharides in Aloe Vera energize white blood cell activity and raise the amount of T-helper cells. These vital cells synchronize the immune system response, resulting in the generation of antibodies, freeing the body system of the infectious agent. Research has shown that a component in Aloe Vera called anthroquinine (emodin) hinders the functionality of certain viruses including herpes simplex virus types 1 and 2.
What Types of Aloe Vera work?
While additional research needs to be carried out regarding oral supplements, topical use of Aloe creams and gels have proven to be effective in the reduction of symptoms. A 1999 study of patients experiencing their first genital herpes outbreak showed that Aloe Vera effectively stopped the outbreaks in most of the participants (1):
- Aloe vera cream was most effective, with a 70% rate of success and healing the fastest. (Here’s an aloe vera cream that looks popular.)
- Aloe Vera Gel was second, at 45%, and taking slightly longer to heal.
- As compared to a placebo at 7% and up to 13 days to heal
You can also simplify the Aloe Vera herpes treatment by purchasing a mature Aloe Vera plant or even growing your own for future use. You can keep pieces of the aloe plant in the refrigerator or freezer for an added soothing effect. You can also keep the creams or gels in the refrigerator as well.
If you do get a cream, make sure Aloe is its main ingredient, preferably with a concentration level of 95% or higher.
A number of oral supplement choices are available including gel caps and juices; just be sure to buy the less processed Aloe Vera with the highest concentrated of Aloe.
¹ Vogler BK, Ernst E. Aloe vera: a systematic review of its clinical effectiveness. British Journal of General Practice 1999;49:823-828.