Herb May Be Alternative Herpes Treatment

May 19, 2003 – An exploratory herpes treatment inferred from an herb known as Prunella vulgaris may one day offer assistance anticipate and treat both sorts of the herpes virus that cause cold bruises and genital herpes.

Analysts say preliminary tests appear mice and guinea pigs treated with the herb created altogether fewer of the cold sores and genital sores or injuries related with herpes than untreated creatures.

The results of the think about were displayed nowadays at the 103rd General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology in Washington, D.C.

“Prunella vulgaris [moreover known as self heal] is a perennial plant found in China, the British Isles, Europe, and North America,” says researcher Melody Lee of the Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada, in a news release. “P. vulgaris has been described as a hot water implantation to treat bruises in the mouth and throat, as an astringent for internal and external purposes, as a rough anti-cancer drug, and as an home grown cure to lower high blood pressure.”

Within the study, researchers created a topical cream containing a compound derived from Prunella vulgaris and tried it on mice and guinea pigs tainted with an exploratory adaptation of the herpes simplex virus-1, and herpes simplex-2, regularly known as genital herpes.

Analysts found that mice infected with herpes sort 1 who gotten the home grown herpes treatment were significantly less likely to die of their infection than untreated mice. And guinea pigs contaminated with herpes type 2 and treated with the cream developed much fewer skin injuries than those who did not receive treatment.

Laboratory tests moreover appeared that Prunella vulgaris has a different type of anti-herpes activity than currently available treatment, such as Zovirax (acyclovir).

“Given the tall frequency of herpes contamination and the emergence of acyclovir-resistant strains of herpes infections, the [test home grown herpes treatment] may demonstrate to be a useful unused anti-herpes medicate,” says Lee.

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