Q: Dear Dr. Mao,
What is a good natural treatment that I can take for herpes?
A: Melissa cream appears to be helpful in the treatment of genital and oral herpes. Another famous treatment for herpes involves the amino acid L-lysine, which might make herpes flare-ups milder and less frequent.
One study suggests that topical treatment with a vitamin C solution may speed healing of herpes outbreaks. Oral vitamin C may also be useful, especially when combined with bioflavonoids.
The herbs astragalus, cat’s claw, elderberry, and licorice are sometimes recommended for herpes as well, but there is little solid evidence that they really work at this time.
Additionally, I recommend that you also try the Traditions of Tao herbal formula “HerpEase”. Of course, discuss with your physician before beginning any new health regime.