Garlic Gets Rid of Herpes Overnight? Fact or Fiction?

Lynn Griffith
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Herpes is a viral infection caused by the simplex virus.  It often shows itself through small sores and blisters.  If seeking conventional medical treatment, you will most likely be prescribed an antiviral, but is this your only option?

Throughout the internet you will find blog posts and news articles stating that garlic will get rid of herpes overnight!  Is it too good to be true? Fact or Fiction? (1)

Hippocrates used garlic to heal many different kinds of infections.

Garlic has been used medicinally for thousands of years; in addition, it has been believed to ward off evil spirits, and at one time was exchanged as a valuable form of currency.  Hippocrates used garlic to heal many different kinds of infections.  In fact, garlic is often used to kill parasites and pathogenic microbes. (2)

According to the Journal of National Medical Association (JNMA) study, it is reported that garlic contains thirty-three sulfur compounds, all of the essential amino acids, all major minerals, several trace minerals, and Vitamin A, B, and C.  What makes garlic effective treatment against herpes is allicin-ajoene. (2)

In 1985, the medical journal, Planta Medica, reported positive results using garlic for treatment of herpes simplex.  The study proved the anti-viral properties of garlic and its success in killing the herpes simplex virus.  (2)

In 1988, researchers studied garlic’s medicinal value and reported that it plays an “invaluable role” in prevention and treatment for major causes of death.  The JNMA reported that researchers considered it to be a broad-spectrum antimicrobial and immune booster. (2)

Study shows that garlic destroyed over 90 percent of herpes simplex virus within 30 minutes!

A 1992 study from Brigham Young University used fresh garlic juice on a variety of compounds to test on the herpes simplex virus 1,2 and other viruses as well.  The researchers watched as the garlic destroyed over 90 percent of the virus within 30 minutes of applying it to a laboratory dish! (1,2)

Dr. Tariq Abdullah, M.D. published an article in the JNMA in 2000 that recommended a combination of Echinacea and garlic for the cold and flu season.  In his paper, Dr. Abdullah also mentions the positive effect garlic has on the herpes simplex virus. (2)

Dr. Abdullah suggests that people who use garlic for antiviral benefits should eat one teaspoon of fresh minced garlic mixed with raw honey as preventative treatment.  With the first sign of infection, Dr. Abdullah recommended eating two teaspoons of raw garlic with honey daily.  He suggests holding the garlic in your mouth as long as possible before swallowing, but cautions people that garlic is hot when chewed raw. (2)

Another option is to make a garlic bath.  Peel and chop one bulb of garlic and add it to the bathtub.  Run hot water over the garlic and then allow the water to cool to room temperature.  The level of the water should be deep enough to submerge the genital or mouth region.  Sit for 20 minutes. (1)

You can also cut a garlic clove open and gently press the clove on the cold sore.  Repeat throughout the day using a new garlic clove each time. (3)

Sources for this article include:
(1) organichealth.co
(2) www.progressivehealth.com
(3) livingtraditionally.com

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