Category Archives: Cold Sores

Lemon balm effective for cold sore?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, I have been told that lemon balm is helpful for a cold sore. How effective is it? A: More commonly known in the United States as lemon balm, Melissa officinalis is widely sold in Europe as a topical cream for the treatment of oral herpes. Early studies of melissa ointments showed…

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L-lysine for oral herpes?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, What do you know about L-lysine for oral herpes? A: A well-known treatment for herpes involves the amino acid L-lysine. Although study results have been somewhat contradictory, overall the evidence suggests that taking L-lysine on a regular basis might make herpes flare-ups milder and less frequent. L-lysine probably works best when…

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Natural treatment for oral herpes?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, What is a good natural treatment that I can take for oral herpes? A: More commonly known in the United States as lemon balm, Melissa officinalis is widely sold in Europe as a topical cream for the treatment of cold sores. It should be applied at the first sign of blistering….

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Causes of cold sores?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao,
Why do I get cold sores? A: The herpes virus (cold sores) has the devious habit of hiding out deep in the DNA of nerve ganglia, where it remains inactive for months or years. From time to time the virus reactivates, travels down the nerve, and starts an eruption. Common triggers include…

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Acupuncture cure cold sores?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, Can acupuncture cure cold sores? A: Acupuncture does not cure cold sores. However, a proper herbal formulation can assist in resolving or expediting the resolution of a cold sore. A licensed traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) practitioner can help determine what triggers the cold sores and use acupuncture, herbal formulas and nutritional…

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Cold sore same as STD herpes?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, Is a cold sore the same herpes as the sexually transmitted herpes? A: The common virus known as herpes can cause painful blister-like lesions around the mouth and in the genitalia. Slightly different strains of herpes predominate in each of these two locations, but the infections are essentially identical. In both…

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