Use of complementary and alternative medicine for the treatment of genital herpes

Michelle M. Perfect, Nigel Bourne, Charles Ebel, Susan L. Rosenthal

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Abstract

Conventional antiviral drugs have proven effectiveness for genital herpes; however, patients continue to use a variety of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) treatments. Given that patients may be using these products, it is important that healthcare providers become familiar with the data regarding safety and efficacy. We have reviewed available scientific data on six commonly used treatments (echinacea, eleuthero, L-lysine, zinc, bee products and aloe). In addition, information about a number of other products is presented in tabular form. Currently, there are insufficient clinical data to be confident of the efficacy and safety of any of these products for the treatment of genital herpes. It is hoped that future clinical trials will be conducted with sufficient rigour to provide guidance to the patients using these products.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)38-41
Number of pages4
JournalHerpes
Volume12
Issue number2
StatePublished - Oct 2005

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Herpes Genitalis
Complementary Therapies
Eleutherococcus
Echinacea
Aloe
Safety
Bees
Health Personnel
Lysine
Antiviral Agents
Zinc
Therapeutics
Clinical Trials

Keywords

  • Biologically based products
  • Complementary and alternative medicine
  • Genital herpes
  • Herbs
  • Herpes simplex virus
  • Treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Virology
  • Dermatology

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Perfect, M. M., Bourne, N., Ebel, C., & Rosenthal, S. L. (2005). Use of complementary and alternative medicine for the treatment of genital herpes. Herpes, 12(2), 38-41.

Use of complementary and alternative medicine for the treatment of genital herpes. / Perfect, Michelle M.; Bourne, Nigel; Ebel, Charles; Rosenthal, Susan L.

In: Herpes, Vol. 12, No. 2, 10.2005, p. 38-41.

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Perfect, MM, Bourne, N, Ebel, C & Rosenthal, SL 2005, 'Use of complementary and alternative medicine for the treatment of genital herpes', Herpes, vol. 12, no. 2, pp. 38-41.
Perfect, Michelle M. ; Bourne, Nigel ; Ebel, Charles ; Rosenthal, Susan L. / Use of complementary and alternative medicine for the treatment of genital herpes. In: Herpes. 2005 ; Vol. 12, No. 2. pp. 38-41.
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