Case Study One
Abby is a 30 year-old woman with genital herpes who initially came to my office 3 years ago. She contracted the herpes virus when she was in her early twenties, and has experienced frequent outbreaks over the past 6 years. The outbreaks tend to occur especially when she is under stress, tired, emotionally upset, coming down with a cold, or when she is pre-menstrual. The constant recurrence of itching and soreness also make it more difficult for her to concentrate at work, she also felt fatigue and depressed. Over the years, Abby has tried every kind of treatment for her condition, including prescription drugs such as Acyclovir, without much success. When she came to my office, she was experiencing an acute outbreak. She was crying when she described her conditions and urged me to offer help.
After carefully exam her with TCM tools, I found out that her immune system was run down a lot, her Qi and blood was deficient with heat-damp toxin and blood stasis in her body. That is why she can not fight over the virus infection and has frequent break out.
To get the acute herpes infection under control, I recommended a very special herbal medicine-Herba Sarcandrae and a liver cleansing pill which can kill the herpes virus. In the mean time, I prescribed herbs to reinforce kidney qi and spleen qi which can boost immune system in the body to fight with virus. I also performed acupuncture twice a week for her to help her build up her immune system and strengthen her constitutions. The acute outbreak rapidly cleared up in just 5 days. Abby was very surprised how quick I can help her. She continued the acupuncture and herbal medicine treatment for 10 weeks to make sure she is balanced, strong and healthy. Abby had 2 times of breakout after she left my treatment. But each time she came back to me, I can quickly make her healthy again in a very short of time. Abby no longer use chemical pills for herpes breakout, she called me “a miracle doctor “.
Case Study Two
Sarah ( 42 years old ) came to me 10 years ago for treating her very severe endometroisis ( she had 4 times laser surgery but the endometroisis keep came back) . I used acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine cured her problem.
Few years later, she urged came back to my office to ask the treatment for the first time acute genital herpes virus infection she caught from her boyfriend through oral sex. She had suffered from pain, burning sensation and skin rashes. Sarah did not want to take chemical pills to control the virus infection, and she remembered how I help her get rid of endometriosis. “You must can help me with this problem” she said this to me when she came into my office. I used those 2 kinds of anti-virus herbs for her. In just 7 days, Sarah ‘s acute herpes virus infection is under control. And she is good since then.
Case Study Three
Helen T. is one of my recent patients who came to me 6 months ago. This young woman ( 28 years old) had acute genital herpes infection two year ago . She was taking Valtrex on and off since then. 6 month ago she experience the break out 3 times a week even she takes Valtrex. Her doctor changed the medicine to Zovirax 3 month ago, but she still experience the skin rash and burning pain in the genital area and in the past few weeks she experienced the burning pain went to lower back and legs. Frustrated with no medicine can help her, Helen called my office ask help.
Acupuncture was performed twice a week and Chinese herbs were prescribed for her. Less than 4 days. her pain and skin rash was subside. She got 8 weeks treatment and the herpes breakout has never come back.
Genital Herpes in the United States
Genital herpes is an infectious disease that is caused by the infection of herpes simplex virus in virginal area. In the United state, approximately one in five 30 years old female has the herpes simplex virus.
Genital herpes is transmitted through the skin to skin sexual contact.
Even though genital herpes is not considered a life threatening disease, Herpes attacks are excruciatingly painful and if it left to be treated, the herpes virus can affect other parts of the body, such as eyes, fingers, skin, and in rare case the brain and internal organs. The patient will suffer an average 2 to 4 recurrence on a yearly basis. It is estimated that 20% of adults in America have genital herpes.
The medicine for treating herpes are Zovirax(Acyclovir) , Valtrex ( Valacyclovir) and Famvir ( Famciclovir) which can be taken internally or applied on the lesion. Those medicines is not always efficient especially for those patients who suffered from chronic genital herpes infection.
Chinese Medicine for Treating Genital Herpes
Fortunately Chinese medicine offers a very efficient treatment in killing the herpes virus, eliminating the skin rash or lesion, and reducing the pain. Further more, Chinese medicine will also focus on boost immunity and strengthen the constitution to prevent the herpes recurrence. Patients who have benefited from Chinese medicine become the most appreciated because it works very quickly and efficiently for them.
In Chinese medicine, genital herpes is considered caused by heat and dampness which reside in liver and gall bladder meridian and its organs, so the first step is to remove the heat and dampness from the liver and gall bladder, the leading Chinese herbal formula is damp heat cleansing- Long dan Xie gan Tang. In this formula, there are many herbs can function like anti virus effect. It purge the heat and dampness out from the liver and bladder and meanwhile it can kill the virus.
When it come to treat chronic or frequent herpes outbreak, since it is caused by constitutional weakness, stress, fatigue, menstruation changes and seasonal changes, I would use a formula named Zeng Qi Fu Zheng Wan- reinforce kidney Qi , another formula named Bu Zhong Yi Qi Wan- strengthen spleen qi, both remedies are the excellent formula for boosting immunity to prevent the recurrent herpes outbreak.
In the last 6 years in treating genital herpes in my practice, I found out there is an very efficient Chinese herb that can kill and control the herpes virus, Its name is Sarcandrae. This herb is not only can kill the herpes virus, it also can control the HPV virus. I helped many patients with this miracle herb.
Usually it takes 2 to 3 days to show the effect of pain and rash reducing after taking Herba Sarcandrae. In one or 2 weeks the rash and pain clears up. Herba Sarcandrae works for acute herpes infection as well as a chronic, frequent break out Genital herpes infection in which condition the western antiviral medicine will not work very well.
There is no scientific evidence to approve that Herba sarcandrae can cure herpes. But according to my clinic observation, herba sarcandrae could be one of the most powerful, efficient and promising treatment for herpes virus infection and HPV infection. More importantly, there is no side effect from the treatment.
For some patients whose immune system run down a lot caused by there are too much toxin accumulating in the body. The treatment may takes 6 months to 8 months. This means even though patient no longer experience skin rash and pain, they should continue the treatment till their general well being is improved.
Tips for Genital Herpes Patients
1. Since herpes breakout can be triggered by unexpressed anger and emotional upset, I will suggest patient should always check their emotional factor and try to keep away with negative affection or not respond to it.
2. Do not over stress yourself, keep physical active to manage the stress. Yoga , meditation , acupuncture and massage are few options to reduce stress. Make sure you sleep well. Take vitamin B complex which helps cope with stress.
3. Avoid very hot and spicy food, avoid sugar and greasy food. Eat more green leafy vegetable.
You do not need to live with genital herpes or to take Zovirax or Valtrex for long time or be frustrated when those medicines do not work for your chronic herpes condition. It is your choice to choose more efficient, no side effect and natural medicine for treating genital herpes. I will help you to obtain a health and happy life.
Dr. Feng Liang 10-10-2014