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Understanding Herpes - Issue #46

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Understanding Herpes - Issue #46
By Ifayomi Fasola • Issue #46 • View online
The herpes simplex virus may manifest as itching and burning blisters and sores located in the genital area. Eventually, the blisters open, leaving painful ulcers that heal within 10-21 days. Symptoms tend to flare up and then disappear for periods. Let’s take a look into what the illness does to the body, and how you can take control of your outbreaks.

Herpes outbreaks, whether HSV- or HSV-2 appear different on Black skin
Herpes outbreaks, whether HSV- or HSV-2 appear different on Black skin
Background on Genital Herpes
When the symptoms arise, the you may feel sick and suffer from fever, headaches, and swollen lymph nodes, especially those located in the groin. Cold sores may even appear around the mouth. We need to begin by understanding what herpes is. It’s created by the herpes simplex virus, which is normally communicated via sexual contact with an infected person and manifests around the genitals. 
 The illness flares up in periodic attacks that often occur after sexual intercourse, sunbathing, or when the immune system is weakened. The affected person should avoid sexual activity when the symptoms assert themselves. 
Once infected, while modern medicine says it cannot be cured, however, approximately, 40% of infected people never have a second attack while most others experience between 4-5 attacks annually for several years. 
Eventually, the flareups become wider apart and less severe in nature. 
Early treatment, stress, and diet management may prevent or reduce the severity of the symptoms. The blisters and sores can be treated with antiviral herbs and medication, and the pain with OTC/herbal analgesics. 
Warm baths with a tablespoon of salt can soothe and assist in the healing process. The goal is to maintain a strong immune system, which is boosted by the recommendations offered below. Being vigilant in this manner, along with a balanced, healthy lifestyle, herpes flare-ups can be limited or disappear permanently. 
Remedies & Foods That You Can Eat
For at least 6 months:
  • Whole grains, at least twice a day:
  • brown rice, barley, wheat, oats, sweet rice, millet, and whole-grain noodles
  • Wide variety of green vegetables, steamed, twice a day
  • Root Vegetables (at least once a day)
  • Carrots
  • Rutabagas 
  • Onions
  • Turnips
  • Ginger
  • Parsnips
  • Chlorella and wild blue-green algae
  • Beans (4-7 times a week)
  • Seaweeds, 1-2 tablespoons a day 
  • Miso Soup 
  • Daily to alkalize the blood and make it more resistant
  • Sprouts 
  • Parsley 
  • Bee Pollen
  • Garlic 
  • Apples
Foods to Avoid/Moderate:
  • Meat
  • Dairy products
  • Eggs
  • Fried Foods 
  • Oils
  • Sweets
  • Refined carbohydrates
  • Alcohol
  • Fruit
  • Tomatoes
  • Nuts and nut butters
  • Coffee
  • Mineral raw foods
Herbs that help lessen the severity:
  • Make a decoction (tea) of the roots in equal parts (If you need me to explain this to you, just let me know): *if your stools become softer, just make the tea out of sarsaparilla*
-Sarsaparilla-Dandelion -Gentian 
  • You can apply Goldenseal topically 
  • Oregon Grape Root
-1oz herb to 1 pint of water. -take 1 cup 2-3 times a day
  • Bath in black tea leaves
-add at least 6 oz tea leaves to hot bath water, allow to cool, and then sit in it for about an hour
  • Beta-carotene: 30 mg per day
  • Vitamin B1: 1.5 mg per day
  • Vitamin B16: 2 mg a day
  • Vitamin C: 100-500 mg per day
  • Zinc: 15 mg per day
  • Vitamin E: 100-400 IU per day
  • -Topical application 1-2 times a day during flare-ups
Emotional Implications
  • Are there any things you feel guilty about?
  • What are some things you’ve done to pour into yourself?
  • Other than having the virus, what are some things you feel regret towards?
  • What are some of the reasons you have difficulty saying no?
  • This shows that there have been moments in life where you’ve said “no” and it either produces a fight, an argument, or someone leaves, so it’s encouraged to look at that as well. 
Remember, the goal is to maintain/handle your stress appropriately as this is avoiding outbreaks. Anytime you’re experiencing an outbreak, your body is trying to tell you that you’re under some form of emotional stress.
Let’s change the narrative of STD/STIs and remove the shame associated with them. You’re not dirty, damaged, or less than worthy of love & respect JUST because you may have an infection. You’re still a beautiful person who deserves the best out of life.
-Iya Ifayomi
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I’m Iya Ifayomi! She/Her. Onisegun. Herbalist. Isese. Ifa, Egbe, & Olokun priestess. Rootworker. Mvskokxe. 2 headed. Bone Reader 🦴 Venmo:@ifayomifasola

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