Guru Sri Shukla

Disclaimer: Nothing in this writing should be construed as medical advice. It is rather a chronicle of personal experiences by someone who has had herpes simplex for several decades. Nothing in this essay should be construed as a claim of a cure, but subjectively effective treatments of these viral infections without the use of pharmaceutical drugs. I recommend consultation with a doctor or other health-care professional before trying any of the treatments described in this essay.

Copyright: Copyright is held by Guru Sri Shukla, but this essay may be reproduced for non-commercial, educational purposes only.


When I first became infected with herpes simplex type 2, also known as genital herpes, I had no idea I was infected. I had no symptoms, no outbreaks, for years. Years after I contracted the virus my girlfriend at the time thought I might be having an outbreak in my genital area, but it did not look like a typical herpes outbreak. After that, I saw a physician who told me I did not have herpes and the lesion I had was not a herpes outbreak. Incidentally, although my girlfriend and I had unprotected sex for years, she never became infected.

Over the following years and decades I saw several other physicians who told me the same thing. At that point I thought the lesions were starting to look more like typical herpes outbreaks, and at times I would have tingling in my lower back prior to the outbreaks, so I was not completely convinced. I asked my physician to order a blood test to be sure. He refused. I finally was allowed to get a blood test but I had to pay for the test myself. The test came back positive for herpes simplex 2, and negative for herpes simplex 1.

My doctor prescribed acyclovir, which seemed to have no effect. My insurance would not cover famcyclovir, so I had to pay for it myself. On that medication I had two or three small outbreaks a year, but this was not much better than being on no medication, so I stopped the ridiculously expensive famcyclovir and began looking for natural alternatives.

Probably the best treatment I ever tried is unfortunately no longer available. It would knock out all symptoms for months, with no worries about diet or lifestyle. I did not consider it a cure, but it was a really effective treatment. It was based on a combination of mineral salts that were dissolved in hot water and then drunk every day for a few weeks. The claim was that these minerals helped boost the immune system and were not only effective against herpes, but also other diseases, such as human papilloma virus and the inflammatory bowel diseases Crohn's and ulcerative colitis. Although the ingredients listed a number of mineral salts, the solution to me tasted like ammonia smells, and ammonium salts were listed as one of the mineral ingredients. This is purely conjecture, but I think this treatment is no longer available because it was advertised as a “cure”. Many people were rejoicing when they saw their blood tests for herpes turn negative, only to see their blood tests turn positive again after a few weeks or months. This likely generated lots of anger when people had been promised a “cure.” I really wish this product were still available. After first taking it I intended to take it once a year until my death.

The good news is over the past ten to twenty years there are several very effective, natural treatments, so that most people will probably be able to live the rest of their lives outbreak-free without having to take medications, although it may take months or even years if someone has a poor immune system. Since many different companies make these treatments, and the quality varies, I will list only the particular treatments I used and found effective. This does not mean everyone will find them as effective as I did, but as I stated at the beginning of this essay this is not medical advice, but rather a recounting of my experiences regarding the treatment of these infections. In short, YOUR MILEAGE MAY VARY (YMMV).

The first treatment I found effective is red marine algae, sometimes referred to as Gigartina. This algae supposedly keeps the herpes virus from moving from one cell to another by inhibiting the virus' ability to attach to the new cell. It supposedly works on other herpes viruses as well, such as herpes zoster (shingles), not just herpes simplex. The first brand I tried was Pure Planet Red Marine Algae Plus. It worked ok for me in that when I started to have tingling in my lower back, telling me an outbreak was on the way, this seemed to stop the outbreak in its tracks, although I found I often needed more than the recommended dose of three capsules (4.5 grams) to stop my symptoms. This is a pattern I've found with many of these natural treatments; that an effective dose for me is often well above the recommended dose. For example, I have found six or seven grams to be an effective dose with red marine algae, and I would take much more if I thought it necessary to control my symptoms. After all, it's algae, a food. Again, YMMV. I then saw Nutri Cargo selling red marine algae in bulk powder form and found this a cheaper alternative, and it worked just as well for me as the capsules. It is available online, and used to be on Amazon but when I checked today it's listed as “Currently unavailable.”

Another good treatment that works not only on herpes viruses, but also on chlamydia, candida, as well as certain bacteria and protozoa is monolaurin. Monolaurin is an extract of coconut oil, but has the ability to essentially dissolve the protein coat of the herpes virus. It has a similar effect on the biofilm of candida albicans. More on the connection between candida and herpes later. Some claim monolaurin actually disintegrates the herpes DNA after it dissolves the protein envelope, but I think this is probably not the case. In fact, some people say when they take monolaurin their symptoms initially worsen, which might be expected if the outer coating of the virus is dissolved and the free viral DNA enters into neighboring human cells to replicate and produce more protein outer coatings, and thus more herpes viruses. This is just my hypothesis, but it would explain why even treatments that can result in a negative blood test would not fully cure the infection, since the viral DNA is not destroyed in the same way as the viral coat, allowing for a kind of “hibernation” of the virus in human cells while it multiplies.

The typical recommended monolaurin dose is three to six grams a day, but as I stated earlier I have found these doses are frequently ineffective. I have taken as much as eighteen grams of monolaurin in a day with no side effects, but with great effectiveness in controlling my symptoms. Usually six to twelve grams a day is plenty. I don't take it or red marine algae prophylactically, only if I'm getting symptoms. Again, YMMV. I initially tried the capsule form of monolaurin but the dosage was too low, so I switch to Inspired Nutrition Monolaurin in the 21 ounce size.

One of the best natural topical treatments I discovered watching a video online. I have since tried to find that video again and have been unsuccessful. A young man spoke of a “cure” for herpes (really best to avoid that word), and explained how herpes simplex 1 and 2 could be treated by using a combination of coconut oil and oregano oil. He recommended getting some coconut oil, about the size of an almond or a baked bean, and putting three to four drops of oregano oil onto that and mixing them with your hands, and then rubbing the oil into the skin where the herpes is causing problems. I do not have simplex type 1, but for this he recommended putting a small amount under the tongue, and rubbing more on the back of the neck. I have no idea if this helps. For type 2, he recommended rubbing the oil on the penis and scrotum, as well as the lower back. He also emphasized the coconut oil should be cold pressed and unrefined, and the oregano oil should be steam distilled. I have found both of those recommendations to be spot on. I have tried lower quality chemically treated coconut oil and found it ineffective. I have tried oregano oil brands which claim to be steam distilled and all natural but found them to be ineffective as well. I personally have found Spectrum cold pressed unrefined coconut oil to work well for me, as does Now Essential Oils steam distilled oregano oil.

While I have found this combination of oils to be effective for me, again the doses recommended I found inadequate. I have found seven or eight drops of oregano oil works best in combination with an amount of coconut oil the size of an almond or baked bean. If my tingling symptoms continue, I might apply the oil as frequently as every hour until the symptoms subside. When I first tried this treatment I had a lot of stinging pain in my scrotum, and I eventually found this was because I had a candida overgrowth that was asymptomatic and untreated. I went on a candida diet and took 10-Undecenoic Acid daily for several months. Specifically I did the expensive but very effective Dr. McCombs Candida Cleanse Set, which is on Amazon or at I have tried taking oregano oil orally for candida but found it didn't work, but maybe I wasn't taking a high enough dose. There are other treatments for candida, but those are the only two I've personally tried. I did not take monolaurin at that time, because to the best of my recollection at that time it was not available. In my opinion, if I have a candida overgrowth and treat it successfully, this greatly reduces the chances of a herpes outbreak.

I have found this combination of oils never caused any discomfort if I didn't have a candida overgrowth, but until that is under control, it can cause painful stinging, especially in the skin of the scrotum. Some people, of course, may have more sensitive skin, but I'm just recounting what happened in my case. I also found that rubbing the oil on my scrotum, penis, inguinal region and lower back wasn't always enough to control my symptoms. I found if I also put my oil covered finger in my anus, in addition to the other areas, the treatment worked like a charm. It caused a stinging sensation in my anus, not painful at all, which by my best guess indicated the oregano oil was killing the candida in my anal area. I have no knowledge of this treatment used by people with vaginas and vulvae, but I pray the results will be at least as efficacious, if not more.

My experience, which I have heard others echo, is that before the herpes goes dormant for a long period of time it will go on an all out attack to cause an outbreak. In my case it affected the skin of my scrotum, which at first caused great stinging pain whenever I applied the oil, even though I had no candida overgrowth. The pain would last ten minutes at most, but was very uncomfortable. No such stinging or pain occurred in my penis. Over the span of one to two weeks, the skin on my scrotum became dry and crusty and began to flake off. This was in no way similar to a typical herpes outbreak, but affected my entire scrotum, but not my penis or any other area. During this period the stinging pain continued with each application, but after one to two weeks my skin returned to normal with no scarring, and no pain when I applied the oil. Since that experience several years ago, I have had the symptom of tingling in my back maybe two or three times a year, never coming anywhere near an outbreak.

Lastly I would like to cover dietary factors in the treatment of these viruses. Most everyone who has herpes has heard that a diet with a high arginine to lysine ratio makes one more likely to have an outbreak. I have found this to be false. I have taken high doses of lysine with no discernible difference in my symptoms. I have read several articles (which again, in trying to find them again online I've had no luck), that the real amino acid balance to be concerned about is the methionine/arginine balance, not the lysine/arginine balance. Dairy and meat are high in methionine, but relatively low in arginine, while most nuts, including peanuts, are high in arginine but relatively low in methionine. I eat meat and peanuts every day and don't have any problem as long as I allow at least six hours between a methionine-heavy meal and an arginine-heavy meal. I chose six hours because the half-life of most amino acids in the bloodstream is about six hours, and this has worked consistently for me. If I eat beef and peanuts in the same meal I will rapidly get tingling in my back, but with the treatments described above I've been able to prevent outbreaks. So I think it's better to eat these foods at different times of day.

I have also found some sour foods can also trigger symptoms, so I avoid them. Anything with citric acid gets my lower back tingling, so I avoid citrus fruit, or even supplements such as magnesium citrate. I have also found D-aspartic-acid to trigger my symptoms, so I avoid it. I have taken pharmaceutical medications in citrate form and have not had any problems, but again YMMV.

Some people say a high glycemic meal, such as a bowl of white rice, can trigger their symptoms. I have not had this problem, but it is something to consider.

Finally, I have found in my own case these treatment modalities can and should be combined for optimal effectiveness. I pray to God these treatments help those suffering from these infections to never have an outbreak again.

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