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Soothing Cold Sores with Propolis

By November 9, 2012

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To help treat cold sores, many people turn to propolis (a resinous substances collected from tree buds by bees). When applied directly to cold sores, propolis is thought to speed up healing of the blisters and help alleviate pain.

Although research on the use of propolis in treatment of cold sores is fairly limited, some studies suggest that propolis may help fight cold sores. For instance, a 2010 study found that propolis contains compounds that could help destroy herpes simplex virus type 1 (the virus that causes cold sores).

A number of other natural remedies may help treat cold sores. For example, the herb lemon balm may help promote healing and--when used regularly--keep cold sores from coming back. In addition, peppermint oil appears to help knock out the herpes simplex virus. There's also some evidence that creams containing resveratrol might help suppress cold sore development. Read the full article: Propolis - What You Need to Know.

November 16, 2012 at 2:30 pm
(1) GP says:

Propolis may be useful for a number of other conditions in addition to cold sores. While it is true that there is not much scientific evidence on propolis for any use, some studies suggest it may be useful in things like acne, burns, and even upper respiratory tract infections. For a list of all indications for which propolis has been studied, as well as the level of scientific evidence, side effects, and possible interactions, check out the Natural Standard database of complementary and alternative medicine at naturalstandard.com. There is also a comparative evidence table for all the studied treatments for cold sores. Interestingly, there are numerous natural products and practices with much more evidence than propolis for cold sores. Check it out! (http://naturalstandard.com.lp.hscl.ufl.edu/databases/effectiveness/all/ex/nsLinkCondition.asp?ID=608&title=Herpes simplex virus)

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