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Cathy Wong, ND

Can Prunella Vulgaris Combat Cold Sores?

By October 15, 2013

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Although cold sores tend to clear up within two weeks, certain natural remedies can help speed up healing and ease irritating symptoms like tingling, itching, and oozing. One popular natural remedy for cold sores is prunella vulgaris, an herb that contains vitamin C and several anti-inflammatory compounds.

While research on prunella vulgaris is fairly limited, some tests on human cells suggest that certain carbohydrates found in the herb can help fight off herpes simplex virus 1 (the virus that causes cold sores). Prunella vulgaris also appears to knock out herpes simplex virus 2, the virus that causes genital herpes.

A number of studies show that a natural remedy known as lysine may also help you heal from cold sores. In addition, herbs like lemon balm might be beneficial in taming cold sore symptoms.

Read on for more about prunella vulgaris.

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