I am a student attending the School of Traditional Western Herbalism in Portland, OR. I was cruising the web for some insight on how to heal HPV naturally and came across your article on Herbal Remedies for Three ‘Collegiate’ STIs/STDs:
One thing that you wrote was, Glycyrrhizic acid from licorice hones in on the herpes virus and causes it to self-destruct.’ (I might be understanding this incorrectly…do you mean self-destruct during an outbreak, or the virus is completely eradicated?)
I had never heard this before and was somewhat confused because I had not heard that Herpes has a cure. I also found this claim in the book ‘Medical Herbalism’. I then found the original article from the original study: http://www.satco.hu/carbosan_glyc_publikaciok.pdf
My question for you is, in your herbal practice, have you seen licorice completely annihilate the herpes virus so that it is not present in the body anymore? Or, in your herbal practice, what affect have you seen licorice have on the herpes virus?
Thanks for your work and the great information you put out into the world!
You are welcome to call Susun during her herbal hotline radio show and she would be happy to discuss further details. These are each Tuesday evening from 7:30pm - 9pm Eastern at (646) 929-2463...
However, no, Susun hasn't written about the virus being completely eradicated. In her most recent book, Down There: Sexual and Reproductive Health, the Wise Woman Way, Susun has a chapter on herpes and states at the beginning, page 160: " There is no cure for genital herpes or Herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2). Once you have it, you have it. Currently, about 30 million Americans have it."
That being said, there are definitely options to help minimize breakouts and ease symptoms... Susun's writes about them, including licorice and one of her favorites, St. Joan's (St. John's) wort in the book.
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