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Are there alternative treatments for genital herpes?

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Scientists have studied alternative treatments, like herbal extracts and nutritional supplements, based on some genital herpes patients' claims that they help relieve symptoms. Some study results have been promising, others discouraging. Talk with your doctor first.

SOURCES:  Terri Warren, RN, and Ricks Warren, PhD, , Portland Press, 2002. Vonau, B. , March 2001. Vynograd, N. , March 2000. Chiu, LC. , July 2004. Xu, HX. , November 1999. Piraino,F. , September 1999.
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Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on November 06, 2018

SOURCES:  Terri Warren, RN, and Ricks Warren, PhD, , Portland Press, 2002. Vonau, B. , March 2001. Vynograd, N. , March 2000. Chiu, LC. , July 2004. Xu, HX. , November 1999. Piraino,F. , September 1999.
The Updated Herpes HandbookInternational Journal of STD and AIDSPhytomedicineJournal of EthnopharmacologyAntiviral ResearchAntiviral Research

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on November 06, 2018

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