Naturopharm Colsor Pack. This extra value twin pack contains Colsor Oral Spray and 30g Colsor Cream to aid the body's normal immune function in fighting viral conditions like cold sores (herpes). Use in conjunction with Lysine & Olive leaf for ultimate results. 1 pack
Cold Sores: helps fight the herpes virus.
Spray: Use 2 sprays directly into the mouth at 10-15 minute intervals for up to 6 doses, then 3 times a day as required.
Apply cream liberally to affected areas at hourly intervals.
What is Homeopathy?
Homoeopathy is a unique system of medicine that aims to promote good health by using micro-doses of medicament which work to stimulate the body's own defence system. Homoeopathy is a non-drug therapy that is based on the principle of 'like cures like'.
Homeopathic remedies have no side effects, are gentle enough to be used by all the family and can be used with any other forms of medication.
Cold Sore Outbreak!
Cold sores are the result of a recurrent viral infection by the virus herpes simplex. Colds sores represent the infection targeting the skin or mucous membranes, mainly occurring about the mouth, lips, genitals or eye. The incubation period is 2-12 days and averages 6-7 days.
Outbreaks may follow minor infections, trauma, stress (emotional, dietary and environmental) and sun exposure. Many women find they will have an outbreak the week before their period. Chronic, persistent herpes infections are seen in immuno-suppressed individuals.
Foods that can trigger a herpes outbreak
There are a number of foods which should be avoided, or at least limited as dietary choices, or the nutritional status of the individual will have significant implications, by acting as triggers, which lower the immune system bringing on an attack.
A diet rich in the amino acid arginine and low in lysine has been shown to contribute to a herpes infection. Arginine is required by the virus to make its viral proteins. Lysine, an amino acid, has the ability to fight the infection and regulate the uptake of arginine from the diet. Therefore supplementation with lysine, while restricting your diet of foods high in arginine is considered essential.
Which foods are high in Arginine?
Food that contain high amounts of the amino acid Arginine have been found to be a trigger for most people who suffer with Herpes. These include Chocolate, peanuts, seeds, cereal grains - but particularly wheat, carob & raisins. If you suffer with reoccurring outbreaks, you should consider eliminating these foods from your diet completely.
Supporting the immune system is vital for those with herpes outbreaks
Supporting the immune system is essential. This can be done by taking antioxidant vitamins and minerals. The most important are vitamin C with Bioflavonoids. Supplementation has shown potential in reducing the severity of the infection as well as preventing a recurring infection. Research has found that people with a history of recurrent herpes simplex are often iron-deficient.
Another important mineral for the immune system is Zinc. The amino acid Lysine actually suppress the symptoms of cold sores. Studies have showed that once supplementation of lysine stopped, the cold sores returned within 1 to 4 weeks.
The amount of lysine needed as a preventative for cold sores varies, depending on the persons diet and their overall nutrient balance between arginine and lysine, as well as biochemical individuality. Generally a maintenance dosage of 500mg twice daily is suggested for prevention, increasing to as much as 2000 - 3000 mg three to four times daily if the onset of symptoms such as the "tingling" or itching are noticed. In this case, remain at the higher dosage for at least four days, even if the symptoms subside.
Two specific herbs have emerged for their ability to attack the herpes virus itself. Olive leaf extract is a specific antiviral herb, and an excellent choice for helping to fight against the family of herpes viruses.
A fatty acid named lauric acid is effective against enveloped viruses (herpes, CMV etc).
Astraforte is a deep immune tonic containing the 3 herbs Astragalus, Reishi and Privet. These herbs are traditionally used in conditions of profound immune deficiencies. They increase the production of white blood cells and strengthen the bodies immune response and vital force.
They have an energy boosting action. Formulas incorporating Astragalus are used in China in conjunction with radiotherapy and chemotherapy in cancer patients. This formula has been traditionally used as a liver tonic in hepatitis, for chronic fatigue syndrome, repetitive cold, flu and viral infections, debilitated immune function, post infection recovery, bronchial coughs, for nervous debility, sleeplessness and anxiety.
Many Women can experience an outbreak of cold sores close to menstruation. We recommend increasing immune boosting herbs and nutrients around one week prior to menstruation.
Alternatively a course of Olive leaf may be necessary if recurring infections are a problem around period time.
Important factors in treating Cold Sores
Avoid all chocolate, and Nuts. These foods have a high arginine content. Reduce stress and avoid excessive exposure to the sun. Supplement with vitamin C, Vitamin C, zinc, selenium and lysine. These can all be found in the product Xcel Health Herpeze.
Support your immune system by taking a probiotic such as Inner Health Immune Booster for Adults.
Strengthen your immune system using a selection of the immune modulating herbs as outlined above. Include a wide range of fruits and vegetables, as well as yoghurt and other soured products.
If symptoms persist, seek professional health advice.
Colsor contains homoeopathic potencies of Bovista 8c, Croton Tig 12c, Graphites 12c and Rhus Tox 12c 30c. Colsor Cream contains the tinctures Hydrastis, Plantago, Rhus Tox and Stellaria in a light, paraben-free, non-greasy cream base.
Keep out of reach of Children. All cold sores are highly contagious. Scrupulous hygiene is essential for helping to prevent transmitting to other parts of the body to other people.