Depends on where the herpes infection is. A cold sore is a type of herpes infection. That you carry with you the rest of your life. When an imbalance of arginine, and l-lysine occurs they usually flare up. A type of see saw effect, when one is high the other is low. Arginine is an amino acid contained in chocolate. Lysine is in coconut oil. They make a topical lysine oint for cold sores. Its not a cure, it just forces it into remission. For other herpes infections I would recommend olive leaf extract, as it is an antivral, and all of the herpes infections are viral in nature, and it is a very gentle anti infective, that may be used on sensitive areas, and may be taken orally as well. I used olive leaf topically, and orally to get rid of a wart, gone in 3 days. Warts are also viral in nature.