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Stress and herpes out breaks

Updated on June 8, 2013

Many observe that stress increases frequency of herpes outbreaks. Weather it is genital herpes or oral herpes, stress kindles outbreak. Symptoms like radiating pain along affected parts, water filled blisters, itching and burning sensation on skin, ant creeping sensation, indigestion, body pain etc surface during this period.

What changes in body, during stressful conditions initiate activation of herpes virus ?

During stressful conditions our body secretes stress hormones. When stress continues to exist over a period of time, the stress hormones keep on circulating in body through blood stream. The cells and tissues of our body respond in a negative way for this constant presence of stress hormones. As a result, the aging process of tissues and cells accelerate and the body immunity nose dives. Plummeted levels of body immunity initiate activation of herpes virus. The dormant herpes virus resurfaces with painful symptoms.

Increased stress imbalances secretion of digestive juices and affect appetite of a person, who is undergoing stress. The person may stop consuming food or start over eating. Both these situations lead to indigestion and malnourishment. According ayurveda acharyas indigestion paves way to formation of “ama” a sticky body toxin. This toxin blocks the path of nutrients in tissues and cells. This causes malnutrition and low body immunity. Low immunity and weakness invite herpes reactivation.

Texts of ayurveda recommend natural herbal remedy for genital herpes. These herbs help to expel the sticky body toxin “ama” and boost body immunity. The herbs also help to calm mind and reduce stress level.

Yoga and meditation are other two best methods to beat the stress. Continuous practice of these two help to reduce stress level and a good gap can be maintained between two consecutive outbreaks. A good night sleep also breaks the cycle of stress. Healthy diet, lifestyle and immunity boosting herbs help to keep herpes outbreaks at bay.

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