The dreaded tingle. The tingle that makes you stop what you are doing and pay attention. That sinking feeling as you realize you have a cold sore beginning. Homeopathy can both hasten the healing of a cold sore and also prevent them from coming back.
Cold sores are caused by the Herpes simplex virus which likes to make it’s home in the nervous system. This virus can sit quite dormant in the body. Our immune system can no longer keep this virus inactive when we are under stress. This could be the common cold, work or emotional upset. Common orthodox treatment such as topical creams only serves to suppress the eruption. They don’t do anything to combat the virus itself.
The cold sore won’t develop when the correct homeopathic remedy is used at the first sign of one coming on. If the cold sore is already a little advanced, then the correct remedy will hasten the healing. Each bout of cold sores should get further apart and respond faster with repeated use of the remedy.
There are cases of cold sores in my clinic that can be quite resistant to treatment. In those cases, we use the nosode made from the virus itself. This helps to stop the virus in its tracks and strengthens the body so that it doesn’t reoccur. I will give you an example of where I have used the nosode later in this article.
If you are a cold sore sufferer, then you might want to have one of the following remedies on hand.
Top 3 Homeopathic Remedies for Cold sores.
Do you ever get cold sores from too much sunlight? If so, you might try Nat mur the next time you get one. It’s a fantastic remedy for cold sores that erupt on the lips after being in the sun. It can have large vesicles on the lower lip which burns. They can develop with numbness and be tingling like the traditional cold sore. The lips may have a tendency to be dry and cracked. There can be a craving for salt.
Nat mur is also a remedy for the making and breaking of relationships. The person will feel betrayal deeply but will not show anyone how hurt they are.
This remedy is for the recent or past grief that is held deep down. We may be having a hard time letting go of someone or something. Nat mur won’t tend to cry but they will tend to have short bursts of irritability.
If that sounds like you and you get cold sores from too much sun…this remedy might be perfect. It will also help you move through your grief and enhance your ability to move on.
I use this remedy to help balance the estrogen and progesterone in the hormonal woman. If your cold sores tend to appear around your menses then this could be a great remedy for you. You might find yourself becoming very tired, foggy and irritable before your period. There may even be a feeling of joylessness that accompanies the tiredness. This would be a confirmation of this remedy choice.
The cold sores themselves will tend to be crusty and scabby at their worst. They may also appear around the nose and inside. Sepia has a peculiar symptom where the saddle over the nose looks a little yellow.
This remedy comes from poison ivy. The cold sores that will need this remedy will show up as red, burning and itching. There may be some neuralgic pain in the face. The glands in the throat may also be slightly swollen. The vesicles may weep a yellow fluid.
I provide Rhus tox in all my first aid kits. It is a wonderful remedy for repairing ligaments and tendons. It is also marvelous when a person feels under immense pressure due to deadlines at work or study. Their shoulders may be knotty and tight and they may be very irritable. Rhus tox may feel both restless and stiff on first rising after rest. If you can relate to this then this remedy will be an excellent one to try for your cold sores. It is also used for shingles.
Herpes simplex nosode
Here is an example of how I have used this remedy to stop recurrent attacks of herpetic eruptions. I always like to experiment on myself as much as possible so I can understand what a remedy does and how it works.
For the past year, I had been getting horrific, painful headaches before my menses and during. I could tell they were neuralgic rather than inflammation. They were always accompanied by tiny, perfectly symmetrical blisters on my face. One or two may appear and they were so innocuous, it took me a while to connect them to the headaches.
I realized this was a recurrent herpetic eruption. Well-indicated remedies were not having a lasting impact on the symptoms. So I tried the Herpes simplex nosode. After I took the remedy I had an interesting insight. I had been suffering from fullness in my ears and hardness of hearing for some time. I had related this to possible hayfever, was actually the virus active in the nerve pathways in my ears.
Upon taking the remedy the nerve pain became severe for a couple of hours, particularly in my ears. Soon my ears cleared and my hearing became sharper. The fullness was gone. The next day the little vesicles were gone. Whenever the fullness in my ears began to come back, I gave myself another dose. Each time the pain was excruciating in my nerves. Within a short time of the dose, my hearing and energy would improve. I could only stand to give myself 3-4 doses of this remedy over a period of a few days. I’ve had no further recurrence of vesicles or neuralgic headaches since.
If you suffer from cold sores, make sure you visit a homeopath for guidance. There is no need to suffer from continued recurrent attacks.