My son, 42, has been under a lot of stress and has collapsed twice. Recently he picked up a virus from his wife, who had a cold sore. His gums swelled and the inside of his mouth cracked. His food had to be liquidised. Can you suggest anything?
Last August I was trekking just west of Tibet with a group of patients. It was strenuous but thoroughly enjoyable. Just after finishing the trek, three of us broke out in had cold sores, with symptoms of blisters, pain and extreme soreness to the touch and when brushing our teeth. Eating and drinking were difficult.
I didn’t have any antiviral or other remedies to apply, as I hadn’t expected this to happen, and we were four days away from the nearest chemist. So we went through the entire ordeal and let the sores heal themselves, with just extra vitamins and minerals (Dr Ali’s Multivitamin and Mineral, plus hot compresses (cotton wool doused in hot salty water) in the evenings.
The cold sores are caused by herpes simplex viruses (HSV), which can enter the skin or oral mucosa (lining of the mouth) through an abrasion. The virus begins to multiply in the dermis and epidermis (layers of tissue just under the skin’s surface), then spreads to the nerve roots and travels along to the cluster of nerve cells, called the ganglia. The viral cells love h here and start to multiply in earnest” so the colony spreads down other roots on is way back to the skin. This is how new blisters appear in the neighbourhood of the original site of infection.
The HSV can lie dormant in the nerve tissue for years, causing no symptoms until h is activated again if the person’s immune system is weak and run down due to mental, emotional or physical stress. Cold weather can also provoke sores, as extreme cold also puts a strain on the body because it has to generate a lot of heat and energy.
Although an antiviral drug such as Zovirax can be useful, it is always advisable to help your body’s own healing power to combat a viral invasion. The following tips should help your son overcome the current problem, but if anyone is prone to cold sores, prevention must always be the best policy.
Eat plenty of fruit (non-citrus) and vegetables, preferably organic, as raw food helps to nourish the body. Drink freshly made carrot, apple, celery and ginger juice. Avoid alcohol, coffee and yeast products, which tend to run you down.
Take one teaspoonful of Amla Sada daily for one month: this paste is made of an Asian fruit called amla containing the highest concentration of vitamin C in any fruit. Vitamin C is an antioxidant, which absorbs the damaging oxygen-free radical molecules involved in oxidative stress (thus antioxidant), and helps support the immune system.
As soon as the blisters appear:
Apply a topical antiviral cream such as Zovirax. Also rub on Skin Oil, blend of natural oils with antiviral and antibacterial properties. Rub a drop of the oil gently on the blisters with your index finger twice a day, until the oil is absorbed. Continue even when the blister ruptures. If the blisters are too painful to touch, apply a drop of neat clove oil (widely available) to each, during the day and at bedtime.
Take Khamira Gawzaban Ambari, 1/2 teaspoonful daily for 15 days. This old ayurvedic formulation contains natural products that help to boost the body’s defence system and provide energy, which will help
your son in particular.
Your son should also try to have a neck and shoulder massage, once or twice a week for six weeks. The fatigue may have restricted blood flow to the brain, which could be the reason he collapsed. Improved blood flow to the brain will help to energise him.