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Herpes Emotional Relief

Dec 17, 2007
I recently revisited an old remedy I used in times of intense anxiety and distress. A very dear friend of mine is going through depression and is blocked by negative emotions. I've guided him toward Bach Flowers. Bach Flower Remedies are anything but traditional. They are based on the idea that the vibration of flowers and plants can be captured in remedies that can heal certain emotional states. Each plant corresponds to a certain emotional pattern and will help patients overcome emotional blockage.

Bach Flowers can help overcome a sense of loss, unfairness, shame, guilt and fear. That's why I strongly feel that they can be of tremendous help for people with herpes. Many people write to me in a state of panic, shame and guilt, wondering about their future. Their main question is usually, "What will my life be like now?" I always try to give them reassurance that their lives can still be wonderful because it is the truth. But sometimes at first it is almost impossible for them to really believe it.

I strongly believe that herpes is emotionally and stress triggered at least 80% of the time. Worrying or obsessing about herpes can only make it worse. Up until now, I could only provide reassuring words and advise to seek counseling or join a herpes support group. Now, I can also suggest using Bach Flower Remedies for coping with the emotional turmoil that usually comes along with herpes.

If you are experiencing some of the emotions I stated earlier, like guilt, shame, and anger, here are some specific remedies that could greatly improve your emotional balance and give you back a more positive attitude toward life, as well as forgiveness and acceptance and also limit the severity and frequency of your symptoms.

Pine: Pine can help you deal with the guilt of getting herpes in the first place. Pine is for people who blame themselves for having done something wrong in the past or for being guilty for unknown reasons or for having a fault in themselves. It is usually suited for perfectionists who are never satisfied with themselves and their achievements and tend to take the blame for others. It can help you get over the burden of guilt and remorse and forgive yourself through time.

Mimulus: Mimulus is a remedy for known fears. If you feel afraid of having herpes, getting herpes in another spot or having herpes symptoms, this remedy is for you. Mimulus will work for fear of illness or pain or for any known fear, for example, telling your future partner that you have herpes. If your fear moves into terror, then you should use Rock Rose. I use mimulus with great success and recommend it to anyone who has a defined fear. It is great for shyness also. It gives you courage, reassurance and a great sense of calmness.

Rock Rose: Rock rose works against terror. If your fear of herpes or of telling a partner becomes terrifying, you can use rock rose remedy alone or combined with mimulus. It will restore calmness and courage when all your strength seems lost. Rock rose is part of the rescue remedy. It is a great combination of flower remedies originally designed by Dr. Bach. It is great in time of crises and I would recommend using it during each outbreak to ease the panic that usually goes with it.

Crab Apple: Crab apple seems perfectly designed for people with herpes. It is for people who feel dirty about themselves, obsess about certain details and suffer from a bad self-image. It is great for people with skin disorders like herpes. People who need crab apple become totally depressed during a herpes outbreak or a cold sore if the treatment is unsuccessful. Crab apples help you to restore inner harmony, focus on something else other than herpes and to acknowledge your positive qualities.

Sweet Chestnut: Sweet chestnut will help you to overcome despair, extreme anguish and hopelessness. If you feel you cannot go on with your life because you have herpes, this remedy will bring you hope, help you control your emotions and quiet mental restlessness.

Walnut: If you have acquired herpes recently, walnut will help you adapt better to this change in your life. Walnut is the remedy for important life changes. It is also for people who doubt the choices they've made in their lives. It will help you make the transition much better and will give you confidence to get on with your life as it was before.

Gentian: Gentian, will help you overcome discouragement after a setback. For example, if you were rejected by a potential partner or a certain remedy you had great expectations about didn't work, gentian will help you regain faith and self-confidence to create the life you want.

Impatiens Impatiens like the name suggests, helps you tame your impatience and feelings of frustration. It will reduce the irritability and impatience you may feel during a cold sore or an outbreak. It is great for people like me who just can't stand being sick and are extremely impatient to get well. If this is your case I strongly recommend impatiens to you. It will quiet the mental agitation caused by impatience.

Gorse: Gorse is another remedy for people who have given up belief that there is any hope for them, and tend to dwell in pessimism and depression. Gorse will treat despair more acutely than Gentian. If you think you are incurable and your life will always be miserable because of herpes, this remedy is for you.

Star of Bethlehem: Star of Bethlehem will help you recover from the shock of a herpes diagnosis. It is the remedy for unexpected bad news or unwelcome events and grief. If you feel you still haven't recovered from the initial shock of diagnosis, Star of Bethlehem can help you overcome it, even years after diagnosis. It is also present in Dr. Bach's rescue formula.

Oak and Olive: These are two remedies that I feel are interesting for preventing herpes infections. Oak Flower Essence - Oak, 20 ml useful for people who tend to push themselves too hard, often to the extent of exhaustion. Getting enough rest is important when you have herpes because herpes usually gets reactivated in times of fatigue or intense stress. If you recognize yourself in the oak profile, then this is a good remedy for you. Olive Flower Essence - Olive, 20 ml is the remedy for physical and mental exhaustion after too much work or a long struggle against illness. Olive will help you recuperate and restore your vitality.

Rescue Remedy: Rescue remedy is wonderful at prodrome (when the first signs of a herpes infection manifest). I use it for any illness with great success. It stops the panic and fright almost immediately. Dr. Bach's description of the rescue remedy is the emergency remedy for cases where there appears to be no hope,in the case of accidents or sudden illness, when the patient is very frightened or terrified, or if the condition is serious enough to cause great fear to others.

The rescue remedy exists also in cream, Bach Flower Remedies Rescue Cream. It contains all the ingredients of the rescue remedy plus crab apple. It works very much like arnica cream for bumps and bruises but covers many more ailments. It is very helpful for herpes pain and other minor skin disorders. However, it cannot be substituted for treatment.
About the Author
Nathalie Foy is the author of Herpes Wise, a book which gives her step by step easy plan to eliminate genital herpes symptoms for life and also gives answers about herpes testing, transmission and prevention. Visit her website at Herpes Wise
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