Oral Herpes in Chinese Medicine
The majority of sore throats and mouth sores are triggered by a viral infection, such as the common cold, flu, or herpes virus, although it’s not as quite as common a bacterial infection can also cause a sore throat. It should be noted that antibiotics are only beneficial for bacterial infections and are ineffective if the infection is from a virus. Viral sore throats are often accompanied by other cold symptoms like a runny nose, cough, red or watery eyes, and sneezing. In Chinese medicine we look at this ailment whether viral or bacterial as a combination of the patterns: invasion of wind heat, and an accumulation of fire toxins in the upper jiao.
As always when dealing with any acute condition like this you want to visit your MD and get a throat culture to see if it’s viral or bacterial. Chinese herbs can be very helpful in helping to decrease the duration and severity of this situation, when looking for a more modern day formula to: Clear wind heat, and eliminate fire and toxins from the upper jiao look for containing one or more of the following herbs:
Chinese Herbs for Oral Herpes
Jin Yin Hua – This herb has powerful antibacterial and antiviral herbs which clears toxic heat and treats infections.
Jie Geng – Helps to dispel phlegm, and clear heat to reduce the duration of oral herpes outbreaks.
Nui Bang Zi – Clears wind heat and reduce swelling to help treat acute tonsillitis.