Does elderberry help against herpes viruses?

Elderberry – plant with antiviral effect and its potential in herpes

For centuries will elder attributed an antiviral effect. The medicinal plant can, among other things, be used additively and after consultation with a doctor or alternative practitioner for the treatment of flu. Scientists were able to show that people who were infected with the influenza virus A and B recovered faster after taking an elderberry preparation for several days and needed less emergency medication than people who received a placebo.[1] However, the antiviral effect of elderberry should not only be limited to influenza viruses, but also show up in herpes viruses.

Alternative treatments for herpes with elderberry?

The herpes virus type 1 causes painful, fluid-filled blisters in the mouth that are accompanied by an unpleasant itching. The infection can spread to the mouth, causing fever and swelling of the lymph nodes. In people with weak immune system serious complications can occur. Effective therapy is all the more important. Herpes infections are usually treated with medication. However, with the increasing number of drug-resistant strains of the herpes simplex virus, there is a need to find new antiviral agents, for example from nature.

Elderberry as a natural remedy for herpes

Various plant extracts containing flavonoids have already been shown to have an antiviral effect on the herpes simplex virus.[2] Elderberry also contains flavonoids that can have this effect. This effect has already been observed in cell studies. “However, the exact mechanisms of action are still unclear. It is assumed that flavonoids in elderberry block the entry of the virus into the cells,” says naturopath and elderberry expert Cornelia Titzmann, describing the state of knowledge.
Regardless of this, there are numerous testimonials from users who confirm the positive effect of elderberry extract on herpes disease and report an alleviation of symptoms and faster healing. However, Cornelia Titzmann points out that if symptoms persist or worsen, self-medication with elderberry is not an option. In such a case, those affected should definitely consult a doctor or naturopath.

[1] Zakay-Rones, Z; Thom, E. et. al. (2004): Randomized study of the efficacy and safety of oral elderberry extract in the treatment of influenza A and B virus infections. In: Journal of International Medical Research 2004 Mar-Apr;32(2): S. 132-40. doi: 10.1177/147323000403200205. PMID: 15080016.
[2] Amoros, M; Simoes, CM. et al. (1992): Synergistic effect of flavones and flavonols against herpes simplex virus type 1 in cell culture. Comparison with the antiviral activity of propolis. In: Journal of Natural Products 1992 Dec;55(12), S. 1732-40. doi: 10.1021/np50090a003. PMID: 1338212.

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