How Naturopaths with their Natural Medicine, use Tansy to Help Treat Herpes

The University of Greenwich conducts rigorous research into traditional European plant-based folk remedies. In this mechanistic based study, both raw extract and purified compounds of tansy were used to isolate anti-herpetic ingredients in tansy. Naturopaths and other natural therapists over many 100’s if not 1000’s of years having been making medicinal remedies for therapeutic treatment. According to Professor Parra, tansy shows “clear potential” for being an efficacious treatment for herpes. He cautions that more work is needed, but concludes that “systematic pharmacological and phytochemical studies such as this can play pivotal roles in the modernization of European traditional herbal medicines.” In other words, he appears to say that modern medicine may be able to both validate and improve upon traditional folk medicine.

As anyone who suffers from either Herpes Simplex 1 (cold sores) or genital herpes (HSV-2) can attest, while these conditions may not be life threatening, they certainly alter one’s quality of life. There are no known cures for either of these conditions. Natural health practitioners have been able to stop the virus from returning, but is this a cure, where the virus is no longer, or does natural supplementation simply get the individual is such a state of good health that the virus is not able to flourish and manifest its self?

Tansy does not promise to be a cure; the study reveals that it may be an effective treatment for the painful symptoms associated with both HSV-1 and HSV-2. This in itself has to be welcome news to herpes sufferers.

Natural therapies do offer that one becomes ‘a symptomatic’. There doesn’t appear to be the presence of the virus. In the end therefore, if natural medicine can achieve this, isn’t that just as good as not having the presence of the virus in one’s body anymore?