Cold sores are caused by the Herpes Simplex virus and are painful blisters usually found on the lips, tongue mouth or even nose. These blisters are characterized by the swelling, redness and soreness surrounding the blister. This virus is contagious and may be passed on by kissing. This disease can be triggered by numerous factors. Stress, poor immune system accidental biting of the lips or tongue or even by too much sunlight can expose an individual to cold sores. The blisters around the mouth are medically called gingivostomatitis. When a person is infected with Herpes Simplex virus, a tingling or painful sensation, called prodrome is felt usually lasting a week or more. In some cases, cold sores can also manifest as sore skin lumps on the legs. Benzyl alcohol is usually applied to the cold sores. Lidocaine, an anesthetic can also be applied to relieve the discomfort and pain. Antiviral medications can help shorten the duration of these sores. Cold sores are also treatable with acupuncture.
Bellevue Acupuncture is one of the oldest and most versatile of alternative treatments. It is all about the insertion of thin-fine needles on the skin at certain specific points. Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has determined that there are 2,000 acupuncture points in the human body. Acupuncture is used in the West as a treatment modality for diseases and sicknesses such as depression, insomnia, drug abuse, weight loss and cold sores. Acupuncture works as an effective natural treatment for cold sores. The needles, when inserted at certain points on the body, help stimulate the release of endorphins and enkephalins – the body’s natural painkillers. These chemicals give a calming and relaxing sensation to the body and mind. Whatever stress, anger, frustration, sadness or anxiety one was experiencing is alleviated and soothed with acupuncture. Some of these extreme emotions and mental problems can help cause cold sores. When the mind is excited or depressed, the body’s pH level is lowered making the body vulnerable to diseases such as the Herpes Simplex virus. When stress or anxiety is lessened, the body can prevent infection. Acupuncture also helps in the fight against harmful pathogens as it is known to boost the immune system by helping increase the production of white blood cells and antibodies. Acupuncture also enhances blood flow and together with a strong immune system makes the body stronger and more resilient to contamination.
Acupuncture is a holistic type of treatment. This means that not only acupuncture is a cure for physical health problems, it helps heal the mind of negative and extreme emotions and balances it and the body in a healthy and stable manner. By boosting the immune system and help the mind relax, acupuncture is truly an effective treatment for cold sores.