Herpes and Stress – The vicious circle

Herpes symptoms don’t only affect your body. They can be a major cause of stress. It’s kind of a vicious circle. Herpes causes you stress. Stress causes your herpes symptoms to seem even worse. Maybe your herpes outbreak was even caused by stress in the first place. If this sounds like you, you may want to take a look at using Bach Flower remedies.

Bach Flower treatments can help you to deal with some of the emotional stress associated with herpes. Herpes sufferers often experience feelings of shame or guilt associated with the nature of the disease and those stressful feelings can prolong a herpes outbreak or make it worse. Support groups and therapy can be helpful, but it is true to say that not everyone is amenable to this kind of help. Bach Flower treatment doesn’t involve anyone else, and can greatly improve symptoms of stress.

One example of Bach Flower treatment is pine. It’s very normal to feel guilt over herpes, even though you may be totally innocent. Not unlike being assaulted by someone, you see herpes as something you have somehow allowed into your life – even though the truth is that it forced itself upon you against your will. Bach flower treatment with pine can help you to understand and then overcome that feeling of guilt associated with herpes.

Another emotion that is common in herpes sufferers is fear. If you experience a herpes outbreak for the first time, it is natural to be fearful of what is happening to your body. That can be followed on by the fear of having to let a sexual partner know that you are a herpes sufferer. Here Mimulus is a Bach Flower treatment which can have beneficial effects in reducing your level of stress and helping you cope with your fear.

A third helpful Bach Flower remedy is Crab Apple, which is a wonderful aid in ridding you of the fear that somehow you have become ‘dirty’. Crab Apple remedy speaks to the inner spirit and has a cleansing effect on the mind, guiding your inner spirit to a more peaceful, serene and positive place.

Other Bach Flower remedies include walnut as an aid to helping regain self-esteem and boosting self-confidence which may have taken a blow because of your herpes; gentian to help lift your spirits generally and get you moving on again with your life; impatiens, to help you keep the lid on your temper and curb your understandable annoyance at being the victim of a herpes outbreak.

If you’ve been plagued by frequent herpes outbreaks over a long period, you may even have fallen into a state of depression. Here gorse can be an invaluable Bach Flower aid in getting you back on an even keel once more.

If you’re still in a state of shock after being diagnosed with herpes, Star of Bethlehem can help. Finally oak and olive can be very useful Bach Flower treatments which can actually help in reducing the number of herpes outbreaks you experience. To begin this holistic therapy, you could do worse than start with the Dr. Bach rescue cream, which is available in most health stores.

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