Herpes: Can Mugwort Treat It?

Can Mugwort Treat Herpes?

MUGWORT OLDE.jpg

A study published in Phytotherapy Research looks at the role Tansy – “Golden Buttons”, or “Mugwort” – can play in treating herpes.

Tansy has been used as a traditional remedy for hundreds of years to treat fevers,  rheumatism, digestive problems, to heal sores, and measles.

Interestingly in the Middle Ages it was also used to help women with infertility problems as well as – in high doses – to induce abortions.

The study by scientists from the Universities of Greenwich (UK) and Oviedo (Spain) show that it might now be useful in treating herpes.

Lead researcher Professor Parra explained “ Our research focused on the anti-viral properties of tansy, especially the potential treatment it may represent for herpes,....(as).... we currently lack an effective vaccine for either HSV-1 or HSV-2 stands of the disease, which can cause long term infections. Our study revealed tansy does contains known antiviral agents including 3,5-dicaffeoylquinic acid (3,5-DCQA) as well as axillarin, which contributes to its antiherpetic effect. This shows that multiple properties of the plant are responsible for the supposed antiviral activity of tansy.”

http://bit.ly/oWnOHD

This picture is a file from the Wikimedia Commons.

News

In our FREE monthly online Newsletters (sign up at top of page, free) we cover a range of research stories, most of which are featured here on the website, but some are mentioned – as Latest News – and not covered in detail on site.

Researchers found that blood flow velocities at rest, increased significantly after GV20 acupuncture treatment,

The yoga opportunity of a lifetime

Italian-style coffee could halve the risk of prostate cancer

The COMPLEMENTARY MEDICAL ASSOCIATION (The CMA) © 2012. No part of this site may be reproduced without the express permission of The Complementary Medical Association. If used without prior consent a charge of US $1,000 per article, or mini section is paid (US $50 per word (minimum) will be charged. This is not meant to reflect a commercial rate for the content, but as a punitive cost and to reimburse The CMA for legal fees and time costs). Use of the contents, without permission will be taken as consent to bill the illegal user in full.