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How Do I Choose the Best Herbal Treatment for HPV?

By Meshell Powell
Updated Feb 10, 2024
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There are several types of herbs that may be useful in the treatment of HPV, and finding the combination that works the best in an individual situation may take a bit of trial and error. Due to potential side effects of herbal supplements and possible medication interactions, a doctor should be consulted for assistance when looking for an herbal treatment for HPV. Herbs such as goldenseal or echinacea may help to boost the immune system, while supplements including chamomile or valerian root may help calm the nerves and prevent the frequency of outbreaks. Passionflower and olive root are thought to contain natural antiviral properties and may help the body fight the HPV virus. When using an herbal remedy for HPV, it is important to note that it often takes several weeks or months to notice an improvement in symptoms.

Goldenseal is frequently used as an herbal treatment for HPV. This herb has been believed for centuries to boost the immune system and improve the body's natural healing abilities. The root of this plant is also thought to contain antiviral properties, adding to the popularity of goldenseal as an herbal treatment for HPV. The use of this supplement is considered safe for most adults, although it may cause brain damage when given to infants. Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should avoid the use of goldenseal.

Echinacea may help fight the HPV virus by improving the functioning of the immune system. The antiviral effects of this herb may also reduce the frequency of the outbreaks caused by this virus. Sore throat, insomnia, or stomach upset may occur when taking echinacea.

Some studies have indicated that chronic stress may increase the frequency and severity of HPV outbreaks, so herbal treatment for HPV may include the use of supplements reported to calm the nerves. Valerian root and chamomile are among the most popular anxiety-relieving herbs. Side effects of valerian root may include headache, abdominal pain, or allergic reactions. Chamomile side effects are rare, although some people may experience allergic symptoms, which may include itching, rash, or difficulty breathing.

Passionflower and olive root have been historically used for their ability to prevent and treat viral infections within the body and may be beneficial for those with HPV. Nausea, dizziness, and increased heart rate may occur when taking passionflower supplements. Olive root is not thought to have any significant side effects, although any bothersome symptoms that develop after beginning treatment with this herb should be reported to a doctor for further evaluation.

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Discussion Comments
By anon957459 — On Jun 20, 2014

Blisters are caused by HSV, not HPV.

By stoneMason — On Jun 22, 2013
@ankara-- I think apple cider vinegar has immune system boosting properties. It wouldn't hurt to try it.

If you're looking for a herbal treatment for blisters, you can use diluted tea tree oil or diluted oregano oil on the blisters to help them heal. Tea tree oil toothpaste is also great for oral HPV.

My favorite herbal remedy for HPV is lemonbalm tea. Lemonbalm (also called Melissa) tea is fantastic for stress. It's a natural sedative that reduces anxiety and depression and promotes good sleep. I drink a cup every night before bed.

By bluedolphin — On Jun 21, 2013

Does apple cider vinegar have any benefits for HPV?

It was suggested somewhere, but I'm not sure if they meant drinking apple cider vinegar or applying it topically.

By serenesurface — On Jun 21, 2013

I don't know if there is any herbal treatment or cure for HPV, but there are herbal supplements and teas that can reduce symptoms and break-outs.

My sister has HPV, she got it from her boyfriend. She gets sores and blisters around her genital area and sometimes her mouth. The break-outs increase when she's under stress or sick. So she takes a bunch of herbal supplements to strengthen her immune system. When she takes the supplements, she gets fewer blisters, less often.

I know that currently she's taking multivitamins, echinacea, garlic extract and turmeric extract. She also drinks a lot of green tea and eats a lot of organic fruits and vegetables. She has been doing so much better since she started taking these.

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