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Forsyth

Magnesium (and possibly potassium)

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Forsyth

I have lived with genital herpes as well as herpes that expresses itself on my hips/buttocks/lower back (I forget which one the latter is called) for about 30 years now. My genital herpes rarely expresses now, but the outbreaks on my hips regularly do. I used to treat it with most of the antivirals out there for it over the years, but with the regularity with which I had to take them concerned me regarding the long term effects of antivirals as well as the considerable cost. I have not felt that they are good for me and have used them sparingly as a result. I am now a decade into no antivirals. I just try to get good sleep and eat right. Still, my outbreaks on my hips are pretty regular, much to my dismay, and I have gotten to a point where I just tune tjem out as best as I can. That is my history for those needing it. Now for the better part, which is why I am posting this.

 

Very recently I began taking magnesium citrate (250 mg. daily) along with potassium gluconate (595 mg. daily) and found that this solved a heart arrhythmia issue I had been having. I found this by accident and discovered a number of people using it for exactly the same thing. I was pleased by this unexpected outcome. However, what should be noted is that I was experiencing an aggressive bout of outbreaks, one right after the other during this time as well. These outbreaks have completely stopped since I have been taking the magnesium. However, since I also took potassium along with it, I have not yet dropped the potassium to test whether it is the magnesium doing this or potassium, or both in concert with one another. That will be my next step, though.  

Right now I am at about the six  week mark with no outbreaks. None, nada, zip. My history has been fairly regular outbreaks, about one every two to three weeks. Sometimes longer, sometime in shorter intervals. Given that I was having what I call "rolling oubreaks" resulting in two to three weeks worth of near-continuous full symptoms, the fact that I now have had zero outbreaks since taking mag and potassium, I find this either extremely coincidental, or possibly significant as an element in controlling outbreaks (for me at least)

I post this just to pass this on to you, finding this forim in order to pass on what I have found. Since these substances are considered safe for OTC, I think it is worth looking into unless your own chemistry/health  has some counterindication against taking either of them. 

It may be that for some it works, or for certain types of herpes, I don't know. It may be that for me, it helps bolster my immune system which is then better able to fight it off...I just don't know. But for me, if magnesium does it, then all the better because I am not having to take expensive antivirals which might have unknown impacts later in life.  I'm not suggesting that they do, but I follow my gut in the same way it directed me to take magnesium, which has had an immediate double benefit. 

So there you go, a few breadcrumbs for you to try, especially for those of you who only treat when you develop symptoms.  Maybe have magnesium on hand instead and try that. It might be it only helps certain people with certain immune histories, it might be it only works on one version of the virus, who knows, but it seems worth trying and then sharing your results here. 

Hang in there. I wish we could cure this!

Edited by Forsyth

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