Homeopathy for Cold Sores (Herpes Labialis)

The patient of mine asked me why don’t I write a post about how Homeopathy can be helpful for cold sores: “It is something that people can try and see how homeopathic remedies can be fast-acting and effective to help with that problem. I used to have them all the time and now I can not even remember when was the last time I had them.” ~Patient.

Herpes labialis, commonly known as cold sores, is a type of infection by the herpes simplex virus that affects primarily the lip.[1] Symptoms typically include a burning pain followed by small blisters or sores.[1] The first attack may also be accompanied by fever, sore throat, and enlarged lymph nodes.[1][9] The rash usually heals within 10 days, but the virus remains dormant in the trigeminal ganglion.[1] The virus may periodically reactivate to create another outbreak of sores in the mouth or lip – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herpes_labialis

If you are the one who is experiencing that problem from time to time, you can try homeopathic remedies to relieve the symptoms and prevent it from happening in the future. It is best to seek professional advice for the most positive result but based on your symptom picture you can try following remedies:

Rhus Toxicodendron 

Burning herpetic eruption; vesicles filled with yellow serum; clusters of vesicles about the corners of the mouth and lower lip; salty, biting sensation. Rubbing affected parts increases eruption, symptoms appear during and after damp, wet weather, before a storm, night (after midnight, pains), perspiring. Symptoms aggravated after rest, wet applications. Warm, dry weather, motion, change of position, heat relieves the symptoms, except itching. People feel better w

wrapping up warm after perspiring, walking.

Natrum Muriaticum

Would be a specific remedy when cold sores appear from sun exposure, fever or emotional stress. Eruptions are usually near the lips, with cracked corners of the mouth. Vesicles filled with clear serum. 


Herpetic eruptions with swelling of lower lip with itching and tingling sensation. Sores can spread around the lips and up to the nose. Person who needs that remedy find relief from hot applications. Symptoms often appear in worn out states, and related to hormonal changes – menses, menopause, pregnancy.

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