A harsh and risky method consists in drying the affected area with isopropanol on a piece of cotton. However as the interest for medicinal plants increases more people affected by herpes simplex apply the extract of a plant called Clitoria ternatea, which has antiviral properties with a broad spectrum,
This information is not largely spread as the economic returns are low : you can grow the plant yourself and the quantity needed for treatment is a few droplets only. Usually the extract is in glycerin. At the start of the activity, apply two to three drops of the extract - it is important that the application be done right at the beginning of the activity and that the quantity be no more than a few drops.
In animal tests the methanolic extract of Clitoria ternatea roots demonstrated nootropic, anxiolytic, antidepressant, anticonvulsant and antistress activity. Read more on : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clitoria_ternatea
An other study has revealed that Clitoria ternatea and 10 more tropical plants have the most potent anti-viral extracts with broad spectrum activity among a selection of thirty plants.
Pharmaceutical Biology, 2009; 47(5): 422–429 RESEARCH ARTICLE Medicinal plants of Tamil Nadu (Southern India) are a rich source of antiviral activities S. Vimalanathan1, S. Ignacimuthu2, and J.B. Hudson1 1Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, and 2Entomology Research Institute, Loyola College, Chennai, India
These plants are: Gymnema sylvestre R. Br. (Asclepiadaceae), Pergularia daemia (Forsskal) Chiov. (Asclepiadaceae), Sphaeranthus indicus L. (Asteraceae), Cassia alata L. (Caesalpiniaceae), Evolvulus alsinoides L. (Convolvulaceae), Clitoria ternatea L. (Fabaceae), Indigofera tincto- ria L. (Euphorbiaceae), Abutilon indicum G. Don. (Malvaceae), Vitex trifolia L. (Verbenaceae), Clerodendrum inerme (L.) Gaertn (Verbenaceae), and Leucas aspera Spr. (Lamiaceae), which showed anti-MCV and anti- HSV activities at a concentration as low as 0.4 μg/mL.
In Southeast Asia the flowers of Clitoria ternatea are used to colour food. In Malay cooking, an aqueous extract is used to colour glutinous rice for kuih ketan (also known as pulut tai tai in Peranakan/Nyonya cooking) and in nonya chang. In Thailand, a syrupy blue drink is made called nam dok anchan (น้ำดอกอัญชัน), it is sometimes consumed with a drop of lime juice to increase acidity and turn the juice into pink-purple. In Burmese and Thai cuisine the flowers are also dipped in batter and fried. Read more on : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clitoria_ternatea
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