Herpes and Raw Vegan Diet

Herpes and Raw Foods

Anyone who has suffered from herpes knows how severe this disease can be.

Recurrent outbreaks cause painful, itchy, and unsightly blisters and sores, which can occur frequently and last for days or weeks, leading to mental and emotional exhaustion.

Physical discomfort such as pain, itching, and burning sensations can disrupt your daily activities, sleep, and sexual life.

The social stigma surrounding herpes is also challenging to cope with, resulting in judgment, rejection, and isolation, which exacerbate the emotional impact. Relationships can be affected, creating further stress and strain.

I suffered from herpes in the past and have managed to overcome it completely.

Here’s how I did it:

  • Stress

Controlling stress significantly impacts the management of herpes symptoms and the frequency of outbreaks. Stress weakens the immune system, making it less capable of suppressing the herpes simplex virus (HSV).

When the immune system is compromised, the disease is likely to worsen, leading to more and bigger outbreaks. Research indicates a direct link between stress and herpes outbreaks, with stress acting as a trigger for reactivation of the virus, resulting in symptoms like cold sores or genital herpes. (1)

In Natural Hygiene, we call this phenomenon “enervation”: a condition where the body’s nervous energy is depleted, leading to a decrease in the body’s overall vitality and ability to maintain health. This depletion of energy impairs the body’s ability to perform essential functions, including digestion, detoxification, and immune response.

  • Diet

A raw vegan diet can relieve herpes symptoms by boosting immune function and reducing inflammation. Raw, plant-based foods are rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that boost the immune system, helping it to better fight infections, like herpes. These foods also help to reduce inflammation, which can reduce the frequency and intensity of herpes outbreaks by supporting a robust immune response.

In addition, a raw diet promotes an alkaline internal environment, which may be less conducive to the spread of disease, and contributes to overall wellbeing through balanced pH levels.

According to research published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, eating foods rich in L-lysine and low in L-arginine might help manage herpes outbreaks, and this approach certainly worked for me. By avoiding high-arginine foods commonly found in the standard American diet, such as oats, wheat germ, dairy products, meat, seafood, and gelatin, and focusing on lysine-rich alternatives, such as certain fruits (e.g., apples and pears), the raw diet appears to manage herpes symptoms far more effectively.

The raw diet also supports digestive health, improving nutrient absorption and boosting the immune system. Raw foods, with their high water content, help with hydration, which is vital for maintaining healthy skin and immune function, which are important aspects of preventing herpes outbreaks.


I have no words to express how liberated I felt when I finally got rid of this disease. It was negatively affecting many aspects of my life, including my social and sex life.

I never took acyclovir or any other medication prescribed by doctors. Instead, I treated the root cause of the problem, which is ultimately nutritional and emotional.

One word of advice: If you want to overcome this disease for good, you need to be consistent with your approach. If you are constantly seduced by cravings, eating junk food here and there, and worrying about things, the herpes outbreaks are not going to go away.

The most effective way to overcome cravings is by planning your meals ahead of time to ensure you always have healthy alternatives available. This approach helps you avoid temptation, like indulging in junk food, ultimately preventing the spread of disease.