Herbs and herpes
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Antiviral effect of aqueous extracts from species of the Lamiaceae family against Herpes simplex virus type 1 and type 2 in vitro. - Nolkemper S, Reichling J, Stintzing FC, Carle R, Schnitzler P.; Institute of Pharmacy and Molecular Biotechnology, Department of Biology, University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany.
Aqueous extracts from species of the Lamiaceae family were examined for their antiviral activity against Herpes simplex virus (HSV). Extracts from
lemon balm (Melissa officinalis),
peppermint (Mentha x piperita),
prunella (Prunella vulgaris), r
osemary (Rosmarinus officinalis),
sage (Salvia officinalis) and
thyme (Thymus vulgaris)
were screened. Their inhibitory activity against Herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1), type 2 (HSV-2) and an acyclovir-resistant strain of HSV-1 (ACV (res)) was tested in vitro on RC-37 cells in a plaque reduction assay.
……… Both types of Herpes virus including ACV (res) were considerably neutralized after treatment with the extracts prior to infection.
….These results indicate that the extracts affect HSV before adsorption, but have no effect on the intracellular virus replication. Therefore, the extracts exert their antiviral effect on free HSV and offer a chance to use them for topical therapeutic application against recurrent HERPES infections.
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