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Helen Elscot ND is a qualified
medical herbalist, naturopath and
nutritionist and a member of the
New Zealand Association of Medical
Herbalists. She is also the health
columnist for Gulf News.
A cold sore is a blister usually found
on the lip, but can also occur inside the
mouth or nose, caused by the herpes simplex virus.
Although they’re called cold sores, you don’t need to have a cold to
get one. Some people call them fever blisters, but you don’t have to
have a fever to have one, either.
The herpes virus is part of a large group of DNA viruses that cause
disease in humans as well as animals, such as monkeys and mice.
The name herpes is derived from the Greek word herpein (‘to creep’)
which refers to the latent recurring infections typical of cold sores.
The herpes virus is known for its ability to establish lifelong infec-
tions in the body. One way this is possible is by enveloping itself
using proteins from our own cell membranes. This envelope is simi-
lar to the M&M chocolate candy which has a hard, candy coating
protecting the soft chocolate inside.
Not only does this allow the virus to skirt the immune system, it
also makes it able to enter our cells, cause infection and replicate.
Herbal medicine can be effective in removing the viral envelope
while also boosting the immune system.
Liquorice root contains a compound called glycyrrhizic acid
which is effective in treating cold sores by altering the proteins in the
viral envelope allowing the immune system to attack and remove the
virus from the body.
Care should be taken for those who suffer from high blood pres-
sure as licorice can increase blood pressure through its effect on
aldosterone, a hormone which regulates the body’s fluids.
Another herb which has anti-viral properties is elderflower. The
tree has a long association in the treatment of viral illness and was
used in research in the fight against the Avian ‘bird flu’ H5N1 virus
which occurred in 2004.
Elderflower regulates the immune system resulting in reduced
viral infection. The flowers, berries, bark and leaf of the elder tree
all share immune regulating properties, however, the flower is the
A virus-busting herb which is easy to grow here on Waiheke is
lemon balm, a member of the mint family. Looks-wise it can easily
be confused with its close relative, but its crushed leaves produce a
fragrant, fresh, lemony scent.
A 2008 study showed that the essential oils in lemon balm also
exerted a direct antiviral effect on the herpes virus either topically, as
a herbal tincture or in tea form.
The herpes virus can be controlled effectively with herbal medi-
cine. Make sure you consult with a qualified medical herbalist to
make sure you get the best professional advice possible.
Sarah Gloyer, owner of Synergy
Studio in Oneroa, is a qualified person-
al trainer and Pilates instructor with
more than 25 years experience. She
has a degree in Human Performance
and a diploma in Sport and Recreation
To exercise or
For people who enjoy exercise, having to take a day or a week off
due to ill-health can feel like torture. To those who don’t, feeling
slightly off-colour with a cold can be a convenient excuse not
to fit in a work-out. There are times when exercise may not be a
good idea and rest can be the best kind of training you can do.
If you have a bit of a sniffle, without a cough or a fever,
chances are some gentle to moderate exercise will make you
feel better. It may even help move a cold virus through the body
more rapidly. However, if you have a persistent cough, a fever,
body aches, diarrhoea, vomiting, upper respiratory tract infec-
tion, bronchitis or a pre-existing heart condition, rest is the best
There are also some red flags for you, even without a cold,
when a rest day may be needed.
An elevated resting heart rate is an indication the body is in
Health and Wellbeing
a state of stress. This could be either physical or psychologi-
cal stress, or both but no matter, as your body will respond the
same way. Your nervous system prepares for fight or flight by
increasing stress hormones that increase your heart rate. This
is to move more oxygen to your brain and your muscles. If you
know you have an elevated resting heart rate, you should either
have a rest day or only do gentle, enjoyable movement. You can
take your pulse regularly in the morning to establish your resting
heart rate (this will lower if you are getting fitter). If you find an
elevated heart rate compared to normal, think about having an
easier training day.
If you are not sleeping well, or are not getting to bed early
enough, your reaction time, as well as immune, motor and
cognitive functions will be adversely affected. Also your growth
hormone levels will be depressed and you will struggle to recov-
er from strength work. So again, you may want to have a rest day
or an easier training day.
If on the scales, you have dropped two percent in body weight
in a 24-hour-period you are probably dehydrated. Or you may
have dark yellow pee. Dehydration will affect both mental and
physical power, so your performance will be affected. Make sure
you drink enough fluids during and after your training sessions.
If your energy levels are low, you need to ask yourself if
exercise will make that better or worse. Usually, athletes will
push through low-energy times, thinking a hard workout will
make them stronger. This is not always the case, and the odds
of getting injured may be increased. On the other hand, non-
exercisers will use this as an excuse not to workout, when it may
be the very thing they need to do to get more energy.
If you are in pain, nursing a niggle or an ache, your body will
be putting a lot of energy into getting through this. You may not
have an injury that prevents you from exercising but you may
want to adjust your workout to take this into account.
So, if you are not feeling your best, think about these guide-
lines, and be honest with yourself. Is it a convenient excuse to
avoid exercise? Would it be smart for you to do an intense train-
ing session? Would an easy day or an all out rest day be more
beneficial? Sometimes rest is your workout! Taking one or two
days off might mean you can resume your exercise programme
but not resting may mean you are unable to do anything for a
week or more. Only you know how you are feeling, but do be
kind to yourself over these winter months especially.
118 Oceanview Rd
(Next to Info Centre)
021 5444 19
Judy Turnbull is a qualified pharma-
cist who has practised on Waiheke for 20
years. Judy has post graduate training in
nutritional and environmental medicine.
She brings an integrative approach to
health by combining medicine, nutrition
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