Herbal Therapies Used by People Living With HIV: Lemon Balm
Part of A Practical Guide to Herbal Therapies for People Living With HIV
Lemon balm is also commonly used for pre-menstrual syndrome and to help with the symptoms of menopause. As well, it has antiviral properties. Test-tube studies show that it's active against herpes as well as HIV. Many practitioners suggest that a solution of lemon balm be applied to the skin when the symptoms of a herpes cold sore are first felt. Case reports suggest that this treatment is often quite effective.
Although there is less evidence on lemon balm in the treatment of HIV, people are including the herb in the combination of herbs they use to treat the virus. Lemon balm may decrease the activity of the thyroid, especially with long-term use. Naturopaths often suggest that people with underactive thyroids avoid this herb entirely.
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