Blood in any body fluid or discharge is pathological and needs to be watched or investigated. The appearance of blood in the ejaculate is indicative of a bleed anywhere from the tip of the penis to the testes.
Trauma, infection or tumour are the most common causes.
Any blood in the ejaculate should be investigated under the care of a physician or urogenital specialist unless an obvious cause such as trauma is acknowledged. Even then, if the bleeding persists beyond 24hr or is associated with pain, then have the problem checked out.
Note when the blood appears: blood before seminal fluid suggests a problem in the urethra; blood at the end of the ejaculate is likely to be from the testes. Discoloration of the semen or a mix of blood and seminal fluid may indicate a prostate problem.
The homeopathic remedies Mercurius and Cantharis, potency 6, may be considered if infection is a likely cause. Take one dose every 3hr. Herpes is a group of about 70 viruses, the most common of which are herpes simplex, varicella zoster (responsible for chickenpox and shingles) and the Epstein-Barre virus (EBV).
Each of these is discussed in its own section but in principle the treatments are as in this section.
Herpes genitalis (HSV-2), occurs most commonly around the entrance to the vagina, the vaginal vault, the cervix and occasionally up into the uterus. In men it is found on or around the head of the penis and foreskin. Herpes genitalis can, however, occur anywhere in the genital area and may even spread to the buttocks, lower back and upper thighs.
The symptoms range from small painless fluid-filled blisters, through mild stinging with associated redness, to excruciating pain, burning and marked inflammation. There may be associated fever and inflamed lymph nodes and most commonly a generalized malaise or lethargy that may be caused by the infection or be part of the depressed immune system that allows the virus to take a hold.
Up to 40 per cent of the population are liable to come into contact with herpes genitalis or labi-alis (HSV-1) (the type of herpes found around the mouth and called a cold sore). Eighty-five per cent of people who have an initial attack will deal with the problem and it will not recur. The other 15 per cent may have recurrent attacks and the top two per cent may have very severe and frequent symptoms. Bearing in mind that most of us will contract chickenpox in our youth, we all have had experience of fighting herpes and, in principle, a healthy body should not end up with recurrent herpetic attacks.
Transmission is by contact with the fluid associated with the viral lesions and is generally introduced to the next host through small cuts or abrasions (which are common and unnoticed during intercourse), and also depends on the new host having a depressed immune system at that time. By depression I am referring to being overworked, undernourished or with a mild infection such as a cold. Those who have recurrent attacks harbour the HSV in a nerve centre known as the ganglia. Herpes tends to lie dormant until an individual runs down with a cold, stress, periods, or allergic reactions to certain foods. Also, sunburn, overexercising and sexual activity can trigger the recurrence. The virus multiplies, travels back down the nerve, often to the original site of infection, and spreads through the dendrites or branches at the end of the nerve, causing a slightly larger area to be affected.
Combating herpes is carried out on two fronts. The first is to enhance the individual’s own defence system and the second is to weaken the defence that the virus puts up by surrounding itself with an impregnable protein coat that the immune system cannot penetrate. The requirements to enhance the individual’s immune system are rather dependent on the person. The recommendations below are specific for inhibiting the reproduction of the herpes virus and also weakening its defence.
Increasing lysine and reducing argenine (both amino acids) in the diet is required. Foods to be discouraged through attacks are nuts, chocolate, seeds and pulses, all wholegrains, pork, sunflower oil and crustaceans such as crabs and shrimp. Foods to be encouraged through acute attacks are fish (especially halibut), chicken and turkey, yeast-containing foods such as raised white bread, potatoes, milk and lamb.
Recognize the cause of the immune suppression and try to avoid the situation (allergic foods, stress and lack of sleep).
Through an acute attack supplement each meal with the following: lysine lg, vitamin C 2g, biofiavanoids (500mg), zinc (lOmg, but if you feel any nausea then avoid this and take 30mg before you go to sleep) and a thymus extract as directed on the packaging.
In the case of recurrent attacks the supplements mentioned above for acute attacks should be taken daily as recommended but only with one meal per day.
The lesion can be treated with the following applications: apply moist coffee grounds four times a day; zinc (0.05 per cent) and vitamin E cream (0.1 per cent) may be used separately or combined four times a day; or vitamin E can be applied for 15min three times a day.
For lesions that are resistant to the above recommendations, insomuch as attacks continue to be frequent and just as severe, discuss the use of liquorice or lithium succinate (8 per cent solution) with your complementary medical practitioners. Melissa officinalis (1 per cent solution) can be applied four times daily.
Avoid the preparatory applications of the antiviral agent acyclovir because this only deals with the superficial infection and also has been shown to encourage the development of resistant strains of the virus that are much more difficult to deal with and can lead to much more serious complications, especially in the immunocompromised.
The homeopathic remedies Kali muriaticum, Rhus toxicodendron, Urtica urens and the nosode Herpes simplex can all be taken every hour for three doses in an acute attack, dropping to every 2hr. In chronic conditions a constitutional remedy is best selected by a homeopath.
It is unusual for treatment to be instantly effective and recovering is often shown by less frequent attacks of a shorter duration. Sometimes the more virulent viruses are not destroyed and a mild attack once or twice a year is the best that we can hope for – thus the concept that herpes, like diamonds, is forever. This is only the case in a very small percentage.