READER QUESTION: “I have had perfect digestion and good diet, and perfect bowel movements 98% of the time, until sudden constipation over the last month, which has caused problems including (I believe) a fistula or fissures that affect the vaginal wall. I just read a recent Yale University study that found the herpes virus can rarely cause constipation, and can deaden the nerves in the colon. This seems to make sense, since I was just diagnosed with the herpes virus when this started (after 6 years of marriage, didn’t know I had it, but my husband’s first wife had the mouth sores, so I guess it makes sense).. So, the outbreak could be connected to the unexplained constipation which persists most days no matter what I eat – hard & painful BM’s that cause injury, and things just don’t want to move along when they should. So my question is…. will your elemental diet with the oregano oil be enough to get clear up virus in colon? Should I add a special kind of enema with raw vinegar or something to kill it? Any other ideas for this specific problem? There are others that I’ve found on a blog, with herpes and chronic constipation, that will not go away no matter what advice they follow (Besides Senna Tea which is habit forming).”

JINI SAYS: I can tell you that I also carry the herpes virus (stats show 67% of people under age 50 are infected) and it breaks out on my lips and nose. I did an intensive Jini’s Wild Oregano Oil Protocol for over 2 years (cycling on and off to kill MAP) so I’m going to surmise that, no, that isn’t sufficient to kill herpes.

However, I have found that L-lysine is extremely effective at preventing or healing a cold sore eruption. I take 500 mg/day during high stress or low sleep times for prevention. And then I take 1,000 mg if I have an outbreak. Thus far, I’ve only had outbreaks when I’ve forgotten to take the 500 mg during stress! I just open the capsule and take it with a packet of Emergen-C (as I can’t swallow pills) – perhaps the Vitamin C potentizes the L-lysine?

In addition, research shows that L-lysine helps relieve anxiety-induced diarrhea and also shows promise as a colorectal cancer treatment. So I don’t see any downside to including a reasonable dosage of this amino acid as part of your holistic treatment.

Some people take up to 3 grams per day of L-Lysine (3 doses of 1000 mg each) but it’s not recommended to go higher than that, or to stay on a high dosage for longer than a year without a break. My experience – if you’re holistically managing stress, sleep, good diet, exercise – is there’s no need to use such a high dosage. It’s much better to treat issues holistically, rather than looking for one ‘magic bullet’.

If the nerves are actually dead, then I don’t know of a therapy that can regenerate those nerves… laser therapy is the only thing that comes to mind, but not sure how you’d access the location!

I would think your best hope would be guided visualization, relying on the body’s wisdom. So then you would use this audio to lead into what you feel you should visualize (trust your body and whatever images/ideas come as your body knows what it needs).

And make sure that you’ve also investigated holistic treatment for constipation (<– yes, click that link!). Perhaps the herpes virus is the triggering event, or it may have been the ‘final straw’, but it is likely not the whole picture. So first step is to figure out which type of constipation you have: Stenosis or Peristaltic Constipation – as the treatment is different for each.

Herpes Virus and Chronic Constipation

4 thoughts on “Herpes Virus and Chronic Constipation

  • How about Juicing? Also, I have worked with several people using Oregano Oil and appears to have CURED or expelled the herpes virus completely. Never thought there was such a thing.

  • Jini
    This was an informative and sensitive piece. Just to say L-lysine IS very effective…I agree; that and Vit C as soon as you experience a sleepless night and or stressful days for whatever reason. Thank you – It was good to hear again.

  • Oh my goodness. Where have you all been all my life! I came across the site today after searching for different kinds of constipation, because I had a sense there would be different categories. I, too, over the years, have come to associate a herpes-constipation issue. No matter what I eat, or how much water I drink, I am constantly constipated (peristalsis type), AND I have almost constant outbreaks around the genital area that have been ongoing for 30 years. The outbreaks are usually mild, but they occur 1-2 times a month. The idea of the virus having destroyed colonic nerves is fascinating.

    I’ll be trying the colonic massage. Thank you!

  • Hi, I’m the original poster with an update. FIRST, THE CONSTIPATION (big, hard & painful, and no advice to relieve it with diet works): It has persisted about 6 months since my first herpes outbreak (pretty positive the colon nerves are dead) but I’ve learned the best ways to keep things moving. The easiest way is to alternate natural laxatives and other ways to soften stools. I don’t want to get addicted to any particular laxative, so I alternate between Smooth Move Tea, Dr. Axe’s Saltwater Flush, Jini’s Healing Enema (with small enema bulb), Aloe Lax, And lots of Prune Juice or apple cider & Emergen-C. I don’t drink coffee, but sometimes have a healthy hot cocoa in the morning, made from raw cacao powder (for the caffeine laxative effect) and honey. Of course, I continue to be careful with my diet. Lots of fruit, plenty of smoothies, lots of gut healing foods like homemade bone broth & soups, avocados, salads, lots of veggies. When I eat bread, it is usually sprouted or homemade whole grain sourdough. Very Little junk food, and not too much meat. It works best for me to drink often, but not too much at once, or I’ll pee all day. NEXT, THE FISTULA OR FISSURES. I’ve read that if one is considering surgery to heal a fissure, it is best to strengthen the area for 3-6 months, through natural healing, so I’ve followed Jini’s fistula advice, rubbing an oregano oil mixture in the vagina 5 times a day. I’d guess I’m 90% healed, and we can sometimes have normal sex carefully now, with no pain, though this is probably not all that wise. Still wondering if I will need surgery or if I will heal 100%. To heal the colonic side of the the fistula, I started with Jini’s homemade suppositories (healed the internal hemorrhoids quickly), and now I alternate other natural antibiotic ingredients. For 2 Tbs cocoa butter, I add 1/2 tsp of the “healing enema powders” plus 10-20 drops grapefruit seed extract or colloidal silver. I’m only taking these once or twice a day now, and have no pain in the colon anymore. I’m only taking them to prevent any infection in the fistula, so it can continue to heal. HERPES OUTBREAKS. After sex, I wash very well with a raw vinegar & water douche (I have another bulb enema just for that) which helps prevent outbreaks. I’ve never had mouth sores and I wonder if the L-lysine will help prevent genital outbreaks… anyone know? By the way, outbreaks down there and dead nerves in the colon are only associated with herpes simplex 2 which resides in the base of the tailbone. HEALTHY DIET: Jini’s shakes helped me a lot at first, to keep bowel movements soft, but I can’t eat 3 shakes a day for the rest of my life. I still add her shake mix to my fruit/vegetable smoothies, and I eat healthy whole foods meals, homemade sourdough breads & nourishing drinks that I like to share at

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