- Green tea that contains epigallocatechin
gallate (EGCG) has been shown to be effective against Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV).
and HSV-2 virions when exposed to EGCG were destroyed.
propriety formulation called AverTeaX used for topical application has been
found to be effective against herpes.
contains catechins. Topical application of
catechins is effective against herpes, a study by Zhao M and colleagues titled
"Topical Lipophilic Epigallocatechin-3-Gallate on Herpes Labialis has shown in
the Phase II Clinical Trial of AverTeaX Formula.
is a sexually transmitted disease that is
prevalent across the world. This disease is characterized by the development of
sores that become blisters and are painful or itchy. There is no known cure for
this disease, but medication aids in arresting its
growth and preventing your partners from
- In America, 1 in 6 adults, between the age of 14 to 49 years, are
infected with herpes.
- In India, among patients who attend
STD clinics, 43 to 83% have been found to be infected with herpes and in
population screening, 7.9 to 14.6% were affected.
infection increases the risk for HIV infection by two to three folds.
This study is
significant as it promises an effective treatment against herpes. A formulation
containing catechins, called AverTeaX to be used for topical application
against herpes was tested on people with recurrent herpes labialis. 40 people
were included in the study and the control group was treated with 100%
glycerine as placebo.
‘Topical application of green tea extracts aid in alleviating herpes.’
associated with herpes labialis were significantly reduced in the group that
was treated with AverTeaX.
- The number of episodes reduced.
- The stages of ulceration and blistering were
- Duration of the condition
- Quality of life among
people with AverTeaX improved as itching was reduced.
time period between episodes was also prolonged among people who used AverTeaX.
showed that the use of lipophilic catechins containing formulation - AverTeaX
significantly reduced the symptoms associated with herpes.
Green tea has
been emerging as a source of active ingredients that aid in good health and
staving off certain diseases. Certain countries across
the world, like China, have been consuming green tea for many centuries,
benefiting from its rich sources of catechins
All forms of tea
- green, black or oolong, are all made from the
plant called Camellia sinensis, but the processes that
each form goes through differ. Black tea is prepared by following an extensive
fermentation process while in green tea, there
is no fermentation of the leaves. Therefore, the
anti-oxidants and polyphenols are preserved in the preparation of green tea.
consists of polyphenols, which include:
are in high concentrations than rest of the polyphenols and are commonly
referred to as catechins. There are four different catechins:
- Epicatechin (EC)
- Epigallocatechin (EGC)
- Epicatechin gallate (ECG)
- Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG)
EGCG has many health benefiting and
disease fighting properties that make drinking green tea beneficial.
- EGCG inhibits the binding of HIV
protein to the CD4 receptor.
the replication of the influenza virus.
interacts with the glycoproteins of the Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) and inactivates them.
The benefits of
green tea are not only restricted to these diseases,
but are also found to be beneficial for people with Parkinson's disease,
stomach disorders, rheumatoid
, Crohn's disease, headaches, hypercholesterolemia, breast
, genital warts and diabetes
Since green tea
consists of active ingredients, it is not usually recommended for people with
cardiovascular problems, gastric ulcers, psychological disorders or with liver
disease and pregnant women.
The Chinese have
traditionally consumed green tea after meals as they believed that it aids in
digestion. Modern science has proved that there are many health benefits of
drinking green tea, apart from aiding in digestion.
In treating HSV,
topical application of EGCG is more significant when compared with consumption.
This is because plasma concentrations of EGCG on consumption are 5 to 50 times
lower than the required amount to affect HSV. In topical applications, EGCG is
concentrated to the required amount and then applied locally to the region,
proving to be more effective.
Green tea is the
target of many research studies to unearth benefits in health care and
treatment. Tea and EGCG have been approved by the FDA and are found to be safe,
though only a small quantity of EGCG is required to treat HSV. The inclusion of green tea in the diet, therefore, will support health
and prevent certain diseases.