Psychosomatics of Herpes

Herpes is a viral disease transmitted through airborne droplets, contact, or sexually. A child can become infected during childbirth or through the placenta.

There are many varieties of herpes. We will focus on the most common: labial (HSV type 1) and genital (HSV type 2).

Symptoms of simple herpes (labial herpes, cold sores) include cold-like symptoms (fever, headache), followed by burning, itching, blisters around the mouth, on the lips, in the mouth, on the nose.

Physical causes of labial herpes include:

  • infectious diseases,
  • prolonged exposure to sunlight,
  • hypothermia,
  • weakened immunity,
  • overstrain.

Genital herpes also manifests with general malaise symptoms (fever, weakness, muscle pain, nausea) and specific symptoms: redness, burning, itching, blisters, sores.

Physical causes of genital herpes:

  • chronic infections,
  • weakened immunity,
  • promiscuous sexual relations,
  • hypothermia,
  • colds,
  • vitamin deficiency,
  • exhaustion, etc.

Common psychological causes of herpes include stress during exams, nervous exhaustion, internal conflicts, fear, separation.

Note that women are more susceptible to genital herpes due to anatomical and emotional features. Psychosomatics

Herpes Psychosomatics

At the core of this disease is a virus. What destructive thoughts can undermine a person’s ability to repel troubles and difficulties (immunity)? These thoughts are about the most important life supports: principles, self-esteem, self-worth.

As we know, diseases with inflammation typically indicate negative emotions like anger, rage, fear (as if the consciousness is inflamed).

Another key point in determining the causes of psychosomatic herpes is its location on the body. We know that a specific area or organ is closely related to a person’s psycho-emotional state.

Psychosomatics of Labial Herpes

Considering that this herpes infection occurs around the mouth – an organ that helps express thoughts and emotions, it’s clear that the issue is with this function. The problem in the body arises when a person’s inner world is ‘infected’ with negative, destructive thoughts and emotions. Often, a person filled with indignation and anger wants to express this to the offender. But something prevents it. Wanted to speak but didn’t – suppressed anger leads to inflamed sores around the mouth, on the lips. Or, a person with herpes might have judged others harshly, and the state of their lips suggests it’s unseemly (like the appearance of herpes) to sling mud from one’s soul.

In some cases, psychologists see herpes as a post-traumatic syndrome. For example, a child long deprived of love and affection from the mother, eventually gets both the long-awaited affection and herpes.  Or, a girl and a boy separated for a long time (stress), and their long-awaited reunion manifests as herpes.

Along with such causes as strong emotions and guilt, some psychologists have found that overly meticulous people suffer from herpes because they fear dirt, both physical and emotional. Louise Hay sees the cause of labial herpes in unexpressed bitterness.

Lise Bourbeau explains the cause of herpes as the person being so harshly judgmental about the opposite sex that they literally have “anger hanging on their lips” as sores.

Dr. V. Sinelnikov writes that in the subconscious of such a person are hidden poisonous, scathing words and accusations, which restrain the lips. They have accumulated angry and bitter unspoken thoughts.

Psychological Causes of Genital Herpes

It is known in esotericism that the genitals, their condition, symbolize one’s perception of themselves as a woman/man, and their attitude towards the opposite sex.

Thus, the emergence of a disease related to the genitals usually indicates psycho-emotional problems in relation to oneself as a representative of one’s sex, and in relationships with the opposite sex.

The manifestation of genital herpes reflects a lack of love (remember that the basis of all diseases is the absence of Love, replaced in the soul by Fear and its expressions: antipathy, hatred, anger, resentment, etc.) at the sexual level.

However, note that the lack of Love is understood broadly: not so much as the absence of love from another person (mother, father, man, woman), but as a lack of Love in the person’s own soul. Sometimes, due to certain beliefs or prohibitions, a person starts feeling guilty about arising sexual desires. In such cases, genital herpes manifests as self-punishment (since, if there is a sense of guilt in the soul, the body always finds punishment – this operates automatically at the subconscious level). Louise Hay sees the root of genital herpes in dislike of the genitals, feelings of shame, beliefs in the sinfulness of sex, and the need for punishment, belief in a punishing God.

Often, due to improper sexual education (or its absence), shame or dislike for one’s sexual organs settles in the soul of a growing person as something dirty, sinful. As a result, in adult life, this again leads to feelings of guilt.

According to V. Sinelnikov, the genitals symbolize feminine principles, and among the psychological problems of herpes, he highlights doubts about one’s femininity and subconscious aggression towards men (resentment, anger, claims, contempt).

Sometimes, a woman feels hurt and starts to resent or get angry at her man or all men. But who suffers first and foremost? The woman herself, because she allowed Fear (of being not pretty enough, unloved, weak, defenseless, rejected, etc.) to replace Love in her soul.

Another question arises: Would Fear have appeared if there was unconditional Love in her soul, not love-attachment to a particular person? Unfortunately, Fear can appear as a reaction to traumatic events (e.g., if a loved one leaves). And, if a person’s soul is filled with unconditional Love, true, all-encompassing (including love for oneself, particularly one’s body, as well as for the world, people, all living things), then of course, the person does not break down and finds the strength to live on and love life.

Paths to Healing

From the discussed causes, it becomes clear that the path to healing from herpes lies in turning to one’s inner world, in serious self-work. In searching for answers to questions: What bothers me? What (or who) irritates me (hint: itching, irritation, burning)? What does my body want to tell me? As soon as you find the answers, you practically solve your task (understand, accept, forgive, free yourself from something (negative thoughts and emotions)) signaled by your body.

And then you suddenly realize: isn’t your body, your helper and friend until the end of life, worthy of gratitude and love? After all, at the cost of causing itself pain and destruction, it helped you understand that living in good mental and physical health is only possible thanks to Love in the soul. And this is entirely in your hands.

I wish you Love!


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