This ointment is for the relief of pain, swelling, and redness associated with herpes simplex outbreaks or cold sores when applied before the blister has formed and broken. Its main Chinese herbal ingredient is Flos Hibisci Mutabilis (Fu Rong Hua). Hong-yen Hsu et al., in Oriental Materia Medica: A Concise Guide, say that this medicinal is specifically indicated for herpes zoster , while Shen De-hui et al., in Manual of Dermatology in Chinese Medicine, say that it treats “all patterns of herpes simplex.”
Specifically formulated for the treatment of herpes simplex (cold sores), this popular formula comes from the Zhong Yi Wai Ke Xue Jiang Yi ("Chinese Medicine External Medicine Teaching Materials"), a contemporary Chinese medical textbook on external conditions, including dermatology. Its single herbal ingredient, Fu Rong Hua (Flos Hibisci Mutabilis), is acrid and neutral and enters lung and liver channels. It acts to clear heat and cool the blood, resolve toxins, and disperse swelling.
To Use: Apply externally at the first sign of a cold sore before the lesion has ruptured. *Do not use on an already open, and especially not on an oozing, wet sore.
Ingredients Pure vegetable oils, Beeswax, Fu Rong Hua (Flos Hibisci Mutabilis)