From Cryptosiphonia woodii Dumontiaceae, a red alga family,
Useful for theTreatment of Herpes Simplex Virus.
U.S. Patent No. 4,522,814
A water extract of homogenized Cryptosiphonia woodii, in the family
of Dumontiaceae, is useful for the treatment of herpes simplex viral infections.
The active agent in the extract is a polysaccharide containing glucose and galactose.
Herpes infections may be treated in subjects, e.g. human patients,
by administering to the subject an effective amount of an aqueous extract of C. woodii, particularly a water extract.
This treatment method is effective for treating subjects both prior to
and subsequent to infection. It may involve topical application to
alleviate symptoms associated with herpes infections or desirably
may be systemic, e.g. by oral administration, to eradicate the
virus and thereby prevent symptom recurrence.