Natural remedies for Shingles

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boosting as well as itch and pain management so you're prepared
if it ever happens again.

  • Should you get a Shingles vaccine? Before you jump in to
    get a vaccine know this: The shingles vaccine can reduce the
    risk of developing shingles, but it doesn't guarantee  you
    won't get it! According to the CDC The Zostavax vaccine
    reduces the risk of developing shingles by 51% and the
    associated pain of post-herpetic neuralgia (PHN) only by 67%.

  • What about taking aspirin for Shingles pain? Absolutely not
    for children 12 and under because of complications associated
    with Reyes Syndrome, a liver condition. Adults shouldn't take
    it either. Read the natural remedies below for pain
    management.

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Shingles
Home remedies for Shingles

Natural remedies for Shingles:
Shingles is a painful rash that's caused by a reactivation of the
varicella zoster (chickenpox) virus. It comes decades after you've
had the chickenpox. The U.S. Center's for Disease Control (CDC)
says that one in three people will get the Shingles!That's
shocking news, but don't run out and get the vaccine just yet,
since there's only a 51% chance it will work anyway. See the
video at the bottom of the page to determine if you should get
the shot.

Also, while an antiviral medication can shorten the duration and
reduce symptoms of the virus, there is no cure for the Shingles.
Since there is no chemical cure ~ a.k.a. p-harm-ecueticals ~ then
you can look to natural remedies for shingles outlined below...  

Natural Pain Remedies for Shingles
Natural remedies to minimize Shingles and the painful symptoms
and speed the healing, include nutritional supplements, herbal
healing and essential oils.

Natural pain management and treatments to speed healing:

#1: Tart Cherry Juice (pain management).
Tart cherries are the antioxidant rich super fruit that help
maintains healthy tissues and is an anti-inflammatory. Tart
cherries and tart cherry juice is a classic treatment for gout and
joint pain and it can help alleviate the pain of Shingles, too.

Tart cherries are a powerhouse packed with naturally-occurring
anthocyanins, which is a potent class of flavonoids. Anthocyanins
are powerful plant pigments that are a viable treatment for
peripheral neuropathy. In support of this concept, an abstract
published in the U.S. National Library of Medicine, National
Institutes of Health, says "
acanthocyanin pigments and related
bioflavonoids found in tart cherries and other red fruits scavenge
free radicals."

What's more, the high content of anthocyanins found in tart
cherries also provides generous amounts of total phenolics and
other phyto nutrients. And just a cup of tart cherry juice provides
15.5 mg of Vitamin C. It's a healthy all around drink available
also as a dietary supplement of
Bronson Tart Cherry Extract.

  • How to use Cherry Juice for the Shingles: Drink a cup of
    tart cherry juice every four hours as needed to provide a
    healthy inflammatory response.

#2: L-Lysine (speeds healing).
L-lysine is a well known treatment for the herpes virus and
Shingles varicella zoster virus because it supports a healthy
immune system and proper cardiovascular function. This essential
amino acid is necessary for the production of all proteins in the
body, and is required for maintenance of collagen and elastin,
which form all connective tissue such as skin, tendon, and bone.

Dr. Joseph Mercola suggests that
taking lysine supplements
speeds up recovery and lessens your risk of having future
outbreaks. It has the sideline benefit of helping you absorb
calcium more efficiently, and it's a dietary supplement to consider
for people who have diabetes and cancer. It has anti-
inflammatory effects on the lining of your gut.

  • L-Lysine Amino Acid Supplement. To help overcome the
    shingles, take a supplement of L-Lysine Essential Amino Acid
    as directed. The Now brand, right, is popular because it
    contains very little in the way of other ingredients, just
    Gelatin capsule, Stearic Acid (Vegetable Source), Cellulose,
    Rice Flour and Magnesium Stearate (Vegetable Source). It
    supports collagen synthesis and healthy immune function.

  • Eat foods high in L-Lysine:

  • Avoid foods with arginine. In addition to reducing intake of
    foods with arginine. This amino acid helps in the
    biosynthesis of proteins, but arginine is a conditionally
    essential amino acid, and not good for the Shingles. That
    means:
  • No chocolate
  • No nuts or seeds
  • No beans or soy products

#3: B-12, Vitamin C and Zinc (speeds healing).
When you have the Shingles, you must increase the nutrients
that your body is missing in more ways than just the L-Lysine.
Other popular vitamins and supplements to take during a Shingles
outbreak include B-12, Vitamin C and Zinc.

  • B-12: My Kind B-12 Organic Spray, pictured right, is a
    certified organic whole food. One spray daily delivers 500
    mcg (8333% DV) vegan vitamin b12 as methylcobalamin to
    support energy, metabolism, and heart health . Heart health
    is a concern during an episode of the Shingles. Moreover, B-
    12 is essential to protect the body against anemia and
    support a healthy central nervous system. B-12 also helps
    maintain healthy nerve cells and red blood cells and is also
    needed to make DNA, the genetic material in all cells.
    Maintaining healthy nerve cells is important in that the
    Shingles targets the nerve cells.

  • Vitamin C. Shingles may come about from stress ~ and
    unfortunately having shingles adds to that stress, but
    Vitamin C can help your body reduce the stress load.Vitamin
    C can help reduce the stress and it's always been the most
    popular immune booster. One caveat is that too much
    Vitamin C can cause loose bowel movements, so be sure to
    keep hydrated.

  • Zinc. Taking 50mg of zinc daily will reduce  the frequency,
    duration and severity of the Shingles.Zinc has a two-pronged
    effect on helping you overcome the Shingles naturally:
  1. Zinc inhibits herpes virus replication
  2. It helps your body use the Vitamin A that's stored in
    your liver.

#4: Herbal supplements (speeds healing, reduces
pain).
Herbal remedies are important too and this method of healing
Shingles is how your ancestors dealt with pain and healed their
bodies. The following herbal supplements for Shingles include:

  • Boswellia. Boswellia Serrata Extract is a natural pain killer.  
    Known as indian frankincense, boswellia has anti-
    inflammatory properties. Frankincense essential oil is an
    immune boosting dietary supplement that's also excellent for
    relieving join, knee and hip discomfort and migraine
    headaches. Regular use may help to reduce pains related to
    inflammation like joint pain, muscle pain,and nerve pain.

  • Capsaicin. Capsaicin is what makes a red chili hot and it can
    numb the pain ~ it does so by depleting the ability of nerve
    cells to send pain signals. At first it may be difficult to
    apply. Dr. Andrew Weil recommends capsaicin for Shingles.
    He warns it may hurt more at first, but will feel much better
    over time. Right is Capsicum a homeopathic treatment based
    on capsaicin, which comes from cayenne pepper. Any kind of
    Capsaicin cream will do the trick.

  • Echinacea. As an effective anti-viral agent against herpes,
    this native American wonder herb that helps you purify the
    blood. Echinacea is a well know herb known for helping the
    body fight off infections and viruses of all kinds.

  • Turmeric. Dr. Weil also recommends a turmeric paste for
    dealing with Shingles pain. Turmeric is the spice that's
    pungent, powerful and has a plethora of uses for preppers. it
    not only boosts mood, which is important as the Shingles
    brings about depression. Turmeric lowers histamine levels to
    reduce inflammation, and this stimulates the adrenal glands
    to produce more cortisone, which is the body's natural
    painkiller. Adding black pepper increases the active
    ingredient of turmeric, curcumin, by twenty times! Right is
    Curcumin C3 Complex, which neutralizes free radicals to help
    support joint, brain, heart and circulatory health. It can help
    prevent joint pain!

#5: Epsom Salt (soothes pain topically).
A bath of Epsom salt can soothe the pain and itch of Shingles. As
well it delivers a healthy does of magnesium.

  • How to take Epsom salt for the Shingles: A soothing bath
    isn't always possible, because the Shingles often affects the
    head and neck in addition to the upper torso. In such cases
    you can make a paste of Epsom salt and apply to the
    wounds.

#6: Gelatin (aids sleep and speeds healing).
Gelatin is good for the skin, so if the Shingles patient wants
gelatin ~ go for it! Although gelatin (Jello) is high on sugar, which
you want to avoid if you have the Shingles, it also can help heal
your gut, protect your joints and even help you sleep better.


#7: Manuka honey (topical anti-viral to soothe pain
and speed healing).
Applying manuka honey on the affected blisters can have a
profound effect against the Shingles as an antiviral.

The
antiviral activity of honey against varicella zoster virus his
documented in an abstract published by the U.S. National Library
of Medicine, National Institutes of Health. Results showed  
showed that manuka honey has significant impact and an
excellent remedy to treat zoster rash, according the study.

  • How to take Manuka honey for the Shingles: Apply as an
    ointment to the blisters.

#8: Olive leaf extract (speeds healing).
Olive leaf extract can help with Shingles symptoms as an antiviral
~ it destroys the virus an contains the virus! Olive leaf contains
oleuropein, which is a type of phenolic bitter compound found in
green olives. "
Oleuropein has potent antiviral activities against
herpes mononucleosis, hepatitis virus, and rotavirus," according
to patents referenced in an abstract published by the U.S.
National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health. Since
Shingles is a type of herpes. While it's not the same as the virus
responsible for cold sores or genital herpes, a sexually
transmitted infection, Shingles is in the herpes family.

In addition to the antiviral activity, Olive Leaf Extract has many
qualities including antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-
atherogenic, anti-cancer activities, antimicrobial activity,
according to the study. The bible refers to the olive tree as the
“tree of life” and taking this deep to heart you can understand its
significance of speeding healing. Olive leaf features a natural
antioxidant (oleuropein), which neutralizes harmful free-radicals
to bolster immune function. It also contains other natural plant
actives that are highly anti-microbial. Olive Leaf was used by the
Egyptians and written about by Hippocrates!

Olive Leaf Extract is an anti-viral,
anti-bacterial, anti-fungal. It's
a powerful antioxidant that can help give support to the healthy
immune system, cardiovascular system, and joints.

  • How to take Olive Leaf Extract for the Shingles: Take
    Olive Leaf extract at the very first sign of Shingles symptoms
    for maximum benefit. Olive leaves have oleuropein to boost
    immune function. Take a potent dose 3 capsules a day at
    various intervals or as directed if taking supplements.

#9: Essential oils for Shingles (soothes pain and
speeds healing).
Post-herpetic neuralgia (PHN) is the pain that accompanies
Shingles, and it's usually on one side of the body. A cool mist
helps. With
MoMae’s Shingles Mist you will notice real relief
within 24-hours as it helps expedite the drying of Shingles lesions
within days. Case studies conducted through Garden report
increased pain relief and soothing comfort through the healing
process from painful shingles lesions.

There are many good and natural remedies for Shingles, including
essential oils:

  • Bergamot. Bergamot is another herbal remedy for Shingles.
    antibiotic and disinfectant to help fight the growth of germs,
    virus and fungi. Bergamot is particularly effective at reducing
    infections, including those of the skin, which is why it's a
    good natural remedy for Shingles.


  • Chamomile essential oil. Chamomile essential oil has a
    broad range of benefits thanks to its antibacterial and anti-
    fungal properties. Chamomile is a natural insect repellent
    and chamomile is also good for insomnia.

  • Eucalyptus. Eucalyptus essential oil is inexpensive and
    contains an intense menthol with a pine-like aroma. Menthol
    is known for its cooling and invigorating sensation when
    applied topically. Menthol is reported to contain local
    anesthetic (numbs nerves), is antipruritic (relieves itching),
    analgesic (painkiller that provides temporary relief from
    aches and pains), antispasmodic (reduces muscle cramping
    and muscle spasms) and has anti-irritant qualities. Due to
    it's amazing cooling, analgesic, and anesthetic properties,
    menthol is also extremely helpful in the treating of sunburns
    and razor burns. The cooling sensation simulates the feeling
    of ice providing some instant relief from pain. You'll find
    menthol in peppermint essential oil.  With peppermint oil not
    only do you get fresh breath, but also improved dental
    health. Peppermint has a bacteria-fighting qualities to limit
    tooth decay, and has menthol to help numb the pain.


  • Lavender essential oil. People with Shingles will find it
    difficult to sleep, that's one way lavender essential oil can
    help. Lavender is a natural sedative and very relaxing, but it
    also can help you get the rest you need by reducing pain.
    Applying lavender topically can reduce inflammation on the
    blisters. There are more than 90 essential oils for
    dermatological use and lavender essential oil is one of them.


  • Orange essential oil.  The super boosting immunity boosting
    powers of Sweet Orange Essential Oil is another reason to
    stockpile the prepper's medicine cabinet with this aromatic
    elixer. Sweet orange essential oil boosts immunity in part
    because of the phytochemical content described above.
    Sweet orange essential oil imparts a bit vitamin C to your
    body through the skin, like nano-particles of goodness!
    Sweet Orange Essential oil can help fight the Shingles as a
    powerful antiseptic.

  • Peppermint. Peppermint Essential Oil is known for its
    cooling and invigorating properties. It has been shown to
    have strong anti-inflammatory properties, ease muscle and
    joint pain, fight bacterial, fungal and viral infections and
    have powerful soothing properties that help relieve itchy
    skin. It's analgesic properties have been shown to relieve
    nerve pain, especially from neuropathy and Shingles.
    Peppermint oil has an analgesic effect on neuropathic pain
    according to an abstract published in the U.S. National
    Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health.

  • Ravensara essential oil (not Ravintsara). For Shingles buy
    only the true Ravensara Aromatica or for diffusion to kill
    airborne viruses. Not to be confused with Ravintsara
    (distilled from the leaves of Cinnamomum camphora),

    Only Ravensara essential oil gives a true boost to the
    immune system for specifically as a home remedy for the
    Shingles. With a spicy and complex floral aroma, it should be
    used with caution however, because of its potency. Diffuse
    ravensara essential oil to take advantage of its antiviral and
    antimicrobial properties. Be sure to heavily dilute the oil.

    Some marketers cleverly tell you that Ravintsara can support
    the circulatory system and enhance the immune system. In a
    sense it can, but for Shingles choose Ravensara essential oil.



#10: Witch Hazel (soothes pain, speeds healing).
Witch hazel is a natural astringent, which helps normalize skin's
natural moisture balance without over drying. It also refines and
reduces the appearance of enlarged pores. In 1853, Dr.
Humphreys Witch Hazel appeared on the market and has been a
trusted name ever since. It's an excellent product for neck pain,
which is why it's ideal for Shingles which causes nerve pain in the
neck region.

Chicken Pox and Shingles are caused by the same varicella virus
called Herpes Zoster. Both cause lesions on the skin lasting
approximately two weeks. While chicken pox compels patients to
scratch, people with shingles suffer from pain often described as
the sting of a thousand needles. Witch hazel can help alleviate
both!

  • Well in Hand for Chicken Pox & Shingles: With a formula
    that contains anti-viral essential oils in a naturally
    astringent base of Witch Hazel, you'll find Well in Hand
    Gentle Mist for Chicken Pox and Shingles in a convenient
    pocket-sized bottle. Spritz as needed for your comfort. This
    gentle product addresses both itching and pain. A cooling
    mist gives relief throughout the day and often at night for
    those suffering from Shingles.

  • Alternatively, for Shingles you can spray witch hazel to the
    blisters or gently saturate the wound with witch hazel on a
    cotton pad and it will help dry them. The goal in the blister
    stage is to dry them.

#11: Wonder Salve (soothes pain, speeds healing).
Durham's Wonder Salve is a creamy skin balm with the germ
killing properties of propolis (bee pollen), the healing effects of
aloe vera, and anti-bacterial and anti-fungal benefits of
goldenseal. Other ingredients include mineral oil. All the work has
been done for you on the proper portions. Wonder Salve can
instantly provide relief, and even stop an outbreak of Shingles
before it has a chance to fully develop. Remember, Shingles stays
with you and can reoccur.

This skin nourishing formulation of Wonder Salve maintains a
delicate balance of moisturizers, natural oils, and fortifying
nutrients to help mend a wide variety of injuries. Have it around
as an exceptional for treatment of cuts, scrapes and all types of
wounds and rashes.

  • How to use Wonder Salve: Apply liberally to affected area.
    For shingles patients, the relief from pain you are suffering is
    almost immediate.

#12: Willow Bark (soothes pain).
Since antiquity (Hipocrates time) people have used Willow Bark
as a
natural pain medicine ~ it's the original aspirin! Just like
aspirin, Willow Bark is used for fever, the common cold, and the
flu. It's also used as a remedy for headaches, muscle pain,
menstrual cramps, and rheumatoid arthritis. Aspirin can cause
liver damage in the high doses you'll need for the Shingles, which
is ever four hours.

Why not go with nature instead of with aspirin for your Shingles
pain? Willow bark has a chemical called salicin that's similar to
aspirin but it's more gentle than the man made stuff. While
current regulations do not require willow bark to include any
cautions on its label, you consult your physician to ensure it
doesn't interfere with your current regimen or condition. For
example, Willow bark may strengthen the effects of blood-
thinning drugs and increase the risk of bleeding. Ask your doctor.

  • To use willow bark for shingles: You can use willow bark
    topically or you can take it like a pill, but either way ask your
    doctor to make sure that willow bark doesn't interfere with
    your medications. Take as directed by mouth, or make a
    paste by crushing the pill and adding water and applying to
    the wounds.

Aspirin Warning:
If your liver health is at all in question, do NOT take aspirin if you
have Shingles. WebMD confirms that
use of salicylates is
associated with Reyes Syndrome. Aspirin is a no-no because the
Shingles patients might get Reyes Syndrome, a liver problem.
While Reyes Syndrome is mostly associated with a young age
group, aspirin can present problems that you can avoid by taking
natural pain medications.

Besides there are many other natural remedies for the pain you
can take to relieve yourself.

  • white willow bark - the most famous of nature's aspirin. To
    use willow bark as an analgesic though, you'll need boil the
    herb to make a tea or chew the bark directly.

Should you get the Shingles Vaccine?
While the Chicken Pox vaccine has a high rate of success, the
Shingles vaccine works only 51% of the time. Knowing that it
works only 51% of the time, you may ask yourself whether it's
worth it to get a Shingles vaccine ~ is it? Dr. Christiane Northrup,
M.D. has some cogent advice  on the topic:
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