Shingles (Herpes Zoster)
Shingles is a painful condition caused by herpes zoster, the same virus
that causes chickenpox. Once you've had chickenpox (as most adults have had
the disease at some point in their lives), the virus doesn't leave your
body. Instead, it takes up residence in the nerves near the spine, where it
lies dormant, usually for the rest of your life. Sometimes, however, herpes
zoster is triggered back into activity. This time around, the symptoms are
different and more severe. At the beginning of the illness, the area along
one branch of nerves, usually one side of your trunk or face, is more
sensitive than usual; you may also develop a fever or chills. The sensitive
area then becomes acutely painful, and a rash of small blisters develops.
After two to three weeks, these clear, water-filled blisters will turn
yellow and form scabs. Eventually, they will fall off, and sometimes they
The nerve pain caused by shingles can be agonizing. You may not be able to
bear even the lightest touch, and simple activities like shaving and
showering may be out of the question. Even the weight of clothes or bed
sheets may be too much. But this pain usually disappears with the blisters
drop off. In a few cases, though, the blisters fade but the pain remains
for months or even years. This condition, which usually strikes people over
fifty, is known as postherpetic neuralgia. No single trigger will always
cause herpes zoster to reactivate in the body, but the virus seems to
thrive when the immune system is weakened. People undergoing aggressive
treatment for cancer or other illnesses are at a greater risk for shingles,
as are those who are under extreme emotional stress. Immune-compromising
diseases like AIDS or lupus can also leave a body vulnerable to shingles.
Most people will be healthy and pain-free once the disease has run its
course. Nevertheless, your doctor should monitor you frequently to make
sure the virus doesn't spread to your eyes or your internal organs, where
it can have a devastating effect. Sometimes the virus can lead to pneumonia
or other secondary infections, which can be deadly to older people or those
who suffer from severely compromised immune systems. Between visits to your
doctor, you'll find that a wide range of complementary therapies can
bolster your immune system and reduce your need for aggressive conventional
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** All of these prescriptions below have been proven effective; the level
of effectiveness depends on the individual. Please consult your doctor when
taking any and all supplements.
The top 6 vitamins and supplements have shown to help Shingles:
The Prescription for Natural Cures by James F. Balch, M.D. and Mark
Super Prescription #1
- LifeSource Products - Have your doctor
give you a 1 cc injection daily for five days and then
twice weekly. This helps the body recover more quickly and
reduces the pain associated with shingles.
Super Prescription #2
- LifeSource Products -
Take 1,000 mg four times daily for immune support. Reduce
the dosage if diarrhea occurs.
Super Prescription #3:
Celadrin / Capsaicin Cream
– LifeSource Product -
Apply a cream with an 0.025 to 0.075 percent capsaicin
extract two to four times daily to the affected area. This
herbal extract blocks pain. Note: When this cream is first
applied, you may feel a burning, stinging sensation during
the first few days, but the pain will subside.
Super Prescription #4:
– LifeSource Product - Take 500 mg four
times daily, to benefit from olive leaf's potent antiviral
Super Prescription #5
Echinacea and Goldenseal
- LifeSource Products - See All of our
Echinacea/Goldenseal - Products. Take as directed on the
bottle for immune support and antiviral effects.
Super Prescription #6
- LifeSource Product - Take 1,200 to 1,600
IU daily for the treatment of postherpetic neuralgia and
400 IU daily to prevent neuralgia. You can also apply
vitamin E oil topically.
The symptoms usually appear in the following order:
Sensitivity in one side of the chest, the back, or the face
Fever, chills, or other flu-like symptoms
Extreme pain in the sensitive area
Clear blisters that break out in the affected area
Blisters turn yellow and scab over, then fall off
Herpes zoster virus
A weakened immune system
During a case of shingles, the nervous system is under attack. Heal the
damage by eating foods that are high in B vitamins, including wheat germ,
brewer's yeast, eggs, and whole grains.
Eat green, orange, and yellow vegetables at every meal. These foods are
packed with vitamins A and C, which will speed your skin's recovery from
the inflammation and the blisters. Green leafy vegetables are also good
sources of calcium and magnesium, which will help heal your nerve endings.
Foods to Avoid
Avoid foods that encourage an overly acidic body system. Do not eat red
meat, fried foods, or chocolate, and do not drink carbonated beverages (not
even fizzy water) or drinks containing caffeine.
Sugar suppresses the activity of white blood cells, the immune system's
foot soldiers in the war on illness. Stay away from refined sugar products,
including cookies, cakes, sweet baked goods, and sodas, and eat naturally
occurring sugars, such as those found in fruit, in moderation.
Follow a two- to three-day juice fast to remove any toxic build-up that may
be depressing your immune system. Green drinks, fresh unsweetened cranberry
juice (available at health food stores), and miso broth are nutritious and
will alkalinize your body system.
Seek the consultation of a naturopathic or holistic doctor who can help
you with a specific therapy for quicker improvement. Severe cases may
also require pharmaceutical therapy.
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