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Shingles is an exceptionally painful condition resulting from reactivation of the varicella-zoster virus(VZV), also known as the chicken pox virus. Once a bout of chicken pox has passed, the virus remains dormant in nerves in the spinal cord.

Later in life, as a result of compromised immunity due to increased stress levels, illness, older age, injury or immune-suppressing drugs, the residual virus can re-emerge and follow nerve pathways to the surface of the skin, where painful blisters with burning and itching occur.

What are some shingles natural treatments and remedies?

Once a flare-up is underway, relief through topical treatments is the goal. These range from doctor-prescribed to basic home remedies.

Here are a few of the latter:

Apple cider vinegar compresses prove to be a useful shingles treatment for many. Mix a 1:1 up to a 1:4 ratio of water to vinegar. Soak a smooth cotton cloth in the solution and apply to the blisters and pain-affected areas several times daily.

Zinc and vitamin E salve is another option. By combining OTC zinc ointment with a capsule or two of natural vitamin E (not synthetic DL-tocopherol) and a tablespoon of high quality aloe vera juice, this effective pain-relieving salve can be applied to the affected areas with good results.

Studies have shown regular use of capsaicin creams help with postherpetic neuralgia, the residual nerve pain many suffer from after a shingles outbreak clears up. These are readily available in health food stores and drug stores and can be purchased online.

What else can be done?

While the above natural shingles treatments help millions, the real key to controlling shingles outbreaks lies within the immune system. Strengthening and modulation of a person's immunity may prevent the reactivation of the virus,and thus prevent the painful episodes of blistering and nerve pain.

Below are some nutritionally-based options to consider:

Shingles is sometimes called herpes-zoster, highlighting its relation to other herpes-based viruses. Studies have shown that taking 1000 mg of l-lysine (an amino acid) three times per day has proven effective in interrupting the replication of the
virus by competing with its need for the amino acid l-arginine. Therefore, it's also important to avoid arginine rich foods such as nuts and seeds, chocolate, red wine, tea, coffee, beer, gelatin, and more. Maintaining a low-arginine diet for an extended
period of time will support other anti-shingles efforts.

Proteolytic enzymes, which mean literally protein-digesting, have a proven history of effective anti-viral and anti-inflammatory usage. Cautions include not taking them with other blood-thinning medications and only using very high-quality products, often available only through natural health practitioners.

Vitamins A, B, C, D, and E

These all have long-standing overall health and immunity-enhancing benefits.

Vitamin A is essential for infection fighting by increasing the body's infection-fighting cells, including natural killer cells and helper T-cells. Up to 20,000 IU daily during outbreaks can be safely tolerated, and a maintanance dosage ranges from 2500 to 5000 IU daily.

B-complex vitamins benefits are so well studied and so numerous that their reputation is beyond question. Daily supplementation
is vital. In the case of shingles, B-12 has been shown to mitigate nerve pain associated with postherpetic neuralgia, and it's available
through sublingual lozenges and shots at a doctor's office.

Vitamin C supports the immune system in several ways. It has known anti-viral action, strengthens white blood cell functioning,
and works to protect vitamin E in the body, making it more effective. Most studies demonstrating vitamin C's benefits use the
ascorbic acid form. Health practitioners regularly suggest using the "bowel tolerance" approach to dosaging. This means the body
releases excess amounts through loosening the bowels, thereby setting an individual's needs at the point just before this happens.

Vitamin D has enjoyed much time in the media limelight lately, and for good reason. Many studies have confirmed its anti-viral properties
and its significant ability to regulate immune system response. While blood tests are available to measure individual need, anyone can
safely take 2000 IU daily. Adequate calcium and magnesium are equally important when supplementing with vitamin D.

Vitamin E also proves an important part of supporting immune health. It helps protects cells from viral attacks; it's a vital anti-oxidant;
and it helps prevent nerve damage, relieves nerve pain, and helps with tissue repair and healing. Natural vitamin E should be used,
and recommedations are set at 400 IU daily.

What about herbs and other available shingles natural treatments?

There is a vast range of other proven and folk remedy options for shingles. Among these are acupunture treatments, homeopathic
remedies, flower essences, and essential oils. Herbs believed to be useful for the condition are licorice root (deglycyrrhized should
be used), St. John's wort, reishi mushroom, garlic, propolis, echinacea, passion flower, and lemon balm. Their effects range from
anti-viral to immune modulating and from to anti-inflammatory to pain and anxiety reducing.

By all means, with shingles outbreaks, a visit to a physician is in order. Additionally, these shingles natural treatments and remedies
have proven helpful to millions of sufferers.

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This is a good answer.. L-Lysine is helping my shingles related viral inflammation go away. I am using 3,000 a day just this Sharie writes about in this article and it takes some weeks (about 4 weeks for me to see improvement) but it has been almost 3 months now and I am almost symptom free! By MaryKay on 14-05-13 at 04:48pm
I also recommend oil of oregano drops (nasty taste) and I also find the polysporin patches work to contain the area. I get the shingles on my face and try to conceal it the best I can. Also chiropractic adjustments help as well to help the nervous system and give the immune system a boost. By Sheryl on 20-06-13 at 10:02am
After taking bath Applying ice cubes on shingles and then applying aloe vera gel of leaves taken from garden help to cure blisters rapidly ofcourse taking prescribed medicines side by side Taking gebapentin dose twice a day in the fourth week along with vitamin b complex caosules is very effective to reduce nerve pain cLamine lotion gives temorary relief of itching on effd tivd area By neetu bedi on 29-06-13 at 01:52pm
I found my shingles on my ankle while doing yoga. I had nothing with me other than my antiseptic hand gel, so l applied that, it started to dry the rash immediately. I have been to my Dr and commensed on meds also. I have been to see my BODY-TALK TECHNICIAN to have my brain and body re-aliened and put back into balance to heal its self, with great results. The lower lumber pain I have been suffering has gone. The Shingles rash on my ankle immediately got more prominent, which she warned me it would, but now two doys later, it's starting to fade agane, still no pain in my ankle or lower back, no pain relief medication needed. By Cheryl on 11-10-13 at 06:44pm
I recommend Mountain Laurel. I had a severe case and i tried a lot of natural remedies. Mountain Laurel was the only one that took care of it. Its plenty here in North Carolina. Ive read about it on my Kindle. You can search on Amazon Cure Shingles with Natural Remedy by Max Alina You have to do a decoction from the leaves. Author describes it in detail. Hopefully this helps. By Mat on 21-10-13 at 08:48pm
I used Ascorbic acid powder 1 teaspoon dissolved in 5 teaspoons of warm water and 1 teaspoon of glycerin to bathe the blisters, usinf a fresh compress, several times a day. I took 4 - 6 grams of vitamin C, selenium 1 drop and increased my vit D. The bathing assiste immediately. nb Original recipe called for 5 teaspoons of glycerin but it felt sticky and horrible. By Brenda on 05-06-14 at 09:39pm
Try Emuaid. U can buy it online. It works for many other problems as well. By dries on 17-06-14 at 08:22am
Hypericum is great for severe nerve pain, and the only thing that worked for me. Hypericum is St. Johns Wort, and works best in Homeopathic form. It can be found in health food stores and at I used 30c, 3 - 4 under the tongue, and pain disappeared, which is a miracle. I used it throughout the day. By Anonymous on 30-06-14 at 06:59pm
The combination of calamine lotion with a few drops of tea-tree oil works nicely to stop the itch and dry up the blisters. The tea tree oil also works as an antibacterial to prevent a secondary infection in the area. I made sure to shake the calamine well, pour a small amount into the cap and add a few drops of tea-tree oil then apply with cotton tipped applicators (Q-tips). The solution can also be used on a compress to sooth a highly irritated patch of shingles.
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0 min off. This can done a few times a day or as time allows. By Susan on 09-07-14 at 08:44am
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