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Shingles (Herpes Zoster)


About
Shingles, which actually comes from the same virus as chickenpox, can cause a burning or itching sensation on the skin. It can also make skin extra sensitive. Those who have contracted chickenpox are at risk of getting shingles, as the virus is already present in their bodies and could attack them at some point in the future. Stress, cancer, injuries to the spinal cord, along with other factors may cause shingles to develop.


Notes
  • Make sure you are taking supplements for overall good health. If you are not taking these basic supplements, we recommend Enfuz from Vitabase. When you take a small packet of pills each day, you get all the basic nutrition you need. Each packet contains a multi-vitamin, CoQ10 (for heart health), Omega 3, Vitamin D-3, a probiotic, and a powerful set of antioxidants to help your body fight off disease.
  • AMP (adenosine monophosphate) is natural in your body and is effective on fighting shingles.
  • Antidepressants are also used to ease pain.
  • Doctors prescribe Acyclovir for shingles to aid in easing pain and rash. Medication must begin within the first 2-3 days of infection or the medication is not as effective.
  • Doctors prescribe Topical Lidocaine but some side effects are swelling and redness.
  • Over the counter cream such as capsaicin can be used, but you have to wait for the blisters to heal and there may be burning as a result.
  • To bring relief injections of Vitamin B12 and adenosine monophosphate with treatments of zinc oxide and plain yogurt in the path of affective nerve 2-3 times per day.
  • To heal lesions and ease pain Dimethylsulfulfoxide has been used.
  • You can infect children with chickenpox, but is normally not contagious.
  • You can use Tylenol and other acetaminophens or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs to help with inflammation and pain.
  • You cannot contract shingles if you never had chickenpox. These viruses are only found in humans.


Advice
  • An Ophthalmologist if you have shingles on your nose near the eyes and on the forehead. You can lose your vision.
  • Apply essential oils to the affected area such as calophyllum oil, lemon oil, bergamot oil, eucalyptus oil, goldenseal oil, and geranium oil.
  • Conduct a cleansing fast.
  • Do not touch or scratch infected area. Wash the affected area gently. Stay away from drafts and give sunlight to area everyday for 15 minutes.
  • Reduce Stress
  • See a doctor is you have a rash or blisters.
  • To help in healing take chlorophyll, kelp or bee pollen (if not allergic).
  • Your body needs garlic, brown rice, vegetable, fruits, whole grains, and vitamin B6.



Helpful nutrients for this condition.

L-lysine
Importance: Very High
Comments: Promotes healing. Combats shingles virus. Caution: Only use lysine for 6 months at a time.


Vitamin C
Importance: Very High
Comments: Combats the virus. Enhances the immune system.


Cayenne (capsicum)
Importance: High
Comments: Provides capsaicin. Eases pain. Promotes healing. Removes toxins from the system. Do not apply topically until sores have healed completely as it will cause intense burning.


Vitamin B complex
Importance: High
Comments: Promotes healthy nerves. Makes up for lacking B vitamins. Injections under physician's care are available.


Vitamin B12
Importance: High
Comments: Lozenge or sublingual form is recommended.


Zinc
Importance: High
Comments: Boosts immune system. Prevents infection. Zinc chelate lozenges are recommended.


Calcium
Importance: Moderate
Comments: Promotes healing and healthy nerves. Aids in fighting stress. Chelate form is recommended.


Magnesium
Importance: Moderate
Comments: Promotes healing and healthy nerves. Aids in fighting stress. Chelate form is recommended.


Garlic
Importance: Moderate
Comments: Strengthens immune system.


Vitamin A
Importance: Moderate
Comments: Enhances immune system. Prevents infection. When using in high doses, emulsion form is best.


Vitamin A
Importance: Moderate
Comments: Enhances immune system. Prevents infection. When using in high doses, emulsion form is best.


Natural carotenoid complex (Betatene)
Importance: Moderate
Comments: Boosts immune system. Promotes healing.


Vitamin D
Importance: Moderate
Comments: Promotes healing of tissues. Boosts calcium uptake.


Vitamin E
Importance: Moderate
Comments: Keeps scar tissue from forming.



Helpful herbs and supplements for this condition.

Chamomile, dandelion, and alfalfa
Type: external/Internal
Purposes: Puts the normal acids back in the body and levels the alkaline. Dandelion also cleanses and helps the liver. Compress made of Chamomile aids with blisters.
Cautions: Never use chamomile if you have allergic reactions to ragweed and never use for an long term basis.

Astragalus root and Echinacea
Type: Internal
Purposes: Enhances the immune system.
Cautions: Never use Astragalus if a fever is present.

Red Clover and Burdock root
Type: Internal
Purposes: Cleans the bloodstream and lymph nodes.

Cayenne (capsicum)
Type: Internal
Purposes: Eases Pain and Helps with the Healing process.

Goldenseal
Type: Internal
Purposes: Lowers infection and has properties of an antibiotic.
Cautions: Do not use if pregnant, allergic to ragweed or internally for more than a week.

Green Tea
Type: Internal
Purposes: Properties of antioxidants, antiviral and anti-inflammatory. Helps with herpes viruses.

Licorice
Type: External
Purposes: Limits the growth of the virus.
Dosage: Apply topically

Milk thistle
Type: Internal
Purposes: Guards the liver and aids in the function of the liver.

St. Johns wort, oat straw, and skull-cap
Type: Internal
Purposes: Decreases stress and itching.
Dosage: Combine equally and take one teaspoon 4 times per day.

Olive Leaf
Type: Internal
Purposes: Help kill the virus.

Rose Hips
Type: Internal
Purposes: Help keep skin infections from happening.

Valerian Root
Type: Internal
Purposes: Eases the nervous system.
Dosage: Take at bedtime.