Shingles is caused by the chickenpox (herpes zoster) virus. If you've had chicken pox as a child, then you're still carrying the herpes zoster virus in your body, which can become reactivated after many years causing a very painful, burning rash known as shingles. The virus lives in the nerve cells and produces a rash along the nerve pathways, most often on one side or the other of the trunk of the body. But they may appear anywhere. Having had chicken pox does not create immunity to shingles; as a matter of fact, just the opposite is true, because the virus enters the body with the chicken pox.
Prescription Antivirals help relieve the symptoms of shingles and may reduce the risk of postherpetic neuralgia (PHN). PHN is a complication of shingles, which affects nerve fibers and skin, causing burning pain that lasts long after the rash and blisters of shingles disappear.
Complimentary therapies can be effective to reduce the duration of shingles, decrease the pain of shingles, and help to prevent scarring that can occur. Vitamin C is anti-inflammatory and should be considered in both intravenous and oral forms. Acupuncture can decrease pain and inflammation.
Protocol often recommended in our office may include: Vitamin C (anti-viral properties)
Super Lysine (counteracts the virus by blocking arginine, an amino acid the virus needs in order to replicate)Co-Enzyme B-Complex (helps with nerve pain)
Mega Probiotic (helps re-establish friendly flora)
Engystol (homeopathic remedy that boosts the immune system that is added to IVC)
Reboost (homeopathic remedy boosts immune system)
Defense Factors (formula features plant based anti-oxidants and other immune boosters)
Beta 1,3 Glucan
Zinc Plus (activates infection-fighting cells, heals)
ACS Silver Spray (anti-viral, spray in mouth & topically)
Vitamin E Ointment (repairs injured skin)
Intravenous Vitamin C (beneficial effects associated with pain, lesions and accompanying complaints) Apple Cider Vinegar (topically to dry up, do not use if skin is broken)Rhus tox is one of the more common remedies employed for the treatment of shingles. It relieves the fearsome itching and pains accompanying this condition. The rash consists of small, red fluid-filled vesicles or blisters that break when scratched, spreading the infection. Arsenicum album is indicated when the patient experiences terrible burning pains along the nerve pathway. Pains are often made better with the application of warm compresses. Apis mellifica is indicated for treatment of shingles when the rash is bright pink, swollen, itchy and produces stinging pains made better by cool compresses and aggravated by warmth.
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