Complementary and Alternative Treatments for Shingles
Medicine for Shingles
Several herbs and herbal combinations are useful in the treatment of shingles.
Lemon balm has been proven to have some effect on viruses of the herpes family.
How To Use: Make a tea with two teaspoons of dried leaf per cup of boiling water. Apply the tea directly to the rash with a cotton pad several times daily.
Dr. Duke, author of "Green Pharmacy," suggests trying a mixed mint tea made with lots of lemon balm, a little licorice plus any other mints that you have on hand such as:
This beverage is loaded with antiviral, anti-herpetic compounds.
It may be taken orally as a tea. Or, apply it directly to the rash.
Red pepper for
Red pepper contains an ingredient called capsaicin that is a viable remedy for postherpetic neuralgia. Capsaicin brings relief by blocking pain signals from nerves just under the skin. Commercial creams such as Zostrix and Capzasin-P, contain capsaicin.
How To Use:
Mix powdered red pepper into any white skin lotion until it turns pinkish. Dab it on the rash. Wash your hands thoroughly after use. Pay particular attention to make sure that the pepper won't get in your eyes or on other sensitive areas. We suggest that you first test it on a small area of skin. Discontinue if it causes irritation.
Licorice for Shingles
Licorice contains several antiviral and immune-boosting compounds.
How To Use:
Other Useful Herbs for
Herbal Combinations for Shingles
Combine equal parts of oat straw, St. John's Wort, and skullcap tinctures. Take one teaspoonful of this mixture four times a day.
Take 1 tbsp. of black walnut, comfrey, kelp and lady's slipper along with aloe vera juice daily. These herbs
cleanse the intestinal tract and helps remove toxins which irritate the skin.
Herbs for Shingles
Pueraria combination: For initial stage and vesicle eruptions or for prodromal stage with feverish symptoms.
Minor Bupleurum Combination: Within one or two weeks of onset and vesicle eruption.
Major Bupleurum Combination: For strong people.
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