Shingles Holistic Treatment

Shingles can be a very painful condition and is caused by a reactivation of the same virus which causes chickenpox (herpes varicella-zoster). After a bout of chickenpox the virus will remain dormant in the nervous system; it can remain this way for years, possibly a lifetime. The reactivation is commonly caused as the result of a weakening of the immune system which can occur through, old age, stress, poor nutrition or as a result of medication being taken for other purposes.

The virus shows itself in the form of red spots which can turn to painful blisters, both pain and irritation are common traits of shingles and treatment is often needed. Shingles holistic treatment can sometimes be a helpful alternative to the use of drugs and in mild cases is generally all that is required.

Self-help remedies for shingles

Shingles holistic treatment will look at the whole of a person’s needs and class psychological, physical and social needs as one. Holistic treatment provides an alternative to the use of drugs and relies upon natural remedies to treat the shingles virus.

There are various methods that can be done at home to treat shingles and some come recommended by doctors. The first thing that must be done is to keep the rash as clean and as dry as possible, where possible the rash should be exposed to air. Taking these steps will help to help to prevent bacterial infection.

It is important that you do not scratch the blisters as this can lead to infection; the use of calamine lotion can be beneficial to soothe skin and prevent itching. It is also possible to cover the blisters with an elastic bandage during the night to prevent itching and ease pain. You should never you adhesive dressings to cover blisters as this will only lead to increased irritation.

Two ease pain a mixture can be created by crushing two aspirins and mixing them with rubbing alcohol, the mixture can be applied three times a day to lesions to dampen down the sensitivity of the nerves.

Another good shingles holistic treatment that can be used to provide relief from the symptoms is made up of a mixture which includes:

  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Vitamin E oil
  • Peppermint tea (cool)
  • A baking soda and water solution

 

Once mixed together, these ingredients can be used as a cold compress on blisters. At the first sign of the outbreak, a mixture of plain yogurt and zinc oxide rubbed along the affected nerve route 2-3 times per day can help to clear up the shingles in as little as  48 hours.

Pears are also put to good use as an alternative shingles holistic treatment. Pears are rich in antiviral caffeic acid and both eating pears and drinking pear juice can help reduce the severity of the virus.

A common complication of shingles is postherpetic neuralgia; this is nerve pain after the shingles virus has gone. The use of acupuncture can be used to help ease the pain.

 

 

 

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