Alternative Treatment for Shingles

The shingles is virus is one that affects around 250,000 people each year in the UK; it is caused by the herpes varicella-zoster virus which is also responsible for chickenpox which affects most people as children. The herpes varicella-zoster virus remains dormant in the nerve tissue as a result of chickenpox and will only affect a person when they are no longer immune; this is generally when the immune system is in a weakened state.

Alternative treatment for shingles can often be beneficial and is preferred by many people to the use of prescription drugs. Many alternative treatments have proven to be as successful as prescribed drugs in helping heal the rash and ease the nerve pain which is caused as a result of shingles.

Holistic alternative treatment for shingles

Holistic treatment for shingles is a very popular form of medicine which is used across the world. This form of medical practice relies on the use of natural products and takes into account the whole of a person’s being when providing a cure. By looking at the psychological, physical and social needs of a shingles patient a suitable cure is able to be found. Holistic medicine is based on the belief that a virus or disease is caused by an overall imbalance of a person’s life. Commonly used methods in holistic shingles treatment include:

  • Cold baths and compresses. Taking a cool bath or using a cold tap water compress can help to alleviate the itchiness and irritation caused by red spots and blisters
  • Lemon Balm Tea. Drinking two or three cups of lemon tea each day can help to provide antiviral properties which will help reduce the severity and speed up the shingles healing process.
  • Cayenne. This is an herb that can be taken orally or purchased as a topical treatment. Cayenne can help to improve blood circulation and ease pain by blocking nerve senses.

Homeopathic alternative treatment for shingles

Homeopathic medicine is the second most widely used medicine in the world and works on the basis of ‘like cures like’. All homeopathic products are natural and help to heal a patient by working in harmony with the immune system. This kind of alternative treatment for shingles comes highly recommended for having much the same benefits as prescription drugs without the added side effects. There is a wide range of homeopathic products that can help to ease the symptoms of shingles, these include:

  • Clematix
  • Arsenicum
  • Apis
  • Iris versicolor
  • Mezereum

Supplements as an alternative treatment for shingles

Supplements are often relied upon as an alternative to pharmaceutical drugs. Vitamins and other supplements can be taken together to ease the symptoms of shingles as-well as boosting the immune system to help the body fight of the virus naturally. Commonly used supplements include:

  • Vitamin B-12. This is commonly used in high doses to act as an alternative painkiller
  • Vitamin C can also be provided in high doses to relieve symptoms of pain and help to dry out blisters
  • Enzymes are found in certain fruits and can be taken as a supplement to provide immunity and decrease inflammation.




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