Shingles is a painful expression of the herpes zoster virus. It is on the rise in not only the elderly but now also in younger people and children, something never before seen in history, due to the chicken pox vaccine. The vaccine not only has caused this disease to flourish but it has made it more severe, as now we are seeing deaths from shingles where before, it was not deadly.
Dr. Gary Goldman's (1) research (2) on the chicken pox vaccine and it's cause of this new shingles epidemic drew attack by one of the many arms of the pharmaceutical industry, the CDC (3) who tried to bury the evidence and tarnish Dr. Goldman's reputation and end his career.
Clearly vaccination must halt, however the industry and it's revolving door relationship with regulatory bodies has proved again and again that nepotism, corruption, meddling with science and violently threatening it's own researchers who retain their morals is just fine with them, so wise consumers we must be.
Since we can no longer trust big medicine's science and sincerity, we must learn to doctor ourselves. So what can we do in a case of shingles? One thing that is so wonderful about natural medicine is there are hundreds of solutions to illnesses. I will only present here what I learned in naturopathic college as I refer back to my clinic notes, but there is much more than this that can be found with further searching.
First of all, what is shingles? Shingles is an infection of a nerve area caused by the varicella-zoster virus. It causes pain and a rash along a band of skin supplied by the affected nerve. Symptoms usually go within 2-4 weeks. Pain sometimes persists after the rash has gone, more commonly in people over the age of 50. (4)
Holistic Nerve & Immune System Supporting Protocol:
Homeopathic remedy most indicated: Rhus toxicodendron 30Ch - take as needed for pain. Of course a constitutional homeopathic remedy more individually specified is ideal.
Vitamin C - I prefer Biomed's Right C as it is in it's best chemical format (ascorbate) which is reduced and buffered - take 1/2 tsp in some water or juice 3 times a day minimum. Ascorbate has many roles. It supports the immune system, skin and collagen repair.
Vitamin B12 Methylcobalamin - I use either Genestra's B12 or Biomed's Optimum B12. Both are chewable lozenges enhanced with methylfolate, which is necessary to run the full methylation pathway. Vitamin B12 protects and supports nerves.
Alpha Lipoc Acid (ALA) - Alpha-lipoic acid is an antioxidant made by the body. It is found in every cell, where it helps turn glucose into energy. Antioxidants attack "free radicals," waste products created when the body turns food into energy. Free radicals cause harmful chemical reactions that can damage cells, making it harder for the body to fight off infections. They also damage organs and tissues.
Super Neuragen DHA - This DHA supplement reduces nerve pain in cases of shingles. DHA, the most abundant omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid in the brain, is found in neuronal synapses, indicating a role in cognitive and neurological functioning. DHA metabolites may help to support neural cell activity. Buy it here.
Botanical Tisane - Any member of the mint family will assist with shingles (hyssop, oregano, peppermint, rosemary, sage, self-heal, spearmint, thyme, lemon balm). A botanical blend can be made with Melissa officinalis (lemon balm) and licorice together. It can be ingested and applied topically to the rash as a liniment.
Colloidal Silver - Take 1 ounce twice a day internally of a 15-20ppm colloidal silver and use topically to reduce pain, kill the virus and prevent secondary infection to the lesions.
Capsicum (for post-herpetic neuralgia) - mix red pepper into a natural skin lotion or use my all natural Joint Care Pepper Rub and dab onto the skin. Wash hands after well. Best to do a skin patch test first before heavy application.
Passiflora incarnata, Passionflower (for post-herpetic neuralgia) - The dried powder is applied topically to assist wound healing and reduce pain. (5)
Baikal skullcap (Scutellaria baicalensis) - Skullcap contains antiviral properties and much more: it is antioxidant, anticancer, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, neuroprotective, astringent, febrifuge, antipyretic, anticholesterolemic, haemostatic, sedative, & tonifying.
The antioxidant properties of flavonoids found in Baikal skullcap have been studied and confirmed. It has a neutralizing effect against free radicals that cause cancer, wrinkles and other degenerative diseases. The herb’s extracts also exhibited protective action against UV light oxidation, and have potential uses when it comes to treating skin diseases. Because of its high antioxidant content, Baikal skullcap works as a good tonic for the immune system.(6)
Angelica sinensis (dong quai) - take in either a decoction or tincture. This is contraindicated in pregnancy. Modern science has confirmed that dong quai does have a beneficial effect on inflammation, as well as pain-relieving and muscle-relaxant effects. Do not take this with any drug that slows blood clotting as dong quai also has this property and it could have an additive effect.
St. John's Wort - Hypericum perforatum - One of the best supporters of nerve repair and function. Can be taken as a homeopathic remedy, as a botanical supplement and/or a topical oil. Reduces pain and inflammation.
Oil of Oregano - This potent natural antibiotic is excellent for viral attacks, herpes, hepatitis or shingles. When you feel the onset of a cold, flu, herpes or shingles, you should immediately increase your dosage to 3 drops of oregano oil every one to two hours to keep levels high while fighting an attack. You can also apply the oil onto your skin. Buy it here.
Sea Buckthorn Oil - Used topically this oil reduces the pain and sensitivity of the shingles lesions. Sea Buckthorn Bud Extract has been shown to reduce the growth of the influenza virus (7), so it may also assist the body in reducing viral infections of other types. Buy bud extract here. As well, Imu-gen contains this sea buckthorn extract, English Walnut and Dog Rose to supply much needed nutrients to the immune system.
Essential oils - A blend of any or all of the following essential oils can be applied with a proper carrier oil (castor, sweet almond, grapeseed, fractionated coconut oil, etc) - camomile, eucalyptus, geranium, lavender, lemon, tea tree. As well French clay and activated charcoal can assist topically with healing.
Foods: Pear juice, portlosa oleracea (Chinese vegetable), organic soybean & watercress (which are high in lysine), black bean sprouts, carob, lentil sprouts, lentils, spinach, velvet beans, peas, pumpkin seeds, asparagus, butter beans, Chinese cabbage, fava beans, fenugreek & organic papaya.
Acupuncture/acupressure points: GV14, GV20, CV17, GB20, GB34, GB35, GB41, TW5, TW6, LI4, LI11, SP6, SP10, ST40, ST36, HT7, PC6, Huatuo-jiaji, Sheyan, Longyan points & moxa.
As you can see, there are many natural approaches to helping the zoster virus express and resolve without complications. It is always wise to ensure the individual with the affliction is drinking plenty of pure, fresh water (spring) and eating a mainly living, green food and superfood regime, avoiding meat, dairy, wheat, corn and soy.
It is also wise to steer clear of the chickenpox vaccine to prevent something worse from occurring, either damage from the vaccine itself in the moment or down the road. Chickenpox parties are on the rise again to get a younger child exposed so they can have natural, life long immunity and a reduced chance of herpes zoster. You can get involved in social media natural immunity groups to find people in your local area to help you with this.
Best in health,
(1) Gary S. Goldman, Ph.D - http://www.whale.to/vaccines/goldman_h.html
(2) Chicken Pox Vaccine Associated With Shingles Epidemic http://paraven.net/chicken-pox-vaccine-associated-with-shingles-epidemic/
(3) Gary Goldman, PhD - Exposing Problems with Chickenpox Vaccine http://www.whale.to/a/goldman.html
(6)POWERFUL BENEFITS OF SKULLCAP, BAIKAL http://urbol.com/powerful-benefits-of-skullcap-baikal/
(7) Sea buckthorn bud extract displays activity against cell-cultured Influenza virus https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4718352/
Amandha D. Vollmer
This creative mompreneur herbalist