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How I Cope With Shingles

Author: Karen B.
Skill: Herbalist
Date: 01-24-2011
Views: 8,905
Word Count: 356
Questions Received: 1
Testimonial ID: 5276-OR
Brand Neutral: No
Scientific Studies: 3

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It is July 22, over one month from the onset of shingles and I still have some discomfort on the neural pathway from my breast to my back. It is itchy, creepy/crawly and achy at times. I have increased my OmegaGize to 3 times a day for the inflammation and I have added 10 drops of a nervine tonic blend of herbs to promote healthy nerve function and I feel greater relief.

I still take my capsule of Ravensara, Copaiba and Frankincense several times a day, just for the "health of it". I also use LavaDerm spray on the site for skin itchiness and discomfort.

I used a topical application of: (first 3 are highly anti viral)

* Tea Tree
* Bergamot
* Ravensara
* Lavender oil for inflammation and pain, tissue regeneration

I mixed 10 drops each of these oils, in 2 ounces of tanamu, a very anti inflammatory carrier oil (thick greenish yellow) applied with a clean, used blush brush to lessen application pain 4x per day

I put the same oils in Genesis lotion and did a foot massage.

We started this on my 84 year old father-in-law before he broke out with vesicles, but his head and face around eye and nose were in terrible pain. The duration was 5 days. His pain relief came very fast. He only developed a very mild case, so we feel we "nipped it in the bud". He only had 2 close to his nose. Any residual pain is just a tickle. He was on acyclovir from the VA as well.

My dad had it the year before, just in time for my sisters wedding. The duration was 3-4 weeks, same place, same acyclovir but he had about 20 vesicles across his forehead and near his eye (not good to have it near the eye, can affect vision). My mom "only wanted to do what the doctor recommended", no oils.

To this day he has residual nerve zings, pain following the nerve root. In all the wedding pix he has huge black scabs on his face.

So it was a good study. Same location, same med, oils vs non oils, 2 men in their 80's.


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Additional keyword(s) assigned by the editor: antiviral, elderly, herpes, herpetic, neuralgia, postherpetic, shingle, vesicle, virus, zoster.

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Supporting Scientific Studies
1.Associated topics: herpes — "The presence of beta-caryophyllene in many essential oils might contribute strongly to their antiviral ability. These results indicate that phenylpropanoids and sesquiterpenes present in essential oils contribute to their antiviral activity against HSV [herpes simplex virus]."Link
2.Associated topics: neuralgia,herpes,shingles — "The patient was successfully treated with topical peppermint oil [for postherpetic neuralgia, a complication of shingles].... The authors believe this is the first evidence of peppermint oil (or menthol) having a strong analgesic effect on neuropathic pain."Link
3.Associated topics: herpes — "Essential oils from anise, hyssop, thyme, ginger, camomile and sandalwood were screened for their inhibitory effect against herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2) [genital herpes]. A clearly dose-dependent virucidal activity against HSV-2 could be demonstrated for all essential oils tested. Chamomile oil exhibited a high selectivity index and seems to be a promising candidate for topical therapeutic application as virucidal agents for treatment of herpes genitalis."Link

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