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How I Cope With Shingles


Author: Karen B.
Skill: Herbalist
Date: 01-24-2011
Views: 9,437
Word Count: 351
Questions Received: 1
Testimonial ID: 5276-OR
Brand Neutral: No
Scientific Studies: 8

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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 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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Supporting Scientific Studies
1.Associated topics: inflammation — "Cineole has mucolytic, bronchodilating and anti-inflammatory properties and reduces the exacerbation rate in patients suffering from COPD, as well as ameliorates symptoms in patients suffering from asthma and rhinosinusitis.... The effects of Cineole in the treatment of acute bronchitis were clearly measurable and could be proven after a treatment period of merely 4 days. This study corroborates the fact that Cineole actively and significantly reduces cough frequency after four days."Link
2.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
3.Associated topics: inflammation — "[W]e studied the anti-inflammatory and gastroprotective effects of C. citratus [Lemongrass] and E. citriodora [Lemon Eucalyptus] essential oils on formol-induced edema and acetic acid induced abdominal cramps in Wistar rats.... In vivo analysis and histological assay showed that the two essential oils displayed significant dose-dependent edema [swelling] inhibition effect over time. They displayed strong analgesic [pain-relieving] and antipyretic [fever-reducing] properties similar to that induced by 50 mg/kg of acetylsalicylate of lysine.... This work demonstrates the anti-inflammatory property of Cymbopogon citratus [Lemongrass] and Eucalyptus citriodora [Lemon Eucalyptus], suggesting their potential role as adjuvant therapeutic alternatives in dealing with inflammatory-related diseases."Link
4.Associated topics: inflammation — "To assess their anti-inflammatory activities, effects of essential oils on neutrophil activation were examined in vitro.... All essential oils tested at 0.1% concentration suppressed TNF-945;-induced neutrophil adherence, and, in particular, lemongrass, geranium, and spearmint oils clearly lowered the reaction even at 0.0125%. Similar inhibitory activities for the neutrophil adherence were obtained by their major constituent terpenoids: citral, geraniol, citronellol and carvone. Thus, some essential oils used as anti-inflammatory remedies suppress neutrophil activation by TNF-945; at a low concentration (0.0125-0.025%) in vitro."Link
5.Associated topics: inflammation — "Ruxiang (Gummi olibanum), the dried gum resin of Boswellia carterii (BC) [frankincense], has been used in traditional Chinese medicine to alleviate pain and inflammation for thousands of years.... The data show that BC extract has significant anti-arthritic and anti-inflammation effects and suggest that these effects may be mediated via the suppression of pro-inflammatory cytokines."Link
6.Associated topics: inflammation — "We have demonstrated that Boswellia frereana [frankincense] prevents collagen degradation, and inhibits the production of pro-inflammatory mediators and MMPs. Due to its efficacy we propose that B. frereana should be examined further as a potential therapeutic agent for treating inflammatory symptoms associated with arthritis."Link
7.Associated topics: inflammation — "Anti-inflammatory, spasmolytic [muscle spasms], antimicrobial, antioxidant, carminative [flatulence] and immunomodulatory properties of caraway suggest that it might exert beneficial effects on inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).... CHE and CEO [caraway essential oil] at all doses tested were effective in reducing colon tissue lesions and colitis indices and the efficacy was nearly the same when different doses of plant fractions were administered p.o. or i.p..... These data suggest that caraway fractions are both effective and possess anti-colitic activity irrespective of the dose and route of administration."Link
8.Associated topics: inflammation — "Phytogenic compounds with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties are currently discussed as promising complementary agents in prevention and treatment of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Our study aimed to evaluate possible protective and curative effects of broccoli extract (BE) and of the essential oils of turmeric (Cuo), thyme (To), and rosemary (Ro) in a rat model with a mild dextran sulphate sodium- (DSS-) induced colitis.... We conclude that the phytogenic additives tested have a promising anti-inflammatory potential in vivo and a particular role in the prevention of IBD."Link

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