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Lower Back Discomfort Was Possibly Due To Shingles


Author: Terri W.
Date: 05-12-2005
Views: 8,920
Word Count: 173
Questions Received: Not available for contact
Testimonial ID: 691-OR
Brand Neutral: No
Scientific Studies: 6

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I was having severe pain in my lower back on the left side which resembled nerve pain. I went to the doctors and she said there was no rash but all the symptoms were leading her to believe I was getting shingles. She then informed me that I could break out into a rash and it would be painful. She said she could give me a prescription for the pain.

I took the written prescription from her, came back to work to email my sister to ask what to do for shingles. They recommended Ravensara and Helichrysum. So I ordered them and had it shipped overnight!! I began to use them every couple hours.

Well needless to say the pain stopped. I never did get the rash so I can't say for sure it was shingles but to this day when I feel the sensation of the nerve pain in my lower left side I grab the oils and use them.

What a wonderful thing not to have to rely on prescription pain medication.


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Additional keyword(s) assigned by the editor: herpes, herpetic, neuralgia, postherpetic, shingle, viruses, 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,nerve-pain,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: nerve-pain — "Ameliorative effects of Ocimum sanctum [holy basil] in sciatic nerve transection-induced neuropathy...."Link
4.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
5.Associated topics: nerve-pain — "Topical high-concentration L-menthol is the only established human experimental pain model to study mechanisms underlying cold hyperalgesia. We aimed at investigating the combinatorial effect of cold stimuli and topical L-menthol on cold pain and secondary mechanical hyperalgesia. Cold detection threshold and cold pain threshold (CPT) increased after L-menthol and remained high after the cold rekindling cycles.... Skin blood flow increased after L-menthol and stayed stable after cold cycles. Repeated application of cold on skin treated by L-menthol facilitated and prolonged L-menthol-induced cold pain and hyperalgesia."Link
6.Associated topics: helichrysum-oil — "...its flowers and leaves are the most used parts in the treatment of health disorders such as allergies, colds, cough, skin, liver and gallbladder disorders, inflammation, infections and sleeplessness... In vitro studies characterized Helichrysum as an antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory agent. Its flavonoids and terpenes were effective against bacteria (e.g. Staphylococcus aureus), its acetophenones, phloroglucinols and terpenoids displayed antifungal action against Candida albicans and its flavonoids and phloroglucinols inhibited HSV and HIV, respectively.... Regarding Helichrysum italicum in vivo activity, the highlight goes to ...the anti-inflammatory properties exhibited by its flavonoids, acetophenones and phloroglucinols, as seen in animal models."Link

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