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Battling Nerve Damage From Shingles

Author: Eva M.
Date: 03-19-2014
Views: 20,198
Word Count: 392
Questions Received: Not available for contact
Testimonial ID: 9485-OR
Brand Neutral: Yes
Scientific Studies: 7

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My 65-year-old husband is in his ninth month of nerve pain, LONG after the shingles lesions flared up and healed. I am the oiler who has been trying to get my husband to use essential oils to remedy his health needs.

Last June 2013, my husband came down with a case of shingles which targeted his left side (thigh, testicle, penis, and left buttock). The lesions in his "manly bits" area were nothing short of excruciating. We've never heard of ANYBODY getting SHINGLES in that area, eventually attacking the sciatic nerve base area.

He still suffers greatly from nerve pain and has grown weary of the prescription named Lyrica, which has negative emotional side effects (uncharacteristic rages). He got off the prescription this week because he ran out, and it just didn't help anymore anyway. So I asked him to consider using a recipe of Young Living oils for some relief.

* Day 1: An application of 4 essential oils applied topically to the affected area at bedtime rendered him relief.

* Day 2: An application at bedtime again brought relief!

* Day 3 (today): We applied in the morning before his workday, and I got a call from him on his first break at work. He is praising the pain relief of the application!

We now do an AM and PM (before bed) application. The recipe is 2 drops of each of the following oils:

* Thyme
* Oregano
* Peppermint
* Melaleuca alternifornia

These are applied with a layering technique on the back of the left thigh and up to the buttock and left testicle (but NOT on them).

I've created a batch of the blend of the 4 oils, putting 50 drops of each oil into an empty Peppermint bottle. An AromaGlide roller fitment is attached so he may do applications himself (as needed) at work.

He is a happier person and seems to enjoy some of the nerve pain relief with this recipe. The combination of oils was derived from my research using the essential oils reference book.

It is hard to find ANY testimonials about males over 60 who have had prolonged nerve-ending pain as my husband has. We wonder how much longer this might continue.

How many applications daily are appropriate will depend on the level of pain. Each person is different. My husband's nerve pain stretches all the way down the left leg into the left heel of his foot.

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Additional keyword(s) assigned by the editor: antiviral, herpetic, neuralgia, postherpetic, rash, sciatica, viral, 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: sciatica — "We examined the evidence regarding the effect of herbal medicine on pain in people with non-specific low-back pain (LBP).... Lavender essential oil applied by acupressure appeared effective in reducing pain and improving flexibility compared to conventional treatment."Link
3.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
4.Associated topics: nerve-pain,sciatica — "Ameliorative effects of Ocimum sanctum [holy basil] in sciatic nerve transection-induced neuropathy...."Link
5.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
6.Associated topics: lesions — "Herbalists treat skin ailments, such as fungal infections (like candidiasis), wounds, eczema, and acne, with lavender oil. It is also used in a healing bath for joint and muscle pain. One study evaluating treatments for children with eczema found [that] it was therapeutic touch from the mother that improved symptoms; in other words, massage with and without essential oils (including lavender) both reduced the dry, scaly skin lesions. Another study found that lavender oil may improve pain control after surgery."Link
7.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

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